Our Inspiration Lab program has had to change for this year due to COVID-19. We’re offering afternoon enrichment classes for children from Kindergarten-8th grade in person. During this challenging time for all of us-we are offering innovative classes to help your child be safe AND socialize, extend a skill, or try a new medium to help them both cope and grow.
This year our program will be offering enrichment classrooms with a couple of classes happening outdoors, as well as indoor movement classes for a maximum of 8 students at a time in a well ventilated movement studio that usually accommodates 30 children. This year, each child must sign up for the classes he/she would like to take for the semester and those are the classes that they attend. We will not be providing a pickup service from buses or schools this year but once with us, we will transfer a child from one class to another if they are registered for two back to back classes in the afternoon.
Classes are for children ages 5-12 unless otherwise indicated.
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Outdoor Art Class
Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:45pm
For this class students will explore the neighborhood and fundamentals of drawing, painting, and more. Students will learn about different artists and styles of art using line, shape, form, color and texture and create their own works of art. Students will learn about color theory and perspective. We will meet and work OUTSIDE – painting and drawing using nature and the nearby community as inspiration.
Fridays 3:30 – 4:30pm
During this course students will learn and explore the use of clay. Students will learn how to create different shapes and forms to create their ideas. Students will learn basic techniques and the proper use of clay. Students will create sculptures and learn about where clay comes from and what it can be used for. They will practice hand-building and will also design and paint their finished clay works.
Paint For The Love of It (6th-8th Grade Girls) $130/month supplies included
Tuesdays 5:00 – 6:30pm
Middle school girls need a space that affirms who they are and encourages them to express themselves and be creative. In this Tuesday class girls will explore different painting methods from free form watercolor to still life work and incorporate printing and design.
Dungeons & Dragons Club (6th-8th Grade) $100/month
The classic role-playing game has intrigued teenagers for decades. D & D encourages creativity, collaboration, and socialization. It also lends itself to COVID protocols; kids can easily be six feet apart but still work together.
Capoeira (ages 6-12) – Samir Mahmoud
Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:00pm
Capoeira (pronounced cap o ee ra) — is a game, a dance, and a martial art! It’s a way of expressing oneself through movement and music. Capoeira is a Brazilian game that is played with music and singing. It combines martial art techniques (non-contact) with acrobatic movements and is played to the rhythm of capoeira music played by capoeira instruments and songs sang by other participants.
This hour-long movement class is for kids ages 6-12 – where kids learn to move their bodies, challenge themselves in a safe way and play. The class includes a warmup and stretching and the basic movements of capoeira. Children’s classes also include lessons on the music and history of the art. The class focuses on body awareness, coordination, and music.
Samir Mahmoud is a long-time martial artist who has practiced capoeira for over 14 years and taught kids from 3 to 16 years old. He is a life-long athlete and competed in Division I athletics. Outside of capoeira, he is a professional at an international humanitarian organization. He is also a father of twin boys and lives in Sunnyside.
Sword Fighting (ages 10+) – Gabriel Rosario*
Learn the exciting skill of sword fighting as practiced by Hollywood swashbucklers and stunt performers!
Fight choreographer and stunt performer Gabriel Rosario from Swordplay will teach an 8 week course in the techniques of sword fighting including footwork and blade work. Students will learn safe performance technique, and will learn to perform a choreographed sequence, and have fun!! A replica foam training sword will be provided for use in class.
*Postponed until 2021