Want to learn to sing, dance, play an instrument, or create a work of art? Now’s your chance! The WVU Community Arts Program is currently registering students of all ages for spring classes in music, art, media arts, theater, and dance at the Creative Arts Center. Students may register through Jan. 22.

The program offers private music lessons in piano, organ, strings, Suzuki violin, woodwinds, brass, percussion, voice, harp, guitar, jazz singing, jazz piano, jazz improvisation, theory and composition, recording technology, conducting, as well as private art lessons in drawing, painting, and digital photography. Private lessons are also available in dance, theatre, and literary and media arts, depending on teacher availability.

The WVU Community Arts Program also offers a wide range of group classes. Some highlights for spring semester include:

Write Side Up! Character Writing and Dramatization (ages 9 to 12) is a fun, multidisciplinary class where students will write their own characters and bring them to life with fun theatre games, visual art, and their own imaginations.

The “I” That Tells the Story: Multiple Perspectives on Creative Prose (ages high school to adult) helps writers learn that everything can be told from a different perspective and in another voice. Students will study the literary techniques that go into creating short stories and essays.

Do-re-mi Solfege Class (ages 6 to 12) is a class for identifying note name and pitches. Musicians use the Solfege method to help improve aural recognition (ear training) and to learn to feel and hear chords, rhythms, and harmonic progressions.

So You Want to Write Music? Intro to the Music Writing Software Program “Finale” (ages 10 to adult) is a class for those who want to transcribe their musical ideas onto paper for posterity.

Wedding Survival Dance Class 101 (for teens and adults) is a fun, new class where students will learn the latest and most popular oldies (but goodies!) wedding dances. Dances will include the ChaCha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide, Chicken Dance, Bus Stop, Cotton-Eyed Joe, Tootsie Rolls, “The Stroll,” the Polka, and more!

Tap and Movement for Adults is a fun, energetic class offering a combination of tap and an additional form of dance each week.

Fashion Design Sketch (ages 10 to adult) is for those who love fashion design and want to learn to draw subjects accurately and to create illusions of depth in space.

Botanical Drawing for Adults introduces students to foundation skills, materials, and techniques needed to create detailed and precise botanical drawings. This class is open to anyone, from beginners to practicing artists. Skills acquired can be directly applied to water color and color pencil paintings.

For more information, visit http://communityarts.wvu.edu/ for a copy of the spring 2010 brochure and registration form. Students may register by mail, phone, or in person by contacting the Community Arts Program Office at (304) 293-4841, Ext. 3168. Office hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, in Room 401A of the Creative Arts Center. The office will be closed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4841 ext. 3108, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu