St. John’s School of the Arts offers summer classes

Registration is now open for the summer classes at St. John’s School of the Arts, 2101 Newberry St. New faculty and programs have been added. The summer semester begins June 9 and the following courses are being offered:

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

Ballet and modern dance, a seven-week session for ages 3 and up. The summer session for ballet, modern dance and pointe is open to current students and the general public. Theme for the dance summer session is “Heroes and Villains.” Instructor is Theresa Kendall. Three identical public performances will be given by the dance ensemble, at 7 p.m. Aug. 8, and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 9. Each performance will feature a lighthearted retelling of excerpts from classic good vs. evil tales including “Anastasia,” “Pirates,” “The Lorax” and more.

Ballroom dance, Monday evenings for eight weeks. Couples of all ages are welcome and may sign up for beginner jitterbug (a staple of rock ‘n roll dancing), beginner bachata (a popular Latin dance) or both. Instructors are Gary and Bonnie Glidewell

Handbell workshop, three weeks. This serves as an introduction to the art of playing handbells in a group. Students ages 8 and up will learn basic handbell techniques and music-reading skills while they participate in an ensemble experience. The student ensemble will be invited to play their bells at the 5:30 p.m. worship service June 28 at St. John’s Newberry Church.

Introduction to bonsai, five weeks beginning June 11. This class is for high school-age students and older. Students will learn about what kinds of trees and shrubs work best for bonsai, as well as 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: A summer-only opportunity is available for students ages 10-12 years 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.

Piano: 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.

  • “Joyful Noise 2014: God of this City”: A one-week, unique summer camp opportunity for children (ages 9-14) to participate in a new musical by Brentwood-Benson Music Publications called “God of This City.” This camp includes learning upbeat praise-and-worship music and choreography, with opportunities for speaking roles. Songs include “God of This City,” “Live Out Loud,” “Do it Lord” and more. Students will also learn about and support missions in the community. Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 14 and 18, with a public performance of the musical at 7 p.m. July 18. Instructor is Carol Schwanger.

“Sensational Sustainables”: This new project-based art course for ages 9-14 is an introduction into training the eye to see everyday objects as sources of material for craft projects. All projects are built around basic, everyday things that we have in our homes and that many of us would throw away. In addition, each project is paired with a lesson on a famous artist or historical period that used ordinary objects to create extraordinary works of art. Students will create picture frames, lockets, masks and more. Instructor is Emily Green.

Theater arts and drama workshop: This 10-week workshop is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Students ages 9-18 are welcome. 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 also are 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 570-327-5575 or http://sch