Fall 2017 Courses

The Fall Semester runs from September 11 - December 8, 2017 and registration is open! Call today to set up your registration appointment at 860-685-7871 or fill out the following forms and bring them into Green Street with your $25/child non-refundable deposit. 

All classes for Grades 1-5 run from 4:15 to 5:15 PM. Wesleyan Bound for Grades 6-8 runs from 3:15 to 5:15. You can also sign children up for homework help, which runs Monday through Thursday from 5:15 to 5:45 PM.

We are excited to note that as a partner with Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, we are at times able to provide special workshops, concerts and activities during our AfterSchool program which highlight the internationally renowned artists appearing on campus. 

Grades 1-3

  • American Sign Language (Wednesday)

    This is an interactive class which aims to share the language and culture of Deaf individuals.  Students will learn beginner level signs like the alphabet, animals, foods, and much more!

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: TBD

  • Write A StoryBook (Wednesday)

    In this class, students will write their own picture books. They will read many picture books and learn to write, revise and illustrate their work.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Emily Furnival (Wesleyan Student)

  • Young Masters: Magic Box (Thursday)

    A peek inside the Magic Box will spark ones imagination and creativity.  Each student will create a colorful magic box that will be used to hide and reveal a new project for each class. Using mixed media materials such as paper, fabric, clay, beads, feathers and more, students will create a variety of projects inspired by the masters and contemporary artisans. One the last day of class, the magic box will go home filled with surprises for family!

    Grades 1-3

    Instructor: Renee Soares

  • Art and Science: Think Small! (Monday)

    Students embrace their scientific curiosity through creative art projects.  They will discuss various subject matters such as Mercury – the smallest planet, seeds that grow into fruits, vegetables, flowers, and trees from a scientific perspective and tie concepts together to produce a science-related art project. This semester’s project has a “Think Small” theme. Students travel back to prehistoric times and discover tiny insects, dinosaurs, and more!

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Lindsay Behrens 

  • Art Around the World (Friday)

    Students investigate various art techniques including painting, drawing, and collage. Students will investigate color, pattern, and texture using a variety of materials including pencil, tempera paint, watercolor, and textured paper. As students make observations about art and produce artwork they will be encouraged to confidently pursue their ideas, ask questions, and think outside the box.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Meredith Arcari

  • Beads, Boxes & Buttons (Tuesday)

    Unique and unusual is the theme of this mixed media class from what you use to what you create. The sky is the limit when it comes to the imagination. Students explore different mediums such as polymer clay, beads, fabric, paper, wood, and various techniques while creating unique pieces of art.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Renee Soares

  • Beginning Hip Hop (Monday)

    Hip Hop dancing has evolved into one of the most popular forms of dance for young adults today.  Students learn routines based on this popular form of street dancing. This class includes a variety of movements, techniques, and is designed so that students get an ample workout to their favorite music all while having fun. The choreography students learn leads to a final performance at the end of the semester.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Eric Quinones

  • Environmental Art (Wednesday)

    Students observe the patterns, color, and texture of the natural environment as they explore the relationship of humans and nature.  Students use a variety of methods including printmaking, sculpture, drawings, and more to create their own artwork inspired by the beauty of the environment and artists who have incorporated nature in to their artwork.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Meredith Arcari

  • Musical Mentoring (Monday)

    Students work individually or in small groups with a Wesleyan student instructor for an hour of focused musical instruction on the instrument of the child’s choice. At the end of the semester, students may have the option to perform what they've learned for family and friends.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructors: Various Wesleyan students*

  • Kitchen Science (Thursday) - CLASS FULL

    How do you keep apples from turning brown? How does cream become butter? What is rock candy? Students will explore scientific concepts like phase changes, solutions, energy, photosynthesis, and more through food. Each class will include a hands-on food science experiment and will allow students to put science into action and see how it relates to their daily lives.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Katie Murray (Wesleyan Student)

  • Coloring on the Computer (Friday)

    In this class, students work to create an environment for young children to have fun and enjoy playing on the computer.  They will be learning how work with cameras through planned photo shoots. 

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Roslyn Carrier-Brault

Grades 3-5

  • Printmaking & Bookbinding (Monday)

    Students explore different methods of printmaking.  They will be building up, carving into, and printing with vegetables. Students will be making sketch books and leaning bookbinding methods.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Suzy Balay

  • Yoga & Meditation (Monday)

    Student use basic yoga poses and guided meditations to introduce kids to new ways of moving, stress management, and mindfulness. Thinking about the mind and body as one - this class will be a mixture of learning about the physical aspect of the body, biology, exercise, and nutrition, along with emotional learning techniques including meditation and journaling.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Mya Valentin (Wesleyan Student)

  • Art of Beaded Clay (Friday)

    Students will take a journey through the eyes of culture into the art of mask making as they explore the meaning and use of the mask in cultures from around the world.  They will learn several clay and beading techniques while creating a beaded clay mask from original design to finished masterpiece using polymer clay, glass seed beads and mixed media. Additional projects will include polymer clay beads, mask pendants and more. This class will involves extensive work with symmetry, negative/positive space, and patterns.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Renee Soares

  • Art and Science: Think Small! (Tuesday)

    Students embrace their scientific curiosity through creative art projects.  They will discuss various subject matters such as Mercury – the smallest planet, seeds that grow into fruits, vegetables, flowers, and trees from a scientific perspective and tie concepts together to produce a science-related art project. This semester’s project has a “Think Small” theme. Students travel back to prehistoric times and discover tiny insects, dinosaurs, and more!

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Lindsay Behrens

  • Sculpture (Thursday)

    Students make fun and creative sculptures, while experimenting with various materials and methods to create three-dimensional artwork.  Materials include clay, wire, plaster, found objects, and wood. Students develop figurative, abstract, and nonobjective pieces, while building upon their own individual style.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Meredith Arcari

  • All about Lyrics (Thursday)

    This is a creative writing class that focuses on learning to write your own song lyrics!   Whether you are an aspiring hip hop artist or the next Alessia Cara, you can learn to express yourself in this class.  Explore the music of artists from all genres and learn from the masters.  Songwriters from this group may write lyrics for the House of Voice singers and be featured in the solstice performance!

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Liz Dellinger

  • Intermediate Hip Hop (Tuesday)

    Hip Hop dancing has evolved into one of the most popular forms of dance for young adults today.  Students learn routines based on this popular form of street dancing. This class includes a variety of movements, techniques, and is designed so that students get an ample workout to their favorite music all while having fun. The choreography students learn leads to a final performance at the end of the semester.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Eric Quinones

  • Musical Mentoring (Wednesday)

    Students work individually or in small groups with a Wesleyan student instructor for an hour of focused musical instruction on the instrument of the child’s choice. At the end of the semester, students may have the option to perform what they've learned for family and friends.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructors: Various Wesleyan students*

  • Sew Crafty (Tuesday)

    Sewing is a basic life skill, and it's lots of fun! Students complete simple sewing projects like pillows, simple stuffed animals, bags, etc. They learn the basic stitches and techniques in a non-intimidating format with fun projects.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Jenny Chelmow (Wesleyan Student)

  • Simply Stylin' Fashion Design (Monday)

    Students image, design, and create their own articles of clothing from dresses to suits. Students learn sewing skills both by hand and with the machine. Their final projects are displayed via a catwalk show at the Student Showcase.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Tonia Herring

  • Computer-Aided Art (Thursday) - CLASS FULL

    Students in this class will focus on explore their creativity and have fun while learning how to create art in Photoshop.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Roslyn Carrier-Brault

  • House of Voice (Wednesday)

    This class is about everything singing!  Students will study voice with a professional vocalist. Young singers will learn new songs and share favorite music. At the end of the semester, there will be a grand performance!

    Grades 3-5
    Instructors: Liz Dellinger

  • Art of Storytelling (Wednesday)

    There are many ways of telling a good story. It can be acted out, drawn as a storybook or your drawn characters can come to life with simple animation! Each student tells their stories in unique ways, through drawings, green screen acting, and voice over in this class.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Marc Petterson

  • Stomp! (Friday)

    Students will use found objects, boomwhackers, brooms, boots, and buckets to create beats. They will will make music by beatboxing and incorporating body percussion like hambone and basic tap dance.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Peter Van Siclen

Grades 6-8

  • Wesleyan Bound (Friday)

    Wesleyan Bound exposes middle school students to what college is really like. Each week, students visit the Wesleyan campus for a wide range of activities like workshops with student groups, talks with professors, tours of science laboratories, and guided visits of art galleries.

    Wesleyan Bound runs from 3:15 to 5:15 PM on Fridays.

    Instructor: TBD