By Patrice Shields
Great adventures are just ahead for budding young artists, musicians, dancers and actors at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs (CFABS). The Centers offers Saturday, after school and evening classes for children ages 3 and up in every imaginable medium from painting to acting and including a new “Music Lab” group music class that merges technology, instruments and games to make learning an instrument exciting and fun. Opportunities include both visual and performing arts with creative opportunities for every age group. Pre-school children are offered a variety of projects along with story time and music. Teens can develop their skills and build a portfolio for college.
“Our art, theater, dance and music classes offer students the opportunity to connect, grow and challenge themselves in a supportive environment,” says CFABS Youth Education Director Cesare Morisco. “Age specific classes of 15 students or less, offer students individual attention while they explore the exciting learning adventures available in the arts.”
Master of Music Education, Luis Sandoval, developed CFABS’ “Music Lab” program that offers students use interactive boards, internet, and music workstations, acoustic and/or electronic instruments, turning music lessons into a kinesthetic and fun environment, where students learn all levels of music quickly and eagerly. Students learn ear training, sight singing, composition, improvisation, music appreciation, performance and production. Sandoval’s classroom is an engaging playground that allows the natural ability of young minds to learn music while it fosters attentive listening, and encourages cooperation.
In addition to group music lessons, classes are available for students to learn guitar, piano, clarinet, flute, sax, oboe and even voice lessons. Through the generosity of the LaLonde Scholarship Foundations’ “Make Music” program, scholarships are available for students to learn music and even receive an instrument to practice with at home.
High School students looking to build a portfolio for college or just have fun learning a new style of art, will want to join in CFABS’ “5-Week High School Intensive” class. Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00-7:30pm and offer a fun weekly class that experiments with ideas, mediums and tools not offered in regular art programs. Students develop the experience necessary for attending college by making two dimensional, three dimensional and digital art that can be included in a portfolio.
Teens may also enjoy CFABS’ new “5-Week Fused Glass for Teens.” Students ages 12 and older can learn about basic design and color with fused glass while creating a variety of pieces working at their own pace. Other 5-week classes include “Film,” “Clay Animation,” “Digital Photography” and more.
It’s ok to be dramatic through youth theater classes that include “Improv Performance Group,” “Acting for the Stage, TV & Film,” “Commercial Acting,” “Showbiz” and more. Through CFABS’ theater classes, students explore professional communication techniques that, with practice, help build confidence, unleash creativity and cultivate teamwork to assist them in real-life situations at home, school or in their next big starring role on stage.
Students can make a pot, take a great picture or learn to sew or paint at one of CFABS after-school or Saturday classes. In “Beginning Sewing” students will learn the basics of sewing through simple patterns to create their own fashions. In “Clay Creations” your child can explore the wonders of clay and let their imagination be their guide to creating unique and adventurous artworks. In “Fashion Design Elements” class students learn to implement their fashion ideas by learning how to make sketch pages of model drawings, pattern templates, color combinations, fabric samples and more.
The Centers offer generous discounts and scholarships to ensure art, music, theater and dance are affordable for all. Every applicant receives a scholarship equal to 10%-90% of the class fee; awarded on a sliding scale based on family’s adjusted gross income; dependents; home ownership; marital status; and number of children taking classes. (CFABS does not offer scholarships not available for one day and 2-week classes)
There is always something fun and new at the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs beginning this September. A full list of Centers for the Arts classes is available online at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 495-8989.
Who: Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
What: Art, Dance, Theater & Music Classes
When: Saturdays & After School beginning September 2015
Where: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL
Cost: Varies and scholarships and discounts are available for many of the classes
Those who join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an Individual Member will receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class and those who join as a Family Membership will receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class and 2 tickets to one of our Live at the Center! Class & performance must occur before December 31, 2015. The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members. Promotion ends September 30, 2015.