Faculty Spotlight: Alexis Kandra

Alexis Kandra has been a beloved and talented art teacher at Church Street School since 2013. This fall, you will find her teaching Afterschool Creative Arts Club and Toddler Visual Art. In the following interview, she discusses her unique training, exciting upcoming projects, and how her students inspire her.

Kandra-HeadshotGrace Rezendes (GR): When did you first get interested in art? Were you influenced by a certain person or experience?

Alexis Kandra (AK): I was first interested in art- well I guess it was for as long as I can remember. My mom says that when I was two years old, I was drawing, and I could understand the concept of layering things, like where you draw something behind another object. So because I was interested so early, I took a lot of art classes when I was little and continued to stay interested in it.

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Paper Bird Toy Art Project

It may still be winter, but you can bring a little spring time into your home with this at home art project. Print out the bird image on your home printer (use heavier paper or card stock if you have it) cut it out and assemble. Don’t have a printer? Stop in at the school, we have extra copies!

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Spring 2014 Open House

Saturday, February 1st, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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Join us for a day of FREE music and art activities! Try new classes and register for the spring semester, beginning February 3rd. Join us for the whole day, or drop in for selected classes, see days schedule below. Attendees receive an exclusive voucher to take a free trial class during the first week of the Spring Semester! Read more

Five tips for introducing your child to photography

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For as long as cameras have existed children have loved photography. It is a fast and accessible way to create, and the ability to directly abstract the world in which we live is priceless.  These characteristics make it a perfect medium for young artists to express themselves and investigate the world around them.  Parents often ask how to go about introducing their children to the subject and how to help them make better images. Here are a few tips that I implement in my photo classes for kids and that will help yours learn about the art and their camera.

1. Get a camera. Depending on the age of your photographer, camera choice doesn’t matter as much as it will after they have been shooting for a while and start to develop preferences. Younger photographers are more interested in a camera that fits their hands and doesn’t weigh too much, as opposed to the newest and best DSLR. Older photographers can handle the weight of the larger cameras, but as beginners it’s still not necessary to break the bank on an expensive piece of technology. Read more

NEW! Winter Session classes begin December 9th

ALL AGES

Holiday Special Open Art / Drop In
Jewelry making, sewing, cards, gifts and more
NEW day & time!
MONDAYS, 3:30-5:30 PM $10/ hr. DECEMBER – JANUARY
Click here to sign up

2-5 YRS

Sing & Dance with Richard Younger    
Our acclaimed music classes at a NEW day & time!
FRIDAYS, 3:30-4:15 PM
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3-5 YRS

Visual Art
Our acclaimed art classes at a NEW day & time!
TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS, 3:30-4:15 PM
To sign up click here for TUES, here for WED, or here for THURS

5-12 YRS

NEW! Improv & Theater
Improvisational play and theater games will nurture creativity while improving confidence and sharing in the social bond of laughter.
WEDNESDAYS
3:30-4:30 PM, 9-12 yrs Click here to sign up
4:30-5:30 PM, 5-8 yrs  Click here to sign up

NEW! Video Production
Learning the basics of video production we will make episodes of “Church Street School T.V” and of course funny outtakes!
TUESDAYS, 4:30-5:30 PM
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NEW! VHF to USB: Contemporary Video Making
Students will create commercials for imaginary products, while using a green screen through the entire production.
WEDNESDAYS, 4:30-5:30 PM
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NEW! Book Writing & Illustration
In this class kids get a chance to be the author! We will dream up story lines and publish our own books.
THURSDAYS, 4:30-5:30 PM
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PICK- UP AVAILABLE FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS
CURRENT AFTERSCHOOL ARTS ACADEMY STUDENTS RECEIVE 10% OFF WHEN ADDING WINTER SESSION CLASSES