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Beginning Filmmaking- Intro to Visual Storytelling

Beginning Filmmaking - Introduction to Visual Storytelling
CLASS HAS BEGUN
Ages: 11-16
Tuesdays, Nov 3-Dec 1 | 3:30-5 pm
Instructor: Emalia Hinden
Location: online via Zoom

This course covers the elementary skills needed to go from concept to finished film, using equipment everyone has at home. Weekly assignments and class discussions will cover the basics of script writing, storyboarding, shot listing, shooting, and editing, using iPhones (or Androids) and iMovie (or Adobe Premiere Pro). Each student will leave the class with a confident skill set in visual storytelling, and a background in the mechanics of filmmaking. Emalia Hinden is a graduate of Hofstra University’s film studies and production program, with a concentration in film directing. A lifelong member of the Vashon film community, she showed her first film at the Vashon Theatre in 2009 when she was 11 years old and has been working on films ever since.

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Alice in Vashonland Project

Alice in Vashonland Project
CLASS HAS BEGUN
Ages: 10-18
Instructors: Marita Ericksen, Christopher Dawson, Elise Ericksen
Location: online via Zoom

Students in Alice In Vashonland will join the ranks of performers around the world who are finding new ways to create art in safe, digitally enabled ways. Our original reinterpretation of this beloved children's classic will include music, movement, costumes, scene development, and class sessions on video auditioning and self-tapes. Classes will take place via Zoom (with breakouts for scene writing and rehearsal) and outside at VCA. We will also be filming scenes on location at iconic spots around the island. All scenes have been adapted to respect social distancing and masking guidelines with careful in-person rotations. The course will culminate with a streamed video of the project for family, friends, and community to enjoy.

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In It for the Long Haul Workshop

In It for the Long Haul
Ages: 14-Adult
Monday, Feb 1, 6:30-8:30 pm
Tuition: FREE (must register to reserve spot)
Instructor: Daemond Arrindell
Location: Online via Zoom

The fight for racial justice and equity has existed since before the inception of this country. Art and beauty and joy have always been a part of the fight, not something we set to the side when there is time. This workshop will be an artistic exploration of beauty and joy despite the tragedies around us, the barriers in front of us and those within us.

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The Art of Healing-Centered Social Justice Workshop

The Art of Healing-Centered Social Justice Workshop
Ages: 17-Adult
Thursday, Feb 11, 6:30-8:30 pm
Tuition: FREE (must register to reserve spot)
Instructor: Dr. Bre Haizlip
Location: Online, via Zoom

The most effective way to deal with change- is to change! Art has power and when art meets people where they are; it has the power to heal and change society forever. At a time when we feel most divided and suspicious of one another, we need each other to reconcile with, and heal from, the compassion deficit accrued from political campaigns that weaponized our fears as political arsenal. Our social justice will be our social healing. In this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to center their own wellness while learning how to apply art as an agent of healing-centered social justice.

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Antiracism in Education: A Primer Workshop

Antiracism in Education: A Primer Workshop
Ages: 15 to Adult
Saturday, Feb 27, 3-4:30 pm
Tuition: FREE (must register to reserve spot)
Instructor: Joana Chacon
Location: Online, via Zoom

Join us for an interactive workshop to learn more about the history of antiracism movements in education, where antiracism in education stands now, an overview of the work that still needs to be done, and review models of how to engage in the work as leaders, organizers, educators, parents, and community members.

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Suzuki Lessons

Suzuki Lessons
Ages: 4-18
Winter/Spring Term (17 week session)
15mins: $295
30mins: $545
45mins: $740
Instructor: Gaye Detzer
Location: TBD-  contact Gaye to schedule lessons

The Suzuki approach is based on the philosophy that young children learn music just as they learn to speak their native language—through regular listening, developmentally appropriate instruction and frequent opportunities to play alone and with others. Contact Gaye directly to schedule lessons at GayeD@vashoncenterforthearts.org

**Brand new students, please contact Gaye first

Online registration closes Feb 1st!

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Drawing Manga

Drawing Manga
Ages: 8-13
Thursdays, Feb 4-Mar 11 | 4:30-5:30 pm (skip Feb 18)
Tuition: $55
Instructor: Robyn Smith
Location: Online via Zoom

Manga are comics or graphic novels originating from Japan. Learn how to draw different styles of Manga, including developing characters and sequential story lines. This is a beginning class, but if you have already developed some characters or have a start on your own graphic novel, please feel free to bring these! Robyn Smith has an MA in painting from University of Iowa. A long-time professor at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, she has also taught extensively at museums, community art centers, colleges and high schools in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest.

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Box Full of Art! 3D Projects

Box Full of Art! 3D Projects
Ages: 7 to 12
Fridays, Feb 26-Mar 19 | 1:30-3 pm
Tuition: $80 (includes $10 materials fee)
Instructor: Carolina Silva
Location: Online via Zoom

Dive into a box full of materials to spark your creativity! Explore sculptural techniques inspired by the work of different famous artists and get inspired to create your own 3D projects. Create mobiles, assemblage, sculptures, dioramas and more!

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Writing Your Own Story

Writing Your Own Story
Ages: 16-Adult
Tuesdays, Feb 23-March 16 | 6:30-8 pm
Tuition: $75
Instructor: Shauna Ahern
Location: Online via Zoom

This hard time — enduring a pandemic — leads us to ask questions about what truly matters, and the process of writing essays about the stories we are holding helps us to let them go. Let’s gather in a community to do the work of telling our stories together. We will focus on free writing, allowing ourselves to write lousy first drafts, editing, working with structure, and revising until we are satisfied. You will receive writing prompts via email each day as well, to inspire your writing. Shauna M. Ahern has published 5 award-winning books. Her latest, ENOUGH: Notes from a Woman Who Has Finally Found It, was published last October. She loves teaching writing and living on Vashon. 

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Fearless Drawing

Fearless Drawing
CLASS IS FULL-CLICK FOR WAITLIST
Ages: 15-Adult
Thursdays, Jan 21-Mar 25 | 7-9 pm
Tuition: $200
Instructor: Bruce Morser
Location: Online via Zoom

Ask a class of first graders "Anyone want to draw?"- they'll all scream "YES!" Ask a bunch of adults…not so enthusiastic. What happened? We all know drawing is at the core of so many creative activities. And even though our brains are actually wired to succeed at it, why do many of us lack confidence? Drawing, it turns out, is much more of a "mindset" than a "skill". Unfortunately, most of us judge our skill first, and never deal with the mindset, so we never really get started, or skillful. This workshop is designed to tackle that conundrum. We'll define, then open “the mindset” with a variety of rendering activities, and then we'll draw a bunch of images. No experience necessary - honest. Bruce Morser has created images for National Geographic, NASA, Nike, Starbucks, Smithsonian, Microsoft, and many more.

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Intermediate Filmmaking: The Language of Cinema  

Intermediate Filmmaking: The Language of Cinema          
Ages: 10-15
Sundays,
Sundays Mar 7-Apr 11 | 3:30-5 pm (skip Apr 4)
Tuition: $100
Instructor: Emalia Hinden
Location: Online via zoom

Deepen your understanding of visual storytelling. Learn different types of shots and camera angles and their applications within the language of cinema. Students will leave class with an increased understanding of camera techniques and an introductory knowledge of film history and uses of techniques over time. Assignments will be shot weekly from copying classic film shots to creating an original short film. Emalia Hinden is a graduate of Hofstra University’s film studies and production program, with a concentration in film directing. A lifelong member of the Vashon film community, she showed her first film at the Vashon Theatre in 2009 when she was 11 years old and has been working on films ever since.

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Pause for Presence: The Art of Healing

Pause for Presence: The Art of Healing
Ages: 17-Adult
Wednesdays, Apr 7-May 5 | 6:30-8 pm
Tuition: $80
Instructor: Dr. Bre Haizlip
Location: Online via Zoom

In these unprecedented times when all of us are experiencing varying degrees of trauma, stress and uncertainty, art has the power to heal and transform. This class will provide a cohort of learners with awareness, knowledge and skills to use art as a tool for healing-centered social justice. Students will be guided through experiential reflections, focusing on wellness and learning to create from the most authentic parts of themselves.

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Vashon Center for the Arts
Education Programs
COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Safety is a top priority for our VCA education program. We recognize that the COVID situation is changing very rapidly, so we are closely monitoring CDC and State/local health department guidelines to ensure the health and well-being of our students and staff. Based on these recommendations, if any of the below protocols merit changes, we will do so and communicate accordingly.

We implement the following protocols to help keep staff and students safe in our in-person classes:

*All in-person classes will happen outside under one of our large tents (if heavy rain is in the forecast for that day, class will be held online. Students will be notified in advance via email or phone).
*All students are required to wear a mask
*Each class begins with sanitizing hands and student temperature checks. Students with a temperature above 100 degrees will be sent home.
*Class sizes are reduced (max of 10-15) and students meet in groups of 5 or 6
*Class activities are designed to maintain 6 ft of social distancing
*Students have their own work spaces and materials
*High contact areas and surfaces are sanitized frequently

We will communicate quickly and openly to parents in the event of any suspected or confirmed exposure to COVID-19. In the situation of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case we will contact local health officials and follow their guidance on next steps.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our registrar Crissy Baker at crissyb@vashoncenterforthearts.org or 206-259-3005.

Scholarships available!

Please click the link below for more information or contact VCA Registrar for more information:

crissyb@vashoncenterforthearts.org

**VCA couldn’t do it without all our volunteers and donors who contribute in so many ways including our SCHOLARSHIP fund!! Thank you!! We have scholarships available for all applicants, making art and dance accessible to all!

Alice in Vashonland

This VCA Arts Education project kept musical theater alive despite COVID, and provided the students opportunity to learn script writing, costume design, choreography, filming and editing.


Teaching Artist Videos

Every year, VCA’s arts education program hosts classes with local teaching artists, giving students opportunities to create meaningful, seasonal gifts–for themselves, friends and family. This year, we’re unable to gather in person for these classes but would like to mark the season with these fun and instructional videos for our students and families –as well as to highlight some of our teaching artists, who are truly gifts to the VCA community. We hope you enjoy them!