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