Arts Benicia After School
Arts Benicia After School Program – ABAS
Classes will be held in the Mary Farmar multi-purpose room on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. “Secret Agent: Tools of the Trade” meets October 5, 12, and 19. This session takes students on a journey through a world of Morse code, spy scopes, invisible ink, hidden art, and cryptology. In “Two-faced: Masking,” which meets October 26, November 2, and 9, we will focus on sculpting masking to our own faces and then embellishing them with creative flourishes; after which we will celebrate the Day of the Dead with sugar skull masks.
Painting and drawing workshops will be held in the Joe Henderson multi-purpose room on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Session 1 meets October 4, 11, and 18; Session 2 meets October 25, November 1, and 8; and, Session 3 meets November 29, December 6, and 13.
The cost of a three week session is $30 for Arts Benicia Members; $35 Non-Member. Space in our workshops is limited.
Tons of Fun for Kids After School! ABAS offers elementary school students a chance to explore the arts and develop new interests in a fun, supportive environment that encourages creativity and provides opportunities to practice problem-solving skills. ABAS classes are taught by experienced teaching artists.
More Information about Arts Benicia After School:
Our upcoming multi-week sessions at Joe Henderson will focus on drawing and painting. These sessions will be led by Les Overlock. Les is a well-known artist in Benicia who has taught in school settings for 37 years. He loves to paint animals, faces, buildings, trains, planes and automobiles. He loves color and promotes painting outside the lines. His focus in education is to make the experience memorable and a building block for all future work. The enjoyment of art is experienced in the way Les enjoys his teaching. It’s a fun ride!
Our upcoming multi-week sessions at Mary Farmar will focus on fun, messy, multi-media exploration of art, stories, and the world around us. These sessions will be led by Tamar Kirschner. Tamar has enjoyed a rewarding career as a librarian and literacy arts specialist for the past eighteen years. She has worked in partnership with such agencies as the Oakland Museum of California, the Museum of Children’s Art, Berkeley Repertory Theater, and various school districts. She loves to witness young people growing into their creative selves.
Who can take classes?
ABAS is offered to all Benicia Unified Elementary students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th. Benicia students may attend any class at any school.
Inspired by STEAM guidelines, projects are designed to encourage critical thinking and problem solving. Lessons include plenty of opportunity for creative expression.
ABAS is Sponsored by The Benicia Unified School District and is funded in part by a grant from the Benicia Community Sustainability Commission.