Westchester, NY Arts Courses

Acting

Instructors:

Simran Ruta

(FULL) Section 1: Grades 5-8, Tues, Thurs: 11AM- 11:45AM, EDT
Prerequisites: None


Attention young actors! Missing the chance to participate in summer theater workshops? Join this class! In this Acting Basics class, we will play improv games, work on various monologues, write our own monologues, and learn all about self expression.

The Art of Baking

Instructors:

Carly Gelles

(FULL) Section 1: Grades 6-8, Mon, Wed: 10AM- 10:45AM, EDT
Prerequisites: None


Get out your mixing bowls and preheat your oven! This course is designed for anyone interested in learning how to bake anything from a basic chocolate chip cookie to an extravagant fruit tart. In the Art of Baking, students will learn a range of various baking techniques, including how to properly measure ingredients, whip cream, knead dough, and frost a cake to perfection. We will create several new recipes, and students will be able to suggest what they would like to learn how to make. With Carly Gelles, our baking instructor, you will be baking up a storm in no time. Get ready for some delicious treats!

Intermediate Chess

Instructors: 

Ethan Gu

(FULL) Section 1: Grades 2-5, Mon, Wed: 3PM- 3:45PM, EDT
Section 2: Grades 6-8, Tues, Thurs: 3PM- 3:45PM, EDT
Prerequisites: Knowledge of how to play chess.


Chess is a wonderful game that teaches many different life skills. Themes such as problem solving and pattern recognition prominent in chess can be applied to academic subjects such as math and science. This course will cover vital principles of chess such as tactics, piece development, central control, etc. Additionally, the class will look at elementary endgame positions and themes like king activity and the value of passed pawns. Finally, we will look at famous games (such as the Opera Game) to teach opening and middlegame principles with a focus on piece activity and king safety. The course is perfect for students who know the basics of chess and are interested in further developing strategy and skill.

Advanced Chess

Instructors:

Ethan Gu

Section 1: Grades 4-6, Mon, Wed: 5PM- 5:45PM, EDT
Section 2: Grades 6-8, Tues, Thurs: 5PM- 5:45PM, EDT
Prerequisites: Please attempt as few or many of the puzzles linked here (more instructions on the comment on the site); these puzzles illustrate the difficulty of the class, so if you don’t feel confident in most of them, it may not be the best fit


Chess is a wonderful game that teaches many different life skills. Themes such as problem solving and pattern recognition prominent in chess can be applied to academic subjects such as math and science. This course will cover more advanced concepts of chess such as common attacking and defending patterns, theoretical endgames, pawn structures, positional play, etc. To teach these themes we will look at many famous games played by chess greats such as Kasparov, Fischer, Tal, Botvinnik, and more. I will also present many puzzles and endgame studies throughout the course in order to train calculation. 

Creative Writing

Instructors:

Sam Hurwitz

(FULL) Section 1: Grades 5-8, Tues, Wed: 11AM- 11:45AM, EDT
Prerequisites: None


Do you have a story that you’re dying to tell? Whether it be a simple poem or a wacky fantasy story, everything is possible through creative writing. Anything you can imagine can become a reality with a few words. The Creative Writing class will give you a space to explore this passion. Schools often have few spaces to let your stories shine, and here you can let your imagination flow. You’ll also receive instructor feedback, partake in fun writing exercises, and more.

Drawing from Observation

(FULL) Section 1: Grades 6-8, Tues, Wed: 2PM- 2:45PM, EDT
Prerequisites: Have access to pencils, paper, a water bottle,  fruit (preferably an orange or lemon) and paper towels


Ever wonder how artists create drawings that are so realistic? One of the most popular techniques that artists use to draw realistically is drawing from observation. In this class, we will be exploring some of the basic skills to draw from observation such as understanding proportions, depth, and lighting. In addition, we will be learning how to shade objects to create more realistic drawings.

Beginner's Magic

Instructors: 

Tom Gibney

(FULL) Section 1: Grades 6-8, Mon, Wed: 7:30PM- 8:15PM, EDT
(FULL) Section 2: Grades 6-8, Tues, Thurs: 7:30PM- 8:15PM, EDT
Prerequisites: None


There are many ways to learn magic, through YouTube, a DVD, a book, etc. But the best way to learn is directly from another magician. This class is exactly that. Students will learn basic sleight of hand along with performance skills. They won’t only learn a trick but also how to present themselves and be confident in a crowd. They will learn things that Tom wishes he knew when he started out. So let’s take a little dive into the art of deception.

Introduction to Music Theory

Instructors:

Karen Lee

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Mon, Fri: 2:30PM- 3:15PM, EDT
Prerequisites: None


Whether you are interested in learning how to read music or just dusting off some cobwebs from what you learned at school, this course is just for you! We will cover the basics of music theory including note-reading, tempo, scales, rhythms, and more. By incorporating fun games and challenges, students will experience a diverse way of learning music theory. Absolute beginners are welcome.

Introduction to Origami

Instructors: Curtis Chang

(FULL) Section 1: Grades 2-5, Mon, Wed: 3PM- 3:45PM, EDT
(FULL) Section 2: Grades 6-8, Thurs, Sat: 4PM- 4:45PM, EDT
Prerequisites: None


This course would cover the basics of origami, or paper folding. It will primarily focus on teaching certain beginner level origami models, such as the crane. It will additionally discuss a basic intuition behind reading diagrams, selecting paper, and other skills helpful for learning origami.

Painting

Instructors: 

Evann Penn Brown

(FULL) Section 1: Grades 6-8, Tues: 4PM- 4:45PM, Fri: 3PM- 3:45PM, EDT
(FULL) Section 2: Grades 6-8, Tues: 1PM- 1:45PM, Thurs: 4PM- 4:45PM, EDT
Prerequisites: Have access to basic painting supplies: brushes, canvas, pencils, paint


Want to become the next Michalangelo? Or maybe just find something meditative to fill the hours? Either way this class is for you. It will help get you started on the basics of painting by going over different styles throughout history, the basics of mixing colors, and different brushes and mediums. You will be able to explore your own creativity and start to develop your personal, unique approach to painting.

Introduction to Piano

Instructors:

Janet Kuskin

(FULL) Section 1: Grades 2-5, Mon, Wed: 10:30AM-11:15AM, EDT
Section 2: Grades 6-8, Tues, Fri: 10:30AM- 11:45AM, EDT
Prerequisites: Have access to a piano or keyboard


This course is designed for students with little to no piano experience. We will cover the first steps of learning how to play the piano through step-by-step instructions, as well as a demonstrate-respond method. As we become more familiar with individual skills, we will also tackle beginner songs that incorporate all of the techniques we have learned so far. Each student will receive personalized instructor feedback as well as time to show off what they have learned towards the end of the course.

Playwriting

Instructors: 

Evann Penn Brown

Section 1: Grades 6-8, Mon, Wed: 2PM- 2:45PM, EDT
Section 2: Grades 6-8, Tues, Thurs: 2PM- 2:45PM, EDT
Prerequisites: None


If you love theater, or simply want to study a new style of writing, Playwriting is a fun and creative way to express yourself. You’ll read over some works by famous playwrights, and then start writing yourself. This class will help improve your writing skills by focusing on dialogue, human speech, and doing basic writing exercises. Then you’ll start working on longer scenes. You will have a chance to share your work and have it read by the class, and by the end you will write a short play. 

Songwriting & Recording

Instructors: Sam Hurwitz

Section 1: Grades 5-8, Mon, Thurs: 11AM- 11:45AM, EDT
Prerequisites: Please have access to GarageBand on a tablet/phone (if you don’t use Apple, another free music recording software should work)


Songwriting & Recording is the place to turn the melodies in your head into fully-fledged songs. Although you can learn how to play instruments anywhere, songwriting, digital music, and production are hard skills to learn without instruction. In this class, you’ll be guided step-by-step. You will learn prompts and ideas for inspiration, the key to turning your ideas into music, how to use digital software and produce, and more. The class will guide you through the full process of becoming a songwriter.

Sports Broadcasting

Instructors:

Zoe Alter

Section 1: Grades 6-8, Mon, Sat: 10AM- 10:45AM, EDT
Section 2: Grades 6-8, Thurs: 4PM- 4:45PM, Fri: 6PM- 6:45PM, EST
Prerequisites: None


This is a course designed for kids who absolutely love sports! We will be talking about not only the athletes on the field, but also the guys and girls up in the booth and on the sidelines. The class will be mostly discussion based, with live conversation and assignments. Students will have a maximum of 15 minutes of homework between sessions, which will most likely just include prepping for the next week. If your child loves sports, then this is the place for them! No experience needed, just a passion for sports!

Stand Up Comedy

Instructors:

Sam Lippmann

(FULL) Section 1: Grades 5-8, Tues, Fri: 5PM- 5:45PM, EDT
Prerequisites: None


John Mulaney. Ali Wong. Hasan Minhaj. Don’t know who any of those people are? Doesn’t matter. Know every one of their jokes by heart? Awesome. Whether you know nothing about stand-up comedy or watch ten Netflix specials a night, this class is for you! Stand-up Comedy 101 will serve as an introduction to writing and performing stand-up comedy. We will learn how to find funny material, how to shape that material and how to perform that material. Students will create their own stand-up bits and receive feedback on how to improve. By the end, students will hopefully be able to make humorous observations and write their own bits.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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