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COMPASS ARTS was built upon the idea that learning and creating are best accomplished through exploration, improvisation and play, Compass Arts seeks to expand the minds of children and adults and empower each individual through its interactive arts classes. Currently housed in the Compass Arts Enrichment Center in the heart of downtown Beacon, NY and drawing from the talents of professionals in a variety of arts fields, Compass Arts continues to grow its offerings, enabling you to find YOUR direction.


Compass Arts Musical Stew Gina SamardgeMusical Stew for little ones 6 months-3 years and a caregiver
Taught by Gina Samardge
Thursdays, September 13 to November 15

9am - 9:45am - REGISTER HERE
10am - 10:45am - THIS CLASS IS FULL
11am - 11:45am -REGISTER HERE

Musical Stew is a 45 minute music and movement class. Rooted in music education approaches such as Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly and Dalcroze, the class provides adults songs, rhymes and activities to help nurture their child's musical development and allow the little ones to begin an integrative musical journey that lets music work its magic-helping children develop cognitively, physically and emotionally.

Compass Arts Imagination Playhouse II Gina Samardge and Eric SaietImagination Playhouse II: Folk Theater Ensemble for 3rd-6th grade
Taught by Gina Samardge and Eric Saiet, with Romina Robinson and Sophia Jackson
Mondays, 4pm - 5:30pm, September 24 to December 17 (no class 10/8)


A wonderful continuation through the world of theater and storytelling, Imagination Playhouse II uses improvisation and theaters games to nurture the creative minds of students while teaching them theater terminology, character development, and story creation. Over the fall trimester, students will be building a foundation and community through the weekly improv and theater games. They will also have breakout sections in music, movement, and set and costume design, giving them a window into most aspects of the theater.

Compass Arts Halloween Costume Design Workshop Sophia Jackson Romina RobinsonHalloween Costume Design House: a 4-part workshop
Taught by Sophia Jackson and Romina Robinson
Wednesdays, 4:30pm-5:30pm, September 26 to October 17


Join experienced set and costume designer Sophia Jackson and arts educator Romina Robinson on a creative voyage to make your costume dreams into reality! Come spend some FUN time with your child creating and crafting your own Halloween costumes OR drop off your child (ages 7 and up only, please) and have them work with us to complete their unique vision. The sky's the limit and we are here to help. Over the course of 4 sessions, we'll help you think about clothes and things you may have from home, that can be upcycled transformed: a scarf that can become a tail, or screen printing stripes on a less worn t-shirt. Together we'll design and combine found things with multimedia materials from our studio. Let your imaginations come to life!

Compass Arts Imagination Playhouse I Gina SamardgeImagination Playhouse I: Folk Theater Ensemble for K-2nd
Taught by Gina Samardge with Jessica Jeliffe
Thursdays, 4pm-5pm, September 27 to December 20 (no class 11/22)
Dress Rehearsal: December 13
Performance: December 14


A wonderful introduction to the world of theater, Imagination Playhouse I nurtures the vast, creative minds of children. Through the use of improvisation and theater games, creative play, singing, instruments, art, design, and movement, students will bring folk tales, fairy tales, and other stories to life. In the spirit of the oral tradition of storytelling, each child has the opportunity to help make the story their own: creating their own character within the story; designing and making parts of their costumes, set pieces, and props; helping to write some of the music and lyrics...

Compass Arts Cartooning for 3rd-5th grade Ed MurrCartooning for 3rd-6th grade
Taught by Ed Murr
Thursdays, 5pm-6:15pm, September 27 to December 20 (no class 11/22)


For both returning and new students! Explore the fundamental process of character creation using shape construction to develop the form of the character, while considering the personality of the character and how it informs the shape. Students will turn these characters into a cartoon drawing with a world created entirely by them. A full character has a world in which they live and students will explore perspective as a tool to build their character's individual world. From there they will introduce these characters into a story of their own creation...

Compass Arts Beacon Rising Women's Choir Gina SamardgeBeacon Rising Women's Choir
Directed by Gina Samardge
Mondays, 7:30pm-9pm, October 1 to February 25 (no class 12/24 or 12/31)
Once a month option will meet the 3rd Monday of each month - 10/15, 11/19, 12/17, 1/21, 2/18
Performance: the weekend of March 1-3 (exact day/time TBD)


Beacon Rising Women's Choir was conceived out of a combination of a Women's Singing Circle led by Kim Chase and Gina Samardge, and an impromptu Resistance Choir inspired by what has become the anthem of the Women's March, MILCK's "I Can't Keep Quiet." This year-old Women's Choir will focus primarily on world music literature and songs of peace and protest, but will not be limited to these genres, as the opportunity for performing interesting, beautiful, and artistic literature while sharing our passion for excellent singing is at the core of the choir...

Compass Arts Rompatom Ensemble I and II Gina Samardge Justin KellerRompatom Ensemble I for 2nd-4th grade AND
Rompatom Ensemble II for 5th-8th grade
Taught by Gina Samardge with Justin Keller
Tuesdays, October 2 to January 22 (no class 12/25, or 1/1)
Dress Rehearsal January 25 & Performance January 26
Rompatom Ensemble I (4pm-5:30pm):
Rompatom Ensemble II (5pm-6:30pm): REGISTER HERE

A vocal, instrumental, and creative ensemble for students in 2nd-4th and 5th-8th grade, Rompatom ensemble includes singing, movement, theatrical elements, and instrumental play + improvisation on xylophones, recorders, and drums. Students who play another instrument may have an opportunity to incorporate it into some pieces in the ensemble as well. Over the course of the semester, students will prepare an eclectic mix of material...

Compass Arts Studio Art Drawing into Painting for Adults Kathy MossStudio Art: Drawing Into Painting for Adults
Taught by Kathy Moss
Wednesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm, October 3 to November 7


This class is open to all students who want to draw and paint from observation, and is appropriate for all levels. Learn observational drawing techniques while exploring materials such as pencil, charcoal, ink and ink wash, watercolor, oil painting, concepts such as positive and negative space, additive and subtractive mark making, color theory, and the picture plane. Students will be introduced to the works of old and new master artists through reproductions, while acquiring skills of seeing and drawing gesture, proportion, scale, weight, volume, and considering subject and narrative. Students will learn, and hone their skills in color mixing, value, and composition related decision making...

Compass Arts Studio Art I Kathy MossStudio Art I: Foundational Skills for 2nd-5th grade
Taught by Kathy Moss
Class dates: Wednesdays, 4pm-5:15pm, October 3 to December 5 (no class 10/31 and 11/21)


This foundation class for students in grades 2-5 familiarizes young artists with the language and concepts of two dimensional art forms at an introductory level. This is accomplished through exploration of materials combined with exposure to master works (from reproductions in books) and experiences with different genres (still life, life drawing, collages). The students will learn observational drawing techniques while experimenting with materials such as pencil, charcoal, ink and ink wash...

Compass Arts Studio Art II Kathy MossStudio Art II: Drawing into Painting for 6th-12th grade
Taught by Kathy Moss
Class dates: Wednesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm, October 3 to December 5 (no class 10/31 and 11/21)


This class is open to all students in grades 6-12 who want to draw and paint from observation and is appropriate for all levels of experience. Learn observational drawing techniques while exploring materials such as pencil, charcoal, ink and ink wash, watercolor and oil painting, concepts such as positive and negative space, additive and subtractive mark making, and the picture plane...

Compass Arts Elements Romina Robinson Gina SamardgeElements: A Multi Sensory Exploration of Art & Music
Taught by Romina Robinson and Gina Samardge
Fridays, 10am-11am, October 5 to December 14 (no class 11/23)


This year, Musical Chefs is going to take a little turn in its direction. Gina is joining forces with art educator, Romina Robinson, to create a STEAM-based experience on Friday mornings for 3-5 year olds. Using a thematic approach, Romina and Gina will create a magical journey for students to explore the elements of music and art through stories, music, movement, and art and natural materials. STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) concepts will be interwoven throughout the arts experiences, giving children a multifaceted understanding of the world around them that is developmentally on target for their age.

Compass Arts Shake and Make Danielle Andretta Romina RobinsonShake and Make for toddlers with a caregiver AND 3-5 year olds
Taught by Danielle Andretta and Romina Robinson
Mondays, 9:30am-10:30am, October 15 to December 3


Come get your little one working their fine motor skills AND gross motor skills in one artistic combination class. Compass Arts is offering a class that combines art and movement into a one-hour long class. Half of the class will be dedicated to movement with basic tumbling skills and the other half to sensory based art. We will cover two age groups at the same time so siblings can get in on the action too!

Compass Arts Group Ukulele Gina SamardgeGroup Ukulele Class for Homeschoolers 6 and up
Taught by Gina Samardge
Mondays, 9:45am-10:45am, October 15 to December 3


This starter ukulele class will include learning chords, strumming patterns, simple melodies, and improvisation basics. Some small percussion will also be used from time to time to create simple ensembles. Students are to provide their own ukuleles and it would be ideal if they had tuners or tuner apps on a phone so they can also begin to learn how to tune their own instrument (Guitar Tuna is good free app for uke tuning).

Main Street Music is offering a special discount for Compass Arts students for ukulele purchases AND can offer rental and rent to own options. Please contact Main Street Music, 393 Main Street in Beacon, 845-765-8548 or Questions@JakesMainStreetMusic.com

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