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ART START

Art allows for the development of creativity, fine motor and listening skills, personal expression, and an appreciation of a variety of art mediums. Perhaps most importantly, whether you are a child or an adult, everyone loves the fun of expressing themselves through art! Check out our classes and let the fun begin!

MESSY FINGERS (AGES 1 ½-3)

Bring your toddler to this fun art class and discover just how great getting messy can be! With you by their side, your toddler will explore a variety of art-related sensory activities that will spark their imagination…while your house stays clean! From painting on easels to finger painting, stamping, and more, you and your little one will create works of art! Please dress to get messy. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date. These classes are located at Maple Lawn Preschool.

Sa, 11/8, 10-11:30am             

DISCOVERING OPEN-ENDED ART (AGES 3-5 AND THEIR PARENT)

Using a variety of materials, parents and preschoolers will be introduced to the concept that anything can be art. Science, creative thinking, language, problem solving, cooperation, fine-motor skills will be used as an awareness of seeing items around us as potential components of art. Be prepared to get messy! Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date. These classes are located at Maple Lawn Preschool.

Session 1: W, 9/17-10/8, 4-4:45pm; Th, 9/18-10/8, 10-10:45am
Session 2: W, 10/29-11/19, 4-4:45pm; Th, 10/30-11/20, 10-10:45pm

FROM SCRIBBLES TO REMBRANDT (AGES 3-5)

Learning to draw basic shapes is a critical building block for every young artist. This class will strengthen your child’s core drawing skills as they are introduced to seasonal imagery and more! Session one will have your child learning to draw a variety of fall objects such as acorns, a scarecrow, an apple tree, and more while building their skills and creativity. Session two will focus on the drawing of items from the Native American culture, robots, and the up-coming holidays. Imagination and playful characters will come to life as your child develops his or her drawing skills. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date.

Session 1: Sa, 10/4-10/25, 10-10:45am, Maple Lawn Preschool
Session 2: Sa,11/1-11/22, 10-10:45am, Albany Public Library

CARTOONING WITH YOUNG REMBRANDTS (AGES 6-10)

Your child’s sense of humor will be put to the test as they develop their drawing skills while learning exaggeration and personification. Session One will introduce sports-related drawings that will instruct your young artist to create action inspired imagery. Session Two will be a fun and artistic challenge as they draw dog and cat inspired scenes, focus on football action poses as well as a holiday themed drawing. Students will learn to tell a story through the use of sequential drawings in both sessions. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date.

Session 1: Sa, 10/4-10/25, 11am-Noon, Maple Lawn Preschool
Session 2: Sa, 11/1-11/22, 11am-Noon, Albany Public Library

Class TitleAgesDaysTimeDatesLocationInstructorCost
Messy Fingers 1 1/2-3 Sa 10-11:30am 11/8 Maple Lawn Rogers $10(In-city/$13 $3 supply fee
Discovering Open Ended Art for 3-5 W 4-4:45pm 9/17-10/8 Maple Lawn Miller $35(In-city)/$46
Discovering Open Ended Art 3-5 Th 10-10:45am 9/18-10/9 Maple Lawn Miller $35(In-city)/$46
Discovering Open Ended Art 3-5 W 4-4:45pm 10/29-11/19 Maple Lawn Miller $35(In-city)/$46
Discovering Open Ended Art 3-5 Th 10-10:45am 10/30-11/20 Maple Lawn Miller $35(In-city)/$46
From Scribbles to Rembrandt Session 1 3-5 Sa 10-10:45am 10/4-10/25 Maple Lawn Young Rembrandts $32 (In-city)/$41
From Scribbles to Rembrandt Session 2 3-5 Sa 10-10:45am 11/1-11/22 Albany Public Library Young Rembrandts $32 (In-city)/$41
Cartooning with Young Rembrandts Session 1 6-10 Sa 11:00am-Noon 10/4-10/25 Maple Lawn Young Rembrandts $36 (In-city)/$46
Cartooning with Young Rembrandts Session 2 6-10 Sa 11:00am-Noon 11/1-11/22 Albany Public Library Young Rembrandts $32 (In-city)/$41

STEP IT UP! BREAK IT DOWN!

Let’s move! Being active is essential for brain development, physical fitness, and social development. Dance, movement, and physical skill development classes teach children techniques while increasing their rhythm, poise, coordination, confidence, and general fitness level. As avenues for creative expression, these classes allow participants of all ages and skill levels an opportunity to improve on fundamentals in a fun and energetic environment. Classes are held at COOL! Swanson Park Action Center unless otherwise noted.

TODDLER TWO STEP (AGES 2-3)

Spark your child’s imagination and love for dance. Parents are welcome to join in the fun as their little boys and girls learn simple dance steps while developing coordination, body awareness, and balance. Ribbons, bean bags, hula hoops, and more will be used throughout the session. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date.

Session 1: M, 9/22-10/13, 10:45-11:15am
Session 2: M, 10/ 27-11/17, 10:45-11:15am
$40/$53

LITTLE DANCERS (AGES 4-6)

Awaken your little dancer to music, ballet, and tap. Ballet is the foundation for many other forms of dance while tap is a lively, rhythmic dance using your feet. Your child will develop rhythm, poise, and coordination while improving his or her motor skills. Ballet steps, tap combinations, prop use, and terminology will be featured while dancing to energizing music. Supplies needed: Ballet slippers or socks. Dress shoes will work for tap. Tap shoes can be purchased from the instructor but are not necessary for the class. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date.

Wednesday, 9/24-11/12, 1:15-2:05pm
Saturday, 9/27-11/15, 11:10am-12pm
$42/$53

TUMBLING FUN (AGES 4-6)

Somersault, roll, and jump for fun in this class that teaches basic tumbling and gymnastic moves along with other floor movements. Children will improve their strength, flexibility, and coordination skills in this fun and active class. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date. 

Wednesday,9/ 24-11/12, 12:15-1:05pm
Saturday,9/ 27-11/15, 12:15-1:05pm
$42/$53

PRINCESS DANCE (AGES 3-5)

Full of fairytales and imagination, this class provides an introduction to the fundamentals of ballet. Your “princess” will learn balance and coordination while stretching, leaping, and dancing across the floor. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the start date. 

W, 9/24-11/12, 10-10:50am
Sa, 9/27-11/15, 10:30-11:20am
$42/$53

 

MOMMY AND BABY YOGA (AGES 8 WEEKS TO ALMOST WALKING)

Stretch, bond, and breathe with your baby in this yoga class for mothers (or caregivers) and infants. Meet other moms and babies while you strengthen and support your baby with yoga poses and breathing. Every class will devote time to bonding postures and playful poses with baby. Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat, a water bottle, and a receiving blanket for your little one.

Session 1: Thursday, 9/18-10/16, 6-7 pm, Maple Lawn
Session 2: Th, 10/23-11/20, 6-7pm, Maple Lawn
$43/$56

FAMILY YOGA (AGES 3 AND UP)

Bring everyone to Family Yoga! This is a full participation class, with time for activity and relaxation for both the adults and children. Basic yoga poses, breathing, and guided meditation/relaxation are introduced. Class is open to individuals, couples, and families. Dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat per person, and a water bottle.

Saturday, September 27, 10-11:00am, Senior Center
Saturday, October 25, 2:30-3:30, Timber Ridge School
$10/$13 for families, $5/$6 for individuals

Class TitleAgesDaysTimeDatesLocationInstructorCost
Toddler Two Step Session 1 Ages 2-3 M 10:45-11:15am 9/22-10/13 Swanson Madsen $40 (In-city)/$53
Toddler Two Step Session 1 Ages 2-3 M 10:45-11:15am 10/27-11/17 Swanson Madsen $40 (In-city)/$53
Princess Dance Ages 3-5 W 10:30-11:20am 9/24-11/12 Swanson Russell-Agosto $42 (In-city)/$54
Princess Dance Ages 3-5 Sa 10-10:50am 9/27-11/14 Swanson Russell-Agosto $42 (In-city)/$54
Little Dancers Ages 4-6 W 1:15-2:05pm 9/24-11/12 Swanson Russell-Agosto $42 (In-city)/$54
Little Dancers Ages 4-6 Sa 11:10am-12pm 9/27-11/15 Swanson Russell-Agosto $42 (In-city)/$54
Tumbling Fun Ages 4-6 W 12:15-1:05pm 9/24-11/12 Swanson Russell-Agosto $42 (In-city)/$54
Tumbling Fun Ages 4-6 Sa 12:15-1:05pm 9/27-11/15 Swanson Russell-Agosto $42 (In-city)/$54
Mommy and Baby Yoga Session 1 8 weeks to almost walking Th 6-7pm 9/18-10/16 Maple Lawn Gourley $43 (In-city)/$56
Mommy and Baby Yoga Session 2 8 weeks to almost walking Th 6-7pm 10/23-11/20 Maple Lawn Gourley $43 (In-city)/$56
Family Yoga Ages 3 and up Sa 10-11am 9/27 Senior Center Gourley $10 (In-city)/$13
Family Yoga Ages 3 and up Sa 2:30-3:30pm 10/25 Timber Ridge Gourley $10 (In-city)/$13

ALBANY “GEMS” MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE TEAM

Are you a middle schooler that loves to dance or is interested in doing dance or cheer in high school? Joining Albany Gems Middle School dance team might be the right move for you. Students will learn fitness, nutrition, teamwork, and life skills through the art of dance. This team will be a competitive performance team that will practice through the fall and the winter, exploring many different dance styles. No practice November 11 or November 27. The dance team will meet in the small gym at Timber Ridge School.

Tu/Th, 9/18-12/18, 4:30-7:30pm, Timber Ridge
$100/$130 

 

FAMILY WORM BIN WORKSHOP (FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN 6 AND OLDER)

Come and explore the explosion of life found in the worm bin! You’ll use magnifiers and special ID cards as you build a habitat for your own red wiggler worms. Take them home to eat your kitchen waste, turning it into brown gold castings for your plants. Handouts, one worm bin per family, red wiggler worms, and other supplies are included in the fee. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the event.

Sa, 11/15, 10am-Noon, Senior Center
$40/$53 per family