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SMARTS Fall 2023 Classes
Enrollment for Fall 2023 classes will open on Wednesday, September 6 @ 1pm, and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to us here at SMARTS at 330.574.2787. We look forward to seeing you!
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!
All SMARTS and Virtual SMARTS classes are free, open to the public, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
SMARTS Steel Band, Grades 2-5 (Daniel Shiller) Originating in Trinidad and Tobago, the steelpan was born from musicians playing instruments such as bamboo, biscuit tins, dustbins, and oil drums. While beating the oil drum, the musicians began to cause dents in the metal. Finding the dents they created had different pitches, they started to dent…Read More
Virtual SMARTS Piano Lab 1B, Grades 3-12 (Haley Beverburg) This is the second beginner-level piano lab class in a series offered at SMARTS for grades 3-12. Piano Lab 1A is a prerequisite for this class. If a student has prior piano skills, they may opt to take a skills assessment with a SMARTS Instructor by…Read More
SMARTS Piano 2A and Beyond, Grades 3-12 (Haley Beverburg) This is the third-leveled piano class offered by SMARTS for grades 4-12. This class covers more advanced piano techniques and skills. Students will be placed in this course based on completion of Piano 1A, and 1B. Students that have prior experience, may opt to take…Read More
SMARTS Piano Lab 1B, Grades 3-12 (Haley Beverburg) This is the second beginner-level piano lab class in a series offered at SMARTS for grades 3-12. Piano Lab 1A is a prerequisite for this class. If a student has prior piano skills, they may opt to take a skills assessment with a SMARTS Instructor by appointment…Read More
SMARTS Chronicles, Grades 5-8 (Malorie Martin) Ever wanted to write for a newspaper or maybe for a journal? Interested in finding creative ways to tell stories? How do you decide on the angle or points of view a story should come from? We will create our own newspaper or literary journal as a group. …Read More
SMARTS Creating Worlds, Grades 4-8 (Robert Kerr) If you are interested in comic books, superheroes, manga, creating storyboards, landscapes, or just want to show a character at an interesting angle, this is the class you need. It can be quite challenging to create a character, show the character in motion, and perfect the various…Read More
SMARTS Pastry Chef, Grades K-3 (Sarah Lavoie) Make pastries, breads and other baked goods with a creative twist. The caveat is, all our pastries will be made with clay! Students will learn molding and stretching techniques while forming their forever treats. Students must study and master the texture, appearance and shape of their treats…Read More
SMARTS Double Sided Art, Grade 6-12 (Marites Eldred) Conflicting meaning, different art forms or just two different images, you choose! As long as the art involves two conflicting elements, you’ve found the point of this class. We were created with duality in mind; as we know, two conflicting ideas can exist in the same…Read More
SMARTS 90s Dance Theme, Grades 4-8 (Levensky Smith) Grab a Pop Tart, some Bugles or a pack of Hubba Bubba gum and head on down to SMARTS. We are moving the clock back to the 90s. We will be experimenting with dance moves like the Cabbage Patch, Tootsee Roll, Roger Rabbit, Kid n Play,…Read More
SMARTS Futuristic Fables, Grades 4-8 (Kara Zone) What will happen in 200 years.? What will the world look like? What type of technology will exist? Do you think there will be more humans or more robots? Will humans look the same or will they be bionic? Will humans be living on Earth or living…Read More
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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
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.