Class Descriptions

Classes for the Familiaris Fine Arts 2020-21 school year are year-long and run October 2nd - April 29th ( No Classes December).  All classes are 50 minutes long, and on Thursdays at the Richland Community Center. Tuition is $40.00 per course per month, with a 10% sibling and multi-class discount for all additional classes.  There is a nonrefundable annual registration fee of $45.00 per family, plus the first month's tuition due at the time of registration. Some material fees may apply. (See individual course descriptions below)

9:45 - 10:45    Ballet II  (experience needed)

Costuming fee: $20 per student 
Family costuming fee: $5 per additional sibling
 

Class Description:  Students who have solidified the basics and are ready for more challenging steps will be placed in this class by the instructor. In this level, we begin to challenge speed and coordination, as well as grow in strength and grace and knowledge.

Dress Code:  Students are required to wear a black ballet leotard with pink ballet tights. They are also required to wear pink leather or canvas ballet slippers.

 

10:00 - 10:50  Early Childhood Music and Motion  (Ages 4-7)

Material Fees: $20 (one time)

Class Description:  Children love to sing!  This class is FUN for younger kids!  Children will have a safe place to develop their natural love of music by singing fun songs, playing music games, and participating in music activities that develop a healthy start and awareness of ear-training, pitch-matching, and sensing the beat in music.  The learning happens incidentally through our playtime and singing because at this age, learning music is best in a fun, playful atmosphere.  The instruction is based on the trusted and inspiring Kodaly Method, and supplemented with other respected music education sources!  The children will learn music through playing, moving, and singing well-known nursery rhymes, classic children's songs, circle games, music education activities, dance, clapping, imitation, fingerplay, and more!

 

11:00 - 11:50  CHOIR II (Ages 12+) (Prerequisite)

Class Material Fee:  $29 (one time)

 

Class Description:    [Pre-requisite: a minimum of 1-year choir experience or 6 months private voice lessons]  For ages 12 and up:  This choir will develop and grow from Choir I, exploring more challenging music and theory, as well as more advanced vocal techniques.  They will also learn a variety of songs from different genres, and prepare music for performances.  The love of singing is maintained and nurtured in this choir as students review AND learn new material on the following:  reading and sight-reading music notes and rhythm, music theory, solid vocal techniques, solfege (do, re, mi), music games, choreography, and more.  Instructor Heather Hull Hart continues to seek and provide a good variety of music for their music education and edification.  This is an all-year class.  Fall and Winter have a focus on holiday music, as well as classical, folk, and world music.  Spring season will focus more on "show choir" music and choreography, with a focus on family-friendly pop, movie and/or musical theatre songs.  [Minimum class size:  12]

 

11:00 - 11:50  Ballet I  8+ (No experience needed)

Costuming fee: $20 per student 
Family costuming fee: $5 per additional sibling
 

Class Description: This class is appropriate for beginning or experienced dancers ages 8-18. The class follows the classic ballet class format: Barre /Center barre, Center, and Allegro. In addition, conditioning exercises are added to help quickly gain strength and to learn to access particular muscle groups. Combinations and short choreographed pieces enhance the experience and familiarize students with music from classic ballets.

Dress Code:  Students are required to wear a black ballet leotard with pink ballet tights. They are also required to wear pink leather or canvas ballet slippers.

 

12:00 - 12:50  Choir I  8+

Material Fees:  $29 (one time)

Class Description:  Youth ages 8 and up will enjoy learning good vocal techniques, basic music theory, and a variety of songs from different genres!  The love of singing is developed and nurtured in this choir as students learn how to read music and rhythm, learn correct vocal techniques, are introduced to solfege (do, re, mi), play music games, and prepare songs for performances.  The instructor, Mrs. Heather Hull Hart, strives to have a good variety of music for their music education and edification.  This is an all-year class.  Fall and Winter have a focus on holiday music, as well as classical, folk, and world music.  Spring season will focus more on "show choir" music and choreography, with a focus on family-friendly pop, movie and/or musical theatre songs.  [Minimum class size:  12]

 

12:00 - 12:50  Primary Ballet 5-7

Costuming fee: $20 per student 
Family costuming fee: $5 per additional sibling
 

Class Description:  This class is appropriate for beginning dancers and experienced dancers alike. A solid foundation in ballet technique includes strength, coordination, musicality, grace, footwork, and CONFIDENCE.
Age-appropriate exercises and techniques are used to help primary students learn about ballet in a fun, nurturing, imaginative atmosphere.

Dress Code:  Students are required to wear a black ballet leotard with pink ballet tights. They are also required to wear pink leather or canvas ballet slippers.

 

12:00 - 12:50  Theatre Arts   Ages 12+
 
Materials Fee:  $5 per student
 
An excellent class for older beginners and those who already have some performing experience. Along with solidifying basic techniques and building up a good foundation of theatre knowledge, we will delve into more "serious acting" by exploring a variety of genres, styles (from Shakespeare to contemporary), and topics, all through improvisation and script work. Students will get to practice auditioning, rehearsing, and performing full scenes and monologues. Games will still be involved, but more focus will be put on practical application. The goal for the class is to encourage a deeper appreciation for theatre arts, and--more importantly--to build up confident performers who are eager to share their hard-earned skills. 

 

1:00 - 1:50  Orchestra I

Materials Fee:  $20

Class Description:   In this orchestra, beginning strings students can build the basic skills of the violin, viola, or cello and get valuable experience playing in a group. Correct posture, producing a good tone, reading notes and rhythm, following the director's cues and other skills will be taught as we work through the String Basics method book 1. Students are responsible for having an instrument and case, rosin, String Basics Book 1, Steps to Successful Ensembles Book 1, pencil and a thin 3-ring binder or folder, and music stand. Additional music may be supplied in class by the teacher. A shoulder rest is suggested for violin and viola players. Private or small-group lessons outside of this class not required but are helpful to many.  Experience required: the student should be able to read and play short pieces using the notes of the D Major scale or play the first ~80 selections in String Basics 1.

Please Note:  All brand new beginning students will need to meet with Mrs. Vander Wilt for 1-2 private or sibling-shared lessons before classes begin October 1st.  (These lessons are at no extra charge, and are included in your Familiaris tuition.)

 

1:00 - 1:50   Junior Theatre Arts (Ages 8+)

Materials Fee:  $5 per student

Class Description:   A course for children ages 8 and up. In this class, we will explore acting and the theatre arts in lots of its many forms. Students will gain experience telling stories through words, movement, and emotion. Specific topics to be explored include improvisation, mask work, acting from a script, mime, and clowning, solo and ensemble performance, musical theatre, auditioning, plus a crash course in theatre and behind-the-scenes terminology--all taught through games and practical application. At the end of the year, we’ll prepare a short scene or skit to share at the Fine Arts Festival. All students will be expected to demonstrate excellent teamwork as we rotate roles and explore each topic together. Minimal outside work required. Through this course, the students will gain increased knowledge of theatre arts, improved confidence, and basic acting/storytelling skills.

 

2:00 - 2:50   Orchestra II

Materials Fee:  $20

Class Description:   In this orchestra, intermediate strings students can continue building the skills on the violin, viola, or cello and get valuable experience playing in a group. We will refine our posture, tone, and rhythm skills. Following the director's cues and other performance skills will be taught through pieces in a variety of musical styles. Students are responsible for having an instrument and case, rosin, pencil, and a thin 3-ring binder or folder, and music stand. A shoulder rest is suggested for violin and viola players. Private or small-group lessons outside of this class not required but are helpful to many.  Experience required: the student should be able to read and play short pieces using the notes of the D Major or G major scale, use 2-note slurs, and/or be proficient through Suzuki book 1. 

 

2:00 - 2:50  Art 8+ For Returning Students

Materials Fees:  $25

Class Description:  I will be combining some teaching about famous artists and art forms with hands-on art. As the weather cools we will be indoors for a still life painting while they learn about Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and even Claude Monet. As the weather warms up it will allow us to do some Plein air watercolor landscape painting. The Richland Community Center offers us great views of the river for this. Some great artists painted outdoors on location- Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, Thomas Cole, and Albert Bierstadt- to name a few. My love of abstracts will take us to some fun stuff! Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Jasper Johns, and good old Jackson Pollock. We will also do some sketching in pencil and pen looking at artists like Edgar Degas’ ballerinas, Matisse and John Singer Sargent. If time permits, we will do a collage box. I was super thrilled to see a collection of Joseph Cornell’s collage boxes in the Chicago Art Institute last year. There is also a contemporary artist, Virginia McCracken who does some whimsical boxes with a mouse-like character. It’s a fun way to show the students that art can be 3D too.

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3:00 - 3:50   Orchestra III

Materials Fee:  $20

Class Description: In this orchestra, advancing strings students can continue building skills on the violin, viola, or cello and get valuable experience playing in a group. We will refine our expression, tone, and rhythm skills. Following the director's cues and other performance skills will be taught through pieces in a variety of musical styles. Students are responsible for having an instrument and case, rosin, pencil, and a thin 3-ring binder or folder, and music stand. A shoulder rest is suggested for violin and viola players. Private or small-group lessons outside of this class not required but are helpful to many.

Experience required: the student should be able to play in a variety of key signatures (at least F/C/G/D/A), be confident with rhythms that include sixteenth notes, ties, and syncopation, do some basic position shifting, and ideally have a basic vibrato skill. Auditions for this group will be held in the fall. Orchestra III members will be encouraged to attend a few Orch II rehearsals per month if possible to get more musical experience and help out our developing younger players (no tuition charge for Orch II attendance).

NOTE:  Some wind and percussion instruments* comfortable with sharp and natural key signatures may be able to participate, by audition.

*instruments encouraged to inquire are flute, oboe, bassoon, euphonium bass clef, and percussion/xylophone

 

3:00 - 3:50  Art 8+ 

Materials Fees:  $25

Class Description:  I will be combining some teaching about famous artists and art forms with hands-on art. As the weather cools we will be indoors for a still life painting while they learn about Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and even Claude Monet. As the weather warms up it will allow us to do some Plein air watercolor landscape painting. The Richland Community Center offers us great views of the river for this. Some great artists painted outdoors on location- Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, Thomas Cole, and Albert Bierstadt- to name a few. My love of abstracts will take us to some fun stuff! Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Jasper Johns, and good old Jackson Pollock. We will also do some sketching in pencil and pen looking at artists like Edgar Degas’ ballerinas, Matisse and John Singer Sargent. If time permits, we will do a collage box. I was super thrilled to see a collection of Joseph Cornell’s collage boxes in the Chicago Art Institute last year. There is also a contemporary artist, Virginia McCracken who does some whimsical boxes with a mouse-like character. It’s a fun way to show the students that art can be 3D too.

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