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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

6/20/16-
8/20/16

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Summer Arts Adventure Camp 2016

• Just the right balance of creativity and recreation
• Great community of friends old and new
• Safe, welcoming environment
• Programs that fit all kinds of schedules
• Tuition assistance and payment plans available.

Read on for details and information on individual camps and programs to start building the CHAW Summer that reflects you best!

• Just the right balance of creativity and recreation
• Great community of friends old and new
• Safe, welcoming environment
• Programs that fit all kinds of schedules
• Tuition assistance and payment plans available.

Read on for details and information on individual camps and programs to start building the CHAW Summer that reflects you best!

ARTS EXPLORATION

Session I    June 20 - 24
Session II    June 27 – July 1
Session II    July 5 – July 8
Session IV  July 11 - 15
Session V    July 18 - 22
Session VI  July 25 - 29

Arts Adventures Camp
Grades K – 5 (grade most recently completed)
Monday through Friday
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
One week sessions full day only
$495 per week ($395 session III)
From art mysteries to intergalactic landscapes explore the scientific wonders of art in this cosmic arts adventure camp.  Spark your creative curiosity in performance, 2D and 3D studio arts activities each morning, then grab your sunscreen and sneakers for afternoons full of swimming, parks, museums and games.  Each camp week wraps up with an arts showcase for family and friends that is sure to be outta’ this world.

Jr. Arts Camp
PreK 4 & 5
Monday through Friday
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
One week sessions mornings only
$315 per week ($250 session III)
Art and science provide the perfect creative backdrop for imaginative play spaces, social development and curiosity driven activities. The week culminates in demonstrations for family and friends.

EXTENDED DAY

Monday through Friday
Before Care 8:30 – 9:00 am $35 per week
After Care   4:30 – 5:30 pm $70 per week

PERFORMING ARTS

Only Make Believe – Theater Camp  
August 1 – 5
Grades 1 – 5 (Grade most recently completed)
9:00 – 12:30 pm
$315
Develop the creativity, expressivity and techniques to take to the stage with confidence as you learn theatrical skills from professional actors through improvisation, scene studies, theatrical games, and stage craft.  Camp culminates in theatrical demonstrations and vignettes performed for family and friends.

Shake It Off – Dance Camp
August 8 – 12
Ages 4 – 11
9:00 – 12:30 pm
$315
Specialized dance instruction in a variety of styles and techniques introduced through games, small and large group activities, and performance practices strengthen skills in music and movement.  Beginner and intermediate students welcome

String Fling!  -  Violin, Viola, Cello Camp
August 15 – 20
Ages 4 - 12
Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday Recital 10:00 am – Noon
$400
Suzuki method based instrument instruction, ensembles, creative movement, theory and composition, and music games for young string players.  Students must provide their own instrument.  Beginners welcome.

Call 202-547-6839 or visit our registration page

Program Questions?  Contact Leslie Mansour : leslie@chaw.org
Registration Questions? Contact registration@chaw.org

Saturday

1/9/16-
6/4/16

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Winter/Spring 2016 Textiles

Explore the world of design!

Refresher Knitting
Teaching Artist, Teri Huet
Saturdays 10:30 – 11:30 am
8 weeks $160/session
Session I - 1/9 – 2/27  
Session II - 3/12 – 4/30
Refresh your rusty knitting skills —basic or advanced —in a non-judgmental and relaxed environment.  Fill in gaps missing from your technique. Correct bad habits.  Explore new approaches and styles.  All levels of ability are encouraged.  No questions are too big or too small.  Instruction for both left and right handed knitters

Knitting 101
Teaching Artist, Teri Huet
Saturdays 9:30 – 10:20
8 weeks $160
1/9 – 1/27
Become a bona fide knitter in this basic “ how to” class where you will learn everything you need to know to cast on and knit a Garter Stich Scarf.  This supportive, relaxed environment is a great place to get started if you’ve never picked up knitting needles.

Knitting 102
Teaching Artist, Teri Huet
Saturdays 9:30 – 10:20
8 weeks $160
3/12 – 4/30
Build on Knitting 101 skills by learning to purl and cast off.  More advanced topics and techniques will be covered such as lace, cable, and color-work. Make an Irish hiking scarf, fisherman sweater, socks, gloves, mittens, hats for all ages.  Choose your project and let’s knit!

Capitol Gang Knitting Circle
Membership $250
Unlimited visits January 9 – June 4, 2016
Saturdays 10:30 – 1:30
As the weekend begins take time to catch up on your knitting, in a relaxing warm, joyful environment. Bring family, share with friends, neighbors and likeminded knitters, while waiting for your wee ones as they attend a class or sport, bring your questions and let’s enjoy the anthropology of fibers as a group lead by a knowledgeable professional knitting instructor, who teaches left and right handed knitting, and several of the twenty different knitting techniques found around the world.  Register for any knitting class plus knitting circle membership for $350 (Save $60)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1/4/16-
6/11/16

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YAP - After School Arts

CHAW provides a comprehensive and sequential art experience that builds skills, fosters a love of arts, and expands artistic expression.  Experienced and dedicated teaching artists encourage students to dream big, focus hard, and commit with passion while investigating a wide array of processes and techniques designed to nurture artistic development.

CHAW provides a comprehensive and sequential art experience that builds skills, fosters a love of arts, and expands artistic expression.  Experienced and dedicated teaching artists encourage students to dream big, focus hard, and commit with passion while investigating a wide array of processes and techniques designed to nurture artistic development.

Classes are organized by day, age, studio, and teaching artist.  Projects, performances, themes, and processes vary from class to class and semester to semester, so there are always new techniques to learn, fresh and creative ideas to pursue, and skills to build upon.  Each age group includes a Level I and Level II option, so no matter where your child enters the program—as a longtime YAP participant, brand new student, or somewhere in between—there will be an appropriately-paced class that will feel both safe and challenging.  Choose whether to stay on a track, gradually advancing to higher levels of a single medium, explore new disciplines, or mix and match—we will always meet kids where they are and help them discover ways to dive deeper, learn more, and work together to create a community within their classes and across the entire program.

Schedule
Winter • January 4–March 19
Spring • March 21–June 11
Showcase/Demonstration Dates:
March 19, June 11

Tuition
Days per week:
Winter   —-    Spring
one: 330   —-    $330
two: $616   —-    $616
three: $858   —-    $858
four: $1100   —-    $1100
van fee: $88   —-    $88
no classes will be held on the following days Monday, January 18 • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, February 15 • President’s Day Monday, March 28-April 1, 2016 • Spring Break Monday, May 30 • Memorial Day

Grades K-8
Village time: 3:30-6:30pm
When a student enters CHAW for the after school arts program, he or she is welcomed into a community of artful thinking, creativity, and collaboration. 3:30 to 6:30pm When not in class, students are invited to participate in structured village activities ranging from drop-in art projects- led by CHAWsome teaching artists−to homework help and games. Village time offers an opportunity for students to engage with peers who are not in their classes at school, allowing for new connections, friendships, and perspectives to be formed in a safe and nurturing environment where every voice matters and every child is celebrated for his or her unique creative contributions.

Grades K-2
Visual Arts I: Painting & Drawing with Stephanie Morse- 4:00-5:00pm
Visual Arts II: Painting & Drawing with Stephanie Morse- 5:00-6:00pm
An exploration of art and design concepts, styles, and inspiration found throughout history provides a rich context for student discovery and development in 2- and 3-dimensional media. Choose from drawing and painting or mixed media emphasis. Projects in all classes encourage creativity and imagination while providing foundational knowledge and skills-building in a wide variety of traditional and contemporary techniques and materials

Humanities II: Things Imagined with Sara Leonard- 4:00-5:00pm
Humanities I: Things Imagined with Sara Leonard- 5:00-6:00pm
Arts and literature based inquiry featuring a range of activities and projects exploring themes, stories and ideas that encourage students to engage expansively and creatively with the world around them.


Grades 3-5
Ceramics II with Lindsey Walter- 4:00-5:30pm
Create functional and sculptural works of art in clay utilizing the processes of hand building using coils and slabs, wheel throwing for advanced classes, and extended decorative techniques.  Careful consideration of forms, designs, and uses, along with good craftsmanship, are emphasized. 

Humanities: Magical World of Books with Laura Maravilla- 4:45-6:15pm
Arts and literature based inquiry featuring a range of activities and projects exploring themes, stories and ideas that encourage students to engage expansively and creatively with the world around them.


Grades 6-8
Dance: Step Team with GiGi Holliday- 4:30-6:00pm
Expect an emphasis on fun, fitness, and expression while learning the style and steps found in many popular and social dance forms.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

1/8/16-
6/17/16

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Spring 2016 Adult Visual Arts

Explore the 2D and 3D world through media ranging from drawing to painting to mixed media, photography (including one of the only open darkrooms in DC), and design. Students build skills in a welcoming and warm environment that encourages both technique and creativity.

spring classes

Watercolor Painting for Beginners
JOEY MANLAPAZ
3/21-5/16 • Mondays • 1:30-3:30pm $360 • 9 weeks
Basic watercolor painting techniques from the simple to the more complex will be covered, including topics such as color mixing, value, composition, proper handling of the medium and critique of works created. Students work from simple still lifes. **materials list below in Class Documents**

Oil Painting Basics and Beyond
ELLEN CORNETT
4/4-5/23 • Mondays • 6:30-8:30PM $320 Roll of paper towels • 8 weeks • no class 5/30
Beginners will get an introduction to material handling, safety and basic color theory and will learn to paint from a simple, but challenging still life. Experienced and continuing painting students will learn techniques to refine their skills and paint from more complex subject matter. All materials are supplied. Students should wear old clothes and bring one roll of paper towels.

Life Drawing
ELLEN CORNETT
4/7-5/26 • Thursdays • 6:30-8:30PM $320 • 8 weeks
Working from nude models students will develop accuracy and expressiveness in rendering the human figure. Instruction customized for each student and complemented with theory and examples in art history.Prior drawing experience required. New students should bring an 18x24 newsprint pad, an 18x24 Strathmore Drawing pad, kneaded eraser and extra soft vine charcoal to the first class.

Drawing II
CAROLINA MAYORGA
3/22-4/26 • Tuesdays • 6:30-8:30PM $240 • 6 weeks
Build on fundamental concepts of drawing and 2-D media. Creative assignments include portrait, landscape and still- life. Realism and abstraction are encouraged as well as individual experimentation with different drawing media and techniques.

Advanced Watercolor & Pastel
ELLEN CORNETT
4/6-5/25 • Wednesdays • 10:00AM-1:00PM $480 • 8 weeks
Students may focus on chalk, watercolor or both mediums. Projects tailored to each student are designed to help develop individual expressiveness and creative voice. Enrollment by instructor permission.

Introduction to Drawing
CAROLINA MAYORGA
3/23-4/27 • Wednesdays • 6:30-8:30PM $240 • 6 weeks
Learn fundamental concepts of drawing and 2D media. Foundational elements are reinforced through varied techniques, materials, experimentation, theory and examples in art history.

DC Sketchers
KENT GAY
4/16-6/4 • Saturdays • 10:00AM-12:00PM $320 • 8 weeks
Explore the diverse urban landscapes of DC - learning to see, discover and express your view of the city through the language of drawing. This class is open to all skill levels, especially beginners. As we visit a new DC location each week, we will attend to fundamental drawing skills and foundational design concepts of image making. Find more information, including a materials list on the DC Sketchers blog at kentgay.com/dcsketchers.

Drawing Intensive I/II
CAROLINA MAYORGA
Tuesday Session • 5/10-5/31 • 6:30-8:30PM $160 • 4 weeks
Wednesday Session • 5/11-6/1 • 6:30-8:30PM $160 • 4 weeks
This personalized fundamental drawing techniques workshop allows instructor to work one-on-one with students on assignments related to line, shading, perspective or proportions while exploring subjects such as still-life, nature, landscape or the human figure. This intensive workshop is a good continuation of Drawing I or II or a great introduction to beginning students. General drawing materials provided.

Monday, Tuesday

1/4/16-
5/23/16

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Winter/Spring 2016 Adult Creative Writing

Our Creative Writing team works together to create safe, open spaces to brainstorm, to be creative, to break out of writer's block, and to move to the next level--no matter what your experience level with writing.

winter classes

Writing Games
HANNAH STERNBERG
First Session 1/4-2/1 • Mondays • 6:30PM-8:30PM $160 • 4 weeks • no class 1/18
Second Session - 2/22-3/14 • Mondays • 6:30-8:30PM $160 • 4 weeks
Whether you’re a seasoned pro, a novice, or a hobby writer, writing games are a fun way to get creativity flowing. Published novelist Hannah Sternberg will lead the class through a series of interactive writing activities designed to unleash inspiration and build community with ovgther writers in all genres. Returning students build on previous learning.

The Artist’s Way
LAURA MARAVILLA
1/5-3/29 • Tuesdays • 7:30-9:00PM $390 • 13 weeks
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is an international bestseller on the subject of creativity. Whether or not you consider yourself an artist, this book and class will open up creative outlets in all areas of your life.

spring classes

Writing Games
HANNAH STERNBERG
4/18-5/23 • Mondays • 6:30-8:30PM $240 • 6 weeks
Whether you’re a seasoned pro, a novice, or a hobby writer, writing games are a fun way to get creativity flowing. Published novelist Hannah Sternberg will lead the class through a series of interactive writing activities designed to unleash inspiration and build community with other writers in all genres. Returning students build on previous learning.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

4/11/16-
6/6/16

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Spring Adult 2016 Dance

spring classes

spring classes

Adult Ballet
HEATHER WHYTE
4/11-6/6 • Mondays • 7:25-8:25PM $160 • 8 weeks • no class 5/30
This class emphasizes the fundamentals of ballet and encourages ballet as a means of improved body awareness, poise, grace, musicality, flexibility, and self-expression. Classes are structured to include warm-up exercises, barre technique and center floor work. Ballet shoes and comfortable clothes are recommended. No prior dance experience required. Returning students will build on prior knowledge.

Adult Ballet - Extended Class
HEATHER WHYTE
4/11-6/6 • Mondays • 8:25-8:55PM $80 • 8 weeks • no class 5/30
Put your ballet skills into practice by learning combinations and routines. Open to students also enrolled in Adult Ballet.

Adult Tap Dance
HEATHER WHYTE
4/11-6/6 • Mondays • 6:00-6:50PM $160 • 8 weeks • no class 5/30
Learn to shuffle, flap, and all the basics to get you moving. Students should have tap shoes and wear comfortable clothes. No prior dance experience required. Returning students will build on prior knowledge.

Adult Tap - Extended Class
HEATHER WHYTE
4/11-6/6 • Mondays • 6:50-7:20PM $80 • 8 weeks • no class 5/30
Put your tap skill into practice by learning combinations and routines. Open to students enrolled in Adult Tap.

The Art of Burlesque
GIGI HOLLIDAY
4/12-5/31 • Tuesdays • 7:40-8:40PM $160 • 8 weeks
Learn the art of burlesque while gaining confidence in a fun and supportive environment. Beginners and intermediate level students welcome. Returning students build on skills introduced in previous sessions, incorporating new props and tricks while developing technique and style.

Ballet and Stretch
LAURA MARAVILLA
4/13-6/1 • Wednesday • 7:00-8:15PM $160 • 8 weeks
Stretch your body and mind! Build upon elemental ballet techniques with beginning to intermediate ballet positions and center combinations. Learn sequences using classical and other musical genres. Emphasis on deep stretching will strengthen and lengthen muscles, release tension and allow the body to move more freely. This class is open to students of all levels.

Ballroom Dance
LAURA MARAVILLA
4/14-6/2 • Thursdays • 7:35-8:55PM $240 • 8 weeks
Learn the basics of favorite and fun Ballroom and Latin dances such as the Waltz, Quickstep, Rumba, and Cha Cha.
Come with a partner or on your own. 45 min. instruction, break, 30 min. practice.

Hip Hop Dance Basics
GIGI HOLLIDAY
4/12-5/31 • Tuesdays • 6:25-7:25PM $160 • 8 weeks
Born from the concrete jungles, hip hop has moved from the mean streets to the main stage. This class will bring out the inner B-girl/B-boy in you. No dance experience required. Comfortable sneakers required.

More Information: download the CHAW Brochure

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

4/11/16-
6/6/16

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Spring Adult 2016 Ceramics

CHAW Ceramics classes are beloved by students--and it's no wonder! With ample space for glaze mixing, wheel throwing, hand building, and kiln firing, students have the opportunity to explore a wide range of ceramics techniques.

spring ceramics

Ceramics II/III- Intermediate to Advanced
LINDSEY WALTER
4/11-6/6 • Monday • 6:30-8:30PM $320+$30 materials fee • 8 weeks • no class 5/30
Demonstrations focus on more advanced throwing techniques- lids, throwing off the hump, platters, and coil throwing, as well as, instruction in techniques like scraffito, relief printing, and working with stains. Class includes glaze instruction and advanced slip techniques.

Ceramics I - Basics
JENNNIFER HARRIS
4/12-5/31 • Tuesdays • 6:45-8:45PM $320+$30 materials fee • 8 weeks
Create beautiful decorative or functional finished ceramic pieces of art. Learn basic hand-building, wheel throwing and glazing techniques as well as how to use the various tools in the studio to realize your creative vision. Price of class includes Wednesday and Saturday open studio hours.

Ceramics I/II - Beginners and Beyond
KENDALL MILANO
4/14-6/2 • Thursdays • 6:30-8:30PM $320+$30 materials fee • 8 weeks
Learn, practice and perfect basic to advanced ceramic skills. Wheel throwing and hand building and finishing techniques will be covered. Price of class includes Wednesday and Saturday open studio hours.

Independent Study Ceramics
CLAY HOLLENKAMP
4/16-6/4 • Saturdays • 10:00AM-12:00PM $320+$30 materials fee • 8 weeks Design your own project under the guidance of an experienced instructor. From wheel to sculpture to hand building, this is an excellent forum for exchanging ideas, developing techniques and creating functional and art pieces. Some experience required. Price of class includes Wednesday and Saturday open studio hours.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

1/4/16-
6/11/16

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Music Together

Music Together®, an internationally recognized music and movement program, encourages early childhood music development for infant, toddler and pre-school children through mixed-aged classes that include parents and caregivers.

Music Together®, an internationally recognized music and movement program, encourages early childhood music development for infant, toddler and pre-school children through mixed-aged classes that include parents and caregivers. It pioneered the concept of a research based, developmentally-appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement, and it is fun!

The Music Together approach develops every child’s birthright of basic music competence by encouraging the actual experiencing of music through playful activities rather than by the learning of concepts or information about music. Fee includes two professionally recorded CDs of the semester’s songs, rhythm chants, and play along music; a new songbook with illustrations and activities; and Music Together at Home: Helping Your Child Grow Musically, a book and DVD designed to educate parents and caregivers about music in their children’s lives.

An exciting new collection of songs is presented each semester! Birth-5 years. Parent or caregiver participates with child (does not need to be 1:1 ratio of adult and child - one adult to two children is okay). One infant, aged nine months or younger at time of registration, may attend free with a registered sibling. One infant per family, please. For questions about Music Together ®, please contact www.littlestepsmusic.com or 703.536.4706 or LittleStepsMusic@gmail.com.

Ages 0-5

Winter January 4 to March 14

Class Times:
9:45 –10:30am Mon Tues Thu Fri
10:45 – 11:30 am Mon Tues Thu Fri
11:45 –12:30pm Monday only
4:00–4:45pm Friday only

Monday 9 wks       $240
Tuesday 10 wks    $260
Thursday10 wks    $260
Friday 10 wks        $260

CHAW is closed on:
1/18 MLK, Jr. Day 2/15 President’s Day

Spring March 21 to June 11

Class Times:

9:45 –10:30am Mon Tues Thu Fri
10:45 – 11:30 am Mon Tues Thu Fri
11:45 –12:30pm Monday only
4:00–4:45pm Friday only

Monday 9 wks       $240
Tuesday 10 wks    $260
Thursday10 wks    $260
Friday 10 wks        $260

CHAW is closed on:
4/11–16 Spring Break 5/30 Memorial Day

Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday

1/4/16-
6/11/16

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Applied Dance- Winter & Spring

Lola Maravilla

CHAW dancers range from toddlers through adults, and all share a love of movement and technique. Our dance teachers focus on both form and fun!

Winter Session: January 4- March 12 ***Showcase/Demonstration Dates: March 12

Spring Session: March 21- June 11 ***Showcase/Demonstration Dates: June 11


**No Classes: March 28-April 1, 2016 • Spring Break ****

Tiny Tots

Our youngest dancers explore music and movement in a playful, joyful environment. Activities emphasize

coordination and body awareness, listening skills, rhythms and patterns, and early social interaction.
Class instruction includes exposure to tap, ballet, and tumbling.

Ages 2.5-3

Combo Tuesdays 9-9:45am

Combo Wednesdays 10:30-11:15am

Combo Saturday 8:30-9:15am

Ages 3-4

Combo Saturday 11-11:45am

Combo II Wednesday 4:00 - 4:45pm

Technique

Semester long technique classes are designed to give beginning dancers an opportunity to learn foundational skills in ballet, tap, and jazz dance. All students perform in demonstrations or recitals held in conjunction with CHAW-wide performance festivals at the end of each session. Class instruction includes technique, steps, and sequences that develop strength, stamina, and focus.

Ages 4-5

Ballet I Saturdays 9:20-10:05am

Ages 5-6

Combo Wednesdays 5:00-5:45pm

Ballet II Saturdays 10:10-10:55am

Ages 6-8

Ballet II/II Wednesdays 6:05-6:50pm

Important Documents:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1/10/16-
6/6/16

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Winter/Spring 2016 Adult Photography

Joe Yablonsky

Explore the worlds of darkroom and digital photography with CHAW! Offering one of the only open darkrooms in DC, along with a digital lab, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside professional photographers to learn and develop your craft.

Explore the worlds of darkroom and digital photography with CHAW! Offering one of the only open darkrooms in DC, along with a digital lab, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside professional photographers to learn and develop your craft.

Photography I: Meet the Darkroom
LESLIE MANSOUR
3/16-4/6 • Wednesdays • 6:30-8:30PM $160+$30 lab fee• 4weeks

Photography I: Fundamentals of Digital Photography
JOE YABLONSKY
3/22-4/12 • Tuesdays • 6:30-8:55PM $200 • 4 weeks

Photography I: Fundamentals of Digital Photography
JOE YABLONSKY
4/21-5/12 • Thursdays • 6:30-8:55PM $200 • 4 weeks

Photography I/II: Digital Remix
TYLER GRIGSBY
4/11-6/6 • Mondays • 6:30-8:55PM $320 • 8 weeks • no class 5/30

Photography I: Photo Collage
LESLIE MANSOUR
4/13-6/1 • Wednesdays • 6:30-8:00PM $240 • 8 weeks

Photography I: Holga B&W
JOE YABLONSKY
4/19-5/10 • Tuesdays • 6:30-8:55PM $200 • 4 weeks

Photography III: Night Photography
JOE YABLONSKY
3/17-3/31 • Thursdays • 6:30-8:55PM $150 • 3 weeks

Photography II/III: Travel Photography
JOE YABLONSKY
First Session • 3/6-3/20 • Sundays • 10:00AM-1:00PM $180 • 3 weeks
Second Session • 4/3-4/24 • Sundays • 10:00AM-1:00PM $240 • 4 weeks
Third Session • 5/1-5/22 • Sundays • 10:00AM-1:00PM $240 • 4 weeks