Youth Arts Programming




Mondays & Wednesdays
Class Starts 2/1 /2021
Final class/performance: 3/26/2021
Time: 5:00pm – 5:45pm 
Ages: 12-15 

Learning a new instrument is a perfect way to challenge your brain and gain a new skill. Students will learn the basics of guitar from a professional Philly area musician.

Class requirements:
– Consistent participation
– Access to a computer/tablet to connect with Zoom
– Your own guitar or a loaned guitar from West Park Cultural Center 

Instructor: Claudine CocoSoleil Bastien aka “ CocoSol ”  is a magnetic world fusion vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Montreal, Canada. In the past 20 years in Philadelphia, CocoSol performed with the finest musicians in the area bringing her multi ethnic flavor and soulful presence to the mix.

Her professional teaching experience includes 17 years as the head music teacher for elementary and middle school students of Gladwyne Montessori. In 2015, she founded Sowelu Music, a studio on wheels delivering excellencies in private training, artistic development and production in the greater Philadelphia region.


Class Starts 2/4/2021 
Time: 3:45pm – 4:45pm
Ages: 12 and up

This basic drawing class is designed especially for those who “can’t even draw a straight line”. Through a set of simple, non-intimidating exercises, students will learn how to draw three-dimensional objects and figures and are taught the same advanced drawing and blending techniques that artists use. No more “stick” figures!! Former students are always welcome for more practice or other more challenging tasks. 

Class Requirements:
– Consistent participation
– Access to computer/tablet to connect with Zoom
– Drawing materials will be provided

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.


Class Starts 2/23/2021
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ages: 14-18

The class is poetry based, centering around writing poetry on various topics. Students will learn how to write in several different styles and will engage in small activities that lead up to a completed poem by the end of the workshop. Most topics explored will allow students some level of self exploration and acceptance.

Class Requirements:

-Consistent participation
Access to a computer/tablet for Zoom
– Notebook 
– Writing utensils (pencils/pens)

Instructor: Enoch the Poet
Enoch the Poet is a poet, author and teaching artist born and raised on the Northside of Wilmington, DE. His goal is to create work for the younger him, work that deepens our emotional understanding and its cyclical relation to the conditions acting on the Black mind, body, and spirit. In 2017, he won the title of 2017 Philadelphia Fuze Grand Slam Champion. Enoch is the CEO and founder of Black Minds Publishing, LLC, a national publications platform centered around the personal and professional growth of artists and creatives of the Black diaspora. 

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danceLogic (limited openings) (virtual and in-person when weather permits)
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 2/6/2021
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm (dance)
1:30pm-2:30pm (coding)
Ages: 13-18
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