Current Session Info

Theater Skills Workshop 2020

Registration closes tomorrow

Theater Skills Workshop is a part of the BARC Arts Program, which is a year-round arts program that explores various aspects of the arts in 5 week segments. This program will be exploring visual art, music, dance & theater. Sessions will be offered to a variety of age groups and locations depending on the modality being explored.

In this five week acting intensive, we will be working on basic stage acting skills including improvisation, scene study and monologues. This is a great class for anyone, grades 6-10, who is interested in acting- whether they are novice or experienced. The goal is to create a safe environment where each student can feel free to express themselves through performing. Classes will start on Wednesday, 01/29/2020 and will be held at the Malta Avenue Elementary Auditorium. They will recur on the following dates: 02/05, 02/12, 02/25 and 03/04 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

Our instructor/artist for this segment is Adrienne Parker. Adrienne graduated from the Conservatory Musical Theater program at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. Soon after, she worked on TV shows for FOX, Disney Channel and Nick@Nite, as well as theatrical roles. Her recent local credits include Heather McNamara in Troy Civic Theater’s Heathers: The Musical, and Queenie in Schenectady Light Opera Company’s The Wild Party.

This session is for boys and girls who are currently in 6th-10th grade, who reside in the Towns of Milton, Malta, or Ballston, or the Village of Ballston Spa and who are in the Ballston Spa Central School District. If you do not reside in the Ballston Spa School District, there is an added $25.00 fee.

Jewelry Making 2020

Registration closes in 6 days

Jewelry making is a part of the BARC Arts Program, which is a year-round arts program that explores various aspects of the arts in 5 week segments. This program will be exploring visual art, music, dance & theater. Sessions will be offered to a variety of age groups and locations depending on the modality being explored.

In this session, students will make jewelry using mixed media such as waxed cotton, suede and leather, combined with hardware jewelry components. Students will learn different knots as well as techniques to embellish metal washers, as well as an assortment of bead styles. This class offers designs for both male and female students using wood beads, hex nuts and other beads options so the choices can apply to everyone based on the techniques learned each week. Classes will start on Tuesday, 02/04/2020 and will be held at the BARC building, 61 Eastern Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 and will recur on the following dates: 02/11, 02/25, 03/03 and 03/10 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Our instructor/artist for this segment is Diane Perkins. Diane has a long history of working with children, most recently as a respite staff for 4 years with Capital District Respite. She has an Associates Degree in Occupational Studies with a concentration in Craft Management.

This session is for boys and girls who are currently in 4th - 8th grade, who reside in the Towns of Milton, Malta, or Ballston, or the Village of Ballston Spa and who are in the Ballston Spa Central School District. If you do not reside in the Ballston Spa School District, there is an added $25.00 fee.

Mural Painting 2020

Registration closes in 8 days

Mural Painting is a part of the BARC Arts Program, which is a year round arts program that explores various aspects of the arts in 5 week segments. This program will be exploring visual art, music, dance & theater. Sessions will be offered to a variety of age groups and locations depending on the modality being explored.

In this session, students will be working together to create a mural in the BARC building that will be designed and implemented as a group using acrylic paint. Individual student drawings will be combined into themed mural. Classes will start on Wednesday, 02/05/2020 and will be held at the BARC building, 61 Eastern Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 and will recur on the following dates: 02/26, 03/04, 03/18 and 03/25 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm.

Our instructor/artist for this segment is Jennifer Maher Coleman. Jennifer specializes in portraits by commission of children’s beloved toys. She has previously run toy portrait painting workshops for children at Saratoga Arts Fest and other area galleries and art centers.

This session is for boys and girls who are currently in 3rd-6th grade, who reside in the Towns of Milton, Malta, or Ballston, or the Village of Ballston Spa and who are in the Ballston Spa Central School District. If you do not reside in the Ballston Spa School District, there is an added $25.00 fee.


Winter Enrichment 2020 - 10am Classes

Registration is closed

Winter Enrichment is a low-cost recreation program from 10 am-12 pm on Saturdays, starting 2/1/20 and ending 3/14/20. (No classes on 2/15 or 2/22/20.) The 10 am class is for one hour. Classes are held at Wood Road Elementary. The classes that are being offered are as follows (please see the program announcement on the BARC website for more class details):

Tae Kwon Do: (10 am: K-5) This class works on an improving fitness, focus, self-control and self-esteem. This class has multiple instructors so students at different levels will be divided into groups.
Intro to Cheerleading: (10 am: K-2) This class will allow students with no experience to try cheerleading while learning the basic skills including motion, jumps, tumbling and stunting. Wraps up with a mini routine!
Gymnastics: (10 am: 3-5) This program will build on basic gymnastics fundamentals.
Sports & Recreation: (10 am: 3-5) This class will explore a variety of sports including soccer, basketball, handball, and kickball to name a few.
Paint, Draw & Craft: (10 am: K-2) This class will use a wide range of media to make projects including collage, clay, and wax-resist painting.
Legos: (10 am: K-2) Students will learn about aspects of LEGO building.
Speaking Spanish: (10 am: 3-5) This class will focus on learning conversational Spanish through games and interactive play.
Bokwa: (10 am: K-2) Bokwa is an innovative movement class inspired by South African dance. It's easy to follow and uses letters and numbers to help class members identify the particular dance moves.

Winter Enrichment 2020 - 11am Classes

Registration is closed

Winter Enrichment 2020 11:00 Class

Winter Enrichment is a low-cost recreation program from 10am-12pm on Saturdays, starting 2/1/20 and ending 3/14/20. (No classes on 2/15 or 2/22/20.) The 11am class is for one hour. The classes that are being offered are as follows (please see the program announcement on the BARC website for more class details):

Tae Kwon Do: (11 am: K-5) This class works on an improving fitness, focus, self-control and self-esteem. This class has multiple instructors so students at different levels will be divided into groups.
Intro to Cheerleading: (11 am: 3-5) This class will allow students with no experience to try cheerleading while learning the basic skills including motion, jumps, tumbling and stunting. Wraps up with a mini routine!
Gymnastics: (11 am: K-2) This program will build on basic gymnastics fundamentals.
Sports & Recreation: (11 am: K-2) This class will explore a variety of sports including soccer, basketball, handball, and kickball to name a few.
Paint, Draw & Craft: (11 am: 3-5) This class will use a wide range of media to make projects including collage, clay, and wax-resist painting.
Legos: (11 am: 3-5) Students will learn about aspects of LEGO building.
Speaking Spanish: (11 am: K-2) This class will focus on learning conversational Spanish through games and interactive play.
Jewelry Making: (11 am: 3-5) This class will explore the basics of jewelry making.
Bokwa: (11 am: 3-5) Bokwa is an innovative movement class inspired by South African dance. It's easy to follow and uses letters and numbers to help class members identify the particular dance moves.

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    • What if I can’t commit to the entire schedule?  We know it’s a big time commitment, but if you partner with another parent to coach & let us know in the comment section of both coaches' registrations who you're partnering with, we will place you together. You can also enlist parent volunteers at the start of the season to cover the occasional game or practice. Many parents are eager to help out, but just can’t do it every week.
    • What if I have one weekday that I can’t be there (for example Wednesdays), can I still coach?  Let us know in the comment section of your registration what weekday it is & we will make sure that you don’t get scheduled that day each week. We can't meet schedule requests for multiple days per week, or for varoious days throughout the season, but we can typically avoid the same day each week.
    • I don’t have any coaching experience. Can I still coach?  Yes. While coaching experience is helpful, we are a recreational & instructional program. Our rules are basic and are not complicated- especially for the younger age groups. We are here to have fun.
    • Will I get a copy of drills or other training? Yes. You get the rules at the coaches meeting. We also set up one or two clinics prior to the start of the season for coaches- to go over drills & techniques. In addition, we have drills that we email to anyone who would like them.

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