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Finding YOUth through the ArtsTM

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Art It Up Intensive Arts Education Program

Format: 10-week schedule with a Fall, Winter and Spring slate of classes
Grades: 4 through 12
Class Size: Minimum 5 | Maximum of 20
Tuition: $65 per week p/child or $260.00 per month p/child
Date: September 10 – November 16, 2018, Fall Semester | January 7 – March 15, 2019, Winter Semester
            March 18 – May 31, 2019, Spring Semester
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. EST Monday – Friday
Note: The schedule is aligned with the Essex Public School Calendar

Method: The program begins early Fall with a 10-week intensive learning process and continues as a cohort of young artists who are determined to make an impact in the field of the visual and performing arts. Students take the same block of classes in the fall semester beginning with one of two tracks (Art Scholars or Musicology) and rotating between the tracks after five weeks. During the winter semester, the students will begin with one of two tracks (Art-trepreneurs and Musicology).  During the spring semester, the students will begin with one of two tracks (Art Scholars and Musicology). The tracks include lessons in one of the four prongs (Financial Literacy, Cultural Appreciation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development).  The culmination of the track is a capstone project chosen by the instructor.

The purpose of the program is to expand children’s imagination and arouse their curiosity about the world around them using the arts as the transporter.  Additionally, for youth to infuse the arts into everyday life and use the arts as a tool for building cultural understanding and community. The goals of the program are to identify tweens and teens who want to expand their personal vision to create a meaningful and sustainable life and career in the arts or stimulate the right hemisphere of their brain to enhance their academic and/or career pursuits.

The lecture format, interactive learning and actual practice combined with mentorship from local artists and guidance from working professionals in the field, are hallmarks of the after-school program’s unique design.

Tracks & Class Subjects

FALL SEMESTER

Art Scholars Track with Financial Literacy Prong – 5 weeks
Art Scholars: Students explore the world of art and its influence on society. Students dive into the history of art from images on cave walls to graffiti on city buildings. Students create works of art representative of the period discussed and noted artists of the same period. Students learn of the different careers in the arts and the skills necessary to be successful in the respective fields.

Class Subjects: Art History 101, Art in Society 101, Arts Management 101, Arts Marketing 101

Money Moves: Students learn how money makes the world go round. They learn how money is earned, used, invested and cycled in the community. Students dive deeper into the practical applications of money as it applies to investments, real estate, education, and other areas of personal interests. Students learn the different aspects of and usage of money—accountability and misuse. Collaboration with local banking institutions and financial institutions are engaged in the teaching process from a real-life perspective.

Class Subjects: Spending vs Saving, Invest in yourself, Smart investments, The Value of the Dollar

Musicology Track with Cultural Appreciation Prong – 5 weeks
Musicology: In this track, students learn the history and theories of music, performing art and literary art forms, as well as learn the business side of the music and art industry. Students are required to create products in the specific art form as an ongoing learning process culminating with a capstone project—instructor’s choice. Professionals featured as guest lecturers in classes, field observation and experience will provide a real-life view for students.

Class subjects: Theory of art or music and analysis. History of art or music and its application of art in society and intensive study of major problems, issues, and interpretation in the history of music. Introduction to music research, information science and technical writing. Studying topics in popular music, western art music, performance practices, criticism, jazz and film, and global music.  Students study different styles of the art form and comparisons, and additionally, students will explore literature, storytelling, poetry, and the role of the literary arts in music and film.

Cultural I.Q.: Students in this track engage in activities, which provide them with a cross-section of cultural understanding and appreciation from a local, national and worldview. Projects include poetry and prose, and self-identity activities designed to broaden perspectives. Students study the similarities and differences of different cultures as well as customs and traditions. This track will raise the awareness of the extraordinary artistic contributions of cultures from around the world, as well as the value and role of the arts in American culture.  

Class Subjects: Culture and the Arts, Culture and Technology, Culture and Theory, Building your cultural IQ

WINTER SEMESTER

Art Builders Track with Entrepreneurship Prong – 5 weeks
Art Builders: These students are the builders of the group. Leaning toward architecture, industrial design and mechanical engineering fields, students learn how to design a city, build a scale model and learn how to work with different materials and tools to achieve the desired effects. Furthermore, students will understand the role of math in art and design. Students also gain an understanding of the world of planning from a creative perspective and study the work of noted architects, urban designers and engineers. Students will learn how to use design software to create drawings and plans.  

Class Subjects: History of Architecture, Urban/town design, building a scale model and drafting

Art-entrepreneurs: Students learn what it takes to start a business—from concept to market. Working in collaboration with SBDC and local entities as partners, students get a real, hands-on view of the business ownership process. Students learn the tools necessary to be successful business owners.

Class Subjects: Ideation, the Business plan, Strategic Marketing, Branding, and Financial Planning.

Musicology Track with Leadership Development Prong – 5 weeks
Musicology: In this track, students learn the history and theories of music, performing art and literary art forms, as well as learn the business side of the music and art industry. Students are required to create products in the specific art form as an ongoing learning process culminating with a capstone project—instructor’s choice. Professionals featured as guest lecturers in classes, field observation and experience will provide a real-life view for students.

Class subjects: Theory of art or music and analysis. History of art or music and its application of art in society and intensive study of major problems, issues, and interpretation in the history of music. 
Introduction to music research, information science and technical writing. Studying topics in popular music, western art music, performance practices, criticism, jazz and film, and global music.  Students study different styles of the art form and comparisons, and additionally, students will explore literature, storytelling, poetry, and the role of the literary arts in music and film.

Leadership Development: Students learn the concepts behind leadership development and the application of those skills in different settings. They learn of individuals that have strong leadership qualities throughout history and study comparisons. Students learn the difference between leaders and managers, and the different leadership styles and the theories that support the thinking behind the styles. The students will get an opportunity to meet with local leaders and gain an understanding of their path to leadership and their success in navigating leadership in different working environments.

SPRING SEMESTER

Art Scholars Track with Financial Literacy – 5 weeks
Art Scholars: Students explore the world of art and its influence on society. Students dive into the history of art from images on cave walls to graffiti on city buildings. Students create works of art representative of the period discussed and noted artists of the same period. Students learn of the different careers in the arts and the skills necessary to be successful in the respective fields.

Class Subjects: Art History 102, Art in Society 102, Arts Management 102, Arts Marketing 102

Money Moves: Students learn how money makes the world go round. They learn how money is earned, used, invested and cycled in the community. Students dive deeper into the practical applications of money as it applies to investments, real estate, education, and other areas of personal interests. Students learn the different aspects of and usage of money—accountability and misuse. Collaboration with local banking institutions and financial institutions are engaged in the teaching process from a real-life perspective.

Class Subjects: Spending vs Saving, Invest in yourself, Smart investments, The Value of the Dollar

Musicology Track with Cultural Appreciation – 5 weeks
Musicology: In this track, students learn the history and theories of music, performing art and literary art forms, as well as learn the business side of the music and art industry. Students are required to create products in the specific art form as an ongoing learning process culminating with a capstone project—instructor’s choice. Professionals featured as guest lecturers in classes, field observation and experience will provide a real-life view for students.

Class subjects: Theory of art or music and analysis. History of art or music and its application of art in society and intensive study of major problems, issues, and interpretation in the history of music.  Introduction to music research, information science and technical writing. Studying topics in popular music, western art music, performance practices, criticism, jazz and film, and global music.  Students study different styles of the art form and comparisons, and additionally, students will explore literature, storytelling, poetry, and the role of the literary arts in music and film.

Cultural I.Q.: Students in this track engage in activities, which provide them with a cross-section of cultural understanding and appreciation from a local, national and worldview. Projects include poetry and prose, and self-identity activities designed to broaden perspectives. Students study the similarities and differences of different cultures as well as customs and traditions. This track will raise the awareness of the extraordinary artistic contributions of cultures from around the world, as well as the value and role of the arts in American culture.  

Class Subjects: Culture and the Arts, Culture and Technology, Culture and Theory, Building your cultural IQ


  
  
Standard Offerings - 8-week Sessions

Objective: These classes are for students committed to enhancing their visual and/or performing skills for showcasing in front of different audiences. Additionally, to equip students with the concepts and the needed skills to improve their creative talents for personal and/or professional growth. 

Dance
Level: All (Ages 10 - 15)
Class Size: Minimum: 5 | Maximum: 15
Instructor(s): TBD
Date: Sep 10 – October 31, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM-5:30 PM EST on Monday & Wednesday
Tuition: $140
Details: Dance: Students learn the techniques of the different styles of dance (hip-hop, jazz, modern, liturgical). This class is for individuals interested in preparing for a professional career in dance or elevating their skills.

Voice:
Level: All (Ages 10 to Adult)
Class Size: Minimum: 5 | Maximum: 15
Instructor(s): TBD
Date: Sep 11 - Nov 1, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM-7:00 PM EST on Tuesday & Thursday
Tuition: $75.00
Details: Voice: Students learn the techniques of controlling, projecting and fine-tuning their voices through various vocal/breathing exercises and identifying their ranges through scaling (soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass).  If you want to move from the shower to the stage and unleash your voice then this is your starting point. Just bring your enthusiasm and your desire to learn with a can-do attitude.

Beginning Guitar:
Level: Novice (Ages 10 to Adult)
Class Size: Minimum: 5 | Maximum: 15
Instructor(s): TBD
Date: Sep 10 – October 31, 2018, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM-7:00 PM EST on Monday & Wednesday
Tuition: $75.00
Details: Beginning Guitar: Students work with a professional musician as they learn the fundamentals of playing (chording/notes/timing) and caring for their guitars (polishing, cleaning, tuning, and stringing) to ensure perfect harmony. This is a perfect class to jump-start a student’s musical pursuits by learning essential fundamentals and techniques while avoiding bad habits and pitfall. For adults with little to no experience.

Intermediate Guitar:
Level: Experienced (Ages 15 to Adult)
Class Size: Minimum: 5 | Maximum: 15
Instructor(s): TBD
Date: Sep 11 – November 1, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM-7:00 PM EST on Tuesday & Thursday
Tuition: $75.00
Details: Intermediate Guitar: For the students that are beyond the basics and are interested in expanding their knowledge. The main goal of this class is for students to begin to develop the ability to play the guitar in a variety of guitar-based music from traditional to contemporary genres. The class also contains the study of music theory as it relates to the guitar.

Drawing Fundamentals:
Level: Beginners (Ages 10 to Adult)
Class Size: Minimum: 5 | Maximum: 15
Instructor: Donna Jackson
Date: Sep 10 – October 31, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM EST on Monday & Wednesday
Tuition: $160.00
Details: Drawing fundamentals: Drawing is the foundation to all visual art forms. Students learn the basics of drawing and the how to apply the elements of design using charcoal and pencils.  Working from a setting and imaginations, students fine-tune their skills as they apply the elements of design toward a balanced composition. Students should bring charcoal drawing pencils, charcoal pencils and one 18' x 24" drawing pad or 18" x 24" newprint pad.

Beginning Piano:
Level: Novice (Ages 5 to 10)
Class Size: Minimum: 5 | Maximum: 7
Instructor(s): TBD
Date: Sep 11 – November 1, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM-6:00 PM EST on Tuesday & Thursday
Tuition: $75.00
Details: Beginning Piano: Students learn basic piano skills using both hands including 5 finger position, scales, progressions, fingering techniques and accompaniment. Students learn basic music theory including notes, rhythm, harmony and form. Students learn performance etiquette as a performer and as an audience member. Student learn basic harmonization techniques

  

  
Master Classes

Objective: These classes are designed to help you step up your artistic game skills in a learn-by-doing format. Designed for the interested, beginner and experienced.  Taught by practitioners in the field, the classes are guaranteed to be engaging, experiential, informative and of high level.

Theatrical Makeup
Level: All (Ages 18 and Up) 
Class Size: Minimum: 5 | Maximum: 10
Instructor: Shannon Turner
Date: October 13, 2018 (one day)
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST on Saturday
Cost: $30.00
Materials: Ben Nye Makeup Kit - Call for additional details 
Details: The class will go over basics of makeup and progress to doing some fantasy/gore creatures. Come with an idea of what you’d like to create, you can also use your phone and search images during the class as well. This will be a great way to make you stand out for any unique occassion from the rest of the crowd! Whether you’re a mermaid, a hideous creature, or cheetah you’ll be able to create that look during this hands on theatrical makeup design training! 

Art of Deejaying
Level: All (Ages 18 and Up) 
Class Size: Minimum: 5 | Maximum: 15
Instructor: TBD
Date: November 10, 2018 (one day)
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST on Saturday
Cost: $30.00

Fashion Design
Level: All (Ages 18 and Up) 
Class Size: Minimum: 5 | Maximum: 15
Instructor: TBD
Date: December 8, 2018 (one day)
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST on Saturday
Cost: $30.00

The Art of Business and the Business of Art
​Level: All (Ages 18 and Up) 
Class Size: Minimum: 5 | Maximum: 20
Instructor: Donna Jackson
Date: January 12, 2019 (one day)
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST on Saturday
Cost: $30.00

  
  
Creative Pop Classes
  (Single event classes to unleash the talent within)
 
  
2 for $10 Program

Level: All (Ages 5 to12)
Instructor: DJ Jackson
Date: Resuming October 6, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM  EST on the first Saturday of each month
Fee: $10.00
Class Size: 12
Details: Parents can bring their children for 2 hours of serious fun. This week’s theme is Puppies and pumpkins! Parents can relax in the lounge while the artists make their creations. Suggest children wear old shirts.


Art Moves
Level: All (Ages 55 and Up)
Instructor: Gladys Alejandro
Dates: Resuming August 20, 2018 
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST every Monday
Fee: $5 drop-in fee or get a 5-class pass for $20
Class Size:12
Details: Exercise/dance for individuals 55 and over. This class involves stretching, toning, twisting and a little dancing to rhythmic music that makes it all seem so easy and enjoyable. 

Studio Pop-In
Level: All (Ages 15 to Adult)
Instructor: DJ Jackson
Date: Resuming September 11, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM  to 8:00 PM EST on Tuesday and Thursday
Fee: $8.00 | $56.00 studio pass for 8 sessions
Class Size: 15
Details:   Open studio time for individuals interested in painting, drawing, building, etc. For the individual that is in need of a bright and motivating space to work in as they create their works of art. Students must bring their materials and guidance is offered (no oil paint).


Freedom Friday Paint Night  
Level: All (Ages 21+)
Instructor(s): Various
Date: November 16, 2018; December 21, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM -8:30 PM EST on the third Friday of each month
Fee: $40.00 (Buy 1 and get 50% off second)
Class Size: Minimum 5 | Maximum 15
Details: Students learn the techniques of painting while enjoying wine, snacks and one another. Class starts with an engaging icebreaker designed to introduce students to painting techniques and types of bushes while releasing any fears.
  
Art It Up Night
Level: All of the Creative Class (Ages 15 - adult)
Dates: October 12, November 9, December 14
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST on the second Friday of each month
Fee: Free
Details: Open night of creative fun on “the porch” Talk, rap, song, poetry slam, musical instruments. If you ever wanted your 15 minutes of fame than this is the venue to get you started.
  
New! Art Burst Classes - Specific classes coming soon!

Objective: Introduce youth to the power of the art through micro-learning  in 45-minute sessions of various creative art experiences (e.g. improvisation, music movement, art expression, etc…)

Level: All (Ages 8 – 15)
Instructor(s): Various
Date: November 19 – December 21, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM EST | 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM EST | 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM EST Monday - Friday
Cost: $10.00 per class | students enrolled in the intensive arts education program can continue to pay the weekly tuition fee.
  
Download registration  form below

or

CALL 804-925-6150 to register for classes or to book your private creative event (e.g. Bridal, Reveal, Birthday, Paint night, Lecture, Business meeting, etc.)

501(c)(3) Non-profits get Two Hours Free  (includes civic organizations, churches).
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