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Fall classes from the Arts Council now available


A new lineup classes is now available through the Arts Council’s Arts Academy education program.   With the return of community favorites as well as brand new arts opportunities for infants through adults, the Arts Council’s fall classes will keep the whole family busy all season long.

Registration is now open for studio 6, an afterschool art program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.  “This fall students will explore the world through a variety of hands-on art and science projects,” says program instructor Alesia Lacina, whose past projects have included life-sized animal sculptures and musical instruments built from recycled materials.  “Students are challenged to problem solve while working with a variety of materials and equipment.”  Lacina will lead the class Monday through Thursday and Arts Academy instructor Jen Collins will teach the class on Fridays. Studio 6 is held weekdays after school and includes an option to attend free of charge on Fridays.  Transportation is available afterschool from the local elementary schools. 

            Parents with younger children are invited to sign up for Jen Collins’ infant through preschool classes.  “’Messy Mondays’ allows young artists to express themselves in whole group and individual art projects,” explains Collins.  Her other class, “ST-ART (Stories+Art),” gives children the chance to engage in children’s literature and create stories of their own. Adults are asked to accompany children in both infant through preschool classes. 

Arts Academy also offers a number of classes and workshops for middle school students, including courses in knitting, ceramics, and theatre. Arts Center Coordinator Samantha Newport will teach this fall’s “Performance Prep” class, in which students will workshop short scenes and monologues.  “The class will help students develop a critical eye for their own work and the work of their peers’,” says Newport.

Classes for teens and adults include a pre-raku ceramics workshop in which participants can build their own pots in preparation for the annual raku workshop on September 27; an introductory knitting class taught by local knitting instructor Susan Willig; and a Latin Dance class that will teach moves that can be applied to Salsa, Bachata and Merengue dances.  Teens and adults can also sign up for monthly passes to the Arts Center’s open ceramics studio.

Class times, dates, prices, and registration are available online or by visiting the Grinnell Arts Center at 926 Broad Street.  For additional information about Arts Academy classes or scholarships or call the Grinnell Arts Center at 641-236-3203.

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