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Classes

Whether you are 3 or 103, you're the right age to try something brand new or refine your current talents.  With classes, workshops, and clinics in the visual and performance arts, you can be anything you want to be and find new ways of looking at life.  The aco offers classes and workshops in the visual arts, theatre, music, and dance for everyone from pre-school to seniors.

Visual Arts Classes

Summer Art Camp ArtaRama

Come join in the fun as a professional artist drums up the creative juices of children ages 6 to 14. “It will be the best art class to bring out your child’s inner Picasso.” Art-a-Rama art classes are designed for children of all abilities. Children paint, draw, sculpt, design, imagine, sketch and explore using a wide variety of materials and techniques, all in an atmosphere of fun and success!

 

Five Week Art Program Ages 6 – 14

Session 1: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Session 2: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Teachers: Eve Smith (morning) & Betsy Allison (afternoon)

 

Week 1 June 10th – 15th Kids on Canvas

Students learn about painting on canvas paper, canvas board and stretched canvas using acrylics, watercolor, and ink. Students will be inspired as they learn the techniques, style and vocabulary of such artists as Renoir, Mondrian, Laurel Burch, Jackson Pollock, Modigliani, Warhol, Sam Francis and Frank Stella

 

Week 2 June 17th – 22nd Drawsters

Students learn the mechanics of drawing that they then apply to develop one-of-a-kind artwork. Students will discover artistic styles, drawing tools and special techniques as they develop their unique creations

 

Week 3 June 24th – 29th Mix & Mingle

Students will become immersed in fun themes that include: Time Machine, which engages children in Greek sculpting, cave painting and pop art; Media Mania, which features printing with tempera, acrylics and digital art, as well as Stampede, in which children create personal stamps, print with feathers, and experiment with Japanese fish printing.  All focusing on Mixed media

 

Week 4 July 8th – 12th Claysters

Students learn the wonderful world of clay that they then apply to develop one-of-a-kind artwork. Students will discover how to hand build and throw on a wheel.

 

Week 5 July 15th – 19th Dream and Design

Students will learn the processes of basic graphic design and illustration! India ink processes, although with cartooning and storyboards will be incorporated into a fun filled week geared towards all ages

 

Sign up for one session or all day. Students taking both sessions should bring a lunch.

 

Price per week:

1 Session Only: ACO Members $65/ Public $85 (Supplies included.)

Both Sessions: ACO Members $95/ Public $125 (Supplies Included.)

Ask about our Family discounts if you have more than one child!!!!

 

 

Twoosy Doodlers

For children ages 20-36 months

Tuesdays; 2:00 – 3:00 pm

June 11th – July 16th(No class July 2nd)                                                
This special parent/child class is often the first educational program for our Twoosys. Children learn about color, texture and more while experimenting with new and innovative materials. Parents/caregivers learn what they can do to help nurture creativity.

Price ACO Members $45/ Public $60 for the 5-week session

 

Mini Doodlers

For children ages 3 to K

Thursdays; 2:00pm – 3:00pm

June 13th – July 18th(No class July 4th)                                                 
Mini Doodlers gleefully create their own masterpieces using a wide range of high quality art materials. Children develop important school readiness skills such as fine motor skills, ability to listen and follow directions, cognitive skills, language and more in an enchanting environment that develops individual creativity 

Price ACO Members $45/ Public $60 for the 5-week session

 

Saturday Art:

 

Drawsters™ Creative Drawing Program

Ages 6 - 16

Saturdays; 9:00am – 10:00am

Session 1: May 4th – 25th

Session 2: June 1st – 22nd

Session 3: June 29, July 13th – 27th

Students learn the mechanics of drawing that they then apply to develop one-of-a-kind artwork. Students will discover artistic styles, drawing tools and special techniques as they develop their unique creations.

Price ACO Members $40/ Public $55 for the 4-Week Session  

 

Kids on Canvas

Ages 6 - 16

Saturdays; 10:00am – 11:00am

Session 1: May 4th – 25th

Session 2: June 1st – 22nd

Session 3: June 29, July 13th – 27th

Students learn about painting on canvas paper, canvas board and stretched canvas using acrylics, watercolor, and ink. Students will be inspired as they learn the techniques, style and vocabulary of such artists as Renoir, Mondrian, Laurel Burch, Jackson Pollock, Modigliani, Warhol, Sam Francis and Frank Stella

Price ACO Members $40/ Public $55 for the 4-Week Session

 

Mix & Mingle

Ages 6 - 16

Saturdays; 11:00am – 12:00pm

Session 1: May 4th – 25th

Session 2: June 1st – 22nd

Session 3: June 29, July 13th – 27th

Students will become immersed in fun themes that include: Time Machine, which engages children in Greek sculpting, cave painting and pop art; Media Mania, which features printing with tempera, acrylics and digital art, as well as Stampede, in which children create personal stamps, print with feathers, and experiment with Japanese fish printing.  All focusing on Mixed media

Price: ACO Members $40/ Public $55 for the 4-Week Session  

 

Evening workshops: Parent and child! Ages 6 and up!

 

Porcelain Pendants: Come play with texture and design as you make your own porcelain pendants.  We will explore different techniques of hand building to create wonderful and whimsical pendants that will be fired in a kiln for the most beautiful finish.

July 9th; 6pm – 8pm

Price: ACO Members $45/ Public $60 (Supplies included)

 

Crayon drip painting: Come play with color, texture and design as you make your own painting out of melted crayons!

June 12th; 6pm – 8pm

Price: ACO Members $45/ Public $60 (4 Boxes of 24 Crayons Required)

 

 

Adult Open Studio

 

Figure Drawing - Open Studio: Open studio (gallery) with a live model.  Come set up and draw with a live model in a group of artist at all levels.  Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

June 10, 24; July 8, 22; August 5, 19.  6pm - 8pm

 

Price: ACO Members $10/ Public $20 (price per evening)

 

 

 

Saturday Adult Workshops:

Adult workshops that are created for any level of artist or anyone who just wants to have some fun. Classes may be used as Common Core continuing learning credits. Teachers will receive a certificate of hours at the end of the workshop.

 

Altered Boxes Workshop:Learn to turn found objects into mysterious boxes! You will learn all about Joseph Cornell and how he created these renowned boxes that are shown all across the nation. Supplies not included

July 13th; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Lunch Break from 12:00 pm – 1:00pm)

Price: ACO Members $65/ Public $85

 

Mixed Media Workshop:Learn to usedifferent artistic media: painting, photography, and collage, in a single composition or work. Different artists will be introduced during the workshop. Supplies not included

July 20th; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Lunch Break from 12:00 pm – 1:00pm)

Price: ACO Members $65/ Public $85

 

Printmaking Workshop:Creative workshop day learning the techniques of printmaking. The history of printmaking will be introduced including intaglio, lithograph, and woodcut. Students will create a linocut and monoprint. All supplies will be on hand with an exception of the softcut lino blocks that will need to be purchased by student.

July 20th; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Lunch Break from 12:00 pm – 1:00pm)

Price: ACO Members $65/ Public $85 

 

Dale Chihuly: Have a creative workshop day with learning new techniques of recycled art made into a chandelier.  We will use empty water bottles, paint, and a swirl of pinning and pushing to create these gorgeous chandeliers that can be actually lit from inside if desired.  Teachers- this workshop uses educational common core standards that can be transferred to the classroom.  A certificate of hours will be given at the end of the workshop.  (Supplies Included)

June 29th 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Lunch Break from 12:00 pm – 1:00pm)

Price: ACO Members $65/ Public $85


 

Drama Classes

 

Creative Dramatics for 4-6 Year Olds

Teacher: Mary Haney

Monday – Friday

June 17 – 21

10:00 am – 10:45 am

 

This relaxed, fun class is the perfect beginning to elarn about acting.  Music and movement, theatre games, playing pretend, and just having fun are the heart of this class.

ACO Member $35/Public $50

 

Kids Theatre Production Workshop

Ages: 1st – 3rd Grades

Teacher: Kim Fuhrman

Tuesday – Saturday

June 18 – 22

9:30 am – 11:00 am

 

Have fun with this production oriented lcass that teaches the world of theatre through actual performance.  Kids will audition for parts, learn lines, develop characters; as well as work with costumes, lights, sets and sound.  Proficient reading skills suggested.

ACO Members $70/ Public $90

 

Kids Theatre Production Class

Ages: 3rd – 5th Grades

Teachers: Harry & Kathi Blundell

July 17, 19, 22-26, 29 – August 2

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

Have fun with this production oriented lcass that teaches the world of theatre through actual performance.  Kids will audition for parts, learn lines, develop characters; as well as work with costumes, lights, sets and sound.

ACO Members $100/ Public $125

 

Theatre Geeks Summer Camp

Ages: 5th – 8th Grades

Teacher: Danny Hobson

Monday – Saturday

June 10 – 15

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

 

Jump start the summer and join this exciting camp for both newcomers and experienced actors!  This unique camp will provide a wide range of specialized lessons including solo and group acting, pantomiming, stage voices, monologues & more.  Campers will use their own imaginations through improvisations and theatre games designed to help them “think on their feet”. 

ACO Members $100/ Public $125 + $10 T-Shirt Fee

 

Kids Theatre Production Class

Ages 6th – 9th Grades

Teacher: Harry Blundell

July 17, 19, 22-26, 29 – August 2

9:30 am – 11:00 am

 

Harry’s play production class teaches acting skills, memorization, characterization and acting technique al in a fun-filled format!  Students will be involved in an age appropriate show led by Harry Blundell, ACO’s Director of Theatre.

ACO Members $100/ Public $125


 

Private & Semi-Private Acting Classes

Time by arrangement, interview necessary for new students. Five consecutive lessons for actors in an intensive week long session. For actors or those in public eye. Skills suited to individual needs/goals. Performance technique, voice and diction, character development, public  speaking, presence, poise, and presentation. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Private Lessons: ACO Members $100/Public $125

Semi-Private Lessons: ACO Members $85/Public $110 


 

Music & Movement Classes

Yoga Fitness Class

Reba Squires

Ages teen – adult

Wednesdays, Time 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Regardless of age or physical ability, everyone can benefit from regular yoga practice, which can improve and enhance physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.  Students will need to bring a yoga mat, towel, comfy clothes, and water.  Please register for this class by contacting Reba Squires at 200-8674.


 

 


 

For more information, or to register for classes at the ACO:

Call the Box Office at 479-751-5441

Monday - Friday: 9 am to 5 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 3 pm