ARVADA, Colo. – The Arvada Center offers a wide variety of classes for students of all ages in the visual arts, performing arts, and the humanities. The Center provides courses dedicated to educating and stimulating creativity in each of the participants. The following are just a sampling of the many Arvada Center classes that begin in March and April:
ACTING AND PERFORMING ARTS
Acting for Young Adults
This class focuses on the rehearsal process and acting skills. Short scenes and monologues are presented on the final day for friends and relatives. The course is demanding and requires a strong commitment by students.
Ages: 12 - 16
Held: Thursday, March 27 – May 29, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Katie Martineau-Caron
Acting on Film
This intensive acting course uncovers the differences between acting for camera and stage acting. Students learn truth in acting, the super objective, through line, rhythms, the Magic If and several other acting and artistic processes. This class also includes audition techniques, risk taking, scene and monologue work, character research, observation, and improvisation. In addition students learn to deal with film directors and crews. Participants spend time behind and in front of the camera, discovering more about camera angles and shots.
Ages: 16 - Adult
Held: Saturday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Bob Woolsey
Audition Techniques for the Stage
This class helps students get ready for their next audition by focusing on the selection, preparation and perfection of audition monologues (comic, serious, contemporary and classical). Cold reading techniques, resume preparation and headshots are also covered in this essential class for those wishing to get into acting professionally or as a hobby. Guest artists are invited to attend the last class and give professional feedback. The instructor has taught acting and directing at the college level for over 10 years and has acted and directed in close to 75 productions across the United States.
Ages: 16 – Adult
Held: Monday, April 14 – May 19, 7:00 – 8:45 p.m.
Instructor: Katie Damp
Folk Tales and Storytelling
In this class, students learn the art of oral storytelling using story circles and story games to get creativity flowing. Storytelling sharpens listening and memory skills and is relaxing and fun. This course includes discussion of African proverbs, short stories and poems. Students add voicing, gestures, humor and improvisation to create a story that they informally present at the end of class.
Held: Saturday, April 12, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Instructor: Santemu Aakhu
This class offers an interdisciplinary arts experience for preschool age children. A team of instructors presents sessions in creative dramatics, music, visual art and movement. A wide variety of materials and techniques are used and taught. This class emphasizes the building of self-confidence and cultivating expression in a creative environment.
Ages: 4 – 5
Held: Tuesday and Thursday, March 25 – May 29, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Katie Martineau-Caron, Alisa Vaughters and Katherine Kulp
MOMIX Master Class
MOMIX is a company of dancer/athlete/illusionists that is known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty. A MOMIX company member will instruct this master dance class with a combination of warm-up, MOMIX repertory and improvisation. Be prepared for a creative adventure.
Ages: 13 - Adult
Held: Tuesday, March 11, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: MOMIX Company member
Beginning Tap I
This class teaches the student rhythm, balance, coordination and musicality. This fun dance course is designed for young students with no prior dance training or for those studying beginning ballet or jazz.
Ages: 6 – 8
Held: Tuesday, April 1 – June 17, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Russell Canino
Hip Hop I
This class introduces the aspiring dancer to the excitement of hip hop. Students learn S.H.A.P.E. (Stretch properly, Hold the beat, Attitude and performance, Proper attire and Etiquette). Dancers learn various hip hop techniques such as locking, popping and electric bugaloo.
Ages: 9 - 11
Held: Wednesday, April 2 – June 18, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: PJ Coffman
In this class, as children enjoy the sounds that their tap shoes make, they learn rhythm, balance and coordination without even realizing it. Students are introduced to basic tap skills and rhythms through fun and games. The balance and musicality that children learn in tap are tools that complement ballet and jazz.
Ages: 4 – 5
Held: Thursday, April 3 – June 19, 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
Instructor: Deborah Kenner
This class focuses on the human figure, which has long fascinated artists and is the core of many artists’ training. In this course, students study with live dance models, costumed in dancewear to study the graceful and beautiful expressions of the dancing figure. Dancers are great subjects for figure drawing due to their grace, beauty, line and definition. This class is open to beginning or advanced levels and students can bring any medium to draw or paint the dancers.
Held: Monday, March 24 – May 12, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $100 + $15 – 25 materials fee
Instructor: Joanne Burney
Animals and Art
In this fun and informative class, students learn about the different aspects of art through exploration of the animal kingdom. Students use cartooning techniques that allow for the freedom of imagination and expression in portraying animals with spots, stripes, fins, fur and feathers. Students also learn about three-dimensional form in sculpting and explore painting with acrylic and watercolor.
Ages: 7 – 12
Held: Tuesday, March 25 – May 13, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Instructor: David Sullivan
Color for the Pastelists
This workshop teaches students how to make new colors out of limited number of pastel colors available. Mixing pastels is not as easy as mixing paint, and there are not enough pastels for all the colors one can see. Participants learn how to mix pastels to make whatever colors they have seem like many more.
Ages: 16 – Adult
Held: Saturday, March 29, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Joanne Burney
Playing with Opaque Watercolor
Opaque watercolor, or gouache, handles like watercolor, but it’s not transparent and has a different appearance and feel. Since gouache is matte and thicker than transparent watercolor, it covers or partially covers the lower layers of paint. With a minimal investment in a $10 set of gouache paint, two synthetic-hair brushes and paper, students can enjoy the ease of this medium quickly. Participants work from their own photos or reference materials, from a provided still life or from their imagination.
Held: Saturday, April 12, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 + $10 materials fee
Instructor: Bonnie Iris
Freeing Your Creative Spirit
This is an exploratory painting class that enables students to break free from hindering mindsets and discover a healthier attitude toward art and their creation of it. This class uses the acclaimed “The Artist’s Way” book as a foundational resource to encourage simplicity, creative release and the experience of joy through creation. Students learn techniques to open themselves to the creative flow in a nurturing, safe environment where they can let their inner artist run free. This course offers support and encouragement to participants as they explore the inner artist.
Ages: 16 - Adult
Held: Saturday, April 5, May 3 & May 31, 9:30 –11:30 a.m.
Cost: $55 + $3 materials fee
Instructor: Sheri Anstedt
Porcupine Pine Needle Basket
In this class students learn the ancient form of coiling as they create colorful, bristly porcupine basket from pine needles and waxed linen. They also learn about the history behind the art form and explore the use of color and texture to create design. This course also includes demonstrations, discussions and a short slide presentation. Prior experience is helpful, but not required.
Held: Saturday, April 12, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $55 + $28 materials fee
Instructor: W. Jayne Stanley
In this beginning class, students learn practical Japanese with an emphasis on daily conversation, customs and culture. No reading or writing is involved in this conversational class. The course covers numbers, days of the week, months, seasons, colors, everyday phrases, basic questions, members of the family, weather and much more. Students learn over 100 Japanese words that originated from English words such as kohii (coffee), miruku (milk), paso-con (personal computer), war-pro (word processor) and more.
Ages: 14 – Adult
Held: Wednesday, March 26 – April 30, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $75 + $5 materials fee
Instructor: Juey-D Chang
In this introductory class, students learn and practice the basic structure of conversational Spanish. Using an easy step-by-step approach, students learn to speak simple phrases in the first session. The course also includes an introduction to grammar, vocabulary, numbers, daily expressions, regular verbs, the use of present tense, everyday terms and cultural tips. The class is useful for professionals, travelers and anyone interested in Spanish language and culture.
Ages: 15 - Adult
Held: Monday, March 31– May 12, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. OR Tuesday, April 1 – May 13, 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.
Cost: $80 + $14 for book
Instructor: Americo Moscoso
Design and Water -wise Garden
No longer are water-wise (xeriscape) gardens a pile of red rocks with a few yucca plans thrown in. Students can design a colorful, beautiful garden that blooms through the growing season with water-wise gardens. This class includes information on soil preparation, plant placement, design, irrigation, mulching and everything one would need to create an exciting yard without using lots of water. This class includes a slide show of water-wise plants and trees and a field trip to Echter’s Garden Center. The Arvada Center and Echter’s Garden Center are proud to present this collaborative class.
Ages: 16 - Adult
Held: Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Instructor: Melissa Lincoln
In this class, students learn some basic truths about composing dynamic photographs. This three-session class explores the creative use of light, form and texture, along with exposure, equipment, composition and other creative controls available to the traveling photographer. This class is designed for students that are interested in having better snapshots from their next vacation or publication quality images from an international adventure.
Held: Wednesday, April 9 – 23, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jerome Shaw
Outdoor Photography at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater
Students get to hone their photography skills in the field while working with a professional photographer. Class begins with a field trip to Red Rocks Park, where students photograph subjects of their choice. The teacher works with each member of the group during the field session, providing suggestions and feedback. The group then meets the following week in a classroom session to critique students’ work.
Held: Saturday, April 26, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, May 1, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Glenn Chang
To register for classes or to request a complete catalog, call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. For additional information, contact Lisa Leafgreen, education coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-898-7236.
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 720.898.7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org. For media requests, contact Kristin Stork, director of media relations, at 720.898.7272 or email@example.com.
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