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ChathamArts announces Spring classes

By Molly Matlock
Posted Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Arts makes you smART. ChathamArts is here for you with our arts-in-education school programs & our new line-up of classes for ALL Ages this spring and summer. Help your loved ones "get smart" by giving them the gift of intelligence. Register at chathamarts.org.

Here is our current Spring roster:

1. ADVENTURES IN WATERCOLOR
Shannon Bueker

One Day Workshop: April 2

Six-Week Series: May 7, 14, 21 & June 4, 11, 18
Location: Briar Chapel

$50 plus supplies for One-Day Workshop

$150 plus supplies for Series

This class allows participants to explore watercolor from light traditional approaches to heavier layering and mixed media techniques. The class is open to beginners, experienced painters who want to loosen up, and everyone in between. Watercolors can be trusted; don't be afraid.
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2. INTERMEDIATE IMPROVISATIONAL ACTING
Anoushka Brod
Location: Briar Chapel

$120 for six weeks
$74 for three weeks

In this class we explore important improv tools such as why it's important to say "Yes,and" to your scene partners, how to create believable characters through body and voice, and why "commitment" is a key word in performance. We learn how to create a scene with our fellow players without any props, costumes or script. Improv teaches us to be fully in the moment on stage and in life! In addition to the fun we have, improv teaches us important skills such as cooperation, communication and how to enhance our creative thinking. Join the fun!

Next Winter Series for Beginning and Intermediate Improv, Actors, Ages 16+
February 22 - March 29, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Coming this Spring! Andvanced Improv , Ages 16+

Six weeks: $120

Three weeks: $74

Read
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3. CREATIVE CHILDREN'S DANCE THROUGH STORYTELLING, Ages 4 - 7
Katherine Hirsh, Briar Chapel Resident
Location: Briar Chapel

Sundays, January 30 - Feb 27, 1 - 2 pm

Session B: March 6 - April 3

Session C: April 10 - May 15

$70 for 5 classes (Session A, March 6 - April 3 OR Session B, April 10 - May 15)
$110 for 10 classes

$150 for 15 classes
30% off for siblings
10% off for Briar Chapel residents

In this class dance movements are generated by creating images and telling stories. Inspiration comes from books and favorite songs such as Puff the Magic Dragon, She’ll be Comin’ around the Mountain and more... With 25 years of dance teaching experience, Katherine Hirsh has developed a children’s dance class that will captivate your child. There will be local performance opportunities for the young dancers.

Attire: casual dancewear (leggings, skirts or shorts); bare feet or jazz/ballet slippers (no socks or street shoes)
*****
4. LET'S DANCE, Ages 8 - 11
Katherine Hirsh

Location: Briar Chapel

Sundays, January 30 - Feb 27, 2 - 3:15 pm

Session B: March 6 - April 3

Session C: April 10 - May 15

$70 for 5 classes (Session A, March 6 - April 3 OR Session B, April 10 - May 15)
$110 for 10 classes
$150 for 15 classes

30% off for siblings
10% off for Briar Chapel residents

This class will combine contemporary, classical and hip-hop training techniques for warm-up exercises; then move into fantastic, fun choreography. Music genres will vary from popular to hip-hop to world music. The dancer will gain a broad dance vocabulary and have an option to perform at community events.

Attire: casual dancewear (leggings, skirts or shorts); bare feet, jazz/ballet slippers and dance sneakers
*****
5. HIP-HOP FOR TEENS, Ages 14+
Katherine Hirsh

Location: Briar Chapel

Sundays, March 6 - May 15, 2 - 3:15 pm

Session 1: March 6 - April 3

Session 2: April 10 - May 15

Location: Briar Chapel

$70 for 5 classes (Session 1, March 6 - April 3 OR Session 2, April 10 - May 15)
$110 for 10 classes

30% off for siblings
10% off for Briar Chapel residents

In this class dance movements are generated by creating images and telling stories. Inspiration comes from books and favorite songs such as Puff the Magic Dragon, She’ll be Comin’ around the Mountain and more... With 25 years of dance teaching experience, Katherine Hirsh has developed a children’s dance class that will captivate your child. There will be local performance opportunities for the young dancers.

Attire: casual dancewear (leggings, skirts or shorts); bare feet, jazz/ballet slippers and dance sneakers
*****
6. THE ART OF SOULFUL LIVING
Anoushka Brod

Location: Briar Chapel

Tuesdays, February 22 - March 29, 10am-12pm
$120

In this class we explore topics that empower us to live more profoundly and fully. By developing practices that cut through daily distractions and stress, we will grow more consistently aware and connected with our souls. Each week we explore a Soulful Living theme such as Self-Love, Gratitude, Living with Joy and Developing Intuition. Through group activities, journal work and guided meditations we will allow our group energy to support new choices and visions of who we are. Embark on the most important journey there is...the journey to the heart of your True Self. All welcome.
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7. DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SMALL TOWN

Location: Pittsboro, TBA

Two-Day Workshop, April 23 & April 30, 11 am - 5 pm
$150

Documentary photography is about using images to tell stories. This is a 2-day documentary photography course about learning to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

In this course we will work to develop your photographers eye. What are the elements that make a photograph interesting? How can you use light and shadow and composition more confidently to make your images tell a more powerful story? How do you take photographs of strangers? We will spend the first part of the course looking at and discussing some iconic documentary images and talking about those elements, as well as practical topics such as the finding and photographing of documentary subjects.

This course will help you find new and interesting ways to photograph things that interest you, but will also help you gain the skills and confidence to photograph people, including strangers, with grace and humanity.

For this course, we will explore the town of Pittsboro. We will fan out with shooting assignments meant to challenge you and encourage new perspectives in an effort to paint a picture of the landscape and the people of this small and historical town. We will spend class time reviewing the images and will go out into the field again. Please bring a bagged lunch.

*Film photographers are welcome to take this class, with the understanding that they will need to get their film developed into contact sheets or prints in the week between each class.
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8. INTERDISCLIPLINARY ART FOR ARTISTS, Ages 18+
Matt Zigler

Location: Pittsboro, TBA
Sundays, March 20 through May 29 (10 classes, no class April 17), 2 – 5 pm

$150 plus supplies

Are you a painter, sculptor, ceramicist, photographer, digital artist, etc. who is looking for ways to expand your ideas and influence past the confines of your medium? Addressing a concept or idea sometimes requires us to seek out other languages to express ourselves, following where our ideas and creativity lead us.

This class is designed to help you unlock your minds potential to express who you are regardless of your preferred medium. By examining the ideas behind our work and why we make it we can take a journey of exploration that epitomizes what it means to be an artist, a creator, a maker of objects rather than a painter, sculptor or photographer
alone.

This class is part seminar, part critique and part studio course. Some work will be done outside of class. By looking at the work of conceptual and interdisciplinary artists, by talking to peers with backgrounds from other disciplines and by challenging your ideas of what art is and what you are capable of you will find in this course new sources of inspiration to expand your current work and generate
new work.
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9. KNITTING 9-1-1
Lynn Sims

Location: TBA
Thursdays, April 7- May 26, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

$100 plus supplies

Do you have a knitting project that has you stumped? Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Do you need help in translating all those impossible terms in knitting patterns? Would you like structured help, ideas, tips and tricks? This is the class for you!

Knitting Camp Materials List:

Project assistance: the project you’re working on, the pattern working from, proper knitting needles and yarn

Learn to knit: Size 8 straight needles. 1 skein worsted weight yarn, smooth texture, light color

Improve my knitting: 2 swatches 4 x 4 inches in stockinette stitch. 4.5 – 4 stitches per inch, light worsted weight yarn.

Bring notebook and pencils for taking notes.
*****

10. SUMMER PERCUSSION CAMP w/ the PROFESSIONALS
Matt Vooris

Location: Briar Chapel

Tue. July 5 - Sat. July 8 (avoiding the July 4th holiday), 9 am - 5 pm
(AGES 5 - 9)
$100

Mon. July 18 - Fri. July 22, 9 am - 5 pm (AGES 10 - 16)
$120

Participants learn stick techniques, rudiments, reading music, and applying it all to the drum set. After that, the stage is set to experience other areas of percussion ensemble and rhythm section performance. Participant experiences will be fun and educational. Campers will be placed in a band with kids their own age and skill level. You will learn about music theory, ensemble playing, promoting a performance, how to get through a concert, how to maximize your creativity, and how to compose.

 
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