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Intro to Songwriting
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
This class will delve into the fundamentals of writing songs including, structure, meter, rhyme. The course will focus more intensely on the lyrical aspects of songwriting, but melody and musical composition will be discussed. There is no requirement that students play an instrument or have any background in music! Students will have plenty of opportunity to write their own lyrics and songs, and refine them throughout the course.
Get your mixing bowls ready! In this class we will explore a different category of baked goods each week, including scones, cookies, bread and cakes. I will start the class by walking through the ingredients and introducing the new techniques we will be learning that week. Then we will bake something delicious together. Because of the nature of baking, food might need to finish baking after class ends, but if this is the case we will go through all the things to look for to make sure your dish is done.
In this class, students will study some of the most iconic art historical sites, objects and images from across time and geography. Activities and discussions are built into the course to help students form cross-cultural connections. Students will learn about art history while creating their own masterpieces!
Make your drawings a window into whatever world you choose! This class will teach students the basic of drawing that work for all kinds of applications, from cityscapes to portraits, character design, cartoons and everything in between. We will draw boxes, cylinders, pyramids, and cones before moving into using that knowledge to do more interesting scenes/drawings that students will choose. All styles of drawing are welcome! Students will leave this class with the fundamentals needed to make their imaginations come to life.
This class will lead students in a discovery of several African countries and cultures via children's stories by African authors. Each class will include a story time (20 minutes), followed by a 15-minute activity and a 15-minute Q&A. This class is lead by an African Children's author, NJ Mvondo, who is also founder of Multiculturalism Rocks! which celebrates cultural diversity in the arts, and in children’s books in particular.
Each week's class includes a short lesson on an aspect of creative writing (i.e. dialogue, descriptive writing, etc), a weekly writing prompt, chances to share and get constructive feedback on their work, as well as learning how to give respectful and constructive feedback to others. This is a great chance for students to learn, collaborate, and workshop their own writing! Students will need to have a notebook or journal for this class.
In this class, students will explore weekly experiments, activities, and lessons in all things environmental science! Students will also learn to keep a nature journal and have a weekly prompt to respond to. This class is a great chance to engage with the natural world and learn more about our Earth! Students will need to have a notebook or journal for this class.
Students will leave this class with an understanding of the five major biomes of Earth (along with the categories within each) by understanding the characteristics of each environment, the creatures that inhabit said places, as well as the effects climate change has had on them all. Just like the oceans, pine trees, goats, fish, and even little mice, we are apart of the world. It is our responsibility to love, to understand, and to nurture our world.
As we explore the biomes, we will translate our new knowledge into beautiful crafts that present the wonder of the Earth in a display the student may keep as a reminder of the insight they have gained.
Make your drawings a window into whatever world you choose! This class will teach students the drawing, perspective, and lighting tools that don’t only apply to giant city buildings, but also to portraits, shading, character design, cartoons and everything else. All styles of drawing are welcome! Teacher Justin will help students develop the tools to bring their creations to life, while offering guided directions and suggestions based on each students' style and goals.
This class is designed for players of all ages who have mastered the basics of the game. Tom emphasizes the fundamental rules of play, basic tactics and strategies, problem solving, teamwork, sportsmanship, and the importance of playing informal games with family and friends.
Please contact Tom at if you would like to discuss the proper placement for your student. Students receive additional materials (books and strategy guides) at the end of the course!
January 19 - March 9 8 sessions Class price includes a $10 materials fee.
In this class, students will learn the visual elements of art such as lines and shapes, color theory, texture, and more! Students will begin to understand how to interpret and describe the visual characteristics of famous artworks through time. They will also learn how to use the elements we discuss in their own creations! Each week will focus on a different element of art and will include activities for the students to create their own artwork.
Each week, students will be treated to a story from a different continent and country. Each class includes a 20 minute story time, followed by creative activities, and a discussion time for the whole class! This class is lead by published children's author, NJ Mvondo, who has taught children all over California through multicultural stories through her popup bookstore, Multiculturalism Rocks!
Learn all the techniques and cooking methods needed to help prepare delicious meals for your family. Each week we will explore a new topic, starting with safe knife skills and an overview of kitchen equipment. Then we will move onto how to make broths and sauces, exploring our spice cabinets, learning how to cook beans and grains and what sauteing, roasting and braising mean and how they are different. Each week we will make at least one dish together as we learn about that week's topic.