Arts Program

Program Coordinator: Ryan Cummings

Description:

The BARC Arts Program is a year round arts program that explores various aspects of the arts in 4 – 5 week segments from September through March. Yearly this program will be exploring visual art, music, dance & theater, using the expertise of several artists and performers in our area. Sessions will be offered to a variety of age groups and locations depending on the modality being explored.  The cost will be $30-$50 per student per session depending on the materials needed. Some examples of previous sessions are:

  • Printmaking- In printmaking your child was guided through the world of printmaking. Your little artist will uses their imagination to design positive and negative prints using a variety of different mediums, inks and rollers to design their own work of art! We will also be carving a variety of materials and creating Japanese Fish prints.
  • Mural Painting- In this session students worked together to create a mural that was  designed and implemented as a group
  • Music in Motion (for Pre-K) – This program introduces your toddlers to both traditional and unique children songs. We learn specific movements and finger plays to songs such as Mulberry Bush, Itsy Bitsy Spider & Little Peter Rabbit among many others.
  • Creative Candle Making- In this class students create and build their very own candles each week based on a theme. The students will learn about the candle creating process. This is a very unique and special class that will truly inspire students’ imagination.
  • Jewelry Making- In this class students learn to make several different projects using beads and other crafting materials. A variety of different beads and cords will be used to make some jewelry and non-jewelry items. This class takes place on site and at a local business.
  • Nature Art Program & Nature Exploration Club- The Nature Art program & Nature Exploration Club both take a non-traditional approach to art in order to engage children’s imagination and creativity. This program focuses on connecting children with the outdoors by using natural art materials. Children who have a connection to the outdoors often have a longer attention span and a better connection to themselves. Our goal is to connect children to themselves and help them better understand their feelings and emotions through non-traditional art. A hike is included in every activity for the Nature Exploration Club.
  • Tae Kwon Do- Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts program will help your child improve many character development traits. You will see an improvement in fitness, focus, self-control, and self-esteem. We strive to incorporate the tenants of Tae Kwon Do which includes Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit in every class, all while having fun!
  • Theater Skills Workshop- In this five week acting intensive, students work on basic stage acting skills including improvisation, scene study and monologues. This is a great class for anyone, grades 6-10, who is interested in acting- whether they are novice or experienced. The goal is to create a safe environment where each student can feel free to express themselves through performing.
  • Virtual Cooking Class – Discover each of the food groups that make up MyPlate! Every week we will focus on a specific food group and prepare a delicious snack that highlights this food group. Follow along, practicing your culinary skills and learn how getting nutrients from each of the food groups helps us grow big and strong!

Registration Info:

Registration details will be available for each session a month prior to the start date. The 5 week sessions are on hiatus for the summer while our summer theater program in session, but resume in the fall.

Fall 2022 Programs

Jazzed About Dance  Fall 2022

WHO:  Boys and girls who are entering grades 3-6th In September of 2022 and reside in the Towns of Milton, Malta, or Ballston, or the Village of Ballston Spa.

WHEN: Tuesday from 6pm-7:30pm

WHERE: Malta Ave Elementary Auditorium

DATES: 10/4/22 – 11/1/22

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:  Jazzed About Dance is a new segment being offered by the BARC Arts Program already well known for its mission of providing low cost recreational programming year-round. In this 5-week session, this beginner-friendly rhythm/dance class will incorporate the basics and fun aspects of this dance style along with a choreographed routine to perform on the last day.

Amaya Kilinski has been dancing for over 16 years and has experience in a multitude of styles including Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, and Swing Dancing. Amaya graduated from JDC Dance Center in Ballston Spa and taught with Spa City Swingers Dance Studio from 2015-2019. “I enjoy sharing my lifelong love of dance with learners of all ages and am excited to be working with BARC!”

COST: $40 per student per 5-week session (not per class).

This is the cost for residents of the Towns of Milton, Malta, or Ballston, and the Village of Ballston Spa- who also reside in the Ballston Spa School District. If you do not reside in the Ballston Spa school district or one of the four listed municipalities, there is an added fee of $25.00.

HOW TO REGISTER: Log onto www.ballstonarearec.org and click on the ‘Register/Log in’ link to be taken to our registration site. If you have already created an online account, you will be able to access the information used from your last registration. If any of your personal information has changed, please update it. If prior to this, you have not registered online for a BARC program, you will need to create an account and register. Regular online registration will run from 9/15/22- 10/3/22. Please email ballstonarearec@gmail.com  if you need help registering.

Fall 2022 Jazzed About Dance (Arts Program)

Playwriting Fall 2022

WHO:  Boys and girls who are in grades 7th-12th and reside in the Towns of Milton, Malta, or Ballston, or the Village of Ballston Spa.

WHEN: Monday & Wednesday 6pm-7:30pm

WHERE: Malta Ave Elementary Auditorium

DATES: 10/17 – 11/14/22 (No Class 10/31 or 11/16)

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:  Playwriting is a new program being offered by the BARC Arts Program already well known for its mission of providing low cost recreational programming year-round. In this 5-week session our adventure into playwrighting starts soon and we need you to join us for all of the fun. This 5-week course will culminate in the creation of a full length, short play, written by you and your peers. We will begin by brainstorming thoughts, ideas, and character arcs; that will then be followed by a series of freewriting exercises meant to expand our collective creativity. Once we have completed these short drafts we will read them out loud at an “invite only” event. We will utilize this public reading by asking the audience questions, gathering feedback, and ultimately facilitating the growth of our local theatre community. Please remember that if you do choose to fully commit to this process we will undoubtedly develop a play worthy of a full-length production.

Shane Sczepankowski who has been working in a theatrical capacity for most of his adult life. His educational background is based around collaborative theater making with an intense focus on devising physical work via Shakespeare’s texts. As an actor and director, Shane will discover the potential in each and every rehearsal room in order to create a safe space for all people to be their unique self. Most recently Shane’s graduate work involved creating a touring troupe of Shakespearean scholars, wherein they traveled around the local community, performed early modern text, and taught a series of educational workshops that he developed as part of his co-op theatre company.

COST: $40 per student per 5 week session (not per class).

This is the cost for residents of the Towns of Milton, Malta, or Ballston, and the Village of Ballston Spa- who also reside in the Ballston Spa School District. If you do not reside in the Ballston Spa school district or one of the four listed municipalities, there is an added fee of $25.00.

HOW TO REGISTER: Log onto www.ballstonarearec.org and click on the ‘Register/Log in’ link to be taken to our registration site. If you have already created an online account, you will be able to access the information used from your last registration. If any of your personal information has changed, please update it. If prior to this, you have not registered online for a BARC program, you will need to create an account and register. Regular online registration will run from 9/26 – 10/14/22. Please email ballstonarearec@gmail.com if you need help registering.

BARC Playwriting Art Program Fall 2022