Fall Youth Arts



Thursdays Starting 10/8 
Time: 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Ages: 12 and up
Throughout history artists have created what we now call “selfies” using themselves as models in their work. Like our social media today, artists have a long history of creating self-portraits as a way to gain influence, power and to say something about themselves.
The objective of “The Artistic Selfie” is to build observation skills, seeing and understanding things that other people may miss. These skills will give students new ways to solve problems and think about things from different perspectives.  

Class Requirements:
-Access to computer/tablet to connect with Zoom
-Phone with camera
-Consistent participation

Instructor: Janice Merendino
Janice is a professional artist, college professor, and one of five founders of the Clay Studio. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and Bachelor of fine Arts in Ceramics from Moore College of Art. As founder and director of the Branch Out Project, Janice has taught over 2,000 non-artists in schools, government agencies and corporations how to draw to use visual thinking to develop more innovative approaches to problem solving in areas other than art. Janice developed and taught West Park Cultural Center’s afterschool ceramics program for nine years.


Sundays starting 10/4 (6 weeks)
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm 
Ages: 13-16 
Youth will learn how to produce a documentary, from the planning to the filming, over the course of 6 weeks. The documentary will be a collaborative project on a theme chosen by the participants, and will be filmed using cell phones.

Class requirements:
– Access to a smart phone with a camera
– Access to a computer/tablet to connect with Zoom
– Consistent participation

Instructor: Natasha Cohen-Carroll
Natasha graduated from Haverford College with a double major in English and Fine Arts with a concentration in photography. She was awarded the Center for Peace & Global Citizenship Grant and taught photography and theatre to children in Ahmedabad, India. Natasha is bilingual in English and French and advanced in Spanish. She is an artist/counselor with the West Park Cultural Center’s Camp Ginkgo and has led stop-motion and poetry workshops during the school year. She co-organized the Mustard Seed Film Festival and is working on documentary film projects about community and culture. Most recently, she was a Movement Media Fellow with the Media Mobilizing Project.


Tuesdays and Thursdays (10 classes starting 10/6)
Time: 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Ages: 8-12
Students will learn how to program and create their own video game using Scratch learning the main concepts of programming. These concepts will later on be applied to create their respective video games. The students will create small practice games before moving on to their final game. In addition to programming, the students will draw and design their characters/backgrounds that will be uploaded into their final game.

Class Requirements:
– A Phone with a working camera
– A laptop/desktop (ability to download Scratch, upload pictures, and connect to Zoom)
– Drawing materials (pencils, markers, color pencils, etc.)
– A notebook
– Paper or a Sketchbook
– Consistent Participation

Instructor: Nailah Shabazz
Nailah is a sophomore at Central High School. She started programming in the 6th grade and to this day, is still learning how to code in various programming languages. In her spare time, she likes to draw and design her own characters, watch ATLA, and write.”

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danceLogic (limited openings) (in-person outside and virtual sessions)
This program is designed for teen girls that combines dance and computer coding. Dance and coding have similar language involving repetition, direction, and combinations. The industry standard coding language they learn will inspire original choreography.

Saturdays Starting 10/3
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm (dance)
1:30pm-2:30pm (coding)
Ages: 13-18
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