How to Inspire Your Child’s Creative Genius

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Young children are creative dynamos. They surpass adults in their openness to possibility and their willingness to explore without fear. If you give toddlers a drum they immediately create rhythms on it; if you give them paint and a brush they instantaneously drip and rub and mix. In my experience, when most adults sit down in the same kind of open-ended situation, they worry about what they are supposed to do.

Toddlers and preschoolers do not share that worry. They are unmistakably ‘in the moment’. They don’t yet have a firm understanding of the past or the future. While this may present challenges for parenting, it uniquely situates the child for exploration of art and music. As Picasso said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Read more

The Eight Best Ways for Children to Learn About Music

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Ever since researchers discovered that fetuses respond to sound in the sixth month of pregnancy, there have been those in the baby biz that have tried to capitalize on this information. New parents have been manipulated to feel that they need to engage in some sort of special stimulation of their unborn child to build a ‘better’ baby. Or once born, parents feel compelled to buy special CDs and music videos that purport to make their baby smarter. And through my experience as a music educator I know that many parents worry if their child doesn’t start playing an instrument at three years old they will somehow fail to develop to their full potential. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more

The Happening 2014

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Sunday, May 18th, 1 – 4pm

Support Church Street School at our third annual Family Fundraising Event!

Musical performances by CSS faculty and students including Richard Younger & Abby Levin (1pm) and The Church Street School Choristers (3pm)

Life size collaborative art projects! Create a water world, micro world, space world, dessert world, forrest world and your own world

Raffles! Win and adventure with a Church Street School teacher in our teacher raffle or win a scooter, a basket of children’s books, a class at Church Street School and more in our Happening raffle. Click here for more raffle information.

face painting, tattoos and more! Check out pictures from last years event

 

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

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