Do you love movies? Join us for a month long exploration of film! During this series you will learn the basics about film-making from page to screen and get hands on experience in video production. From writing a script to acting in the final product, work together to create a movie masterpiece! This online “For Teens, By Teens: Intro to Filmmaking” class is for 12- to 18-year-olds.
The Rowayton Arts Center is offering another Zoom “Paint and Sip” experience, this time with watercolors! The class will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2020. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center
— Editor’s note: The original announcement sent by the RAC included an image of a painting by another artist and wrongly attributed to McTague-Stock. The image here is her work. RAC Instructor Nancy McTague-Stock will lead students through a specific landscape painting, but participants are welcome to choose an image of their own.
Rowayton Arts Center is offering two new weekly online art classes for children in Kindergarten through Grade 5. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center
Both classes will be taught on Zoom by Muffy Pendergast, the well known “Empress” of New Haven’s annual Giant Puppet and People Making Mayhem Parade. Zoom has now made it possible to share her creative teachings with the students of our community. The classes will be age appropriate and will focus on teaching the various elements of art through engaging and fun-filled projects, using items you already have in your house. Any extra supplies will be delivered to homes on a weekly basis.
With it’s facilities closed to the public due to health and safety mandates, the Darien Arts Center is now offering all music lessons, visual arts and dance classes live and online while Darien schools remain closed. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center
DAC directors and students have quickly adapted to this new way of teaching and learning, and the DAC is providing new opportunities for students of all ages. Dance students have started attending the more than 40 dance classes offered by the DAC via Zoom. “It is a new way for the students to learn, but our dancers are adapting quickly,” said DAC Dance Director Bonnie Gombos. “We greatly appreciate the support and involvement of all who have made our online classes come together and the patience and flexibility of students and parents as DAC faculty and staff adapt to today’s challenging realities.
Adults and students in Grades 5-8 can improve their digital photography skills with professional photographer and Darien Arts Center instructor Brien Adams in classes at the arts center. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center
Classes take place at Darien Arts Center at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall. For Adults
Introduction to Digital Photography for adults takes place from March 4-25, on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. In this month-long class, adults learn the basics of taking beautiful digital photographs using their iphones or digital cameras. Topics covered include point and shoot techniques, photo editing, uploading to a computer, and using Instagram and social media to display photos. Fee for this class is $125; register at .
A Safe Boating Course will be presented at Darien’s Noroton Yacht Club, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 4, continuing on consecutive Tuesday evenings for six classes, a review and an exam. — an announcement from the Darien Power Squadron
Taught by members of the Darien Sail & Power Squadron, this is the last presentation of the course for this boating season. Covered in the six classes are basic boat handling and seamanship, equipment and regulations, an introduction to charts and aids to navigation, basic piloting, and navigation rules. The course is directed at general, practical issues of interest to all boaters, and is not targeted to either power or sail.
Make a difference, save a life! You can sign up today for one of Darien YMCA’s upcoming lifeguard courses and be certified in time for summer. — an announcement from the Darien YMCA
The Darien Y offers the most up-to-date and nationally recognized American Red Cross Lifeguard Training program. The course content and activities prepare lifeguard candidates to recognize emergencies, respond quickly and effectively to emergencies, and prevent drowning and other incidents. Certifications included in this class include:
CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer (valid for 2 years)
First Aid (valid for 2 years)
Lifeguard Training (valid for 2 years)
Lifeguard Certification (please click date for details)
Fee for Lifeguard Certification: $360 Members, $525 Non-Members
Class Availability: 2019-2020 Dates
February 18-21 — 5 to 9:45 p.m.
April 6-9 — 5 to 9:45 p.m.
May 11-14— 5 to 9:45 p.m.
The Silvermine School of Art ceramics studio has added a soda kiln built by an internationally-known ceramicist, author, and teacher. — an announcement from Silvermine Arts Center
The kiln had its first firing this week, and will make way for new workshops and courses in Silvermine’s ceramics department. The kiln is a significant enhancement for Silvermine’s program; before its completion, the nearest soda kiln in a community art center was two hours away. Silvermine School of Art offers a wide variety of ceramics classes, and spring workshops and courses will begin in April. “We were delighted to have Bruce Dehnert as kiln builder,” said Anne Connell, Director of the Silvermine School of Art, and we are extremely grateful to the Silvermine students and faculty members whose generous donations, matched by Silvermine Arts Center, made the kiln project possible.”
Jon Puzzuoli, Silvermine head of ceramics, teacher, and board member, worked directly with Dehnert over a 3-year period.
Registration for Darien Arts Center camps for winter and spring school breaks is available now at the DAC website. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center
Paint the Masters for Grades 1 to 4 takes place from 12 noon to 2 p.m., Feb. 18 to 20. Students learn about Picasso, Van Gogh, DaVinci and more, and create their own masterworks based on techniques learned. Fee for Paint the Masters is $126.
Due to popular demand, the Darien Arts Center has added more “Ladies Night Out!” one-night workshops to its offerings in early 2020. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center
Ladies Night Out! Glass Jewelry Making returns on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., for participants to enjoy an evening of fun and to compose fused glass earrings or pendants using a rainbow assortment of colored, metallic and patterned glasses.
Visual Arts Classes for All Ages Start Soon at DAC, You Also Can Register for Spring Break, Winter Break Camps
The Darien Arts Center has added several new offerings to its 2020 Visual Arts program for children and adults. New for children in Grades 1 through 4 is a “Paint the Masters; Winter Break Camp” that takes place from Feb. 18 to 20, and an “Introduction to Fashion; Spring Break Camp” for Grades 5 to 8 from April 6 to 10. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center
Returning classes for children begin in January and include Art Studio and Cartooning for Grades 1 to 5, Digital Photography for Grades 5 to 8 and Drawing and Painting for Grades 5 to 9. New Visual Arts offerings for adults include Glass Jewelry Making (Feb.
Registration is open for Darien Arts Center winter/spring dance classes, beginning Jan. 20, with a wide variety for all ages and skill levels. Don’t wait too long — classes fill quickly. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center
Classes for ages 3 & up include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Teen Lyrical, Adult Lyrical Jazz, Teen Contemporary, Modern, Broadway Dance, Pop-Pilates Tap and Pointe. Different Levels:
—In the introductory program for ages three to five, students explore rhythm, music, creative expression and basic coordination skills in addition to dance vocabulary and basic positions.
Registration is available now for music classes that begin in January at Darien Arts Center. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center
DAC instructors, professionals chosen for their individual artistry and teaching skills, include Juanita Bosee, Music Director, Christine DeMaio, Anthony DiTaranto, Christine Geeding, Daniel Hague, Sharon Levin, Stephanie Wong and Daniel Saulpaugh. Private Music Instruction
The DAC Music Program includes private lessons for cello, guitar, flute, violin, voice, piano, and music theory as well as group classes. Private music instruction is available for
— students as young as five years if the young student is ready
— older students including middle and high school students, who develop skills to play music they enjoy,
— adults who have decided to acquire a new skill or to keep minds and hands nimble. Qualified students have the opportunity to participate in the Royal Conservatory of Music Program, which offers adjudicated testing in both music theory and practical application.
Looking for an art class? Rowayton Arts Center’s Winter Session begins Jan. 6 with class sign ups going on now for both adult and children. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center
Weekly offerings include Oil Painting Methods, Figure Drawing, Wonders and Spontaneity of Watercolors, Still Life and the Modern Masters, Painting with the Palette Knife plus much more! Check out the schedule at rowaytonarts.org/education and for more information, call RAC at (203) 866-2744.
Registration is open for classes for all ages in dance, visual arts, martial arts, music and theatre at the Darien Arts Center. Winter/spring classes begin in January. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center
To register for classes, visit the Darien Arts Center website or call (203) 655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall. DANCE:
The DAC dance program offers students from the age of 3 through adults, the opportunity to train in one of the finest dance spaces in Fairfield County and to participate in multiple performances throughout the year.
Danette Meigel is teaching the new “Mommy and Me: Music and Movement” class at the Darien Arts Center. Music and Movement is geared toward children ages 18-months to 3 years and their parents and caregivers. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center
Classes will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Wednesdays from Oct. 16 through Nov. 20.