Class Descriptions

“You have such a lovely way with children and a talent to make everything interesting and appealing to them.  Thank you for a great experience for Jack.”  -Lia S.

Fall/Winter 2020-2021

Art Adventures

(1 hour) Age group: 3.5-8’s

Children are introduced to modern and contemporary artists and diverse cultures using a wide variety of media and techniques including: paint, clay, wood, plaster, papier-mâché, wire, fabric, sun prints, dioramas, recyclables and more! Myriad museums and galleries of NYC provide us with ample ideas from which to create, keeping our curriculum current with the art world of today. Parents are invited to join us on a trip to a NYC museum or gallery each semester. French may be added to any class upon request.  

Class size is limited to 8 children. Pickup or drop-off may be available.

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(1 hour, 15 min.) Age group: 8 and up.

Older children will have a longer class time, may visit museums more frequently and will be introduced to more advanced techniques and art vocabulary related to elevated media such as a variety of pencils, pastels, charcoals, stop-motion animation, paints and more, intertwined with the use of the above media exploration.

Class size is limited to 8 children.  Pickup or drop-off may be available. 

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Art and French

(1 hour) Age group: All

In addition to Art Adventures, we can include exposure to French vocabulary and common phrases. Children will gain exposure to the French language, accent and utilize basic French pertaining to art, while not even aware they are doing so!  French may be added to any class upon request.  

Rendezvous: (Art, Lunch, (*French) and Conversation!)

(1 hour and 20 or 30 minutes) Age groups: 3.5-early 4’s/ 4.5 –5’s

This fun lunch group will engage in playful directed conversation practicing art (& *French) vocabulary and phrases, allowing children to interact as a group, learn sharing and turn taking with an emphasis on social development and responsibility. Parents are invited to join us on a trip to a NYC museum or gallery each semester. Lunch is either before or after art depending on class time. Children bring a packed lunch. *French may be added to any Rendezvous class upon request.

Class size is limited to 8 children.  Pickup or drop-off may be available.

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“Sam and Harry always say they love going to your class because they don’t know what fun thing they’re going to do.”   -Amy

Mini-Art Adventures (with adult)

(45 minutes) Age groups: Late 2–Early 4’s

The Curriculum is responsive to the developmental needs of each age group, carefully tailored and ever changing to suit the children’s interests. Instead of pushing children through activities, they are given ample opportunity to be active collaborators in the design of their class. Using a wide range of interesting art materials such as clay, wire, eyedroppers, diverse painting tools and techniques (to name a few) children explore, identify and reinforce language, colors, shapes, numbers while practicing motor skills and appropriate art language in a fun and nurturing environment. Each class begins with our unique group “sticky mural” decoration, with items changing each week. Through all of our activities, our goal is to promote confidence through choice-making as well as the freedom of self-expression while applauding and encouraging each stage of development.
Class size is limited to 8 participants, including Adults, whose attendance is required for 2’s-mid 3’s.

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Art Adventures Studio

(1 hour and 30 minutes) Age groups: 8-10’s/ 10–14’s

Children are introduced to modern and contemporary artists using a wide variety of media and techniques including: paint, specialty pencils, pastels, charcoal, blending tools, clay, wood, plaster, wire, fabric, photography, stop-motion animation and more.  Children also learn techniques to recreate what they see through live model drawing (clothed) and still life.  There will be a focus on portfolio building for older students.  Please visit the Art Adventures homepage for more information.  Myriad museums and galleries of NYC provide us with ample ideas from which to create, keeping our curriculum current with the art world of today. Children take 2 trips to U.E.S. galleries and Museums during the semester to be inspired in their own processes.  Visiting contemporary artists also share their techniques in this class.  Sketchbooks are kept in class to reinforce topics and to record development throughout the year.  

Class size is limited to 8 children.

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All About Acting 

(1 hour and 30 minutes) Age group: 9-16’s

This playful acting class is designed for the budding and seasoned young acting student interested in exploring and deepening their experience with the joy and craft of acting. Harvard trained Acting Teacher, Dina Ann Comolli, will offer 12 weeks of inspiring ensemble building theatre games, acting exercises and techniques to approaching scripted monologues, duo scenes and on-camera acting experiments. Rehearsal and text work will reveal a sense of Character (who we are), Given Circumstances (where we are) and Action (why we are doing what we are doing.)  Expect a splash of spontaneity, though, as we play with improvisation, vocal warm-ups and theatrical movement. A Performance Sharing of Monologues and short Duo Scenes for friends and family will round out this All About Acting journey with applause!

Class size is limited to 8 children.  More about Dina

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Young Actors PlayShop  

(1 hour and 30 minutes) Age group: 5-8’s

Young Thespians unite! This super charged acting and movement class is powered with creative explorations through fairytales and children’s stories. With the use of fun improvisational games and techniques; budding Actors will come together and play; becoming familiar with the fundamentals of character development, story structure and boundless creativity. Imaginations run wild as students are encouraged to collectively re-imagine and re-create their chosen stories in preparation for a Young Actors PlayShop Sharing on the final day of class for an invited audience of family and friends. Come and join in on the fun!  Led by Dina Comolli.

Class size is limited to 8 children.

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On-Camera Commercials Audition Technique

(1 hour and 30 minutes) Age group: 7-16’s

TV commercial acting is a LOT of FUN! But commercial acting means winning at the commercial AUDITION. Never fear… this course teaches Student Actors expert techniques, tricks of the trade and audition do’s and don’ts that make commercial auditions turn into callbacks and bookings. Harvard trained Instructor and Commercial Actress, Dina Ann Comolli, will guide Actors through the basics of audition slates, introductions, marks, takes and happy mistakes. We will dig deeper and work with text and acting techniques; delivery styles, improvisational scenarios, group and solo auditions. Students will have the opportunity to review their work on-camera and make adjustments that will help them grow into vibrant young commercial actors.  This class is bookended with Parent/Child question and answer information sessions on the topics of Headshots, Agents, Managers, Casting Directors and Unions. Arm yourself with the tools to win the job!

Class size is limited to 8 children.

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Parent/Child Art Adventures Studio Workshops

(1 hour and 30 minutes) Age group: 5 and up + Adult

You and your child will be introduced to modern and contemporary artists and diverse cultures using a wide variety of media and techniques including (one each class): paint, clay (including kiln-fired), wood, encaustics, dioramas, papier-mâché, wire, cloth, photography, animation and more. Join your child, side by side, in the experience of learning about art through making hands-on projects using unique materials!  This Art Adventures Studio will meet at All Souls Church to work on museum and gallery-inspired projects.  Parents may schedule a workshop on a desired day and time, or join our e-list for upcoming workshops!

Class size is limited to 8 participants.  

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Grown-Up Classes!

Sip and Sketch

Age group: Grown-ups

Come discover trade secrets to drawing, painting, acrylic pouring and more… and enjoy wine (BYOB.)  Learn the principles of “seeing” in a relaxed and comfortable environment using a core line and shape vocabulary along with basic art principles. Demystified and inspiring, drawing and painting are not exclusive to those born to be “artists.” Everyone can learn, if given the proper insight!

All art materials provided.  Schedule your private or group evening class! 

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NEW!

Multidisciplinary Arts Collaborations

Check out CCA’s ALL NEW exciting collaborations with Central Studio Academy and artist Jonathan Lev for inspiring creativity for Ages 3-15!

This year, our goal is to collaborate with artists to make today’s world a better place. Claire unites many arts and artists into the following  programs to engage youth (through teens!) this summer… Including dancers, writers, musicians & fine artists who contribute their specialties to be part of growth, courage & empowerment through Fine & Performing Arts.

  1. Art Adventures, in collaboration with Central Studio Academy presents: DanceArt Expression!  

Ages Late 3-9 | Daily Activities Outdoors or Indoors | Access Creative Content @ Any time!  

Watch our intro  DANCEART YOUTUBE VIDEO!

Claire’s Unique Story-Based Art Kits are mailed via UPS.  Online virtual live or DIY/Homeschool registration available only. Sibling and full series discounts.

Session 1:   Based on Scarlett’s Journey Home

Session 2:  Based on Polie and Scarlett’s Fantastic Adventures

Session 3:  Based on Scarlett’s Tapestry Trails

Session 4:  Based on Cora Courage

Session 5:  Based on Leilani Love

Overview: 

  • Daily Exercise: Various forms of Dance, Music & Movement
  • Reading, Storytelling & Imaginary Travel
  • Daily Art Adventures: Abstract Line Game warm-ups, Character-Drawing, Painting & 3D Scene-Building
  • Rendezvous: French/Art & Lunch
  • Including: 
    • Art Kits! (Tailored to each story & Creatively Engaging for all ages- even after camp!)
    • Weekly (optional) live engagement- to keep students inspired and motivated
    • Optional Live Performances with with Claire and Mary Ellen (Founder of Central Studio Academy)
    • French & Spanish practice
    • Even lunch is art!  “Rendezvous” (Art, French & Lunch) an engaging ART EYE-SPY to use with your food! Includes daily French numbers & colors.  Bon Appétit!

Children become a master of their worlds through Live weekly classes or *Pre-recorded daily engagement to use at any time, AT YOUR OWN PACE with suggested schedule to help frame your active day.  *Live portions may be added, to enhance the homeschool experience, while staying connected to friends, family (and your teachers:)  (Optional) Share your masterpieces & dance routines with family and friends…Live on Zoom!

 Sample the Daily Offerings.

All materials are mailed out to you prior to the start of class.  Several offerings of Virtual Fun is provided through Google classroom and 1 optional online live-stream session each week.  Children may share what they’ve made & ask questions.

Walk through the snowy unknown and shadowy ice valleys throughout the hot summer. Your camper reads, dances to choreography, draws and goes on Art Adventures with Claire, along with illustrated books written & read by Mary Ellen Bryan of Central Studio Academy.

Look for the tallest mountain to climb or raging rivers to swim across. Discover when love and courage unite, they are unstoppable. Children unlock their own courageous and loving superpowers through a season of reading, moving, dancing and theater games, while learning to draw characters and create their own sets!

Learn more about Central Studio

  • Register Now for pre-recorded lessons or live online sessions & timely receipt of Art Adventures Kits!

TO REGISTER: Click HERE  Please include the CORRECT MAILING ADDRESS, WHERE YOU WILL BE TO RECEIVE YOUR ART KIT!

Tweens & Teens Drawing Programs Overview:

Jonathan Lev joins Claire & visiting artists in an upper level drawing curriculum, age-appropriated, to learn to SEE & Draw Realism with Confidence & Skill with fun daily drawing warm-ups, subject drawing, “Art Tricks” & interesting S.T.E.A.M.- based “Brain” challenges along the way, to create curiosity and anticipation (the answers are not revealed until the following class.)     Watch our DRAWING CAMPS YOUTUBE VIDEO.

All materials are mailed out to you 1-week prior to the start of your class– in a professional Art Drawing Travel ToolKit. Virtual learning is provided through Google classroom or Zoom.  The weeks culminate in Friday Gallery Days where students learn art etiquette:  How to present their work, discuss art responsibly, respectfully, get and give tips, while learning important art tricks and art vocabulary & Visiting Artist Kelli Bickman.

Ages 9-12:  Pre-Masters Drawing Class 

Objects & Architecture 
Landscapes, Nature, Portraits
Full Series registration saves $50 (recommended for better advancement)
(Register 2-weeks prior to start date, for timely receipt of Art Kit)
Sibling Discounts. 2 teachers attend each class and Visiting Artists!  Gallery Shows & Learn how to Critique days, included.

Learn basic art rules:  Once put into action, they become habit.  Warm-up practices in abstraction, followed by application to realism each class.  Students learn scale, perspective, composition & values, while making their own choices on subjects. Curriculum is tailored to participants’ interests and levels.

  • Including: 
    • 1 Travel Art ToolKit- per student.  (Includes Sketchbook, diverse drawing tools: graphite pencils, charcoal pencils, coloring tools, kneadable & rubber erasers, smearing stomps.)
    • Pre-recorded:  Warm-ups and Drawing object of the day  (15-20 min.)
    • Weekly Live classes to complete each picture (approx. 40 min.)
    • “Gallery Days” –Learn How to Critique + Visiting Artists

TO REGISTER: Click HERE.  PLEASE ADD THE CORRECT MAILING ADDRESS WHERE YOU WILL BE FOR CAMP!

Ages 13-15:  Masters Drawing Class

Objects & Architecture Landscapes, Nature, Portraits

Full Series registration saves $50 (recommended for better advancement)

(Register 2-weeks prior to start date, for timely receipt of Art Kit)
Sibling Discounts. 2 teachers attend each class and Visiting Artists!  Gallery Shows & Learn how to Critique days, included.

Learn advanced art techniques:   Once put into action, they become habit.  Warm-up practices in abstraction, followed by application to realism each class.  Students learn scale, perspective, composition & values, while making their own choices on subjects. Curriculum is tailored to participants’ interests and levels.

  • Including: 
    • 1 Travel Art ToolKit- per student.  (Includes Sketchbook, diverse drawing tools: graphite pencils, charcoal pencils, coloring tools, kneadable & rubber erasers, smearing stomps.)
    • Pre-recorded:  Warm-ups and Drawing object of the day  (15-20 min.)
    • Weekly Live classes to complete each picture (approx. 40 min.)
    • “Gallery Days” –Learn How to Critique + Visiting Artists

TO REGISTER: Click HERE and tell us which weeks in the “Messages” section of the form.  PLEASE ADD THE CORRECT MAILING ADDRESS WHERE YOU WILL BE FOR CAMP!

The Golden Ratio:  Fibonacci’s Sequence!  Join our E-List to stay informed!

A great week of S.T.E.A.M.-Based learning through ART!  Apply the Golden Spiral’s mathematical equation to Art (the Mona Lisa) Architecture (Parthenon), Nature (Waves, Plants & Space) and Shapes.  Make art-inspired pieces from Fibonacci’s Sequence.

Moving and Grooving:  With the help of local musicians- Claire coordinates musical collaborations with “art and music” segments- incorporating different musical instruments while creating art!

Pre-Covid19/ Past Camp Projects:SUMMER 2018! Summer 2017! Summer 2015!  Summer 2014!  Summer 2013!Summer 2012!

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