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Simsbury Arts Academy Announces Fall Offerings

Simsbury Arts Academy interns show their spirit for “Saturday Morning Art Explorations” class with custom t-shirts. (L to r) Top row: So-Hyeon Park, Hayley Maher, Alexa Moon, Tim Gaffey. Bottom row: Dyedra Gillespie, Toby Black.
Simsbury Arts Academy interns show their spirit for “Saturday Morning Art Explorations” class with custom t-shirts. (L to r) Top row: So-Hyeon Park, Hayley Maher, Alexa Moon, Tim Gaffey. Bottom row: Dyedra Gillespie, Toby Black.

The Simsbury Arts Academy invites students in Grades PreK-12 and adults in the Farmington Valley and Greater Hartford communities to enroll in the Simsbury Arts Academy, with its fall offerings.

SAA is dedicated to the expansion and enrichment of arts education in our community and neighboring towns. Established in 2006 by fine arts programming leader Cindy Rehm, SAA has grown to become a premier opportunity for artistic and interested students of all ages to continue their studies year round. SAA is a program of the Simsbury Department of Continuing Education, thus offering students an exceptional learning environment.

SAA is offering a variety of after school classes and workshops this fall. Among the highly popular classes are Landscape Painting at Latimer Lane School, and Wheel Thrown Pottery offered at Simsbury High School (SHS) and Henry James Memorial School (HJMS). Each of Simsbury’s five elementary schools offer arts enrichment through SAA. At Tariffville School, several clay programs are offered to primary age students. Tootin’ Hills offers a beginning guitar class and jewelry design class. At Central School, students will engage in many creative projects using duct tape as their medium. A direct observation drawing class and elementary percussion class is offered at Squadron Line.

For middle school and high school students SAA offers an exciting musical theater class, a painting course, digital landscape photography, Latin Jazz Masterclass, jewelry design, and monoprint workshops.

Expanded Saturday Morning Programming, held at SHS, invites students in Pre-K to Grade 3 to explore art materials, techniques, and processes under the direction of teaching artists and art education interns.  SAA has added an Illustration course for upper elementary and middle school students and a Fashion Design Academy for high school students.

Rehm is constantly on the lookout for artistic opportunities for Farmington Valley community members and will occasionally add “pop-up” classes, such as a special day-time Introduction to Painting class for adults this fall.

SAA Master Teaching Artists are certified Simsbury Public School Art, Music and Theater teachers, University Professors, and Master teaching artists, all of which hold degrees in their discipline.

All information is posted on www.simsbury.k12.ct.us and updated often. Click on the link for SAA under “Community Connection.” For information email Cindy Rehm at crehm@simsbury.k12.ct.us or Jodi Winschel at jwinschel@simsbury.k12.ct.us or call 860-658-0451, ext. 621.


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