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Kids Classes takes Center stage at CNY Arts Center

Whether onstage, onscreen or in the classroom, kids get a lot of attention at CNY Arts Center. As fall arrives,registration is open for new classes designed specifically to meet the interests of all children are being scheduled. How to draw heroes,  pumpkin carving beyond the big eyes and toothy grin, intro to oil painting for teens, digital photography, story time art for very young children, sewing, culinary and of course, performance arts.

Ben Norton as Wilbur lets the world feel his anguish in this scene from Charlotte's Web, the CNY Arts Center summer theatre production with more than 30 children involved. Fall classes are open for registration at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.
Ben Norton as Wilbur lets the world feel his anguish in this scene from Charlotte’s Web, the CNY Arts Center summer theatre production with more than 30 children involved. Fall classes are open for registration at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Kids Onstage is back with a new fall program ready to launch Sept 21 in a non-traditional weekend time slot joined by a Drama Club for seventh and eighth grade students meeting on Monday and Wednesday after school.

Kids Onscreen will start in October with an opportunity to learn about making a film from scriptwriting to acting.

Kids Onstage, the popular drama program for ages 7-17 will start this fall for an eight-week session (on Sept. 21). The class will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. each Saturday where kids will continue developing skills onstage and off.

The program began a year ago introducing more than a dozen children to acting, stage presence and character development through games and improvisation.

The first session culminated in a short presentation for parents, family and friends. By the end of the first year, children had performed in the premiere of Yes, Virginia, the Musical followed by the full length Tom Sawyer classic in the first all-youth production with 15-18 kids taking on roles not only onstage but in sound effects, props, costume maintenance, stage management and graphic design. Charlotte’s Web rounded out the summer and featured more than 30 kids onstage, mostly newcomers, in a single weekend run.

“The art classes are really exciting this fall with so many options,” said Nancy Fox, executive director. “In addition to the drawing, painting, photography and carving classes, a brand new program called Sew You Can! will teach children how to use a sewing machine and learn to make simple projects. This is an art that continues to expand in technological ways that is a challenge to keep up with.  A basic knowledge of sewing and how to use a sewing machine will be the foundation for further use of the fabulous new stitching machinery.”

The Arts Center is continually adding arts programming for children as a critical component for a well-rounded cultural life. The culinary arts classes took on new significance for Arty Camp kids this year when campers were guided in cupcake decorating and creating mini-masterpieces in creative ways. Those classes are always popular with kids and adults alike.

Parents are asked to pre-register for classes, which are held in CNY Arts Center, 357 State St.

Complete information can be found at the organization’s web site, www.CNYArtsCenter.com or by calling 592-3373.