2009-10-09 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance

Art Classes For Young People; Final Weekend Of ARTSPLASH; Halloween Heads- Up
Commmentary by Susan Hartenstein

Just one of the circus freaks to be featured in this year's Halloween Extravaganza at RAA. Drawing by Geoff Rawling. Just one of the circus freaks to be featured in this year's Halloween Extravaganza at RAA. Drawing by Geoff Rawling. Does your 8-year-old love being the family photographer? Maybe your middle school child is working up the nerve to audition for the school play or for a spot in a competitive arts high school. Does your fifth-grader wish there was a chorus he or she could join?

We know many of you have budding performers and artists under your roofs.

In response to inquiries for art lessons, this fall RAA is pleased to announce a selection of classes for young people. Classes being offered include:

At the Easel - Painting portraits, still lifes, landscapes; Sing Your Song - Introduction to singing; Click! - Digital photography for children; Spike - Acting classes for middle schoolers; and Pencils, Markers, Magic - Pencil drawing and cartooning from basic concepts to character creation.

All of the classes are taught by professional Art Educators who have been members of the RAA education team for several years. These artists - familiar faces from the kidsmART programs - are enthusiastic and dedicated to sharing their knowledge and helping children gain artistic skills and techniques in a fun, interactive workshop setting.

For age requirements, tuition rates and schedules, call the RAA office at 718-474-0861 or visit our website at www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

RAA needs help putting together its annual Halloween spectacular - three solid nights of hysterically happy horror, to gladden and frighten good ghouls and goblinettes, yearly presented in sTudio 7.

This year's theme is "Circuses, Side Shows, Freaks and Carnivals." What potential!

Every Wednesday at 8 p.m. in sTudio 7 (building T-7) in Fort Tilden, there will be a meeting, until the above specified nights, to plan; take out the old, bring in the new; brainstorm concepts for a character you may wish to play; build, paint and put up scenery. Anyone intending to be a guide must attend two meetings (the Wednesday prior to Halloween doesn't count).

Elaborate sets, sounds and syncopated horrors beset the building and its environs to scare the delight out of

children of all ages who pass through its chambers. RAA needs the arms, legs, toes, fingers (attached or otherwise), brains and talents of our community kindred spirits to put this together; no matter how much or how little time you can contribute. Can you hammer some boards; can you haul a box; can you paint a flat of scenery; do you have a great idea we can use; or play a role as guide, geek, goon or ghost?

Any and all of these can be your contribution.

ARTSPLASH Special Free Events:

Saturday, October 10 at 2 p.m., sTudio 7: The Martha Cardona Opera Project will perform excerpts from La Boheme, L'Elisir d'Amore, Rigoletto and Gianni Schicchi. The mission of the Martha Cardona Opera Project is to provide free opera to the general public, and introduce many to the beauty of opera.

For more about this exciting young company visit: www.themarthacardonatheater. com.

Sunday, October 11 from 1 p.m. till early evening join RAA for a GREAT day.

The last day of ARTSPLASH is concluding in celebration, good company and food.

We will have an Open Bid Fundraiser Auction, Viewers' Choice Award, and our Annual RAA Membership BBQ/ Picnic (bring something delicious for the Banquet Table).

Don't miss out on the fun of bidding for a wonderful piece of art, at affordable prices, while helping RAA at the same time; plus choosing YOUR favorite art piece in ARTSPLASH that may win the Viewers' Choice Award.

Thanks to the "stars" of last weekend: to the Mari Meade Dance company, that presented the first five minutes of what looked to be a very interesting production that will be danced at Lincoln Center in January; to the artists of "InkSplash" who shared their expertise and their passion for printmaking with a captivated audience; to the writers and actors of the RAA Writers Group who read and performed original literary works; to Janet Dever, Penelope Atheras, Tommy Burke and Adam McLoughlin who made the afternoons possible; to Dan Guarino, who organized the writers afternoon and who continues to grow as a writer, musician and songwriter; and most especially to the audiences who attended the events and who continue to support the RAA and their community.

RAA CONTACT INFO:

Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718- 474-4373; e-mail: rockart116@aol. com; website: www.rockawayartists alliance.org.
Fort Tilden Highlights
ARTSPLASH/InkSplash '09: Multimedia
arts festival through Oct. 11,
sTudio 7, sTudio 6, RAA stages in
RoCA @ Fort Tilden. InkSplash, a printmaking
show, on view through Nov. 1
Admission free. Gallery hours: Sat.s 12-
4 p.m.; Sun.s 1-4 p.m.; by appointment.
Admission free to exhibit and special
events.
ART AUCTION WALL: Special feature
of ARTSPLASH in sTudio 7.
SPECIAL FREE EVENTS of ARTSPLASH:
(see column for details.)
Sat., Oct. 10, 2 p.m., sTudio 7, Martha
Cardona Opera Project.
Sun., Oct. 11, 1 p.m. -- early evening:
Fundraiser Auction, RAA BBQ/
Picnic Viewers' Choice Award. (Be
sure to vote at the gallery.)
THURS. NIGHT OPEN MIC:
Performing artists of all disciplines invited.
Sign-up at 7:45 p.m.for 8 p.m. start
time.
PAINTING CLASSES FOR ADULTS:
Tues. nights, 7-9 p.m.; Thurs. mornings,
10 a.m.-12 noon. sTudio 7, RoCA @
Fort Tilden. $15 per class, supplies
included.

kidsmART corner

Registration for the kidsmART after-school program will be held tomorrow, Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Building T-149, Fort Tilden.

Children ages 6 -13 are eligible.

Visit the Education page of RAA's website and click on Click here to download complete package of forms.

You can fill out forms at home and just hand them in at registration.

Or please bring a pen and come prepared to spend 10 minutes per child registering (each child must have his or her own form).

Forms will be available on-site. kidsmART opens on Tuesday, October 13. The kidsmART schedule in Fort Tilden is Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

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