This fall, Artchurch Studio in downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas will offer a variety of classes for children and adults. (See class descriptions below.) Classes are held once a week for six weeks from Sept. 4 to Oct. 15 (Session 1) and Oct. 16 to Nov. 30 (Session 2). Cost is $60 plus a $20 deposit, with the balance due by the first class. Artchurch Studio is a nonprofit organization. Click the following link for the registration form: registration-memebeship form and visit www.artchurch.org for more information.
Children’s Authentic Shakespearian Theater, C.A.S.T. (1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday for homeschool students and 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays for public and private school students)
C.A.S.T. is designed for kids of all ages to learn the basics of theater inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. In each six-week session, students will work on all aspects of theater to create their own version of the plays.
Classes will be taught by Ms. Lanie Carlson, Artchurch Studio’s new director for the C.A.S.T. program. Ms. Lanie has been in theater since the age of 10 and has recently relocated to Hot Springs from Delaware where she was director for Kaleidoscope Kids, a children’s theatre program, and manager of a local community theater. Ms. Lanie also has a background in Early Childhood education that shapes her unique and fun approach to children’s theater.
Art-Venture (4-5:15 p.m. Thursdays)
Art-Ventures is a weekly class for ages 6-12. In this class students explore the visual art mediums inspired by the masters in art history. Each week is a different theme with multiple mediums, including painting, sculpting, drawing, and constructing.
Classes are taught by Ms. Terri, an i-con in the Hot Springs art education scene. Ms. Terri has over 28 years in art education. She teaches concepts of art to aspiring art teachers at National Park Community College and the University of Central Arkansas. Ms. Terri is one of the founders of Artchurch Studio and a practicing artist with work in three museums and various private collections.
Artchurch Dance/Musical Theater/Lyric Class (Various classes; see below)
The Artchruch Dance program believes in the joy of dance through classical training and age appropriate choreography. Students are taught the basics of dance with reinforced exercise and choreography sequences. Each session has two First Friday performances and a winter or spring recital. Program cost is all-inclusive.
Classes are taught by Ms. Andrea “Andy” Pierkowski, who has taught dance for over 35 years and is a master teacher in all styles of dance. Her experience as an instructor ranges from the University of Arkansas to Parkview Performing Arts School. She has performed professional for over 20 years on stage and is a true believer in the power of dance. Ms. Andy also teaches Musical Theater and Lyric Class at the Artchurch. Classes are as follows:
3:45-4:30 p.m. Mondays – Ballet and Tap, ages 3-4 years,
4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays – Ballet and Tap, ages 5-6 years
5:30-6 p.m. Mondays – Private lessons
3:45-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays – Beginner Clog, teen-adult
4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays – Advance Tap
5:30-6:45 p.m. Tuesdays - Musical Theatre for Youth
6:45-8 p.m. Tuesdays – Lyric class Teen-Adult
5:15-6:30 p.m. Thursdays – Ballet/Tap/Jazz, ages 7-11 years
6:30-7:15 p.m. Thursdays – Private Lessons
7:15-8:30 p.m. Thursdays – Beginner Ballet, teen-adult
Survey of Fine Arts (1-3 p.m. Mondays Sept. 17-Oct.15)
Survey of Fine Arts explores the connections between the visual arts, music, theatre and dance. Students will create projects that explore theory and history within a variety of topics. This program is designed for home school students between the ages of 12-17 years.
Classes are taught by Ms. Roxi Rose Wallace, a certified art educator with 21 years experience. Her classrooms included students from 1st-12th grade, who explored creative thinking, art history, studio art and fine arts survey. She was awarded teacher of the year in 2010 for Arkansas Middle School Art and has created curriculum specifically for home school. She has also worked for seven years as a naturalist with the National Park Service.
Children’s & Family Yoga (Various classes; see below)
Traditional hatha yoga taught in an age-appropriate and fun manner including breathing techniques, yoga postures, guided relaxation and other creative techniques that involve working together and cooperation. Benefits include increased calmness, confidence, concentration, brain development, balance, flexibility, coordination and strength, improved coping mechanisms and a sharpened awareness.
Classes are taught by Ms. Karen W. Reeves, who has 200 hours of Registered Yoga Teaching, and is a Registered Children’s Yoga Instructor. Ms. Karen enjoys teaching all ages and skill levels, but has a real passion for teaching children,. Prior to moving to Hot Springs, she worked in public education with strong early childhood development background. Classes are as follows:
6-7 p.m. Mondays - Teen Training
2-3 p.m. Wednesdays – Children’s Yoga & Stretch
5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays – Family Yoga