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Class Descriptions

2020-2021

Class Schedule & Handbook

For a view of all the classes at a glance, check out the Class Schedule.
For information about payment options, deadlines, policies, etc., please see the Student/Parent Handbook.

Art

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Early Start Art

Ages: 3-6 with parent/guardian
              7-9 on their own
Time: 3:00-3:45 on Tuesday
Instructor: Mara Johnson
Price per year: $210 (includes student and parent)

Course Description:

We will explore textures through creative works that will allow young artists the ability to actually feel various mediums, like different types of paints, substrates, and fillers to build up their fine motor skills and artistic experiences.  Sensory play may be incorporated, along with story time and music to enhance our creative space and bonding relationships between young artist and parent, as well as peers and art teacher.

Children between the ages of 3-6 years old should enroll and attend class with his or her parent or adult guardian.  Parents are still encouraged to attend with children ages 7-9 years old, but he or she may attend without a parent if ready skill-wise and behaviorally. Cost of the class includes $150 tuition and $60 fee for art supplies.

Additional supplies:

  • paint smock or t-shirt (for child and adult)

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Mixed Media Art 1

Ages 9-12
Time: 4:00-4:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Mara Johnson
Price per year: $225

Course Description:

Mixed media allows for artists to use a multitude of mediums combined in each individual artwork. We will use mediums such as acrylics, watercolors, inks, speciality papers, texture pastes, and so much more throughout the school year. Each artist will delve into a journey of new beginnings, self discovery, and God’s world. Some of the exciting journey will include whimsical drawing and painting, Plein Air, sketching, nature studies, monoprinting, face mapping, and art journaling.

We will also study real life working artists of today and form a connection with him or her by creating projects reminiscent of the artist’s unique style. This class artwork may be shared on Instagram under Tintedowl and on Facebook under Moon Bird Arts, as well as Reclaim Arts Academy. These working artists may comment and dialogue with the class regarding artwork. It is highly encouraged that your artist practice learned skills at home and out of the classroom.  Some projects will need to be worked on at home as art homework.  Please send your artist to class prepared with supplies and work. Cost of the class includes $150 tuition and $75 fee for art supplies.

Additional supplies:

  • sketch pencils, eraser, pencil bag, and a large t-shirt or apron

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Mixed Media Art 2 (World of Color)

Ages 13-Adult
Time: 5:00-6:25 on Tuesday
Instructor: Mara Johnson
Price per year: $300

Course Description:
All skill levels encouraged! As in Mixedmedia 1, we will delve into some similar art experiences, but Mixedmedia 2 has the luxury to dive a little deeper into various art techniques and what being creative means to you. 

Mixedmedia allows for artists to use a multitude of mediums together: like acrylics, watercolors, inks, speciality papers, texture pastes, and much more in order to create meaningful pieces. Each artist will venture into a journey of new beginnings, self discovery, and God’s world. Some of the exciting journey may include whimsical drawing, Plein Air, sketching, studying nature or interesting objects, monoprinting, face mapping, and art journaling. Cost of the class includes $225 tuition and $75 fee for art supplies.

Additional supplies:

  • sketch pencils, eraser, pencil bag, and a large t-shirt or apron

Technology

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Graphic Design (Online Only)

Ages 14-Adult
Time: 5:00-5:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Bubba Stallcup
Price per year: $150 + $200 of additional supplies (see below)

Class description:
One of the hardest parts of the creative process is getting the idea from your head to final product.  Using the Affinity family of design programs, you will learn how to translate thought into reality.  We will equip you with the tools needed to skillfully navigate the Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer.  If you’ve ever wanted to either make simple edits to a photograph or create a piece of digital art from scratch, then Graphic Design at Reclaim Arts Academy is for you. Cost of the class includes $150 tuition. Each student will need a computer or iPad with Both Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer installed.

Additional supplies: (Total cost of additional supplies will be $200)

  • Must have a computer or iPad capable of running the programs listed above and purchase said programs as well. You can find Affinity Photo ($50) and Affinity Designer($50) HERE
  • Must purchase two textbooks:
    • Affinity Photo Workbook ($50) located HERE
    • Affinity Designer Workbook ($50) located HERE

Drama

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Drama 1

Ages 5-7
Time: 4:00-4:45 on Tuesday
Instructor: Sarah Spillman
Price per year: $165

Class Description:
This beginners acting class is full of creativity, movement and fun geared toward young students. The goal is to help students learn fundamentals of drama while exploring the use of their voices, bodies and imagination, and learning to work and interact with others through. Students will play games and learn techniques to develop focus, teamwork, confidence, quick thinking and control. Basic vocal technique will be introduced, along with theatre etiquette: how to behave on stage, back stage, and as an audience member.

Cost of the class includes $150 tuition and $15 fee for scripts and supplies.

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Drama 2

Ages 8-13
Time: 5:00-5:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Julien Jamar
Price per year: $225

Class Description:
​This class will focus on advanced techniques in gaining confidence on stage, learning proper stage directions and terms and how to keep our focus on giving glory to God through drama. We will also learn to apply stage makeup for a variety of roles, set designing, how to improvise on stage and how to enjoy the full range of gifts God has given us. Students will perform skits/monologues for the student showcase, with possible opportunities to use their skills in worship. Cost of the class includes $150 tuition and $30 fee for scripts and supplies and $45 costume fee.

Additional supplies:

  • 3 ring binder 1 1/2 inches
  • Pencil
  • Student ruled paper
  • 3 dividers marked “Terms” “Handouts” “Notes”

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Advanced Theater

Ages 12*-Adult
Time: 6:00-6:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Julien Jamar
Price per year: $180

Class description:
Focused on advanced acting techniques such as method acting, the Chekhov method, the Meisner method, classical acting, character and performance. We will also learn improvisation, how to write and deliver your own speech, and how to preach a sermon. *You must be at least thirteen years old for this class or twelve with a prerequisite of at least one year in Reclaim Arts Theater and Musicals, or Drama 2. Cost of the class includes $150 tuition and $30 fee for scripts and supplies.

Additional supplies:

  • 3 ring binder with paper for notes and a section for handouts

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Spring Musical

Ages 8-18
Time: 4:00-6:00 on Wednesday (Spring Only)
Performances:
TBA
Instructor: multiple directors (TBA)
Price per year: $315

Class description:
Students will dive headfirst into acting, singing and dancing as they work together to prepare a full length Broadway-style production. Students will have the opportunity to audition for speaking roles and solos. In addition, all class members will participate in vocal ensembles and group choreography. Students will learn basic vocabulary for acting, singing, and choreography. The show will be presented multiple times at the end of the spring semester. Cost of the class includes $250 tuition, $50 costume fee and $15 cast shirt.

 

Music

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Beginning Strings (Violin/Cello)

Ages 8-Adult
Time: 4:00-4:55 on Tuesday & Thursday (Student will attend both classes each week)
Instructor: Beth Rudy
Price per year: $400

Class Description:
The student will develop skills in the fundamentals of music, including note reading, music theory, and performing alone and with a group. The class is open to anyone who wishes to learn violin or cello and is at least 8 yrs old. Daily practice is expected and necessary for progress. Each student will need their own instrument and book. A music stand for home practice will be helpful. Before renting or purchasing an instrument, be aware that they come in different sizes and it is very important to have the correct size. Feel free to contact Beth if you have questions concerning size or type.

The cost of this class includes $400 tuition.

Additional supplies:

  • Students provide their own instrument and book.
    Essential Elements for Strings, interactive, Book 1 (violin or cello)

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Advanced Strings (Violin/Cello)

Ages 9-Adult
Time: 5:00-5:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Beth Rudy
Price per year: $200

Class Description:
In this class we will continue to improve on the skills learned in the first year, as well as learn new finger positions, learn to play in new keys, beginning shifting, double stops, bowing techniques, more meters and rhythms, and ensemble performing. Admission requirement will be completion of one year of instruction or audition. We will be using Essential Elements For Strings Book 2 as well as other materials which will be supplied.

The cost of this class includes $200 tuition.

Additional supplies:

  • Students provide their own instrument and book.
    Essential Elements for Strings, interactive, Book 2 (violin or cello)

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School of Worship

Ages 13-18
Time: 4:30-6:00pm on Thursday
Instructor: Mark Ramsey
Price per year: $250

Class Description:
Minimum skill requirements:

  • Guitar players should be able to play basic open chords as well as E and A form bar chords and be able to strum in time.
  • Bass Players should know the names of the notes on the fret board and be able to play in time.
  • Vocalists should be able to sing in tune.
  • Drummers should be able to play a basic rock beat and fill out of a phrase in time.
  • Keyboardists should be able to play basic chords, understand chord inversions and read basic chord charts.
  • Other instrumentalists should be able to play at least 6 major scales and read simple parts.

What does School of Worship teach?

School of Worship teaches a wide variety of subjects including; Basic music theory, rhythm and groove, stage performance, studio recording, spiritual expression, musical expression and dynamics, songwriting, use of sound equipment, worship in the Bible, and many more topics. Guitar and Bass players will have some focused instruction on their instrument, as well as keyboardists, drummers, and vocalists. After sectionals the band is put back together to play through what they have learned.

About the instructor: Mark Ramsey

“I have been leading worship in some capacity in the Austin area since 1985. For the last 8 years I have been part of the Austin Vineyard where I trade worship leading duties with two other leaders. In the mid 1980’s and early 1990’s I traveled around Texas in two different Christian bands. We were invited to lead worship in many different types of churches so I got a pretty good overview of the differences between several denominations. I have spent a considerable amount of time over the decades in various recording studios both on secular and Christian projects. Part of the class is “thinking like a producer” which comes from my experience arranging and producing bands in the studio.”

Curriculum/Materials

Drums, keyboard and PA provided. Other than drums or keyboards, everyone needs to bring their own instrument.

Curriculum provided by instructor in the form of the songs we work on, handouts,  and the mini lectures

The cost of this class includes $225 tuition and supply fee of $25 per student for instructional materials.

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Beginning Guitar

Ages 10-Adult
Time: 6:00-6:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Mark Ramsey
Price per year: $170

Class Description:

This course will focus on developing skills for beginner guitar players. Areas of course instruction will include:

  • Guitar Structure & Nomenclature 
  • Proper hand position
  • Basic open chords (maybe some bar chords)
  • Basic theory: 6 major scales and the chords that fit them (how to play in a Key)
  • Basic Strum Patterns
  • Some Basic Finger Picking Patterns

Course Objectives:

  • Develop a working knowledge of the guitar
  • Develop an understanding of proper playing technique
  • Learn chord patterns
  • Learn finger picking patterns
  • Learn to change chords on the beat and play through a song
  • Engender a love for playing guitar

The cost of this class includes $150 tuition and supply fee of $20 per student for instructional materials.

Additional supplies:

  • Bring your own guitar

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Beginning Percussion

Ages 7-Adult
Time: 7:00-7:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Mark Ramsey
Price per year: $170

Class Description:

This course will focus on developing skills for beginner level drummers. Areas of course instruction will include:

  • Tuning the drum head
  • How to hold the sticks (traditional grip vs. matched grip)
  • Basic rudiments
  • Time Signatures and how to count them
  • Basic Drum kit skills
  • Basic hand percussion

Course Objectives:

  • Develop a working knowledge of the different types of drums
  • Develop an understanding of proper playing technique
  • Learn essential rudiments
  • Learn to play at a steady tempo and play through a song
  • Engender a love for playing drums

The cost of this class includes $150 tuition and supply fee of $20 per student for instructional materials.

Additional supplies:

  • Bring your own sticks and practice drum pad

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Cantate

Ages 9-18
Time: 5:00-5:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Sarah Spillman
Price per year: $185

Class Description:
Cantate is a beginning choral ensemble for children ages 9-18. Students need no prior music or vocal training, and no audition is required. Cantate provides a fun environment for each child to develop their God-given instrument, the voice, and to sharpen the necessary skills to belong to a musical ensemble. Musicianship, diction, introduction to solfege, ear training, and learning to read music are all components of the Cantate experience. Cost of the class includes $150 tuition and $35 fee for music and choir shirt.

Additional supplies:

  • 1″ black 3-ring binder with pockets
  • mechanical pencils

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Chorale

Ages 12-18
Time: 7:00-7:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Sarah Spillman
Price per year: $185

Class Description:
Chorale is an advanced choral ensemble for children ages 12-18. Chorale provides a more challenging environment for each child to develop their God-given talent, the voice, and to refine the necessary skills to belong to a musical ensemble. Musicianship, diction, vocal technique, breathing, music literacy, and part-singing are all components of the Chorale experience. Cost of the class includes $150 tuition and $35 fee for music and choir shirt.

Prerequisites:

  • at least one year of choir experience or teacher approval
  • completion of Music Theory/Sight Singing course (may take concurrently)

Additional supplies:

  • 1″ black 3-ring binder with pockets
  • mechanical pencils

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Music Theory & Sight Singing (In Person & Online)

Ages 11-Adult
Time: 5:00-5:55 on Wednesday (Fall Only)
Instructor: Sarah Spillman
Price per year: $125

Class Description:
Music Theory & Sight Singing is a class where students learn basics of music theory and put it into practical use through sight-reading. Students will learn the fundamentals of music language through the foundations of music theory: notes, rests, clefs, staff, pitch, rhythm, meter, dynamics, tempo, articulation, flats, sharps, enharmonics, key signatures, and scales.

Students will then learn solfege syllables and hand signs. The combination of music theory fundamentals and solfege are the basis of sight-singing. Cost of the class includes $100 tuition and $25 for handouts and the book ‘Sing at First Sight.’

Additional supplies:

  • 1″ black 3-ring binder with pockets
  • mechanical pencils

Dance

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Lyrical Praise 1

Ages 5-7
Time: 5:00-5:45 on Tuesday
Instructor: Stefany Nelson
Price per year: $200

Class Description:
This class will introduce the basics of ballet technique, choreography and dance expression. Students will learn how to express themselves through dance while using proven techniques as well as learn scripture to music. This is an extremely effective tool to memorize scripture and introduce children to praise in the form of dance. Music used will be inspirational and/or Christian music as they learn basic ballet terminology and music theory terms. No previous experience is needed. This class will have one performance in the Spring and other possible opportunities to perform in worship services. Cost of the class includes $150 tuition and $50 costume fee. See additional costs below.

Additional supplies/costs:

  • tan pull on type jazz shoes.
  • tights and leotard
  • hair always up and out of the face

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Lyrical Praise 2

Ages 8-11
Time: 6:00-6:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Tenisha Graham
Price per year: $210

Class Description:
This class will expand upon a base of ballet and lyrical techniques and will give students the skills to further their technique and performance skills. Students will learn scripture to music and multi-part choreography. This class hopes to connect the dancer with God as they learn to dance as a form of worship. Students will have one performance in the Spring and other possible opportunities to perform in worship services. Class cost includes $150 tuition and $60 costume fee. See additional costs below.

Additional supplies/costs:

  • tan pull on type jazz shoes.
  • spiral notebook and pen or pencil

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Lyrical Praise 3

Ages 12-Adult
Time: 5:00-5:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Tenisha Graham
Price per year: $210

Class Description:
This class will continue to expand ballet and lyrical techniques and will give students the skills to further their technique and performance skills. Students will learn scripture to music and complicated, multi-part choreography. This class hopes to connect the dancer with God as they learn to dance as a form of worship. Students will have one performance in the Spring and other possible opportunities to perform in worship services. Class cost includes $150 tuition and $60 costume fee. See additional costs below.

Additional supplies/costs:

  • tan pull on type jazz shoes.
  • spiral notebook and pen or pencil

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Hip-Hop 1

Ages 7-11
Time: 4:00-4:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Stefany Nelson
Price per year: $180

Class Description:
Through mainly contemporary Christian music, the goal of this class is to lead the student to process their daily thoughts in a positive manner and find a way to express themselves in the form of dance and freestyle. As an introductory class, there is no experience necessary. All that is needed is a student with a heart willing to learn from life experiences and is wanting to build a close relationship with God through dance as a form of worship.  Any music out of the contemporary Christian music realm will be used only after approval from all parents of students. This class will have one performance in the Spring and other possible opportunities to perform in worship services. Cost of the class includes $150 tuition and $30 costume fee. See additional costs below.

Additional supplies/costs:

  • Comfortable sneakers or ‘kicks’ with strong foot support and flexibility
  • Knee pads (when necessary)
  • Loose-fitting clothes for allowing greater movement

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Hip-Hop 2

Ages 11*-Adult (*If younger than 11, they may still join this class with teacher approval. Check out Reclaim Sneak-Peek Day in August)
Time: 6:00-6:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Stefany Nelson
Price per year: $180

Class Description:
This class is meant to expand upon a general knowledge of rhythm and different hip-hop styles to give students the skill to further their form and performance skills as well as feel empowered to express themselves confidently in freestyle dance. Contemporary Christian music will be used with multi-part choreography meant to challenge any dancer, despite age or experience. Any music out of the contemporary Christian music realm will be used only after approval from all parents of students. Students will learn scripture through relevant music and will continue growing to understand what it means to have a relationship with God through dance. This class will have one performance in the Spring and other possible opportunities to perform in worship services. Cost of the class includes $150 tuition and $30 costume fee. See additional costs below.

Additional supplies/costs:

  • Comfortable sneakers or ‘kicks’ with strong foot support and flexibility
  • Knee pads (when necessary)
  • Loose-fitting clothes for allowing greater movement

Writing

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Creative Writing/Publishing (In Person & Online)

Ages 12-Adult
Time: 4:00-4:55 on Tuesday
Instructor: Julien Jamar
Price per year: $150

Class Description:
How do you get that book out of your head and down on paper? Then, how do you get it into the hands of people who need to read it? This writing course will move through the process of writing your book, building your online presence, publishing your book and finding the right marketing strategies. The lessons will be fun, fast-paced and full of information. Each student will need a computer with word processing software. 

Additional supplies/costs:

  • Laptop with word processing software.
  • email account