ARVADA, CO -- The Arvada Center offers a wide variety of classes for students of all ages in the visual arts, performing arts and humanities. The Center provides courses dedicated to educating and stimulating creativity in each of the participants. The following are just some of the many classes offered at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in July:
ACTING AND PERFORMING ARTS
Audition Techniques for the Stage
This class focuses on the selection, preparation, and perfection of audition monologues (comic, serious, contemporary and classical) in order to better prepare the student for upcoming auditions. Cold reading techniques, resume preparation and headshots are also covered in this preparatory course. This class is intended for people wishing to pursue acting professionally or those that act as a hobby.
Ages: 16 – Adult
Held: Mondays, July 8 – Aug. 12, 7:15 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Katie Damp
Students learn techniques needed to land jobs in commercials, television or films. This class teaches the distinct difference between acting on stage and acting on camera, so that the student can better prepare himself/herself for a film career. Through the use of the actor’s chosen monologue, the class focuses on stillness, sub-textual beats, comedy and comedic subtexts, pacing, listening and on-set techniques. This course is also helpful for the professional who wants to build confidence in meetings and presentations.
Ages: 16 – Adult
Held: Thursdays, July 11 – Aug. 15, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Reece Livingstone
Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel
Beginning throwing students cover the basics of working with the potter’s wheel in this class. They learn to wedge clay, center and throw basic forms. An overview of the various clay bodies, surface decoration and firing methods are also introduced.
Held: Tuesdays, July 16 – Aug. 13 or Thursdays, July 25 – Aug. 22, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Instructors: Katie Martineau and Amy Mishkin
Level I Ballet
This class is built upon gross motor skills learned in the pre-ballet course. Careful attention to body alignment and use of turnout are incorporated into basic ballet concepts in this first level ballet class.
Ages: 7 – 12
Held: Saturdays, July 6 – Aug. 10, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Level I Adult Ballet
This is a beginning course for adults interested in learning ballet. The course instructor will cover basic ballet vocabulary, techniques and movement sequences built from simple steps.
Ages: 13 – Adult
Held: Tuesdays, July 2 – Aug. 6, 8:15 – 9:15 p.m. or Thursdays, July 11 – Aug. 15, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Teen Jazz I
Teenage boys and girls who want to dance but don’t know where to start can join this introductory jazz course. The class begins with the basics of dance, emphasizing terminology, basic positions, stretches, coordination and simple combinations.
Ages: 12 – 18
Held: Tuesdays, July 2 – Aug. 6, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Level I Adult Jazz Dance
This is a class for adults with little or no experience in dance or for those who haven’t been involved in jazz in a long time. Instructors teach basic positions, stretches, rhythm, different styles of jazz and simple combinations.
Ages: 13 – Adult
Held: Wednesdays, July 3 – Aug. 7, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.
Teen/Adult Tap I
Beginning tap dancers in this course enjoy a good workout in a positive and supportive atmosphere while learning to tap dance. Basic skills are introduced and students learn short combinations over the duration of the course.
Ages: 13 – Adult
Held: Tuesdays, July 2 – Aug. 6, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Essence of a Story
Students in this course share knowledge and experiences with others by diving into the fundamentals of writing. Class exercises focus on setting, wording, dialogue, plot, character development, rewriting and publishing. Through these exercises and discussions, students learn how to achieve a prosperous and creative environment, making the entire process simpler to understand and easier to begin.
Held: Mondays, July 15 – Aug. 12, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Rachel Marsh
MOVEMENT AND YOGA
Good Morning Yoga
Students in this class start the day off with a yoga practice guaranteed to be the beginning of a wonderful day. This style of yoga is based on classical yoga approach, meaning it is a “whole person” practice focusing on the physical, mental and energetic aspects of being. Students will be awakened by stretching, and breathing energy and awareness into every cell of the body.
Held: Fridays, July 19 – Aug. 16, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Instructor: Leslie Kalechman
Getting Started in Digital Photography
This class teaches students what to look for when purchasing a digital camera, how the cameras work and how to use them. The class explores the different types of memory cards, how to download pictures onto the computer, printing photos from a color printer, scanning photos and basic editing on Photoshop.
Held: Thursday, July 11, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Glenn Chang
Studio Portrait Photography
This class is a unique opportunity for students to explore portrait photography in a studio setting. Students have access to professional equipment to explore the tools, techniques and lighting concepts used in portrait photography.
Cost: $120 + $15 approximate materials fee
Held: Tuesday, July 16, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20 and Saturday, July 27, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paul Schroder
Painting, Passion and Presence
This workshop uses painting exercises to help facilitate a shift from past and future thought patterns to the experience of seeing and feeling in the now. Students learn how to move through fear and inhibition and open to spontaneity, self-confidence and to the depth of passion. This class is designed for painters of all levels.
Ages: 15 – Adult
Held: Saturday, July 13, 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Instructor: Chuck Ceraso
To register for classes or to request a complete catalog, call the Arvada Center box office at 303-431-3939 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. For additional information, contact Lisa Leafgreen, education coordinator, at 303-431-3080 ext. 3456.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s 12th largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts. Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Denver. For more information call the Arvada Center box office at 303-431-3939 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. For media requests, contact Kristin Stork, director of media relations, at 303-431-3962 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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