After-school Classes

Kempo Karate | January 15-March 12 | April 2-May 28

Karate with Sensei June

Who: For students in grades 1-8
When: 8 Tuesdays per session; 3:15-4:15 PM; Session 1 January 15 to March 12 (snow make up dates on March 19 and March 26 if needed); Session 2 April 2 to May 28 (separate registration required)
Where: Eurythmy Room, Compass Hall
Cost: $175 per student, payable through TADS

Kempo Karate originates from the Shaolin Temple. This style of karate teaches basic blocks, strikes, forms, combinations, and self-defense techniques. Kempo Karate can bring confidence, discipline, and balance to students. It’s also great for crossing the midline! Students of all ages and experience will be met at their level in this mixed-grade class.

Master Fagan (Sensei June) has studied karate for over 40 years and is a 5th Degree Black Belt in the style of Shaolin, Kempo Karate. Sensei June has taught HVWS students over the years in her studio and through Redding and Ridgefield Parks and Rec. She was also the mentor to one of our graduates, whose 8th grade project focused on Kempo Karate.

Students can purchase a karate uniform from Sensei June at an additional fee of $41, or wear workout clothes (sweatpants or leggings; no jeans).

Circus Arts | April 24-May 29

Circus Arts with With Laura Geilen will include basic instruction and practice in tumbling, acrobatics, juggling, clowning and balance skills, including rolling globe, balance board, and unicycle.

Who: For students in grades 3-8 (minimum 8, maximum 10 students)
When: 6 Wednesdays, 3-5 PM, April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Where: Eurythmy Room, Compass Hall
Cost: $175.00, payable through TADS

For more information contact Laura Geilen at 518-929-5392 or

Drawing to See | January 23-March 6

“Drawing to see” is an after-school art class open to all 3rd-8th grade students. The instructor, Ms. Remensperger, holds a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Pratt Institute, and is offering this class as an opportunity for budding artists to hone their observational drawing skills and develop their ability to “see” like a working artist. During this six-week session students will practice sketching, drawing, and painting in a variety of mediums from charcoal and ink to colored pencil and watercolors. We will be working with classic subject matter such as still life and portraiture, while also keeping daily sketch books throughout the session. As a result of this class students will:

  • Build basic drawing and sketching from life observation skills
  • Develop a sense of the elements of Art and Design, specifically, but not limited to: line, contour, gesture, balance, composition, scale, depth, contrast, symbolism and color
  • Broaden their cultural awareness of visual mediums throughout history
  • Develop the language needed to critique and express visual imagery

The classes will be held every Wednesday from 3:15pm to 5:00pm in the Clay Room beginning from Jan. 23 to Mar. 6 (no class Feb. 20). No previous experience is necessary, students need only a desire to practice and improve artistic ability. Supplies and snacks will be provided. This class is limited to 20 students. The fee is sliding scale from $80-$200 per student (payable through TADS) and includes supplies, a personal sketchbook, and healthy snacks.