SUMMER ARTS CLASSES

 
 

JULY 9 - AUGUST 3, 2018
ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER BATON ROUGE FIREHOUSE MUSEUM

 
 
 
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Melody and Structure in Community drumming

Instructor: Ryan Murray
July 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st from 6:00pm-7:30pm
Ages 14 and up
Price: $20 per class or $75 for all 4 sessions

This class, for all experience levels, will focus on widely used rhythmic structures found in the popular and folkloric music of South and North America. We’ll use those structures to create melodic rhythms that can be played alone, in a band, or with a large ensemble or drum circle. This class is designed for: people who enjoy group drumming, people who want to incorporate percussion into a band, people who want to play drums for their friends to dance to, and people who want to try new instruments and learn about Caribbean and Latin percussion traditions. Congas, surdos, djembe, bells, shakers, you name it. Instruments will be provided or you may bring your own.

Instructor Information:

Ryan Murray is the musical director of Baton Rouge’s award winning batucada group, Bloco Jacaré. He also plays popular and folkloric music in several other New Orleans based bands.

 
 

 
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The Art of Documentary Filmmaking

Instructors: Jillian Hall and Darcy McKinnon of NOVAC-BR
July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Ages 14 and up
Price: $100 – 4 session package

Explore the art of documentary film making.  Participants will create mini projects that will take them on a journey through 4 components of film: pre-production, production, post-production, and editing.

 

Instructor Information:
Jillian Hall is the Programs Manager at NOVAC:BR. She is also a documentary film producer and youth media educator with a passion for socially-­conscious storytelling. Jillian's past productions include the award-winning indie documentary "Yakona," a documentary short for the Time, Inc series New Orleans Here & Now, the History Channel series American Daredevils, and a nationally broadcast PBS series as part of MHC.tv.

Darcy McKinnon is a documentary filmmaker and Executive Director of NOVAC, the New Orleans Video Access Center, which has been supporting community-based media in Southeast Louisiana since 1972.  She is a co-founder of ALL Y'ALL, with Elaine McMillion Sheldon.  McKinnon's work in documentary includes the film "Maquilapolis" and "Live, Nude, Girls, UNITE!".  She produces documentary work with Southern filmmakers, and is currently in post-production on "Animals" a short documentary about New Orleans' love affair with a shoe, in production on "Neutral Ground" with CJ Hunt, a documentary about New Orleans' struggle to remove Confederate monuments, in development on "Commuted" with Nailah Jefferson, which explores the impact of Louisiana's criminal justice dysfunctions through the portrait of the life of one woman, which just received development funding from Chicken & Egg.

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Jillian Hall

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Darcy Mckinnon

 
 

 
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Improv 101

Instructor: Betty Mujica and T.C. Matherne of the Leather Apron Theatre Company
July 12th, 19th, 26th, and August 2nd from 6:00pm-8:00pm – (informal presentation on Friday, August 3 from 6:00pm-7:30pm)
Ages 18 and up
Price: $100 – 4 session package

In a 4-week session, we will focus on listening, studying body language, and understanding and embodying the point-of-view of someone unlike ourselves through written and improvised exercises. We’ll learn how to initiate 2 person scenes and collaborate with our improv partners. The class will culminate in a recital for friends and family! 

     
     

    Some of the topics & exercises to be covered: 

    •  Improv 101 – A brief explanation of improv. 
    • “Up and Down” Warm Up Exercise - Using word association to practice listening and retaining detail.
    • Character Study - Participants will be asked to create a description of a made-up character, including an occupation, a list of likes and dislikes, and a general mood of that person. 
    •  2-Person Scenes – We will run a set of 2-person scenes using the characters created above to flex our listening & reaction muscles. 
     
     
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    T.C. Matherne

     Betty Mujica

    Betty Mujica

    Instructor Information:

    The founder of Leather Apron Theatre Co., T.C. has performed and taught improv nationwide for over 6 years. He trained in Chicago at The Second City, iO, and Annoyance theaters. After moving back to Baton Rouge in 2015, he felt like something was missing from the performance community and started a small improv group in the back room of Whole Foods. In October 2016, LATCo began putting on monthly performances, featuring guest monologists, local stand-up comics, and performance artists. Since then, LATCo has created a loyal following, drawing business to the local bars where they perform and exposing new people to improv.

    The creative director of LATCo, Betty has trained at Station Theater in Houston, TX, iO in Chicago, and The New Movement in New Orleans. After moving back to Baton Rouge in June 2016, she was looking for a creative outlet and was connected with T.C. After joining LATCo, she saw the growth potential of the group and their audience’s interest in wanting to perform. As someone who had to leave Baton Rouge to discover improv, she feels passionate about creating a space in our community for people to learn this art form without having to move.

     
     

    What is Printmaking? – an intro to a centuries-old art form

    Instructor: Kelsey Livingston
    July 14th, 21st, 28th from 1:00pm-4:00pm
    Ages 18 and up
    Price: $125 – 3-session package which includes supplies

    This course introduces students to the methods, materials, history, and theories involved in printmaking.

    We will be discussing the 4 basic types of printmaking processes: Lithography, Serigraphy, Intaglio, and Relief. We will be making prints using the relief and serigraph methods. This course focuses on the forms of print that can be done in the home, without the use of printmaking machinery or facilities. Students will create 2 to 3 compositions using serigraphy and relief printing and engage in a group critique to gain insight on how their work is being understood by others.

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    Kelsey Livingston

     
     

    Instructor Information:

    Kelsey Livingston is an American artist who earned her MFA in Studio Art from Louisiana
    State University, and her BFA from California State University Long Beach. She participates in international arts programs and portfolios. Her work has been shown abroad in Italy, Japan, India and South Korea. She has been awarded grants and scholarships through the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and others. Currently she lives and works in Baton Rouge where she runs the Firehouse Gallery, through the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, and volunteers as Arts Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness for their annual exhibition and gala, The Minds Eye. Her artwork can be viewed at www.kelseylivingstonart.com

     
     

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    Contemporary Modern Dance

    Instructor: Mina Estrada
    July 11th, 18th, 25th and August 1st from 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Ages 14 and up
    Price: $20 per class or $75 for all 4 sessions

    Indulge… Breathe… Move…

    Often my class will begin with a yoga-influenced floor warm up, and gradually take the whole body on a tour of the joints, muscles, and bones to prepare it for a physical/intellectual (and, possibly spiritual) experience rooted in weight, momentum, flow, and detail.   We will revel in big, dynamic, sincere movement.  We will find nuance and clarity.  We will dabble in inversion.  We will refine our kinetic selves.  We will dance like everyone is watching…

     
     

    Instructor Information:

    Mina Estrada is a ruminator of dance, among other things, and attempts to commit a substantial amount of time to teaching, creating, and facilitating some kind of dance experience for herself and those who care to join. She received her MFA in Dance at Temple University, and her choreography and workshops, which are rooted in contemporary movement concepts and improvisation, have been commissioned by several college, high school and studio dance programs, and professional companies including Spelman College, Grand Valley State University, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, and Todd Rosenlieb Dance. She is always in hot pursuit of great storytellers, generous muses, equilibrium, and more time to pet her cats, smile at her husband, and hang out with Mother Nature.

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    Mina Estrada

     
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    DANCE EXPERIENCE NYC

    Dance Experience NYC is a mult-week intensive providing exceptional dance training and education opportunities for all levels of dancers. Participants experience daily classes in ballet, modern, contemporary, musical theatre, tap, and dance history. The program culminates in a presentation for the public. This program is made possible through generous contributions for the Office of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.


    Dance Experience NYC will return in Summer 2019. 

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