Kaua‘i Academy of Creative Arts’ summer session quite a mix

The summer art program is held at the Island School campus in Puhi and enrollment is open to all students. Tuition scholarships based on need are available. For more information call Program Director Sheri Majewski at 346-7586 or e-mail kauaiaca@yahoo.com.

Class Descriptions —

Morning Classes

Picture Art with Adam Yund — Art and design will be explored in this class by using paint and drawing materials such as charcoal, pencil and colored pastels. Landscape and gesture drawing will be among the projects covered. Inventive and imaginative drawing will also be encouraged. Adam Yund is a certified art teacher and a graduate of West Virginia University. He is experienced in painting, printmaking, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture and a variety of drawing media.

Learn to Sing, Love to Sing with Alan Van Zee — Students will have fun learning basic and advanced techniques to sing individually and as a group. Singing will come easily and improve as students learn how to sing melodies and harmonies to make beautiful choral music. Enjoy making great music with your own built-in instrument: your voice. Among his credits, Van Zee stays busy directing musical projects on Kaua‘i and regularly leads music at the Kalaheo Missionary Church.

Ballet Class with Jennifer Schwartz — Express your creativity through the movements of classical ballet. Students will learn the basic elements of classical ballet and increase coordination, flexibility, poise and grace. Jennifer Schwartz founded the Royal Ballet Kaua‘i Academy 10 years ago, after receiving her Teacher’s Course Diploma from the Royal Academy of Dancing in England.

Hip Hop Jazz Dance I and II with Jennifer Schwartz — The free-stylin’ and hip hop jazz moves in this class will add pep to your step. Level one will focus on basic moves of hip hop, urban, and funk. Level two challenges the dancer with more difficult movements and combinations. Feel the beat and get hip-hoppin’. Jennifer Schwartz was titled Kaua‘i’s 2006 Dancer of the Year.

Color on Cloth with Mia Reiko Braverman — Learn the exciting techniques of Itajime resist dying, which is a traditional Japanese method of fabric design. Students will experiment with various techniques including block print patterning, folding fabric, and dye baths, to design fabric and ultimately create original flags. Each student will also design and carve a stamp block, which may be used continuously on fabric and paper. Mia is a graduate of the California College of the Arts and has her BFA in community arts, textiles and papermaking.

Capoeira (ka-po-e-da) with Natalia Urminska — Students will build athletic skill with this rhythmic Afro-Brazilian form of self-defense, dance and game. Music sets the speed and spirit of the game while strength, flexibility, control and respect are developed. A versatile artist in a variety of media, Natalia completed her college degree at Bard College and is a member of Candeias Capoeira.

Piano Keyboards with Nick Hasegawa — Be prepared to have a good time and experience music in a whole new way. Learn the basics of note-reading, playing technique and performance etiquette. These skills will serve as a foundation for playing any kind of instrument, especially piano. Nick was first inspired to play the piano at the Kaua‘i Academy of Creative Arts many years ago. An accomplished player since his training with the acclaimed Lois Ricciardi, Nick attends Harvey Mudd College.

The Larger Than Life Mural with John Merrifield — Understand the process of creating wall-sized paintings from small thumbnail sketches. Using drawing and painting, students will have fun making larger than life artwork. Work will be done individually and in groups. John Merrifield studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and Orange Coast College in California. Originally from O’ahu, John’s colorful murals can be seen on Maui, where he has lived for the past 10 years.

Afternoon classes

Design Dimensions with Fred Tangalin — Your creative spirit will be free in this class that introduces the design principles of color, line and form through various projects. Emphasis will be on color to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional art works. Students will be encouraged to use imagination in expressing ideas on paper, with decoupage, and in wire sculpture projects. Fred is a recognized community artist whose work with children includes the recent Hanapepe Post Office mural project. He has his own fine art on display at the Sugar Mill Gallery in Kekaha.

Lets Make Music, with Danitza Galvan — This class approaches music by using different musical instruments, including voice. Students will learn to improvise with sounds and rhythms to create original music. Students will experience making music first-hand and have fun exploring their unique abilities. Danitza Galvan is a singer-songwriter who was born in Peru. Her musical influence and inspiration is strongly based on the indigenous sounds of South American and Cuban music. Danitza gained her formal training in music from the Faunt School of Creative Music in California.

Drama for Stars with Marly Madayag — Character impersonation and scene studies were never so much fun. Acting out scenes, painting character portraits, and challenges to duels will introduce master works by William Shakespeare in a drama-for-kids format. Marly Madayag is a certified teacher and runs the drama program at Kalaheo Elementary School.

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