Youth Arts Classes & Ensembles

Youth Arts Institute: Fall 2022

  • Registration ends September 23rd.
  • Classes begin on October 3rd and end on December 8th.
  • Fall Showcase: Monday & Tuesday, December 12th & 13th
  • Classes are held every day, including half-days and school breaks.
  • There will not be classes on November 24th for Thanksgiving.

Registration is not a guarantee of enrollment.

Please see class descriptions below for dates and times.

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. All classes are held at Charter Oak 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.

Youth Arts Institute Fall 2022 Registration is Open

NEW ONLINE REGISTRATION!

Registration ends September 23rd. Registration is not a guarantee of enrollment.

For questions, please contact Danielle by email, or call (860) 310-2589.

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Schedule is subject to change. For more information, or to register for classes, contact the Charter Oak Youth Arts Coordinator: Danieller@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. Students enrolled into a Youth Arts Institute virtual class will receive a notification with a Zoom class link upon acceptance.

CLASSES BY DAY

Mondays

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Violin Beginner | Ages 6-18
Learn the fundamentals of music and basic violin technique. Instrument provided.

Yoga | Ages 6-18
Use this physical, mental, and spiritual practice to control and quiet your mind and body.

5:30 – 6:30 PM
Violin Intermediate | Ages 6-18
Take your violin playing to the next level with more advanced techniques. At least six months of experience on the violin and essential music reading experience are required.

Vocal Ensemble | Ages 6-18
Sing your favorite tunes while learning vocal technique, arranging, and harmony.

6:30 – 7:30 PM
Hartford All-City Youth Orchestra | Ages 13-18
For middle or high school students with at least one year of experience playing a stringed instrument. No audition is required. Loaner instruments are available.

Salsa/Latin Dancing | Ages 6-18
Make new friends and expand your dancing knowledge in salsa class!

Tuesdays

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Piano Beginner | Ages 6-10
Learn foundational piano skills and the fundamentals of music.

Ballet | Ages 6-18
Take part in this classical dance form. Create expression through movement.

5:30 – 6:30 PM
Piano Beginner | Ages 11-18
Learn foundational piano skills and the fundamentals of music.

Hartford Young Writers | Ages 8-12
Have fun with creative writing exploring different types of poetry and short story writing. Express yourselves creatively with words!

6:30 – 7:30 PM
Piano Intermediate | Ages 8-18
For students with some basic knowledge of music reading and technique. 6-months of experience required.

Teen Voices | Ages 13-18
Teens will learn to write original poetry, express themselves creatively through words, and together we will create a newsletter to publish some of our work for the Youth Arts Institute!

Wednesdays

4:30 – 6:00 PM
Cooking | Ages 6-10
From start to finish, learn to cook, try new foods, and go home with a recipe book.

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

6:00 – 7:30 PM
Cooking | Ages 11-18
From start to finish, learn to cook, try new foods, and go home with a recipe book.

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

Thursdays

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Martial Arts | Ages 6-18
Learn the sport of martial arts, using many moves and traditions that are practiced for self-defense.

5:30 – 6:30 PM
General Art | Ages 6-10
Stretch your creative limits using various art forms like clay, mixed media, painting, and crafts.

6:30 – 7:30 PM
General Art | Ages 11-18
Stretch your creative limits using various art forms like clay, mixed media, painting, and crafts.

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Brass Band | Middle & HS 
Join the band! Learn how to play several songs in the New Orleans brass band tradition. This ensemble is for Middle and High School students with at least one year of experience on a band instrument.

5:00 – 6:30PM
TAPEWORKS – Offsite at Tapeworks Studio Hartford | Ages 13-18 
Learn to create original music with professional recording equipment! Become an expert in electronic loops, digital audio workstations (DAWS), and music production software. Record, edit, mix, and master music in a commercial recording facility. 

Virtual Classes

Monday 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Yoga | Ages 6-18
Quiet your mind and body before bed.

Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Ballet | Ages 6-18
Take part in this classical dance form. Create expression through movement.

Wednesday 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Zentangle | Ages 6-18
Increase your concentration and creativity through zentangle drawing.

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Anime/Cartooning | Ages 6-18
Master cartoonist Joe Young, will introduce the basics of cartoon drawing and anime creation.For new or returning students.

Thursday 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Cooking with Family | Ages 6-18
Learn to make delicious meals with the entire family.

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 Youth Arts Institute 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

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