Academy for the Arts - Course Descriptions

Music Preparatory Department

Private Music Lessons - Ages : 5-Adult - All instruments including voice.
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Theatre Preparatory Department

Wolf Tales. Through the exploration of the tradition of storytelling, children will learn the concept of story development through the various forms of theatre and entertainment.   From book to script, rehearsal process to final production.  By using common fairy tales with a wolf character, stories will be developed into a theatre production.    Children will learn several acting techniques as well as various jobs in the theater.

Acting for Teens.   Various acting techniques and styles will be explored.  Script reading, monologue preparation, warm ups, and improv will all be incorporated into this workshop style class to find and discover what works best for each individual actor.

Acting for Pre-Teens.    Various acting techniques and styles will be explored.  Script reading, monologue preparation, warm ups, and improv will all be incorporated into this workshop style class to find and discover what works best for each individual actor.

The Art of Theatre Production.   Did you know that it takes a whole artistic team to create a play? Join Sarah Rowan, a local radio personality and international producer, as she walks your young ones through the exciting and imaginative wide world of theatre. In this class, students explore the art of storytelling with costumes, sets, light, sound, makeup, props, puppetry and more! Come armed with your imagination and be prepared to flex your creative muscles as we examine how characters may dress, what they might sound like, and the settings they may find themselves in. This crafty class will use interactive and hands-on activities that play with color, texture, shape and scale to construct theatrical designs. Students will be working on artistic skills, inventiveness, communication, collaboration, creativity, and more, in a fun and nurturing environment.

There's No Business Like Show Business.   Work on audition material, learn the fundamentals of building a resume, and begin to explore your “type“ as you prepare for a future in musical theatre. Sarah Rowan, a theatre practitioner who has worked with theatres all over the country and internationally, including multiple Tony Award winning theatre companies, will coach students through the art of the business. Whether you just love to sing, or want to make a career out of the performing arts, this class will work with you on honing your vocal skills, acting abilities, and self-marketing.

Visual Art Preparatory Department

Digital Art Making Private Lessons:  Private Lessons in Digital Art Making include learning skillsets in Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe Premiere and Encore CS5 and Adobe Flash CS5. Individual lessons are tailored to students knowledge base from beginner to advanced. Click the following link to see what is being offered this summer.

Private Art Lessons:  Private lessons are available for children and adults of any age in painting or drawing. At the closing of the class students work will also be displayed in an art show at Fairmont State University.

Scribble! Kinder Art Class.   Inspire your child’s imagination and creativity through the exploration of many art mediums.  In this class toddlers will develop fine and gross motor skills while creating drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures.  This class will focus on developing skills, increasing confidence, and creative potential while having fun and making a mess!  At the closing of the class students work will also be displayed in an art show at Fairmont State University.

Kids On Canvas: Acrylic Painting.   Do you have a child that loves to paint? In this class kids will learn to paint on canvas using acrylic paints. They will explore artists and find inspiration of their own to create unique paintings. Through this exploration students will learn painting techniques, color theory, and art vocabulary.  They will have many paintings that will look beautiful on the walls of your home. At the closing of the class students work will also be displayed in an art show at Fairmont State University.

Mommy/Daddy and Me Art Class.   Collaborate with your child in the creation of art through the exploration of various art mediums such as painting, printmaking, drawing, and found materials. Parents and children will work together to create masterpieces and build meaningful relationships through the creation of art together.  Art created in this class will be great additions to the walls of your home where you and your child will be able to enjoy and cherish the memories of your creations.  
 

FSUNow Stories

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts will host the fall 2014 West Virginia Art Educators Association members art exhibition in the Brooks Memorial Gallery, located on the fourth floor of Wallman Hall in October.

Art educators from across the state will display drawings, paintings, sculpture, fiber arts and more from Oct. 7 through Nov. 14. The opening exhibition will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

The name “Sleepy Hollow” conjures images of the awkward school teacher, Ichabod Crane, on his bedraggled horse being chased through the dark woods by the Headless Horseman. It is fitting that the Fairmont State University production of “Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” opens on Halloween. 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced that Fairmont State University was awarded an Arts Partner grant in August 2014 to support a concert featuring the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Christina Lavorata, FSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, attended a ceremony at the West Virginia State Capitol to receive the check for $7,200. The Arts Partners grant provides general operating support to long-standing, stable arts organizations.

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