Youth Arts Classes & Ensembles

City School of the Arts: Spring 2024

Registration opens Wednesday, December 20.

  • Classes begin Monday February 5th
  • Classes end Thursday May 9th
  • Showcases Monday, May 13th (music) and Tuesday, May 14th (all other classes)

Registration is not a guarantee of enrollment. Please see class descriptions below for dates and times.

Please note: most classes are now full. We’re still accepting registration for Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra, Brass Band, and Trebel Rebels.

    Unless otherwise noted classes are for children ages 6-18. See class descriptions for specific age requirements. Students must be at least 6 years old at time of registration. This semester classes will be held in the Parish House of Church of the Good Shepherd (155 Wyllis Street in Hartford) unless otherwise noted. Check here or our Facebook page for inclement weather updates. 

    Special Note: In order to keep you, our Charter Oak family safe, we will be carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We will seek the counsel of medical professionals and adhere to all State of Connecticut and City of Hartford guidelines.

     

    If your child is going to be absent for a class (Si su hijo va a faltar a una clase): (860) 310-2589 / barbarag@charteroakcenter.org

    FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER

    City School of the Arts Spring 2024 Registration

    REGISTER ONLINE!

    Most classes are full. We're still accepting registration for Spring 2024 Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra, Brass Band, and Treble Rebels. Because there is a waiting list for our program:

    • please only register your child if they can attend the program every week;
    • please make sure that your child is interested in the subject you are registering them for.

    Registration is not a guarantee of enrollment.

    For questions, please contact Barbara by email, or call (959) 666-9627.

    Registro en español

    Schedule is subject to change. For more information, or to register for classes, contact the Charter Oak Youth Arts Coordinator: barbarag@charteroakcenter.org or 860-310-2589. Due to class size restrictions, we regret that we cannot accept every student that registers. Charter Oak will notify all registrants. 

    CLASSES BY DAY

    Mondays

    Monday 4:30 – 5:30
    Rap Poetry | Ages 8 – 18
    This class will introduce the foundations of rap and hip hop. Students will create rap poetry and record their poems in a compilation track.

    Monday 4:30 – 6:00
    Cooking | Ages 6 to 10
    Cooking Around the World. Prepare delicious recipes honoring various cultures and countries.

    Monday 6:00 – 7:30
    Cooking | Ages 11 – 18
    Cooking Around the World. Prepare delicious recipes honoring various cultures and countries.

    Monday 5:00 – 6:00
    Treble Rebels | Grades 5 – 8
    Join this high energy vocal ensemble singing all styles of music. The class features field trips, performances, and guest artists throughout the semester. For beginners to advanced levels. 

    Monday 5:30 – 6:30
    Hip Hop Dance | Ages 6 to 10
    Learn from a professional dancer. All styles of hip hop will be covered. 

    Monday 6:30 – 7:30
    Hip Hop Dance | Ages 11 – 18
    Learn from a professional dancer. All styles of hip hop will be covered. 

    Monday 6:30 – 8:00
    Brass Band | middle and high school students
    Join the band! Learn to play your favorite tunes in the New Orleans brass band style. This ensemble is for with at least one year of experience on a brass band instrument. Loaner instruments are available.

    Tuesdays

    Tuesday 4:30 – 5:30
    Piano 1 | Age 6 to 10
    Learn foundational keyboard skills and the fundamentals of music. For beginners or students with one semester of experience. 

    Tuesday 5:30 – 6:30
    Piano 2 | Ages 11 – 18
    Learn foundational keyboard skills and the fundamentals of music. For beginners or students with one semester of experience. 

    Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30
    Piano 3 | Ages 11 – 18
    Learn foundational keyboard skills and the fundamentals of music. This class is for intermediate or advanced students. Individual attention will be given to each student to learn at your own pace. 

    Tuesday 4:30 – 5:30
    Crazy and Creative Crafts! | Ages 6 to 10
    Learn how to make your own chocolate, sew a blanket, make gifts with beads, design cards and notes…every week there will be a new and exciting project! 

    Tuesday 6:00 – 7:30
    Painting and Drawing | Ages 11 – 18
    Using acrylic, oil, pastel, and other forms, you will study the methods of painting and drawing. 

    Wednesdays

    Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30
    Violin | Ages 6 to 10
    Learn the fundamentals of music and basic violin technique. Instrument provided. For beginners or students with one semester of experience. 

    Wednesday 5:30 – 6:30
    Violin | Ages 11 to 18
    Learn the fundamentals of music and basic violin technique. Instrument provided. For beginners or students with one semester of experience. 

    Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30
    Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra | Ages 12 to 18
    If you have at least one year of experience playing violin, viola, or cello, come join this fun ensemble. Loaner instruments are available. Also receive free tickets to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. 

    Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30
    Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation | Ages 11 – 18
    For a strong and well-balanced body, and a quieter calmer mind, try yoga! Learn how the art of meditation and the practice of being mindful can lead to a happier life. 

    Wednesday 5:30 – 6:30
    Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation | Ages 6 to 10
    For a strong and well-balanced body, and a quieter calmer mind, try yoga! Learn how the art of meditation and the practice of being mindful can lead to a happier life. 

    Thursdays

    Thursday 4:30 – 5:30
    Theater | Ages 6 – 12
    Become part of a full theatrical production. Learn the basics of acting, set design, and costuming. 

    Thursday 4:30 – 5:30
    Ballet | Ages 6 to 10
    Come and share your creative expression through movement. This class is for all levels and ballet shoes will be provided. 

    Thursday 5:30 – 6:30
    Ballet | Ages 11-18
    Come and share your creative expression through movement. This class is for all levels and ballet shoes will be provided. 

    Thursday 5:30 – 6:30
    Martial Arts | Ages 6 to 10
    Learn the art of self-defense for mental, physical, and spiritual development. 

    Thursday 6:30 – 7:30
    Martial Arts | Ages 11 to 18
    Learn the art of self-defense for mental, physical, and spiritual development. 

    Thursday 6:30 – 7:30
    Photography | Ages 10 – 18
    This class explores the elements of art and photography, how to navigate camera settings, and how to use compositional techniques that enhance photos. Bring a cell phone/other supplies provided. 

    Thursday 5:00 – 6:30
    Tapeworks Recording | Ages 13 – 18
    Learn to create music with professional recording equipment. Become and expert in electronic loops, digital audio workstation (DAWS), and music production software. Record, edit, mix, and master music in a commercial recording facility. This program is taught at Tapeworks Studio 770 Maple Ave. Beginner advanced students welcome.

    Virtual Classes

    Wednesday 5:30 – 6:30
    Zentangle Art
    Bring out the artist inside you. Zentangle is an easy to learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

    Thursday 6:00 – 7:00
    Cooking with the Family

    This class is for students and parents to learn to cook together! The whole family can share dinner on Thursday evenings. Families are responsible for purchasing their own food (assistance available). One parent must attend each online class.

    Our free programming is designed to help those most in need and we therefore consider household income when we assess eligibility for our classes. We welcome families to apply. We will get back to you as soon as possible about the status of your application.

    Support for City School of the Arts music programs at Charter Oak Cultural Center provided by:

    Divine really loved the ballet program, she cried at the end of the week and wished it could have been longer. She talked alot about girls of all colors being able to enjoy ballet. She was excited to get her ballet shoes and other goodies delivered right to her door and kept walking around the house in her shoes all day just like a ballerina she said. […] I kept expecting to see a dollar amount in the mail. It was unbelievable to me that a program could offer so much at no cost to the parents.

    Hernicia Whitter

    Parent