Catamount Announces Weekly Arts Classes Starting in September

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Plein Air Painting

ST. JOHNSBURY – Catamount Arts has announced a schedule of arts classes and workshops this fall for adults and children. The line-up includes flute, acting, photography, painting, mono-printing, poetry, string ensemble and violin. New teaching artists as well as old and new community partnerships have contributed to the learning opportunities.

“We are delighted to welcome many new teaching artists who are eager to share their passions with adults and young people in the region,” says Catamount Arts Education Director Anne Campbell. “We are also grateful to have received funding through Vermont Afterschool which allows us to increase our education offerings for students in grades K-12.”

A few slots are still open in a couple of August classes, including Project Peacetrain: Upcycled Clothing, for children going into grades 5-9, and Natural Dyeing with Wild Plants, open to adults and high schoolers. Project Peacetrain takes place Monday-Friday, August 15 through 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Natural Dyeing with Wild Plants is a weekend workshop, August 27 and 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration for these classes will close soon, so those interested in participating should visit catamountarts.org or call 748-2600 without delay.

Classes opening for children this fall include a new season of EPIC Music ensemble and violin instruction for Grades Four and up as well as two new classes: StoryTown Theatre, for Grades Four through Six, and Telling It on the Mountain, a poetry-writing class for ages 10 and up. EPIC Music ensemble and violin instruction will take place Monday and Thursday afternoons beginning September 12 and running through the duration of the school year.

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Toussaint St. Negritude

StoryTown Theatre participants will rehearse and perform a short play over six weeks, meeting every Tuesday and Thursday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., September 1 through November 17. This class is free thanks to funding from the Vermont Afterschool and Summer Expanding Access Grant and 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs, and is offered in partnership with St. Johnsbury School’s CatCH afterschool program on StoryTown Theatre. “We hope,” Campbell says, “that this is the first of many collaborations with the CatCH program!”

Telling It on the Mountain, a poetry-writing class taught by Belfast, Me., poet laureate Toussaint St. Negritude will meet Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., September 21 through October 26. Multigenerational participation is encouraged in this class, which will explore the creation of poetry inspired by different techniques, experiences, and ideas, culminating in a class anthology. Adults and children are both welcome in Telling It on the Mountain.

Additional arts education classes and workshops for adults include Peace and Harmony: Native American Flute, on Sunday afternoons, September 11 through October 2; Better Acting and Rock Hard Confidence on Monday evenings from September 19 through November 14; Getting to Know YOUR Camera, Tuesday evenings from September 20 to October 18; Low-Tech Monoprint Workshops on Wednesday evenings, September 28 through October 12; Plein Air Painting, Thursday mornings from September 29 through October 13, and, coming in November, Birch Bark Ornaments.

For more information about Catamount Arts Education opportunities or to register for classes and workshops, please visit catamountarts.org or call 748-2600. Please note that all classes have registration deadlines (and many have limited capacity), so early enrollment is encouraged.