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2022 Winter Session Classes

January 10 – March 19 (10 weeks)

Holiday Closures

  • Martin Luther King Day: Monday, January 17 – CLOSED FOR PRESCHOOL | *Open for lessons and classes at 3 pm
  • President’s Day, Monday, February 21 – CLOSED FOR PRESCHOOL | *Open for lessons and classes at 3 pm

Winter Semester AOM Dance Schedule: COMING JANUARY 2022

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WINTER MUSIC CLASSES

Young Singers Voice Class (Ages 8 – 12)
Jan 10 – Mar 14 (10 weeks)
Jimmy Damore

This specialized voice class will address vocal concepts for motivated young singers. This class will help vocal students break bad habits and gain vocal strength. Singers will learn techniques specific to better breathing, vocal health, tone matching, endurance and more.  

Monday, 7:00 – 7:30 PM
$90 | $80 Members

Music Mates Beginners (Ages 4-6)
Jan 11 – March 15 (10 Weeks)
Nadia Pochan 

Music Mates is a group class to help students form an acquaintance with the keyboard, to establish a feeling for a steady beat and to begin the development of 5-finger dexterity. The program includes learning to play childhood tunes as well as providing a general music background to prepare a child for private study.

Tuesday, 5:30-6:00 p.m.
$90 | $80 Members

Music Mates 2 (Ages 4-6)
Jan 11 – March 15  (10 Weeks)
Nadia Pochan

For students who have previously taken Music Mates and are ready for the next level of instruction. Music Mates is a group class to help students form an acquaintance with the keyboard, to establish a feeling for a steady beat and to begin the development of 5-finger dexterity. The program includes learning to play childhood tunes as well as providing a general music background to prepare a child for private study.

Tuesday, 6:00-6:30p.m.
$90 | $80 Members

Ukulele Group Jam (Ages 7-10)
Jan 13 – March 17 (10 Weeks)
Nadia Pochan

Learn some easy songs with Mrs. Nadia to play for friends and family. Join us in this group setting where we will focus on simple 2 chord songs for easy learning for the earliest beginner ukulele players. Focusing on strumming patterns, chords, timing, and rhythm all while learning to play in an ensemble! *Must own your own ukulele*

Thursday, 5:00-5:30 p.m.
$90 | $80 Members


WINTER THEATER CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Little Performers – Fables and Fairytales Edition (Ages 3 – 5)
Andrea Hart

This course will encourage children to expand their imagination and embrace their creativity. Using traditional theater games, we will work on listening and collaboration skills. We will also learn how to tell interesting stories and embody wacky characters from beloved fairy tales and fables! The final class session is open to friends and family to observe what we’ve learned and created together.

Section A: January 10 – February 7 (5 weeks)
Monday, 4:00-4:30 PM
$65 | $55 Members

Section B: February 14 – March 14 (5 weeks)
Monday, 4:00-4:30 PM
$65 | $55 Members

Directing: A Crash Course (Ages 12 – 18)
January 10 – March 14
Andrea Hart

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of stage directing. Student directors will learn how to analyze a scene, identify beats, visualize moments, talk to actors, and solve creative problems. This course is perfect for the actor who has always wanted to direct but never had the opportunity to do so. Each student will have the opportunity to direct their classmates.

Monday, 7:00-8:00 PM
$147 | $137 Members

Explorations in Musical Theater (Ages 8 – 15)
January 11 – March 15 (10 weeks)
Kristina Dennis, Beverly Houck, & Guest Theater Faculty

Dive in! Part song selection, part vocal coaching, part choreography and part acting class. Sing, dance, act! In this class you’ll experience the heightened world of musical theater. Those new to musical theater and those who are experienced will find the class equally engaging. Copies of all sheet music and links to tracks studied in this class are made available to students. 

Tuesday, 4:00-5:00 PM
$147 | $137 Members

Acting: Heroes & Villains (Ages 6 – 9)
January 11 – March 15 (10 weeks)
Joel Gori

Is your child a character? Then, they’ll love this introductory characterization course! Through scene work, theater games, and creative exercises, young performers will learn about what makes characters tick and how to bring characters to life! Each class will be an epic adventure. Students will portray noble heroes, scheming villains, and everyone in between! This introductory acting course is designed for those who may (or may not) have been on stage, but would like to explore and learn more about acting and character development.

Tuesday,  6:30-7:30 PM
$147 | $137 Members

Acting: Making Scenes  (Ages 10 – 15)
January 11 – March 15 (10 weeks)
Joel Gori

This course is for actors who are interested in refining and honing their acting skills. Students will work on different scripts throughout the course – scenes, 10 minute plays, and monologues.Through focused scene work, students will learn how to analyze a script, take direction, and connect with their scene partners!

Tuesday, 7:30-8:30 PM
$147 | $137 members

Acting: Heroes & Villains (Ages 9 – 12)
January 12 – March 16 (10 weeks)
Theater Faculty

Is your child a character? Then, they’ll love this introductory characterization course! Through scene work, theater games, and creative exercises, young performers will learn about what makes characters tick and how to bring characters to life! Each class will be an epic adventure. Students will portray noble heroes, scheming villains, and everyone in between! This introductory acting course is designed for those who may (or may not) have been on stage, but would like to explore and learn more about acting and character development.

Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 PM
$147 | $137 Members

Acting Adventures: Space Odyssey (Ages 6 – 8)
January 13 – March 17 (10 weeks)
Theater Faculty

In this introductory acting class, young performers will create their own space adventure story. Each week, we will create one part of the story while we learn about acting and storytelling techniques. Students will learn how to use their imaginations to create worlds and interesting characters!

Thursday, 4:00-5:00 PM
$147 | $137 Members

SEPT – JUNE ENSEMBLES BY AUDITION ONLY: 

Yocum Players (Ages 8 – 10)
Joel Gori

This ensemble is for our younger actors who are more serious about acting and want to experience more. Actors will be expected to spend time outside of class memorizing lines and possible added rehearsals for a performance. A wonderful supportive atmosphere for learning and growing as an actor and well-rounded theater person who understands all of the elements and positions it takes to put a production together.

Tuesday, 5:00-6:30 PM
$52 per month
Auditions: January 10, 5:30-7:00 PM

Junior Ensemble (Ages 9-12)
Andrea Hart & Beverly Houck

Those accepted into the Jr. Ensemble will be expected to work between classes on assignments leading to productions and performance opportunities in the community. Some rehearsal time outside of the weekly time may be needed. This will be arranged on a per project basis. Jr. Ensemble members will also have the opportunity to work with the Teen & Middle School Ensemble.

Thursday, 5:00-6:30 PM
$52 per month
Auditions: January 10, 5:30-7:00 PM

Teen Theater Ensemble A (Grades 6-9/Ages 12 – 15)
Andrea Hart

Those accepted into the Middle School Ensemble will be expected to work between classes on assignments leading to productions and performance opportunities in the community. Some rehearsal time outside of the weekly time may be needed. This will be arranged on a per project basis. Jr. Ensemble members will also have the opportunity to work with the Teen Ensemble.

Monday, 5:30-7:00 PM
$50 (annual fee)
Auditions: January 10, 5:30-7:00 PM

Teen Theater Ensemble B (grades 9-12)
(Ages 14 – 18)
Beverly Houck & Andrea Hart

The teen ensembles are for serious acting students who want to learn and perform in a focused and performance-driven company. Building on the fundamentals of acting, teens meet weekly throughout the year to explore advanced improvisation, scripted theater, new works, and, in addition to family-friendly offerings, performances focused on social issues affecting teens and young people today. With performances in the Berks County area, master classes with guest teachers, and an optional tour that occurs during school hours, members of the Teen Ensemble are given opportunities to develop skills they need to thrive and shine in any performance endeavor.

Thursday, 7:30-9:00 PM
$50 (annual fee)
Auditions: January 10, 5:30-7:00 PM


WINTER VISUAL ART CLASSES

Youth

Mixed Media Drawing (Ages 6-9)
January 11-February 8 (5 Weeks)
Sara Gibson

This class is filled with creative exercises for kids who love to draw and are ready to explore and incorporate a variety of materials into their drawings.

Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 pm
$65 | $55 Members

Paint Party (Ages 5-9)
January 15-March 19 (10 Weeks)
Mariam Mahmood

Students will get to explore different painting techniques on a variety of surfaces.

Saturday, 12:30-1:30 pm
$120 | $110 Members

Watercolor Exploration (Ages 5-9)
January 11 – March 15 (10 Weeks)
Mariam Mahmood

Students will explore different watercolor techniques, surfaces and color mixing.

Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 pm
$120 | $110 Members

Clay Beginners (Ages 5-9)
Rebecca Kline

Students will create small pinch pots, tiles, beads, and coil creations while learning the unique qualities of air dry, polymer clay, and kiln fired clay. Because most of these compound clays are easily available and able to be used without a kiln, students can continue their exploration at home at the end of the session.

Monday, 7-8 pm
Session 1: January 10-February 7 (5 Weeks)
Session 2: February 14-March 14 (5 Weeks)
$75 | $65 Members

Clay Exploration (Ages 5-9)
January 13 – February 10 (5 Weeks)
Rebecca Kline

Students will create varied hand built slab creations and coil creations while learning the unique qualities of kiln fired clay and how to apply glazes. Kiln fee and glazes are included in the cost of the class.

Thursday, 7-8 pm
$75 | $65 Members

Play in Clay (Ages 5-9)
February 17-March 17 (5 Weeks)
Rebecca Kline

Students will create garden pots, tiles, vases, and coil creations while learning the unique qualities of kiln fired clay. Kiln fee and glazes are included in the cost of the class.

Thursday, 7-8 pm
$75 | $65 Members

Beaded Animals (Ages 6-12)
January 12-February 9 (5 Weeks)
Erin Oliver

Learn to weave with beads, making animals and patterns in a variety of colorful ways. We’ll start with guided pieces and look at designing our own patterns by the end of the class.

Wednesday, 6-7 pm
$65 | $55 Members

Math In Art (Ages 8-12)
February 16 – March 16 (5 Weeks)
Erin Oliver

We will explore the ways math is used in the art world, while re-enforcing math vocabulary. Patterns and measuring will be discussed; origami and drawing media will be used.

Wednesday, 6-7 pm
$55 | $45 Members

The Animator’s Sketchbook (Ages 8-12)
February 15-March 15 (5 Weeks)
Sara Gibson

We all have our favorite Pixar movies, Disney tales or cartoons. But where did they all start? They started with ideas, concepts, characters and storylines. By creating our own sketchbooks, students will have a place to brainstorm, create and store their characters and stories that could be turned into an animated film.

Tuesday, 4:30-5:30 pm
$65 | $55 Members

Papercrafts from Around the World (Ages 8-12)
January 11 – March 15 (10 weeks)
Nadia Pochan

Students will make special paper crafts from around the world including mobiles, origami, lanterns, window decorations, scherenschnitt, and more. Explore the endless possibilities of paper!

Tuesday, 6:30-7:15 pm
$115 | $105 Members

Minecraft vs Roblox (Ages 10-14)
January 12 – March 16 (10 Weeks)
Shawna Hansberry

Minecrafters and Roblox fans get ready to create their own figures made from polymer clay complete with their own scale model world, as you construct from hands on materials instead of virtually.

Wednesday, 7 -8 pm
$120 | $110 Members

Open Studio (Ages 10-14)
January 14-March 18 (10 Weeks)
Shawna Hansberry

Welcome to a studio where you have the opportunity to create items uniquely personal to you. Your interests will guide your creation journey as you build, draw, paint, print, make jewelry or crafts, using whatever you need to make the magic happen. Our instructor will be your guide to help you explore your imagination and new materials that will bring your creations to life.

Friday, 7-8 pm
$120 | $110 Members

Just Draw (Ages 10-14)
January 10 – March 14 (10 Weeks)
Shawna Hansberry

Basic drawing skills will be practiced using shape, shading, and one point perspective. Drawing faces and hands will be demonstrated. Returning Students are welcome to continue to practice their drawing skills and a variety of drawing materials will be utilized including charcoal, pastel, pencil, and watercolor pencil.

Monday, 6-7 pm
$120 | $110 Members

Just Paint (Ages 10-14)
January 12 – March 16 (10 Weeks)
Shawna Hansberry

Create painting masterpieces with acrylic, watercolor, and tempera paint. Mix your own colors with inspiration from classical painters as you develop your own unique painting style. Proper clean up of supplies will be taught. Dress for the mess as you just paint!

Wednesday, 6-7 pm
$120 | $110 Members

Anime and Manga (Ages 10-14)
January 14-March 18 (10 Weeks)
Shawna Hansberry

Anime and Manga are both a style of Japanese animation, similar in style and technique. Anime is found mostly in TV shows and Movies. Manga is found in comic books and graphic novels. Both offer a unique drawing style that has the potential to allow for individualization of a creative technique. Students will experience a basic introduction to manga and anime including the background and origins of the art form.

Friday, 6-7 pm
$120 | $110 Members

Magical Creatures (Ages 10-14)
January 10-March 14(10 Weeks)
Shawna Hansberry

Basilisks, Acromantualas, and Hippogriffs oh my! We will explore and create our favorite magical creatures, whether it’s a Unicorn, a Werewolf, House Elf or even a three-headed dog through sculpture, drawing and painting. All aboard the Abraxan as we fly through the magical world of art. We will even make some Spectrespecs so we can see some Wrackspurts. We will create puppets and Pygmy puff pets.

Monday, 7-8 pm
$120 | $110 Members

Teen & Adult Classes

Open Studio (Ages 14-17)
January 12-March 16 (10 Weeks)
Jenn Harding

Open studio is a chance for the young artists to work in a fully equipped studio with other artists and a fellow monitor. They’ll be able to work on personal projects of their choice in the medium of their choice. This gives these artists a chance to work with other creatives in a space outside of school and projects that are chosen for them. A mentor is there for guidance and inspiration

Wednesday, 7-8 pm
$120 | $110 Members

Explore Printing: Printmaking and Stencils (Ages 12-18)
January 12 – March 2 (10 Weeks)
Erin Oliver

Using printmaking techniques, we will create stamps, stencils, and a carved linoleum print to create our own works of art. We will use drawing activities to better understand the process, and culminate in carving and printing a linoleum plate for our finished artwork. Note: This class will use sharp carving tools, which are not dangerous if used properly, but there is a chance for small cuts. Safety and responsibility are important for attending this class!

Wednesday, 7:15-8:15
$125 | $115 Members

Teen Acrylic Painting (Ages 12-17)
January 15-February 12 (5 Weeks)
Helen Reinhold-Gordon

This Acrylic painting class will provide fundamental guidelines in a fun manner to aid students on a creative journey as students will be encouraged to try new approaches to painting.

Saturday, 10 am-12 pm
$125 | $115 Members

Design 101 – Collage and Design (Ages 16+)
January 11-February 8 (5 Weeks)
Erin Oliver

Build your compositional skills through 2D collage and design exercises that strengthen the visual dynamism of your artwork. You will gain greater understanding of art fundamentals such as color, space, contrast, and balance, and their application within your artwork.

Tuesday, 2-4 pm
$120 | $110 Members

Paper Sculpture (Ages 16+)
January 11 – March 15 (10 Weeks)
Erin Oliver

Explore the possibilities of paper, pushing the boundaries of what this simple, unassuming material is capable of. In this fun class, we will delve into ways to make paper become three-dimensional, creating pop ups, carousel and tunnel books, and experiment with some hanging sculptures. Involves plenty of cutting and having an open mind!

Tuesday, 6-8 pm
$220 | $210 Members

Exploratory Drawing and Painting (Ages 16+)
January 11 – March 15 (10 Weeks)
Erin Oliver

Let loose and learn some new skills and techniques while experimenting with a variety of methods for creating drawings and drawings. We will explore primarily abstraction and formalism as a means for personal expression and dynamic imagery. We will use a variety of media, including the option for graphite, charcoal, paper collage, colored pencil, and watercolor/gouache.

Tuesday, 4:15-5:45 pm
$130 | $120 Members

Abstracting Nature (Ages 16+)
January 12-March 16 (10 Weeks)
Erin Oliver

Students will explore various ways to approach natural forms through this experimental drawing and painting class. We will use our sketchbooks to play with different possibilities and create a larger scale mixed media work towards the end to hone skills and vision. We may incorporate some plein air (outdoor) sketching if the weather allows.

Wednesday, 4:15-5:45 pm
$130 | $120 Members

Drawing for Adults (Ages 18+)
January 10-February 28 (8 Weeks)
Fred Gurman

Students will learn how to draw the basic shapes that make up all drawings as well as shading, contrast, perspective and composition. Each student will learn how to see objects like an artist and translate that to drawing.

Monday, 6-7:30 pm
$120 | $110 Members

Drawing for Adults Continued (Ages 18+)
January 10 – February 21 (6 Weeks, No class January 17)
Fred Gurman

This class will build on the skills learned in previous drawing classes. While working in the medium of their choice, students will explore perspective, composition and various drawing styles with an emphasis on pencil and pen & ink. Beginners are also welcome.

Monday, 11 am-12:30 pm
$90 | $80 Members

Beginners Oil and Acrylic Painting (Ages 18+)
January 12 -March 16 (10 Weeks)
Helen Reinhold-Gordon

Do you have a longing to paint in Oils or Acrylics but never knew where to start? This class is for you! Our instructor will guide you from start to finish on how to think about a painting, the tools required, the approach to begin and encourage you every step of the way. No prior painting experience needed just a sense of humor and the desire to learn.

Wednesday, 12:30-2:30 pm
$250 | $240 Members

Advanced Oil and Acrylic Painting (Ages 18+)
January 12 -March 16 (10 Weeks)
Helen Reinhold-Gordon

Perfect for the student with painting experience who wishes to delve deeper into the understanding of painting academics thus developing their own individual strengths. Still life set ups will facilitate a working knowledge of composition, the study before beginning, values, color theory and mark making. Supplies are required and a list will be given at sign up.

Wednesday, 10 am-12 pm
$250 | $240 Members