saturday arts program
Building Our Community through the Exploration of Community-Building, Cultural Traditions & the Arts!
Beginning Saturdays in 2022, Rainey will launch a new and exciting extension of its Saturday programming, Communities!
Communities will feature dynamic Music, Dance, Drama, and Visual Arts classes for ages 2 yrs old – Adult, highlighting the powerful role that the arts play in creating and building communities around the world, and how artistic expression intersects with cultural traditions, societal constructs, customs, and more!
Please Note: Due to the surge in positive Covid-19 cases, we have delayed the start of this program to January 22, 2022.
The program will be offered in two 8-week sessions (January 8th – February 26th & March 19th – May 21st (There will be no programming on Saturday, April 16th). Each session will culminate with a free Community Celebration featuring presentations, performances, and exhibitions of participants’ work.
Rainey is excited to continue enriching our community through the exploration of creativity, diversity, and culture from communities across the globe!
unity through art
Arts Education at Rainey Institute deeply enriches and inspires a broad community of learners through a variety of new and exciting programs. Through it’s multicultural and inter-generational classes, Communities will serve as a catalyst to unite and inspire our community as we learn, create and build together!
STORYTELLING THROUGH DANCE
Storytelling Through Dance will introduce students to basic dance vocabulary, through exploring, reading, and creating stories. The stories read will be rooted in African American culture and written for children.
The class is intended to provide a foundation in ballet and movement, covering the 5 positions of ballet. Students will be encouraged to express themselves through movement, while building on a range of physical, cognitive, and social skills. The African drum-Djembe will be incorporated in some dance classes as well.
The class will culminate with a performance centered on students’ courage, belief in themselves, and kindness to others.
ISLAND BEATS BASIC RHYTHMS
Students: 3rd – 8th Grades
Island Beats Basic Rhythms will break down the music, moves, steps, and cultural origins of Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton & Bachata for children and adults. Games and other exciting activities will also be incorporated, to explore the roots of Island culture.
Dance routines will be taught for each rhythm and presented at the end of the program.
AFRICAN AMERICAN STORY QUILTING
African Americans have been quilting for as long as we have been in this country. While quilts were originally used for the practical purpose of providing warm bed coverings, even in those early days, they were also a medium through which stories could be shared. That tradition has continued to this day and now some quilts are viewed as an art form. African American quilters use their work to share family and community stories, issues, and history, as well as to express thoughts, feelings and opinions.
African American Story Quilting will teach and explore this rich artform. The class project will allow each student to design and create a story quilt as a piece of wall art. The culminating presentation will be in the form of a quilt show, and each piece will be displayed with a detailed description of the student’s story.
3D MODELING & PRINTING BASICS
3D Modeling & Printing Basics will provide students an understanding of how 3D printing works from design to print.
Each class will teach new ways to design 3D prints and the understanding of how they are made. The finished print will encourage exploring, creating, and collaborating together to create something new, which in turn builds a culture of inclusivity, creativity, and play.
Once projects are complete, students will showcase the printed pieces.
WEAVING DREAMS: INDIAN WARLI ART
Indian Warli Art will introduce students to the indigenous art of ‘Warli’ from India; and to the culture surrounding it. Students will learn basic concepts of the artform, which they can quickly replicate on various media, including paper, canvas, fabric, walls, and pottery.
The class aims to inspire students to communicate aspirations for their homes and communities through ‘Warli’ art, and to visualize and create an enlarged tapestry through which they can experience the joy and pride of creating something big and beautiful.
Paper, Ink, and Pressure Print Workshop
Paper, Ink, and Pressure Print Workshop offers students an experience with making multiple reproductions of artwork, using a repetitive medium of print-making. This medium has been employed all over the world in cultures such as the Olmecs in Mexico, the Akan in Ghana, and the Madhya Pradesh tradition from India.
Students will work on skills of subject design, composition, and the preparation of a printing plate. Different approaches to the goals of printing will be considered, from the esthetical expressions of pure graphic patterns to socially-involved subject matter.