The Darien Arts Center is offering a variety of creative opportunities for winter and spring of 2018, as well as Improv Night for adults on Feb. 3.
View all classes and workshops and register at darienarts.org. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road in Darien, behind the Town Hall. For more information, call (203) 655-8683
FOR AGES 3 THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL:
DANCE and MARTIAL ARTS: Spring classes begin Jan. 22, see catalog at the DAC website for tuition, dates and times.
Dance classes for all levels, ages 3 & up include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Teen Lyrical, Teen Contemporary, Modern, Broadway Dance, Tap, and Pointe. Martial Arts for all ages 4 & up, the art of Karate and Kung Fu, focusing on self-discipline, self-control, self-defense and fun.
Private Instruction in Piano, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Flute, Percussion, Voice — 30 minutes for $50, 45 minutes for $75 or one hour lessons for $99, Jan. 2 to June 15.
VISUAL ARTS: (New projects accommodate new and returning students.)
—Scribble Scrabble — ages 3-5, FRIDAYS, 1:10-1:55 p.m., Jan. 12-April 20. Young learners develop fine motor skills while using imagination to create drawings, paintings, collages & prints. $200.
—Cartooning — ages 7-12, MONDAYS, 4:10-5:10 p.m., Feb. 5-May 21. Students design their own characters & use them in one-panel cartoons and three-panel comic strips. Study facial expressions & body language as it relates to cartooning & the human figure. TV storyboards & caricature included. $280.
—Elementary Art Studio — ages 6-11, WEDNESDAYS, 3:40–4:40 p.m., Feb. 7-May 30. Developmentally appropriate projects will originate from art principles such as line, color, texture & form. A variety of media includes pastels, watercolors, acrylics & ink. Develop techniques & originality. $280.
—Click! Digital Photography — ages 9-12, FRIDAYS, 4:40-5:40 p.m., Feb. 9-June 1. Learn to use a digital camera or iPod Touch to take great photos with the rule of thirds, filling the frame, negative space, color, texture and scales. $240.
—Drawing/Painting — ages 10-15, WEDNESDAYS, 5-6:30 p.m., Jan. 3-Mar. 21. Draw figures, landscapes, still life and images from imagination. Technical skills developed and creativity encouraged. $300.
—Maker Station: Fantasy Inventions — ages 6-11, SATURDAY, 1-3 p.m., Mar. 10. Use STEAM skills and create inventions from imagination using new and recycled materials to problem solve and build new tools for everyday life. $40.
BALLET, TAP or MARTIAL ARTS:
—10-class card for $160
—Adult Painting — TUESDAYS, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Jan. 30–April 17. For all levels. Split into 5 sessions of watercolor and acrylics, focus will be on improving in each medium and understanding the fundamentals of creating an effective painting, such as composition, color, tone and scale. $280.
—Portrait Basics — SATURDAYS, 12 noon–3 p.m., Mar. 3-Mar. 10. Beginning to intermediate students will learn how to draw the human head from frontal, three-quarter and and profile views. Includes a field trip to Metropolitan Museum of Art. $80.
—Plein Air Painting — SATURDAYS, 12 noon-2 p.m., May 5 and May 12. A 2-day workshop at Weed Beach and Pear Tree Point in Darien. The fundamentals (proportion, values, color) will be explained and every level is welcome. A great hands-on experience for the artist who wishes to get out of the studio and enjoy the natural beauty of the Long Island Sound. $80.
IMPROV NIGHT with Mario Fuentes, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m.
A night of improvisation sure keep the audience laughing. No audience participation required. Tickets: $20 at the DAC website.