Spring 2017 Courses

The Spring Semester runs from January 30 - May 12, 2017 and registration is open! Call today to set up your registration appointment at 860-685-7871 or fill out the following forms and bring them into Green Street with your $25/child non-refundable deposit. 

All classes for Grades 1-5 run from 4:15 to 5:15 PM. Wesleyan Bound for Grades 6-8 runs from 3:15 to 5:15. You can also sign children up for homework help, which runs Monday through Thursday from 5:15 to 5:45 PM.

We are excited to note that as a partner with Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, we are at times able to provide special workshops, concerts and activities during our AfterSchool program which highlight the internationally renowned artists appearing on campus. 

Grades 1-3

  • Kung Fu & Chinese Culture (Tuesday)

    The essential principles in class are Respect, Discipline, Unity, and Humility. Students are introduced to Chinese culture in the form of kung fu and language. Students practice greeting each other in Mandarin Chinese, learn numbers 1-10, please and thank you, hello and goodbye, my name is. Then students engage in warm up exercises and learn basic movements, stances, and blocks. These movements are safe, there is no contact between students, and performance use only is stressed. Students also do projects in calligraphy, paper lantern making, short viewings of kung fu performances, etc.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Gui Gui Comins-Sporbert  Wesleyan Student)

  • Scrapbooking & Coloring Books (Tuesday)

    Through the use of the ever-popular coloring book coupled with mixed media, students explore the world of scrapbooking and collage while learning about different coloring, cutting and folding techniques. They create art projects with specific themes from some of the pages that they color along with a personal scrapbook to take home.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Renee Soares

  • Write A StoryBook (Wednesday)

    Students write their own picture books. We start by getting ideas, reading other picture books, and then writing and illustrating our own!

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Emily Furnival (Wesleyan Student)

  • Musical StoryTelling (Wednesday)

    Students perform dramatic readings of a variety of tall tales and adventures, where they create the soundtrack. Students use vocals, percussion instruments, and noise-makers of all kinds to bring stories new and old to life.

    Grades 1-3                                    
    Instructors: Peter Van Siclen

  • Green St Chorus (Thursday)

    The Green Street Chorus class sings fun songs and brings choral fun to Green Street. Students learn some of the theory behind singing (such as solfège) and have a fun time singing as a group.

    Grades 1-3

    Instructor: Justin Ali & Tina Jiang (Wesleyan Student)

  • Art and Science: Think Big! (Monday)

    Students embrace their scientific curiosity through creative art projects. They discuss various subject matters such as invasive species, hibernation and sound from a scientific perspective and tie concepts together to produce a science-related art project. This semester’s project has a “Think Big” theme. Students create works of art while learning about the ecology of the great California Sequoia trees, focus on marine biology and the Giant Squid, travel back to prehistoric times and discover massive insects, and more!

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Lindsay Behrens 

  • Art Around the World (Friday)

    Students investigate various art techniques including painting, drawing, and collage. Students will investigate color, pattern, and texture using a variety of materials including pencil, tempera paint, watercolor, and textured paper. As students make observations about art and produce artwork they will be encouraged to confidently pursue their ideas, ask questions, and think outside the box.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Meredith Arcari

  • Beads, Baubles, Boxes & Beans (Thursday)

    Unique and unusual is the theme of this totally mixed media class from what you use to what you create. Students explore different mediums such as polymer clay, beads, fabric, paper, wood, and various techniques while creating unique pieces of art that can be displayed and used at home. We make beaded jewelry, beaded hanging sculptures, covered boxes and mosaic bean collages. The sky is the limit when it comes to the imagination in this class.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Renee Soares

  • Beginning Hip Hop (Monday)

    Hip hop dancing has evolved into one of the most popular forms of dance for young adults today.  Students learn routines based on this popular form of street dancing. This class includes a variety of movements, techniques, and is designed so that students get an ample workout to their favorite music all while having fun. The choreography students learn leads to a final performance at the end of the semester.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Eric Quinones

  • Environmental Art (Wednesday)

    Students observe the patterns, color, and texture of the natural environment as they explore the relationship of humans and nature.  Students use a variety of methods including printmaking, sculpture, drawings, and more to create their own artwork inspired by the beauty of the environment and artists who have incorporated nature in to their artwork.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Meredith Arcari

  • Musical Mentoring (Tuesday)

    Students work individually or in small groups with a Wesleyan student instructor for an hour of focused musical instruction on the instrument of the child’s choice. At the end of the semester, students may have the option to perform what they've learned for family and friends.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructors: Various Wesleyan students*

  • Creative Movement (Monday)

    Students learn to express themselves through movement, gain an awareness of their bodies, and learn to communicate with each other in different forms. The class includes movement games and exercises that encourage improvisation and collaboration.  Students gain an appreciation for movement and their bodies!

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Katie Lowen & Vera Benkoil (Wesleyan Student)

  • Exploring Art on the Computer (Friday)

    Students build confidence and familiarity with the PC computer and its associated tools: the keyboard and the mouse. The relaxed setting allows each student to learn while exploring.  For example, students learn how to search for coloring pages and other images and then, color them with computer programs.  Students learn how to use a scanner to convert images into pixels.  Students get to take their artwork home too at the end of the semester.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Roslyn Carrier-Brault

  • World Languages (Friday)

    Kon'nichiwa! Dia dhuit! Hola! Ciao! Students explore the diversity of human language through lessons in basic greetings and sayings in a number of world languages. Languages are given context by participating in cultural activities including games, art, and music. Wesleyan students who are native speakers of different languages visit as guest speakers to share about their culture and language. Along the way, students gain an appreciation for difference and learn some basic linguistic concepts.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Katie Murray (Wesleyan Student)

  • Time Travelers Club (Thursday)

    Students actively explore history as "Time Travelers"-- going back in time to experience civilizations through art, music, dance, and theater. After a short lesson or story about history,  the students open the "time travelers' treasure chest" to find out where they're going and what they'll be doing within a world of the past.   This could mean learning how to write Egyptian hieroglyphs, performing in a Shakespearean play, or learning traditional American folk dances.  Adventure abounds!

    Grades 1-3
    Instructor: Anna Flurry & Aidan Bardos (Wesleyan Student)

Grades 3-5

  • Just Sing (Monday)

    Students receive individual voice lessons and learn to sing in harmony with others. Students learn classic and original material and may perform at the Solstice celebration at the end of the semester.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Elizabeth Dellinger

  • Musical Theater (Wednesday)

    Students who love to sing, dance, act or a combination of all three love this class! Students learn about theater and music and then collaborate an original musical scene.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Elizabeth Dellinger

  • Native Mexican Art & Yarn Weaving (Friday)

    Students explore the traditional art of the Huichol Indians of Sierra Madre, Mexico in this class. Students learn about Huichol culture and how to weave a traditional Ojo de Dios and Mandala (see teachers work in display case). They also create polymer clay bowls, yarn drawings, dream catchers and more using colorful yarns, beads and feathers.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Renee Soares

  • Art and Science: Think Big! (Tuesday)

    Students embrace their scientific curiosity through creative art projects. They discuss various subject matters such as invasive species, hibernation and sound from a scientific perspective and tie concepts together to produce a science-related art project. This semester’s project have a “Think Big” theme. Students create works of art while learning about the ecology of the great California Sequoia trees, focus on marine biology and the Giant Squid, travel back to prehistoric times and discover massive insects, and more!

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Lindsay Behrens

  • Sculpture (Thursday)

    Students make fun and creative sculptures, while experimenting with various materials and methods to create three-dimensional artwork.  Materials include clay, wire, plaster, found objects, and wood. Students develop figurative, abstract, and nonobjective pieces, while building upon their own individual style.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Meredith Arcari

  • African Drumming (Friday)

    Students learn to play a variety of music from West Africa using traditional drums, rattles and bells. No experience is necessary, and there are parts for all ability levels. Students perform to demonstrate the connection between African roots and American popular music we listen to today.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Peter Van Siclen

  • Fun with Science & Crafts (Friday)

    Students explore a variety of science topics through fun, hands-on arts and crafts activities. Projects may include exploring light by making their own kaleidoscopes; learning about centripetal force through spin art, or even investigating density and reactions by creating lava lamps.   Science becomes as much fun as arts and crafts.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Margot Metz and Charlotte Pierce (Wesleyan students)

  • Intermediate Hip Hop (Tuesday)

    Hip hop dancing has evolved into one of the most popular forms of dance for young adults today.  Students learn routines based on this popular form of street dancing. This class includes a variety of movements, techniques, and is designed so that students get an ample workout to their favorite music all while having fun. The choreography students learn leads to a final performance at the end of the semester.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Eric Quinones

  • Musical Mentoring (Thursday)

    Students work individually or in small groups with a Wesleyan student instructor for an hour of focused musical instruction on the instrument of the child’s choice. At the end of the semester, students may have the option to perform what they've learned for family and friends.

    Grades 1-3
    Instructors: Various Wesleyan students*

  • Sew Crafty (Tuesday)

    Sewing is a basic life skill, and it's lots of fun! Students complete simple sewing projects like pillows, simple stuffed animals, bags, etc. They learn the basic stitches and techniques in a non-intimidating format with fun projects.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Jenny Chelmow (Wesleyan Student)

  • Simply Stylin' Fashion Design (Monday)

    Students image, design, and create their own articles of clothing from dresses to suits. Students learn sewing skills both by hand and with the machine. Their final projects are displayed via a catwalk show at the Student Showcase.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Tonia Herring

  • Nature Photography (Wednesday)

    Students learn the principles of photography and how to use a point and shoot camera.  The photograph elements from nature and the natural world that we bring into class. Guest speakers come to talk about environmental, nature, and wildlife photography. 

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Roslyn Carrier-Brault

  • Recycled Art (Monday)

    Students repurpose supplies around us such as egg cartons and tea tins, fabric scraps, and more to create useful items and art. The class plants some seeds too. Recycling is great for our environment and students learn about reusing materials in this class.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructors: Suzy Balay

  • Art of Storytelling (Wednesday)

    There are many ways of telling a good story. It can be acted out, drawn as a storybook or your drawn characters can come to life with simple animation! Each student tells their stories in unique ways, through drawings, acting and voice over in this class.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Marc Petterson

  • BoomWhackers (Thursday)

    BoomWhackers are hand-held instruments made up of colorful plastic tubes. They can be used to play any style of music, and require the group to work together as a team. Similar to “Blue Man Group,” students in this class learn to play and put on a dramatic show that is full of movement.

    Grades 3-5
    Instructor: Peter Van Siclen

Grades 6-8

  • Wesleyan Bound (Friday)

    Wesleyan Bound exposes middle school students to what college is really like. Each week, students visit the Wesleyan campus for a wide range of activities like workshops with student groups, talks with professors, tours of science laboratories, and guided visits of art galleries.

    Wesleyan Bound runs from 3:15 to 5:15 PM on Fridays.

    Instructor: (Josh Bloom)