Increasingly school curricula in the US have shifted heavily toward academic subjects and away from the arts. Although some may regard arts education as a luxury, simple creative activities are among the building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics as well as explore performing arts may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children.
CAC provides much needed opportunities for children to strut their stuff through movement, storytelling, character development, and creative expression. Classes are held at Corrales Elementary School and other venues in the village.
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Corrales Elementary After School Program
Kid's Studio Theater. David Sincus and Ezra Colon, both professional actors, lead students in the 3rd through 5th grades in theatrically based games and exercises with the ambition of developing Communication, Confidence, and Creativity. For the duration of this 10-week course students cycle through a series of improvisation, playwriting, scene study, and voice and movement. On the final day there will be a presentation that displays their progress in each of these areas. The overall study will promote the student's ability to think on their feet, improve physical and vocal stamina, focus their energy, take direction, grow as an ensemble, foster confidence of mind and body, recognize challenges and successes, and nurture their creativity through storytelling. "Life Skills Through Stage Skills."
ArtUp! It's been shown that the arts are an essential part of a well-rounded education. CAC is pleased to offer Art Up! - an after school program taught by Corrales Elementary teachers. The classes encourage students to grown and expand their learning through art expression. All classes are hands-on and project based designed to enrich students' curriculum. Each weekly 4-hour class (over two days) is theme-based. The Exploring Artists Series examines the works of John Muir, Picasso, Matisse, and more. The Art and Science Series explores themes of water, motion, light, energy, etc. Students may choose classes from one or both series. Classes will feature a one hour discussion followed by three hours of total studio time. A variety of mediums will be used to produce one or more art projects per class. You may download the entire curriculum to choose the class (or classes) and to register on this website.