MACC Offers Fresh Slate of Classes for Winter Enrichment
By Michelle Michaud
Every season, the MACC changes its slate of offerings to reflect the season, its student’s needs, and teacher’s offerings. This winter is no different and boasts a rich selection of music, art, drama, and more.
Winter semester begins the week of January 12, 2015. We encourage registration no later than 1 week before your class begins to ensure you get a spot, and to make sure the class will make. You can register online. Payment is due no later than the first class session. Top of the list is MACC’s Mini-Metropolis, a fairy garden experience, geared toward ages 9-18. (Please see the Mirror Article in this edition outlining the special class.)
In addition to the popular “Acting for Kids” offered to grades K-8 on Tuesday nights, there are plans in the works for a Puppet Festival with guest performances and workshops in 2015. Plans for the Puppet Festival are on-going and special guest appearance dates will be announced on SignalMACC.org soon.
High school aged students interested in theatre production will love MACC’s new offerings:
Contemporary Scene Study for High Schoolers: Come learn the nuances of acting with scenes from stage and screen!
In this class we will be taking an in depth look at scenes from age appropriate modern plays, and some of your favorite movies. Breaking down scenes and themes, and learning to partner with your fellow actors, is one of the basics in acting.
Intro to Stage Combat for High Schoolers:
This class with use the skills learned in the scene study class and build on them to learn the art of stage combat. In this class we will focus on hand to hand combat. First you must learn how to knap and prat fall before you can sword fight, young grasshopper. Pre-requisite: Contemporary Scene Study for High Schoolers
Intro to Technical Theatre for High Schoolers:
Have you ever seen a play and been curious about anything other than the acting? Have you always wanted to be involved with theatre but are too shy to get on stage? Well, then this class is for you! In this class we will learn about stage managing, set design, costume and prop design, lighting and sound design.
Advanced Technical Theatre for High Schoolers:
The subject of this class will be decided bases on interest from the Intro class. Pre-requisite: Intro to Technical Theatre for High Schoolers, or a letter of recommendation from high school theatre teachers.
Senior citizens have more options than ever for staying fit. Four days a week, Aimee Zukowski teaches, prods and encourages everyone to become strong and healthy.
Kay Turner comes back with Piloxing – a perfect blend of boxing moves and palates. This regime works your entire body and is fun to boot. Kick and hit your way to fitness coupled with floor work to keep you limber and strong. Kay also offers Total Body Strong. Both classes are a sure way to get fit in the New Year.
If one of your new year’s resolutions is to learn a new instrument, then the MACC is your destination. If it’s an instrument, then the MACC probably has a teacher to teach it. No instrument is too strange. Our teachers are true musicians and play professionally. In many cases we have more than a few teachers to choose from in any given category.
Val Gibson teaches almost every age how to draw and paint. Her studio on MACC’s back hall is an artist’s wonderland of creative work. Even the smell of it invokes creativity. Drop by to look around and see what’s going on. You’ll fit right in as you set your canvas on an easel and begin to paint for the first time.
Have you ever thought about pottery? If you’ve never tried it, then Lolly Durant is the teacher for you. Supportive and kind, she gently leads you through slab building or throwing on a wheel. You’ll be hooked because anyone can create useful objects of art for your own home or as gifts. Lolly will be offering a 2 day family pottery workshop on Feb 20 and 21. She will teach how to build Gnome Dwellings. The family can work together on this project and learn slab building and wheel throwing.
NEW SCULTPING CLASS WITH ADAM KIRBY – learn how to create something out of a block of clay with your hands and various trimming tools. Language classes begin in January. New Dance classes begin with Rachel Clark. She will be teaching Ballroom Dance 101, and Modern and Musical Theater Dance. Make 2015 the year you finally put yourself first. Learn something new, meet new people, get out and enjoy the arts up close and personal at the MACC. Log on to SignalMACC.org for more information or call MACC’s staff at 886-1959
MACC Calls for STEAM Students for Mini-Metropolis
By Michelle Michaud
For January 2015
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, and it’s how schools across the country are preparing tomorrow’s workers for a high-tech world. To that end, the Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC) is jumping on the STEAM wagon, by offering a specialized class on building a mini-metropolis – some people may know this as a fairy garden.
“We didn’t want to call it a fairy garden because we think that name is too limiting for the kids of today,” said Barb Storm, Executive Director of the MACC. “At the same time, they will really enjoy, planning, engineering, and making a miniature world with all that entails.”
The MACC applied for and was awarded a community grant from Arts Build to produce a community fairy garden that integrates the STEAM concepts. “Here’s how we’ll do it,” said Barb. “Interested students will sign up for two, six week classes. The first six weeks is heavy in the hands-on creation of a town concept with mock ups including, cardboard, wood working and pottery,” she said.
Lolly Durant, a pottery teacher at the MACC and project committee chairperson, says the second six weeks uses completely new materials like Monster Mud to fashion walkways, infrastructure, ponds, hills and anything else the young minds can think up. “We want the same group to take both sessions so they can see the project progress from beginning to end. And we want them to be there to help install it.”
Durant says that MACC needs creative students ages 8 to 18. Students will have access and be taught by professionals like Karen Rhennich, Chattanooga and Hamilton County Planning Commission; Kim Bonastia, owner of Signal Mountain Nursery and Landscape Architect; Lolly Durant, Pottery Teacher; Susan Jones, Reading and Writing teacher at Bright School, Andrea Phelps, Installation Graphic Designer; Wayne Williams, Architect; and Bob McElhaney, Wood Turner.
“Prospective students for MACC’s Mini-Metropolis Project (or 3M) should log on to SignalMACC.org and register as soon as possible. Classes begin Tuesday January 13 and continue until it’s done at the end of March,” said Barb.
The Mini-Metropolis will be installed on MACC’s property, “We intend to utilize the already raised bed at the side entrance of the MACC, along the Kentucky Ave. side of the building. The dimensions are 9.4’ X 32.5’,” said Judy Nowlin, 3M grant writer.
Collaboration is key to this project, and very important to the granting committee of the Arts Build Communities Grants. “We plan to reach out to our largest senior community, the residents of Alexian, and the seniors in the Lion’s Club. There are many talented retirees who would enjoy planning and planting a fairy garden, and who also could teach and assist the children in the construction of the garden,” she said.
“This kind of intergenerational teaching and learning benefits all those involved. Studies indicate that the benefit to seniors can reflect itself in improved health, mentally, emotionally and physically, and even to longer life. The benefit to children working with seniors is also well documented. The passing on of wisdom, maturity, skills and problem solving are only a few of the benefits. Alexian also has a woodworking club of men who could help in the construction of buildings for the garden,” said Nowlin.
The Signal Mountain Nursery will assist in the design, selection of plants, and teach students young and old how to choose plants that will work well in this situation. “This is a benefit to the MACC, the community, and to the business,” said Storm.
“We will reach out to the community asking gardeners of all varieties to donate certain plants and planting materials,” said Durant, an avid gardener and bee keeper. “We will also ask for stumps and rocks as the design calls for them,” she said.