THE METUCHEN ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES CREATIVE WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

            The Metuchen Arts Council is pleased to announce the creation of the Metuchen ArtsExchange(MAX), an expansion of the Council’s community outreach, offering new, affordable and unique creative workshops and classes for all ages.  Virtual classes in theater, dance and thematic art will start October 20thand run through November 24th.  

            “Plans for the Metuchen Art Exchange have been in the works since the beginning of the year,” said MAX Curriculum Coordinator, Kat Drinane Davis.  “Like everything else this year, plans had to be re-imagined due to the limitations placed on us all by the COVID pandemic.  We are grateful for the talent and ingenuity of our instructors for making these virtual classes possible.  We will offer an even more robust session in January and that schedule will be released within the next few weeks.”

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            The youth theatre classes are taught by performing arts instructor and Metuchen native Lisa Hyman.  Offered for ages 3-5, Little Actorsutilizes games, storytelling, singing and movementexpand imagination, build confidence, and have fun developing performance skills.  Offered for ages 7-11 and ages 12 and up, Comedy for Actingclasses use improv and script work to tweak acting techniques to stay authentic as well as funny.

            A unique approach to dance is taken in a class called Movenglishin which participants contribute to creating a brand-new language through movement. Classes are geared for ages 14 and up and no dance experience is required.   The class is taught by Charly Santagado, Artistic Director of The Mignolo Dance Company.

            The intersection of science and art is explored in the class, Scientific Explanations in Art, for grades 6-8.  The instructor is artist and educator Joe Castronova.  Watercolor, markers, pencil, collage and other techniques will be used to build on observations from the world around us and focus on the science behind artistic expression.  Science fiction and realism will both be explored and artists who use science, such as Georgia O’Keefe, Terry Winters and Charles Burchfield will be discussed.

            For information on the instructors, class schedules, registration and fees go to www.metuchenartscouncil.com.  #