Saint John’s School of the Arts announces summer programs

Registration for the summer classes at Saint John’s School of the Arts is underway.

Several new faculty and programs have been added. The summer semester begins June 10 and ends August 16. The following courses are being offered:

Art Classes

Available for all ages. Elementary and middle school students will learn how to create cartoon and comic book characters in the “Character Designs” workshop. A “Drawing” workshop using a variety of mediums will be taught at the high school and adult levels.

Art classes are taught by Jason Paulhamus, a local freelance artist and children’s book illustrator.

“While our fall and spring classes provide basic art instruction in a variety of mediums, our summer classes are designed to be more specific and should be a lot of fun,” Paulhamus said.

Art classes are once a week for eight weeks. Private art instruction also is available.

Ballet and modern dance

Classes are for ages 3 and up. The summer session for ballet, modern dance and pointe is seven weeks, and is open to current students and the general public.

Theme for the dance summer session is “Scenes from Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

Three identical public performances will be given by the dance ensemble at 7 p.m. July 26 and 5 and 7 p.m. July 27. Instructor is Theresa Kendall.

Ballroom Dance

Beginner fox trot and beginner to intermediate tango will be held on Monday evenings for eight weeks. Couples of all ages are welcome and may sign up for one or both classes.

Instructors are Gary and Bonnie Glidewell.

Introduction to Bonsai

This five week class begins June 12 and is for high school ages and older.

Students will learn about what kinds of trees and shrubs work best for bonsai plus how to style and care for them through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on experience. Students will keep their potted tree and all materials are included.

Instructor is Jason Paulhamus.

Introduction to singing and private voice instruction

Private voice instruction through the School of the Arts is typically offered to students age 13 and older.

However, a “summer-only opportunity” is available for students ages 10 through 12 who love to sing and want to learn the basics of singing in a relaxed, fun environment. Students age 13 and older also may register for private voice lessons. Instructor is Sarah Decker.


Beginner through advanced students welcome. Emphasis is placed on technique, theory, fundamentals and enjoyment of the piano. Traditional and “by ear” methods are offered.

Instructors are Diane Havrilla, Pamela Hess, Lea Frymire and Carol Schwanger.


A new, one-week, unique summer camp opportunity for kids entering grades 3 through 8 to express their talents in a safe, fun and God-glorifying environment through music, choreography, crafts and more.

Using praise and worship music from “The KidsWorks” musical releases, this experience is intended for kids to express themselves through praising, not performing.

Camp dates are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 15 through 17.

An “Praiseformance” concert will be held at 7 p.m. on July 19 and is open to the public.

Instructor is Carol Schwanger.

Theatre arts/drama workshop

Co-ed genders, diverse ages and talents are nurtured in this family-ensemble framework, where learning is fun and students are prepared for community auditions and production performances. Character-molding is a priority.

Friendship, self-esteem, and regard for each one’s talents transpire as we celebrate each one’s individuality and the bonding of applied abilities.

For students ages 9 through 18. Workshop is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays for ten weeks.

Instructor is Lea Frymire.

Woodwind and brass instruments

Private instruction in woodwind and brass instruments is especially helpful for students who take group lessons during the school year but who don’t want to lose their skill over the summer months.

High school students preparing for fall PMEA festival auditions can benefit from professional assistance with their scale, sight-reading and solo preparations. Adults wishing to learn how to play an instrument are always welcome.

Instructors are Anne Keely (flute), Philip Herfort (woodwind/brass) and Carol Schwanger (oboe).

Classes, workshops, and private lesson studios are filled in the order registrations are received.

Registration is required.

For more information, contact the School of the Arts at 327-5575 or The School is located at 2101 Newberry St.