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SMARTS Spring 2023 Classes

 

We hope you have enjoyed the holiday’s and spent some quality time together. We are gearing up for Spring here at SMARTS. Classes for Spring 2023 enrollment will be available online, January 10 @ 1pm. Classes will run for nine weeks, and begin Tuesday, January 24. The String Program 1 will run for 12 weeks and begin  Wednesday, January 11.

We work hard to provide a fresh and unique range of classes in all arts disciplines and are pleased to announce 30 classes, held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Classes will be both in-person and live online via Zoom through Virtual SMARTS, all classes are free and open to the public, and offered on a first- come first- served basis.

SMARTS Surrealism: Dreams & Nightmares is a multi- medium class dedicated to clearing the unconscious mind and seeing what it can create. We welcome the uniqueness that is you. We will also be hosting; SMARTS Scoundrels, Lawbreakers and Baddie’s  a writing class for the creation of villains / antagonists.  Offerings also include three Early SMARTS classes: Tea- Party Theater, Play Along with Me and Messy Art. We have a little something for all creatives, we hope to build community and passion for the arts!

Our goal this Spring was to peek your interest and curiosity. The Classes are focused in concentrated styles and forms of art. We hope to expand our student horizons and convince them to try something fun and different!  Treat yourself!

Why Virtual SMARTS?

SMARTS has been growing and expanding our expertise by learning best practices and effective teaching strategies for virtual learning.  We have found that online classes are often discussed in ways that underestimate their potential. However, we have been amazed, inspired, empowered, and at times...challenged...on what our notions of what virtual learning could be.  While we believe in-person arts teaching and learning is always better, we have found that all arts disciplines and all types of students - even students with special needs - can learn and demonstrate remarkable creativity in an online class. In some ways, there are even advantages.

Virtual SMARTS classes are unlike virtual classes for school, just as all SMARTS classes are...because you pick the art you want to study and you learn directly from an artist who specializes in that art! SMARTS aims to set a new standard for learning in a traditional classroom setting by focusing on creating the next generation of artists and creative innovators. We now also aim to set a new standard for the effectiveness and wonder of learning in a virtual setting. We are excited for you to discover and create with us this year!

Explore SMARTS Classes

All SMARTS and Virtual SMARTS classes are free, open to the public, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

SMARTS Hip – Hop You Don’t Stop, Grades 3-12

SMARTS Hip – Hop You Don’t Stop, Grades 3-12 This class is sure to be anything but boring! We promise a toe-tapping high energy movement class where you will learn popular dances and explore the genre of Hip-Hop. This class promises good beats, that are to get you moving! Hip-Hop originated as block party music…

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SMARTS Basic Sculpture, Grades K-3 (6:00 – 6:45 pm)

SMARTS Basic Sculpture, Grades K-3 Make figurines of your favorite cartoon characters, build a house, or make some cool earrings! Polymer clay is a fun and limitless material to work with, and is the medium we will use. It comes in a variety of colors and textures and can also be used to cover metal,…

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Early SMARTS Play Along with Me, Ages 18 months – 5yrs old

Early SMARTS Play Along with Me, Ages 18 months – 5yrs old Do you know what the difference in sound is between a trumpet and a clarinet? What about a saxophone?  Will the sound be thin or full? Is the pitch deep or high? In this class we will explore the music families: string, keyboard,…

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Early SMARTS “Messy Art,” Ages 18 months – 5yrs old

Early SMARTS “Messy Art,” Ages 18 months – 5yrs old  *Wear play clothes* This a class for the Little Picasso’s. We will be painting while learning another art element: value / tone. What happens when you add white to green? Is it still green? What if you add blue? Every week we will work on…

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Early SMARTS Tea Party Theater, Ages 18 months- 5yrs old

Early SMARTS Tea Party Theater, Ages 18 months- 5yrs old You’re late you’re late for a very important date! Have tea with The Mad Hatter and other guests. Learn pouring and table etiquette while making new friends. What would a tea party be like in different parts of world? What is the difference between a…

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Virtual SMARTS Adventures in Piano 1, Grades K-2

Virtual SMARTS Adventures in Piano 1, Grades K-2 This is the first beginner-level piano class in a series offered at SMARTS for grades K-2. Adventures in Piano will teach you the basic rhythm, music reading, and listening skills needed to take piano later in the SMARTS Piano Lab. Explore the piano using all your senses…

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SMARTS Adventures in Piano 1, Grades K-2 (11:40 – 12:30 pm)

 SMARTS Adventures in Piano 1, Grades K-2 This is the first beginner-level piano class in a series offered at SMARTS for grades K-2. Adventures in Piano will teach you the basic rhythm, music reading, and listening skills needed to take piano later in the SMARTS Piano Lab. Explore the piano using all your senses with…

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SMARTS Pete the Cat’s Finale Children Ages PK -7 and Family

SMARTS Pete the Cat’s Finale Children Ages PK -7 and Family Get prepared to read and dance along with us! This class is all about Pete the Cat. Pete is a fictional cartoon cat created by artist James Dean. It is a popular children’s book series that consists of 21 books. Books in this collection…

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SMARTS: Voice 102 Pop Music Edition, Grades 4-12

SMARTS: Voice 102 Pop Music Edition, Grades 4-12 When we say pop, we mean it! Think top 100 songs by artist like: Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, or even Mariah Carey. We will have a blast creating our own versions of popular songs, while building performance skills and vocal techniques. Students…

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SMARTS Oil painting: Skin tone, Depth and Dimension, Adults

SMARTS Oil painting: Skin tone, Depth and Dimension, Adults *$40 Supply fee due (Jan 28) first day of class* If you want a portrait of yourself today there are more than a few options that can be done in less than 30 minutes. You can take a selfie with your phone, or you can upload…

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In-person

Instruction in a traditional classroom setting at our beautiful, historic downtown Youngstown facility.

Virtual

Instruction live online via Zoom using a link provided at enrollment from a private Virtual SMARTS class page.

Hybrid

Any combination of in-person, Zoom, or video instruction.

Video

Video-only instruction that students complete at home at their own pace.

About Us

SMARTS, Students Motivated by the Arts, is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art school.

Address: 25 East Boardman Street, First Floor, Youngstown, Ohio 44503

Phone: 330-574-2787

Email: info@smarts.tunahelper.net

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SMARTS classes have been free and open to the public since 1997. To become a SMARTS student and receive regular communication about our class offerings, complete a new student application. Classes are filled on a first-come, first serve basis.

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