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SMARTS classes include Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theater and Creative Writing. Classes are offered on a first-come first-serve basis via e-mail throughout the year. Prior to being offered SMARTS classes, you must submit an application for each student planning to take classes.

Below is a list of the classes that SMARTS is currently offering. These classes are free to SMARTS (PK-12) students. More SMARTS classes will be offered as the year progresses.

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About SMARTS Classes

SMARTS, Students Motivated by the Arts is a community art school located in the Ohio One Building, 25 East Boardman Street, First Floor, Youngstown, OH 44503, 330-574-2787.

SMARTS classes include Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theater and Creative Writing. Classes are offered on a first-come first-serve basis via email throughout the year. Prior to being offered SMARTS classes, you must submit an application for each student planning to take classes. Applications are at www.SmartsArtSchool.org.  Below is the list of classes that SMARTS is currently offering for Fall 2018. Currently, these classes are free to SMARTS (PK-12) students. More SMARTS classes will be offered as the year progresses.

SMARTS is a not for profit organization that operates from grants, donations and revenue generating programming. You can support SMARTS by donating, volunteering or purchasing items from the SMARTS Store. Your support will ensure SMARTS future.

 

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SMARTS Fall Classes 2018 | Session 1

SMARTS, Students Motivated by the Arts is a community art school located in the Ohio One Building, 25 East Boardman Street, First Floor, Youngstown, OH 44503, 330-574-2787.  

SMARTS classes include Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theater and Creative Writing. Classes are offered on a first-come first-serve basis via email throughout the year. Prior to being offered SMARTS classes, you must submit an application for each student planning to take classes. Applications are at www.SmartsArtSchool.org.  Below are a list of the classes that SMARTS is currently offering for Fall 2018, Session 1.  Currently, these classes are free to SMARTS (PK-12) students. More SMARTS classes will be offered as the year progresses.

SMARTS is a not for profit organization that operates from grants, donations and revenue generating programming. You can support SMARTS by donating, volunteering or purchasing items from the SMARTS Store. Your support will ensure SMARTS future.

SMARTS Music Classes

SMARTS Student Piano Lessons provide you with a premier piano experience like nothing you’ve experienced before! Our Yamaha digital piano lab is the only one of its kind in the Mahoning Valley where students will gain piano skills and are part of a musical community. Being part of a piano lab is a unique experience because when we work together everyone achieves more. Students interact with the teacher and other students through the use of state-of-the-art technology designed to personalize their learning experiences and meet every individual student at their skill level. SMARTS teachers are professionals in their field and come to us with years of experience and expertise. SMARTS piano lessons are once a week and include piano skills and music theory. SMARTS makes sure to complement our hands-on-music lessons by teaching topics such as rhythm, chords, notes, octaves, scales, music notation, and so much more. Our curriculum is designed to instill a core understanding and provide a comprehensive learning experience for every SMARTS student. Our facility, equipment and teachers make this a program you can’t find anywhere else in this area!

Requirements: All SMARTS Piano Lessons are free to you but attendance, hard work, practice and dedication are required from all of our students. If you know that your SMARTS Music student cannot attend one of his/her scheduled lessons, you must call 330-574-2787(ARTS) to notify SMARTS of an approved absence. If your SMARTS Music student misses more than 3 lessons, he/she will be asked to withdraw from this session of SMARTS Piano lessons, giving another student the opportunity to participate. There will be SMARTS Piano Practice Cards issued and each student must practice at least one hour a week between weekly lessons. Our suggestion is 15 minutes a day/four days a week, but you can decide what works for you, as this is the minimum requirement. Remember, students will learn more with more practice. SMARTS piano students will take lessons for the entire year and showcase their hard work at the SMARTS Music Recital in May 2019.


Piano 1A: This is the first beginner-level piano class offered at SMARTS for grades 1-6. It is a pre-requisite for all other piano classes. If a student has prior piano skills, they may opt to take a skills assessment with a SMARTS Instructor by appointment to place into a higher class.
Grades 4-12 | Teacher: Mr. Jason Volovar
This class meets Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm on the following dates
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20)
December: 4, 11
Cost: $5 for your music book (Average cost of a music book is $10)

Piano 1A: This is the first beginner-level piano class offered at SMARTS for grades 1-6. It is a pre-requisite for all other piano classes. If a student has prior piano skills, they may opt to take a skills assessment with a SMARTS Instructor by appointment to place into a higher class.
Grades 1-6 | Teacher: Mr. Max Franko
This class meets Thursdays from 5:45-6:45 pm on the following dates
October: 4, 11, 18, 25
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22)
December: 6, 13
Cost: $5 for your music book (Average cost of a music book is $10)

Piano 1A: This is the first beginner-level piano class offered at SMARTS for grades 4-12. It is a pre-requisite for all other piano classes. If a student has prior piano skills, they may opt to take a skills assessment with a SMARTS Instructor by appointment to place into a higher class.
Grades 4-12 | Teacher: Mr. Max Franko
This class meets Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 pm on the following dates
October: 25
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22)
December: 6, 13
Cost: $5 for your music book (Average cost of a music book is $10)

Piano 1B: This is the second beginner-level piano class offered at SMARTS for grades 1-6 for students who have completed a year of Piano 1A. If a student has prior piano skills, they may opt to take a skills assessment with a SMARTS Instructor by appointment to place into a higher class.
Grades 1-6 | Teacher: Mr. Jason Volovar
This class meets Tuesdays from 4:00-5:15 pm on the following dates
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20)
December: 4, 11
Cost: $5 for your music book (Average cost of a music book is $10)

Piano 101: 1B - This is the second beginner-level piano class offered by SMARTS for grades 4-12 for students who have completed a year of 101, 1A. If a student has prior piano skills, they may opt to take a skills assessment with a SMARTS Instructor by appointment to place into a higher class.
Grades 4-12 | Teacher: Dr. Haley Beverburg
This class meets Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15 pm on the following dates
October: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 21)
December: 5, 12
Cost: $5 for your music book (Average cost of a music book is $10)

Piano 101: 1C - This is the third beginner-level piano class offered by SMARTS for grades 4-12. If a student has prior piano skills, they may opt to take a skills assessment with a SMARTS Instructor by appointment to place into a higher class.
Grades 4-12 | Teacher: Dr. Haley Beverburg
This class meets Wednesdays from 5:20-6:30 pm on the following dates
October: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 21)
December: 5, 12
Cost: $5 for your music book (Average cost of a music book is $10)

Our Yamaha digital piano lab is the only one of its kind in the Mahoning Valley where students gain piano skills and are part of a musical community. Students interact with the teacher and other students through the use of state-of-the-art technology designed to personalize their learning experiences and meet every individual student at their skill level. SMARTS teachers are professionals in their field and come to us with years of experience and expertise. SMARTS piano lessons include piano skills and music theory. SMARTS makes sure to complement our hands-on-music lessons by teaching topics such as rhythm, chords, notes, octaves, scales, music notation, and so much more. Our curriculum is designed to instill a core understanding and provide a comprehensive learning experience for every SMARTS adult student. Our facility, equipment and teachers make this a program you can’t find anywhere else in the area!

Requirements: If you miss more than 2 classes you will be dropped from this series unless you have prepaid for the entire fall semester.


Have you always wanted to learn piano? Have you taken lessons in the past and really wished you had continued? Well here’s your chance! SMARTS is continuing piano classes for adults for in our state-of-the-art Yamaha digital piano lab. Classes are open to anyone who is over 18 and no longer enrolled in high school.

Any adult over age 18, not in school | Teacher: Mr. Jason Volovar
This class meets Tuesdays from 5:20-6:50 pm on the following dates
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20)
December: 4, 11
Cost: If you pay for fall classes in advance the cost is $20/class and a total of $220/fall semester. Payment to be made to SMARTS before the first class. If you choose to pay at the time of class each week the cost is $25/class. Payment to be made to SMARTS before each class. Music books cost $20 each.

This is the second beginner-level violin class offered at SMARTS. Violin 1A is a pre-requisite for this class. If a student has prior violin skills, they may opt to take a skills assessment with a SMARTS Instructor by appointment to place into a higher class.


Grades 3-6 - Teacher: Miss Claire Lyons
This class meets on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 pm on the following dates:
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20)
December: 4, 11

Grades 7-12 - Teacher: Miss Claire Lyons
This class meets on Tuesdays from 5:00 – 6:00 pm on the following dates:
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20)
December: 4, 11

Grades 3-6 - Teacher: Miss Claire Lyons
This class meets on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 pm on the following dates:
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20)
December: 4, 11

Want to be a rock star but not too keen on starting a band in your parent’s garage? Join this gig! We’re looking for guitarists, drummers, singers, bassists, keyboardists – you name it. In this class the students will be working together to write original songs. Throughout the process, students will get a hands-on experience of being "in the band” from the initial stages of collaborating with each other to complete their own songs, to rehearsing together and finally recording their songs! Students of this class will get a fuller appreciation of music creation, teamwork and what it takes to actually record a hit song and perform a live show as a real band! The SMARTS Rock Band will showcase their original song(s) at the SMARTS Holiday Open House during the last class.

Requirements: Students must be proficient with their instrument and comfortable reading rhythms and notes to enroll.


Grades: 7-12 | Teacher: Mr. Simon Kenneally
This class will meet on Tuesdays from 5:15-6:45 pm
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20)
December: 4, 11

In this class, students will learn everything from the basics of music theory to jazz harmonies, basic ear training skills, music transcribing techniques, improvising solos, learning jazz repertoire, and interacting and communicating through music. All instruments are welcome, including voice, and students new and old to jazz are invited to join! You will be swingin' cool lines and creating strong grooves using the beautiful art form of jazz!

Requirements: Students must be proficient with their instrument and comfortable reading rhythms and notes to enroll.


Grades: 7-12 | Teacher: Mr. Vinny Vivacqua
This class will meet on Thursdays from 5:20-6:45 pm on the following dates:
October: 4, 18, 25 (No class October 11)
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22)
December: 6, 13

SMARTS Beats is a music-based learning opportunity for students with special needs. Eligible students are pre-K to grade 12, must be enrolled in special education services through their local public school district and have a current IEP or 504 plan in place. SMARTS Beats classes are taught by our highly trained staff but our policy requires that an adult accompany each student to class.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or give us a call at (330) 574-2787. Thank you for your support of SMARTS!


SMARTS Beats 1: Grades K-12 | Teacher: Mr. Matt Hayes
This class meets on Thursdays from 2:40-3:10 pm on the following dates:
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22)
December 6, 13

SMARTS Beats 2: Grades K-12 | Teacher Mr. Matt Hayes
This class meets on Thursdays from 3:15-3:45 pm on the following dates:
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22)
December 6, 13

The goal of this class is to develop proper technique on hand drums using light auxiliary percussion. Focus will be on bringing out students' musical abilities and expanding on them. Students will also work to create music in a group setting and learn to interact with their peers. These skills include listening, responding, improvisation, adapting, understanding music vocabulary, and working together. By the end of the class, students will be connected musically as a fully functioning rhythm circle.


SMARTS Inner Rhythms: Grades Pre K (Ages 3-6) | Teacher: Mr. Matt Hayes
This class meets on Thursdays from 3:45-4:15 pm on the following dates:
October: 18, 25
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22)
December 6, 13

A family drum circle is a noisy and fun, family friendly event, where people come together in order to connect in the entertaining and rhythmic experience of a percussion ensemble. This class is meant to empower one another in the act of celebrating community and life through rhythm and music. People of all levels of musical expertise are welcome and encouraged to participate! Come together and share in this rhythmical experience; everyone has something to offer the circle!


Grades: K-12 | Teacher: Mr. Matt Hayes
This class meets on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 pm on the following dates:
October: 18, 25
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22)
December 6, 13

Learn how to develop your body’s primary instrument – the voice – to make music! SMARTS Voice lessons are taught by a trained vocal coach who will help you learn technique, breath control, enunciation, pitch, and reading music. Bring a song you’d like to sing in a genre you love to the first class!


Grades: 4-8 | Teacher: Ms. Amanda Nottingham
This class meets on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 4:45 pm on the following dates:
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 21)
December 5, 12

Grades: 7-12 | Teacher: Ms. Amanda Nottingham
This class meets on Wednesdays from 4:45 - 5:30 pm on the following dates:
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 21)
December 5, 12

Grades: 4-8 | Teacher: Ms. Amanda Nottingham
This class meets on Wednesdays from 5:40 - 6:25 pm on the following dates:
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 21)
December 5, 12

SMARTS Visual Arts Classes

This goal of this class is to introduce students to the Elements of Art. The concepts of Line, Shape, Form, Color, Texture, Space and Value will be taught, and the students will create original works of art based on these elements. This class teaches students what these basic building blocks are, while incorporating different artists, styles, and mediums, such as drawing, painting, etc. The focus is on how to use these seven elements in different ways. As Pablo Picasso said, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” This class teaches students the fundamentals necessary to become amazing young artists.


Grades K-2 - Teacher: Mr. Curtis Smith
This class meets on Wednesdays from 4:15-5:15 on the following dates:
October: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 21)
December: 5, 12

Grades 3-12 - Teacher: Miss Weslie Detwiler
This class meets on Thursdays from 4:15-5:15 pm on the following dates:
October: 4, 11, 18, 25
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22)
December: 6, 13

This is an introductory studio class for students who wish to explore the art of ceramics. Emphasis will be placed on the design elements: line, shape, texture, form and Color. Focus will be on hand building techniques: pinch, coil and slabs. Some introduction to wheel throwing will be also introduced, time permitting. Functional as well as sculptural applications will be explored. Glazing techniques will be introduced and explored. There will also be an introduction to traditional and historical ceramic arts incorporated into the studio experiences. This class is a pre-requisite to Ceramics 102.


Grades K-2 - Teacher: Mr. Curtis Smith
This class meets on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:45 pm on the following dates:
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20)
December: 4, 11

Grades 3-12 - Teacher: Mr. Curtis Smith
This class meets on Wednesdays from 5:20-6:45 pm on the following dates:
October: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 28)
December: 5, 12

This is class expands on learning in Ceramics 101 and focuses more in depth on hand-building techniques, glazing, and wheel throwing. Students who have taken ceramics at SMARTS in the past may join this class.


Grades 3-12 - Teacher: Mr. Curtis Smith
This class meets on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:15 pm on the following dates:
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20)
December: 4, 11

Architecture brings form and function together, but Skyscrapers bring art, ingenuity, design, and function together in a way that catches our attention like no other style of building. Architects have continued to push boundaries when building these inspirational forms of public art that continue to entice our visual senses and challenge the laws of gravity. What is a skyscraper and why do we build them? In this class, we will learn why skyscrapers developed, how they are built, and why they are different than other buildings. Each student will develop and design their own skyscraper learning about space planning, building elements, construction, and façade design. What will your skyscraper look like? This class will be taught by SMARTS Community Teaching Artist Denise Holt and the American Institute of Architects.


Grades 6-12 - Teacher: Mrs. Denise Holt
This class meets on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45 pm on the following dates:
October: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 21)
December: 5, 12

This is a studio class for adult students of all levels who wish to explore the art of ceramics. Emphasis will be placed on the design elements: line, shape, texture, form and color. Focus will be on hand-building techniques: pinch, coil and slabs. Multiple techniques, such as wheel throwing, will be introduced, and more advanced students will be able to work at their own pace. Functional as well as sculptural applications will be explored. Glazing techniques will be introduced and explored. There will also be an introduction to traditional and historical ceramic arts incorporated into the studio experiences.


Any adult over age 18, not in school - Teacher: Miss Weslie Detwiler
This class meets on Thursdays from 5:30-6:45 pm on the following dates:
October: 11, 18, 25
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22)

Cost: The cost of these classes with all materials included is $210. We must have a minimum of 8 adults with a maximum of 12 enrolled. Payments are to be made to SMARTS no later than Oct 11. This fee covers the use of the equipment and classroom, the teacher instruction, and all materials. Donations are always accepted, and any money raised from adult classes supports our ability to offer free programming to all PK-12 students who attend SMARTS classes.

SMARTS Dance Classes

In this class, students will work together to create their own choreography, using free, expressive styles of dance to illustrate a story without speech! This class will emphasize body movement, proximity of space, and facial expressions to create an interpretive visual narrative. Dancers will learn how to consider and engage their audience in a performance. Classes will start with static and locomotive activities that incorporate proper technique and dance vocabulary to help the students train their minds and bodies. By the end of the class, students will use all of these connections to perform a modern dance routine!


Grades 5-12 - Teacher: Miss Erica Hayes
This class meets on Thursdays from 4:15-5:15 pm on the following dates:
October: 4, 18, 25 (No class October 11)
November: 1, 8, 15, 29 (No class November 22
December: 6, 13

SMARTS Creative Writing

In this class, students will learn to listen for the sound, rhythm, and style of words used in children’s poetry. Students will explore how music elements are evident in poetry and aim to write short poems that contain such musicality. Instruments such as hand shakers and drums will be incorporated to help reading and writing of poetry. This class’s content is appropriate for both readers and nonreaders.


Grades K-3 - Teacher: Mr. Ron Book
This class meets on Wednesdays from 5:20-6:05 pm on the following dates:
October: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 21)
December: 5, 12

Do you have a big imagination? Do you like to play with words when you talk and write? Or maybe you’re a music lover, a percussionist, or a songwriter? Poetry incorporates many elements of music, writing, and life experiences that is accessible for everyone! Discover how to write poetry that uses sound, rhythm, emotions, figurative language, and vivid images to captivate your audience! Learn the importance of revision and writing in a short form to make every word meaningful. Read some examples of great poetry that you can relate to, and learn how to tell your story in a way that others can relate to!


Grades 4-12 - Teacher: Mr. Ron Book
This class meets on Wednesdays from 4:15-5:15 pm on the following dates:
October: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November: 7, 14, 28 (No class November 21)
December: 5, 12

SMARTS Theatre Classes

Do you like to dress up, use accents, or imitate other people? In this class, you can put these skills to the test! This is your opportunity to explore the actor within you and develop your own unique stock character – a nutty professor, a crazy cat lady, a rich celebrity, or someone else! Whether you end up on stage or not, acting skills can come in handy in many life situations. Learn the traditions of theatre and develop acting skills in improvisation, characterization, storytelling, movement, voice, and emotional range. This course will culminate in a performance showcasing these unique stock characters at our SMARTS Holiday Open House on December 11. Bring your imagination because this will be fun!


Grades 4-12 - Teacher: Ms. Lisa Bennett
This class meets on Tuesdays from 4:15-5:15 pm on the following dates:
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20)
December: 4, 11

Want to see how props and costumes are made for actors and actresses in plays or movies? Do you have an overactive imagination, love arts and crafts, and enjoy taking on projects? This class is for you! Learn how to create an image for a character from start to finish, utilizing makeup, choosing clothing items, and creating props. Experiment with glue, cotton balls, flour, and gelatin for makeup effects and use household items to create accessories, even props that are edible! This class will collaborate with the Create a Character Acting Class to design hats or other accessories for the students’ character showcase at the SMARTS Holiday Open House on December 11.


Grades 2-7 - Teacher: Ms. Bunnie Ferro
This class meets on Tuesdays from 4:15-5:15 pm on the following dates:
October: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November: 6, 13, 27 (No class November 20)
December: 4, 11

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SMARTS at Ohio One
25 East Boardman Street, First Floor
Youngstown, OH 44503

330-574-2787 (ARTS)
info@smartsartschool.org