Program Director Amanda on What Classes She’s Excited for This Spring at CSS

photo6At Church Street School we believe creativity comes in many forms so we are always dreaming up exciting new classes to inspire our students. Our spring semester begins in a few short weeks (Feb 3rd) and today our Director of Programs, Amanda, joins us to tell us about what new classes she’s excited about for spring…

We have been very busy bees getting ready for SPRING here at Church Street School! There are a few NEW class offers I am particularly excited about that I wanted to share with all of you.

OPEN ART – All Ages
Thursday, Friday 3:30-5:30
Saturday 11:00-2:00
OPEN ART will now be running on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 in addition to our existing Friday and Saturday class offers! I love Open Art because it gives parents the flexibility to drop-in to our space, meet our amazing art teachers, and get a taste of our process-based arts philosophy without a huge financial or time commitment. The program is only $10 per hour (wow!!) and you can drop your kids off as long as they are over 5. The projects always use a mix of mediums and are promised to be exploratory, fun, and inspiring. Definitely check out OPEN ART on a day you are looking for something spontaneously creative to do.

Jewelry+ Textile Design- 5-12 yrs
Monday, 3:30-4:30 + 4:30-5:30
Teachers Cristina and Alexis have created an incredible art experience with their JEWELRY + TEXTILE DESIGN class that I am sure will become a student favorite. Students will be learning techniques and working with beads, wire, wool, dye, and the sewing machine to create unique pieces of “wearable art”. I want to take this class myself! I really can’t wait to see the work the students will create.

Mural Arts-  5-12 yrs
Tuesday, 4:30-5:30
I am a huge fan of collaborative work for kids and I think working as a group on “larger than life” projects is a unique and rewarding experience every child should have. We are so excited about this class because teachers Max and Z are incredibly talented artists who will truly make this a special group to be a part of. MURAL ARTS will provide a nice foundation in painting/collage technique, collaborative problem solving, and creative thinking.

“Mix It Up” Media- 5-12 yrs
Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 + 4:30-5:30
Are you an Azikiwe fan? If so this is the class for you! Azikiwe has created a “MIX IT UP” process to explore media and photography in a way that is uniquely his own. With the help of fellow teacher Cristina, they will guide students in creating one-of-a-kind video projects that will engage their creative voices. Budding directors/photographers please join!

Improv + Theater-  5-12 yrs
Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 + 4:30-5:30
Join our new favorite teacher Pat as she guides our students through exploratory theater and improvisation games. I have sat in on Pat’s classes and they are truly a barrel of laughs. Pat’s techniques nurture creativity in a safe collaborative space. These IMPROV + THEATER classes build confidence and are surprisingly very therapeutic.

Book Writing and Illustration- 5-12 yrs
Thursday, 4:30-5:30
Does your child ever dream of creating a book? I know the magical minds of our little ones and this class is a great opportunity to get some of their ideas out onto paper! Working with beloved teacher Amanda, students will explore the elements of creating a story from start to finish working both on WRITING + ILLUSTRATION. Perhaps the next great book you will read with your child will be their own!

Sing+ Dance with Richard Younger- 2-5 yrs
Friday, 3:30-4:15
Join Church Street star Richard Younger for some rock ‘n roll inspired tunes at a NEW TIME on Friday afternoons. If you haven’t taken a MUSIC + MOVEMENT class with Richard before, this is your chance! What better way to end your toddler’s week than to shake, rattle and roll?!

I hope to see you all soon at Church Street School- Happy Spring!

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Amanda Hope Macari is an art educator and the Director of Programs at Church Street School. Amanda joined CSS as an art assistant in 2001 and since then has worked and traveled all over the world as an advocate for children’s education through media and the arts.

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