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DCA Lecture Series ‘The Art of Looking’ Begins Oct 3 with Wall Street Journal Art Critic

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Darien Community Association’s annual Art Lecture Series this year is The Art of Looking presented by Lance Esplund, art critic for The Wall Street Journal. — an announcement from the Darien Community Association

On four Thursdays in October, Esplund will present the lecture series based on his book, “The Art of Looking: How to Read Modern and Contemporary Art.” The Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24 lectures begin promptly at 11 a.m., with luncheons to follow. Drawing on his experience beginning as an artist, becoming an award winning teacher in the classroom and now as acute observer in national media of art exhibitions in the United States, Esplund will be sharing his insights of interpretation to allow integration of the viewer’s understanding of both modern and contemporary art with what has preceded it — the ballast of art history.

Two Bridge Classes This Fall at Darien Community Association

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The Darien Community Association (DCA) is offering two bridge classes starting this fall. — an announcement from Darien Community Association

For any of the classes, registration is available online at dariendca.org or by contacting the DCA directly at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 extension 10. Classes are held at the DCA at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien. Beginning Bridge Classes
This is the perfect class for anyone who wants to learn bridge. Absolutely no prior experience required.

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Kids in Grades 3 to 6 Can Shine in Darien Arts Center’s ‘Regards to Broadway’ Show

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Young & talented performers in Grades 3 to 6 will be given a chance to shine in the Darien Arts Center’s classic Broadway style production, “Regards to Broadway.” — an announcement from Darien Arts Center (we’ve put both the nitty and the gritty in boldface.)

After last year’s sold out performance of “Broadway Beat!,” the DAC has teamed up with Open Arts Alliance again for this exciting new revue. Rehearsals take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from Sept. 10 though Oct. 29.

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Register Soon: Five-Week Coding Class for Adults at Darien Library Starts Sept 4

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Darien Library is offering a five-week coding course for adults, meeting on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting this coming Wednesday, Sept. 4. Registration is now open. As of Wednesday morning, there were 10 spaces left in the course, half of the total available. The class continues through Wednesday, Oct.2.

Registration Open for Silvermine Arts Center Fall Courses and Workshops

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Registration is open for Fall 2019 courses and workshops at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan. Silvermine’s Fall Semester Course catalog is available online. Registration for the Fall Semester began on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Students can register over the phone, in person, or online for any of Silvermine’s courses or workshops.

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Darien Arts Center Registration Still Open for Youth and Adult Fall Classes

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Registration is open for classes for all ages in dance, visual arts, martial arts, music and theatre at the Darien Arts Center. Fall classes begin Sept. 3. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

To register for classes, visit darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall.

Rowayton Arts Center Offers Fall Arts Classes for Kids and Adults

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Looking for a fall art class? The Rowayton Arts Center has everything from “Intro to Painting” and “Figure Drawing” to “Alla Prima Portraiture” plus much more. You can check out the schedule for both kids and adults online, here. Here are many of the classes. Some start in early September or even August, so register soon:
One-Time Workshops for Youth
 

Fashion Workshop for Beginners — Instructor: Jessica LaRock — Sep 28 – Sep 29 (Sat – Sun) — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Halloween Workshop — Instructor: Jessica LaRock — Oct 25  (Fri) — 4 to 6 p.m.
Fashion Workshop for Intermediates — Instructor: Jessica LaRock— Nov 2 – Nov 3 (Sat – Sun) — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fashion Workshop for Advanced — Instructor: Jessica LaRock— Nov 9 – Nov 10 (Sat – Sun) — 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holiday Art Workshop — Instructor: Nancy Chapman — Dec 7 (Sat) — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Classes for Youths
Click on the links for fees and further information:

Portfolio Development for HS Students — Instructor: Nancy McTague-Stock — Saturdays, Sept.

Dance, Martial Arts Classes, Private Music Lessons Begin Sept 3 at Darien Arts Center

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Registration is open for fall classes that begin on Sept. 3 at the Darien Arts Center. See all classes and sign up at DarienArts.org. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center
Dance Program
The DAC Dance Program offers a wide variety of classes for all ages and skill levels. 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.

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MN Acting Studio Has Open House on Thursday Aug 29, and Here are Upcoming Classes

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MN Studios invites the publlic to its open house  Thursday, Aug. 29 and learn about its upcoming acting classes and workshops in downtown Darien. — an announcement from MN Studios

Come meet Matt Newton (on-set coach for Ava Duvernay’s Emmy nominated mini series “When They See Us,” and learn about our upcoming fall workshops, classes and one on one coaching. PRICE: FREE
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
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MN Studios is at 22 Grove St., Darien. Questions?

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You Can Now Register for Darien Arts Center Fall Classes for Adults and Kids

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Registration is open for Darien Arts Center fall classes for all ages in dance, visual arts, martial arts, music and theater. — an announcement from Darien Arts Center

To register for classes, visit the DAC 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. The DAC Weatherstone Studio converts to a black box performance space, giving DAC students the most performance opportunities in the area.

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Watercolor Painting Class at Rowayton Arts Center Starts Monday, July 8

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The Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) is offering a new adult class, “Wonders and Spontaneity of Watercolors,” on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning July 8, 2019. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center
Explore the wonders and spontaneity of painting with water and the numerous ways it can be used for optimum effect. The instructor, Judith Orseck Katz (known as Judy), will teach participants her techniques and the “secrets” she uses when painting with watercolors and gouache. This class is geared toward all levels of watercolor artists and others who are curious about the medium. Judy is well known in the region for her gouaches and ceramic sculpture.  Her distinct style is a blend of Eastern tradition and Western abstraction.  She has taught at Parsons School of Design, Silvermine School of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in various schools around the country.

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Beginning Poker Class Offered at Darien Library for the Next Five Thursday Evenings

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Learn when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em — Darien Library is presenting a five-week class covering the basics of poker and including several different games. The sessions, starting this Thursday, June 13, run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., each Thursday through July 18. If you’re gonna play the game, boy
You gotta learn to play it right […]

“Join us as we cover the basics and then play several different poker games including 5 card draw, 7 card stud, Texas Hold ’em (the one you see on TV) — over five weeks. No experience necessary,” the library said in an announcement. Know when to walk away
And know when to run

You’ll need to register, here.

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Boot Camps and Classes for Mah Jongg at the DCA

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You can now register for either a beginner class (in July) and one for advanced players of American Mah Jongg (in June) at the Darien Community Association:

— an announcement from the Darien Community Association
Advanced Class in June: Guided Play Mah Jongg — Four Weeks

You’ve learned to play American Mah Jongg, and you’re hooked. This four week session will offer lots of playing time and the chance to meet other players, with instructor Donna Holt on hand to oversee play. She will be available to help with all aspects of the game, from choosing your hand, to guiding the group through any rules or etiquette questions that arise. Come meet others mad for Mah Jongg and build your confidence. Please bring your 2019 card to each class.

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AAA Driver Improvement Class Offered at East Norwalk Library on April 23

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Experienced Fairfield County motorists can lower their auto insurance costs while improving their driving skills when they enroll in AAA’s Driver Improvement Program classes that teach the basics of defensive driving and provide current driving practice updates. — an announcement from AAA Northeast
AAA will conduct a free four-hour class at its newest location, the East Norwalk Association Library, 51 Van Zant Street, East Norwalk on Tuesday, April 23 from 9 am to 1 pm. Sgt. Ralph Fonseca of the Norwalk Police Department will lead the class. To register, go to AAA.com/DefensiveDriving  or call 866-901-8457.  However, walk-ins are welcome. “Our program is aimed at drivers with several years of experience, who wish to improve or refresh their driving skills,” explains Fran Mayko, AAA’s public affairs spokesman and DIP coordinator.

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‘Atmospheric Landscapes’ Painting Class — 12 Hours Long, Over Two Days at Rowayton Arts Center

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Will McCarthy will be teaching a workshop, “Atmospheric Landscapes” at the Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) during the weekend of April 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. — an announcement from Rowayton Arts Center

Back by popular demand, this workshop will inspire your imagination and loosen up your flow. William McCarthy engages the artist by sharing the techniques that enable him to paint from his imagination and achieve an atmospheric style that captures, in essence, the beauty and the emotion of the landscape. The day will begin with a lecture and demonstration and launches into a full day of painting and interaction. The second day will consist of starting new works as well as finishing up the previous day’s work, adjusting tone and adding detail bringing out the best in each image. Both oil and acrylic painters are welcome.  The concepts taught are applicable to all.  However, if you paint in acrylics, be sure to bring your own paints.