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Arts in Education Highlight Local Students’ Talent

Each year the Arts in Education (AiE) Program brings together teaching artists from around the country to students in Anne Arundel County. Artists are able to share their craft with students and show the practical applications they can have.

Students are exposed to poetry, various forms of dance from ballet to grass roots folk dances from several different cultures, painting and many more forms of expression. Math is made fun through magic with Brian Curry Assemblies; Mary Ann Jung brings historic figures right into the classroom through her many History Alive! acts; Yvette Lewis has you singing opera in a language you have never spoken before; and Gayle Mangan Kassal works with students and shows them that many hands can create a wonderfully cohesive expression of togetherness.

Pictured below is the finished product of the mural project at Tracy’s Elementary School.

Photos courtesy of Gayle Mangan Kassal.   Visit her website to see more of her work.

Completed in time for their graduation, the graduating 5th grade class of 2016 of Tracy’s Elementary has left a permanent mark to share with future students and faculty.

“We had a terrific time and it really brightens the gray retaining wall with a friendly student touch, hand prints included!”- GM Kassal

Poet Natalie Lobe has been working with St. Martins in the Field Episcopal School for many years now. This year she brought the poetry to Emily Dickinson to inspire the students. The students were also inspired by the personal journey of one of their teachers. Below is a poem entitled “Ode to Hope,” written by 6th grader Scott Allen, written for teacher Cindy Barry.

Ode to Hope

You’re a light in the darkness.
You give belief when there is none.
You are strong like a rhino.
You persevere through the worst weather.
You look perfect.
You’re sweet as a peach.
You fight the hardest war,
But always get through
With inquisitive thoughts
And the heart of a warrior.

Scott Allen, 6th grade, St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal School, Severna Park, MD, under the teaching of Natalie Lobe, poet-in-residence, sponsored by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

These are only two of the fantastic projects that students were able to work on this year due in part to funding awarded to schools by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

We look forward to seeing what this year’s Arts in Education Program will bring to the students, teachers and artists of Anne Arundel County.

What’s a kid to do? Summer activities for Children in Anne Arundel County

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s grantee organizations offer plenty of art activities, camps, and classes for kids over the course of the summer. At the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts classes are available to kids of all ages including “Yoga for Little People,” “Creations in Clay,” and “Painting the Basics.” The Maryland Hall for Creative Arts also offers a class entitled “Little Masters,” where students learn about a master artist and then attempt to create a work of art in that artist’s style.


Anne Arundel County offers classes and camps to kids of all ages that focus on theater and the performing arts. The Children’s Theatre of Annapolis offers classes, workshops and camps for kids including the “Kids Cabaret,” a one week camp that focuses on the three fundamental elements of musical theater: singing, dancing and acting. The Compass Rose Theater offers acting camps for kids as young as three, and more advanced ones for teenagers taught by professional actors starting June 20th.

There are also plenty of children’s dance classes and camps available over the summer. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland has a number of classes available to even the youngest of dancers. The “Tiny Toes Ballet: Mommy and Me” class provides a platforms for dancers as young as two to learns the basics of ballet in a fun environment alongside a familiar adult. The Ballet Theatre of Maryland also offers more advanced classes to older students such as its “Teen Ballet” class.  The West Arundel Creative Arts also offers a variety of dance classes from June 20th to August 12th.

On Sundays, July 10th and August 15th the Captain Avery Museum offers “Sundae Sundays” where families can enjoy a sundae while playing croquet or partaking in one of the other outdoor activities designed to keep kids entertained. The museum also offers discovery kits available for checkout from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays so kids can explore the local wildlife while simultaneously learning about Maryland’s ecosystems.

The Chesapeake Arts Center offers classes for children of all ages including The Family Pottery Workshop as well as hip-hop, ballet, and jazz classes.

Anne Arundel County even has summer options for the young historians in the family. The Historic Annapolis Foundation offers the “Riddle Me This” summer camp where participants explore the history of historic Annapolis’ most notorious pirates, and much more. The Historic London Town and Gardens offers kids the unique opportunity to experience life from three hundred years ago through its “Colonial Adventures” summer camp. Campers wear period clothing, and make colonial crafts and even eat like Historic London Town’s colonial settlers with meals prepared over open fires. The camp goes from June 20th – 24th and again July 18th – 22nd.  

Family Art Events

Saturday January 30th

Saturday January 30th

Coming this April

Coming this April

Great ideas for  Family Holiday GIft Giving–The gift of experience!  Anne Arundel County has some great family performances scheduled for the start of 2016.  And even better, you can buy the tickets online and avoid the traffic rush while supporting local arts and historic preservation groups at the same time!

Annapolis Opera presents Cinderella, a children’s opera on Saturday January 30th and The  Ballet Theatre of Maryland will be producing Sleeping Beauty April 15-24.  These are wonderful performances to share with grandchildren.  Children learn through stories and experiences.  For the teenagers in your household, consider “The Diary of Anne Frank” playing mid March into April at the Compass Rose Theater.  Learn more about the famous Maryland writer Edgar Allen Poe by spending An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe at the Hammond Harwood House January 15th or 22nd.  February 6th experience the power of dance at the Chesapeake Arts Center when Full Circle Dance Company Presents: Human Conditions: Dance About Love, Loss and Life.  There are so many performances and events available for the residents of Greater Annapolis and Anne Arundel County from Pasadena to Shadyside, make a New Year’s Resolution to take discover all the talent within our county.

Arts Classes Fall 2015

Some of  Artfarm's younger students & their Joiners, inspired by David Hockney.

Some of Artfarm’s younger students & their Joiners, inspired by David Hockney.

In less than two weeks, many schools will be starting classes and with Labor Day just three weeks away, fall schedules are about to begin.  Whether you have children at home or are looking for ways to expand your artistic horizons, throughout Anne Arundel County there are a variety of arts classes being offered by  non-profit  arts groups  funded by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.

It doesn’t matter where you live, North County, South County, West County or in the city of Annapolis; it is easy to find a class.   Think art classes are just about teaching how to hold a paint brush?  Think again.  At the Artfarm in Annapolis, art classes for children taught by Stacey Turner give students of all ages an introduction to different types of materials . Each class  begins with a short presentation about an artist & their work.   According to their class description,  “The emphasis is on the distinctive style of each artist & their visionary contribution to the overall world of art.”  Looking at the photograph above, you can see some of the results!

At West County Creative Arts, classes are being offered this fall with a focus on dance and drama.  From Mini Shakespeare to Musical Revue, there are a lot of opportunities for young thespians to develop their skills.

At West County Creative Arts classes are offered in Odenton  at the Weis Shopping Center and begin Sept. 8th

At West County Creative Arts classes are offered in Odenton at the Weis Shopping Center and begin Sept. 8th.

In South County at the Historic London Town and Gardens are programs for children and their families that are being home schooled.  One of the afternoon programs is called” Spin, Sew and Sail”. Participants will have the chance to dye fabric, sew canvas like an original master sailmaker, spin on a wooden wheel, and weave threads.

Looking for an inter-generational experience?  At the Chesapeake Arts Center in a class taught by Anita Horwath, children and senior adults come together to perform improvisational scenes on diverse and timely topics focusing on situations facing Maryland  citizens today. Share your own story and experience through acting and theatre and if you are a senior over 50, this class is free.

For adults who love jewelry and ceramics, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts has just the class to tickle your fancy.  In this three day workshop for adults over the age of 16, you’ll learn glazing and decorating techniques for creating beads and buttons to make your own jewelry and clothing accessories.