News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 16, 2013

Sign up for Community School of the Arts classes

News Release

TERRE HAUTE — Summer is the perfect time to enroll children and teens in theater and visual arts and music classes at the Indiana State University Community School of the Arts.

Summer theater classes will include “June Bugs-Creative Drama for Young Performers” for children 7 or 8, “Theater Rocks!” for ages 9 to 12, “Budding P.M. Actors” for children 7 to 12 and “Musical Theater: A Headstart to Becoming a Star!” for ages 5 to 8.

A variety of theater classes will be offered for older children and teens including “Teens: How to Land That Starring Role!” for ages 12 to 16, “Year of the River: Stage Design and Creative Drama” for ages 10 and up and “Musical Theater: Become the Triple Threat!” for ages 9 and up.

Visual Arts classes will include “The Wonderful World of Clay” for children 7 to 12, “Paint: Think Outside the Tube” for ages 7 to 12, “Think It, Build It, Make It” for ages 7 to 12, “Squiggles and Doodles: Preschool” for children 4 and under and “Let’s Play with Clay!” for ages 5 to 8.

Teen classes include “Who Wants to Throw Some Clay?” for ages 11 and up and “Introduction to Digital Arts and Design” for middle high school and high school students.

Music camps include:

• Children’s music classes include “My First Piano Camp!” for children ages 5 to 8; “Music and Movement!” for children ages 5 to 8; “Piano Lab” for children ages 9 to 12; “Sing and Dance!” for children 9 to 13; “Music and Movement” for children ages 7 to 12; “Piano Camp” for children ages 7 to 12; “The Guitar Club” for children ages 5 to 11; and “Piano Camp” for children ages 5 to 8.

• Teen music classes include “Jazz Camp” for ages 11 and older; “College Music Prep: Introduction to Music Theory and Skills” for ages 12 and older; “Acoustic String Jam Camp” for teens age 14 and older; “Summer Choral Experience” for middle school and high school students; and “Rock Band 101” for teens ages 12 to 17.

• “Summer Choral Experience” camp includes classes in music theory, basic piano skills, leadership training, private and class voice and large ensemble singing.

A final performance will be staged on July 19 in ISU’s Recital Hall at the Landini Center for the Performing and Fine Arts.

• “Rock Band 101” is a music course for students to explore performing in a rock band and various rock styles, how to arrange music for a band, and how to develop proper playing and performance techniques. Students will also learn a brief history of rock music through listening assignments and videos.

This year, the CSA is offering supervised lunch activities.

Children enrolled in CSA classes can participate in the Creative Lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. daily where they can eat lunch while working on an art project such as drawing, painting and collage. Students must bring a brown-bag lunch. Fee for the Creative Lunch Hour is $5 per day.

Children can also participate in a yoga program in addition to the Creative Lunch Hour. Students will spend half an hour participating in yoga class with licensed children’s yoga instructor, Melissa Grinslade.

After yoga, children will eat their lunch with students from the Creative Lunch Hour. Students must bring a yoga mat and a brown-bag lunch. Cost is $10 per day.

The School welcomes students of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels to experience professional instruction in the performing and visual arts.

Contact the CSA office at 812-237-2528 to request a hard-copy schedule by mail or for information about financial aid. Summer camps and lessons begin the week of June 3 and early enrollment is advised.

The Community School of the Arts is one of the programs at Indiana State funded through the Unbounded Possibilities initiativ

The School provides hands-on arts learning experiences for children, youth and adults in the Wabash Valley while providing Indiana State students who are majoring in the arts opportunities for experiential learning through teaching.

For further information or to enroll, contact Crystal Myers at 812-237-2528 or Petra Nyendick at 812-237-2575 or visit

Adult classes

Community School of the Arts offers six summer classes for adults

• “Watercolor for Adults” will be offered from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, June 3-July 31. This class introduces students to the fundamental techniques of the watercolor medium both in- and out-of-doors. Designed for students at any experience level, lessons will be based on traditional genres including still life and plein air, while incorporating abstract elements such as atmosphere, form and color. Emphasis will be given to the use of brushwork, image size and experimental tools, including sponges, rags and salt. Watercolor technique reference books will be available. Basic materials will be supplied.

• “Oil Painting for Adults” will be offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays,   June 3-July 24. This class is for beginning to intermediate level students. No prior oil painting experience is necessary. Students will be painting from life both inside the classroom and out-of-doors. Technical instruction will be provided. Topics include color mixing and various oil painting techniques such as glazing, dry brush, impasto, use of the palette knife and cold wax medium. As students acquire technical skills, individual projects can be developed with the guidance of the instructor. Students may reference historical painters and oil painting technique through provided reference material. Basic materials will be supplied.

• “Ceramics for Adults” will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (and a second session from 7 to 9 p.m.) June 4-July 9. Students will be introduced to the fundamental techniques and concepts of the ceramic arts. The emphasis will be the exploration of the ceramic medium as a material for creative expression. Functional and sculptural aspects of the medium will be considered through assignments incorporating hand building, wheel throwing, surface treatments and glazing techniques. Fifty pounds of clay and a variety of glazes will be supplied to each student. Basic ceramic tool kits will be available for purchase.

• “Natural Light Photography” will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. June 5-Aug. 7. This digital based photography class will explore all aspects of natural light photography. Students will learn skills needed to take excellent indoor and outdoor photos with only existing light. The class is perfect for those who are looking to improve their portrait, landscape, or candid photography skills. Students will learn about exposure (as well as several other camera settings), how to avoid harsh shadows, working and interacting with portrait subjects, diffusing existing light for a more flattering image, and how to edit photos with post processing computer software. The class will be interactive and will include moderate walking. Students must bring their own digital camera, but computers and software will be provided.

• “Beginning Piano for Adults ll” is being offered from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. on Tuesdays through July 9. Classes started May 7. Participants in this class are learning how to read music, play chords, and improvise in Indiana State University’s group keyboard lab.

• “Acoustic String Jam Camp” will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon July 8–12 under the direction of Brent McPike and Eric Schatz. This class is for students that play acoustic string instruments, including violin, viola, cello, double bass, mandolin and guitar. Students will learning songs, accompaniment and group performance and improvisation. Each student requires a basic level of proficiency on instrument such as playing a major scale or knowledge of chords. Students must bring their own instruments to class.