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New! Adult Visual Arts Classes: Painting Workshop & Painting Night Out

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Painting Workshop
 Joe LaMorte will teach various painting methods in the spacious and well-lit DAC Visual Arts Studio using different media, such as watercolors and acrylics. All levels are welcome and a materials list will be provided.

Dates: Six classes, Tuesdays, 10/24-12/5, no class 11/14
Time: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Fee: $180 plus + $35 reg fee

Joe, a career artist, has long been involved in advertising as illustrator and art director. His work, appearing in newspapers and magazines, has at times received national awards. He teaches watercolor painting, and has extensive experience painting in oils. His training has been at Cooper Union and The New School at NYC and at Silvermine College in CT. He has exhibited in galleries throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties. The National Endowment for the Arts has funded purchase of his work for public space.

Call the DAC office for more information: (203) 655-8683.

Painting Night Out
 Come to our spacious DAC Visual Arts Studio and learn floral painting techniques in a relaxed and supportive environment. All levels welcome. Materials and light refreshments will be provided. 

Instructor: Barbara Simonson - (Regarded Darien artist)
Date: 11/9
Time: 7 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $40

Barbara Simonson is a Darien artist and her work is in private collections throughout the United States, as well as California State University and the Las Vegas Museum of Art. She is an invited exhibiting member of the National Arts Club and the Catharine Lorillard Arts Club in Manhattan, the Northeast Watercolor Society, and the Edward Hopper Museum in Nyack, NY. Barbara is also a demonstrating artist of the Connecticut Classic Arts group.

Call the DAC office for more information: (203) 655-8683.

Make-A-Monster Workshop

posted Oct 5, 2017, 5:01 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 5:01 PM ]

Kids ages 8 to 12 can unleash their inner beast and create a cuddly monster at the Make-A-Monster Workshop with Cathleen Hellman at the DAC. Hellman, sewing teacher for the Darien After Schools program, will help participants in the spacious well-lit DAC Visual Arts Studio, design a pattern from imagination, and use new sewing skills to bring their creature to life. Projects will go home in time for Halloween decorating. The Make-A-Monster Workshop takes place on October 21 and 28 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fee for the 2-day workshop is $80, with no registration fee. 

Evening of Dance

posted Oct 5, 2017, 4:57 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 4:57 PM ]

Once again, a dazzling ‘Evening of Dance’ promises to thrill audiences at annual performances on Saturday, October 14th at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, October 15th at 4 p.m. Celebrating it’s 17th year, the DAC’s ‘Evening of Dance’ will showcase an impressive culmination of performances by the DAC Dance department staff, and the adult and student performance groups that have worked together since 2000.

Under the direction of DAC Dance Director Bonnie Gombos, instructors and students have developed, choreographed and polished performances to feature the versatility of the dancers in a wide variety of dance forms. Performances will encompass classical ballet, modern, contemporary jazz, and ballroom styles, and approximately 30 dancers will perform in the 90-minute show.

‘An Evening of Dance 2017’ will take place in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. Tickets are $15 and reservations are recommended as both shows usually sell out. To make reservations email Bonnie Gombos at Bonnie@darienarts.org or call us at (203) 655-8683.


Darien Wine Tasting and Charity Auction

posted Sep 28, 2017, 12:09 PM by Darien Arts Center

The Darien Arts Center has been chosen as a beneficiary of this fabulous event. Please purchase your advance tickets through the Darien Arts Center office or through the link below. Tickets are $65 in advance (until Oct. 16) and $80 at the door. 
Thank you for your support!
The 13th Annual Darien Wine Tasting and Charity Auction
Enjoy tasting over 50 wines, sample culinary delights from eight Darien restaurants and caterers, and shop the auction with great items from our local businesses.
Benefiting the Darien Arts Center, The Depot and the Darien Chamber Charitable Foundation.

Thursday, October 19th
at BMW of Darien, 140 Ledge Road, Darien

Mindful Acting Class

posted Sep 25, 2017, 10:49 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 11:04 AM ]

Join Peter Green in this acting class for adults. 

There's a renewed interest in the idea of mindfulness, of being present in the moment. Using a progression of in-class exercises that lead to scene work, students will explore the idea of mindful acting. What is the difference between showing and doing, between the truth and the lie? How do we overcome our natural self-consciousness? Come play and learn with us.

Peter is an early graduate of the Acting Conservatory of SUNY Purchase. He has been acting, directing and teaching theatre in Westchester and Fairfield Counties for the past 20 years. At the DAC he has directed 'Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris', and 'You're a Good Man Charlie Brown', and has been onstage in 'Six Degrees of Separation',' A Month in the Country', 'Almost Maine' and 'Baby'.

Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm
October 3 - November 21
$250 plus $35 registration fee

Artists at Grove Street Plaza

posted Sep 18, 2017, 8:11 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 18, 2017, 8:13 AM ]

Join us on Saturday, September 23 from 9am to 5pm at Grove Street Plaza in Darien for the 3rd Annual Artists at Grove Street Plaza. This wonderful outdoor art show helps support the DAC. See more details below.

Attention: Artists Under the Age of 18!
Future Darien Artists Show
Young artists under 18 years of age are encouraged to bring their artwork to the 2nd Annual Future Darien Artists Show, part of the Artists at Grove Street Plaza event. Young artists will have their work displayed throughout the day without judging or selling. Entering the show is free and one work is allowed per participant. Any media on unframed paper, no larger than 12” X 16”, is accepted. Young artists should bring their work to the Darien Arts Center table in the Grove Street parking lot between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 23rd. Each participant will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize donated by the Darien Arts Center. For more information, visit artshow-darien.com.

Visual Arts and Theatre Classes Starting Soon

posted Sep 12, 2017, 5:21 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 8:09 AM ]

Registration is ongoing for classes for all ages in Visual Arts and Theatre that begin soon. Join us for creativity this fall! (Scroll down to see Theatre classes.)

VISUAL ARTS FOR CHILDREN: (New projects accommodate new and returning students.)
Scribble Scrabble, ages 3-5, Fridays, 1:10-1:55pm, Sept 29-Dec 15. Young learners develop fine motor skills while using imagination to create drawings, paintings, collages & prints. $200.
Cartooning, ages 7-12, Mondays, 4:10-5:10pm, Sept 25-Jan 8. Students design their own characters & use them in one-panel cartoons and three-panel comic strips. Study facial expressions & body language as it relates to cartooning & the human figure. TV storyboards & caricature included. $280.
Elementary Art Studio, ages 6-11, Wednesdays, 3:40–4:40pm, Sept 27-Jan 17. Developmentally appropriate projects will originate from art principles such as line, color, texture & form. A variety of media includes pastels, watercolors, acrylics & ink. Develop techniques & originality. $280. 
Drawing/Painting, ages 10-15, Wednesdays, 4:45-6:15pm, Oct 4-Dec 20. All levels welcome. Students will use traditional and experimental materials to draw figures, landscapes, portraits. still life, and images from imagination. Technical drawing skills developed and creativity encouraged. $300.
Click! Digital Photography, ages 9-12, Fridays, 4:40-5:40pm, Sept 29-Jan 26. Learn to use a digital camera or iPod Touch to take great photos with the rule of thirds, filling the frame, negative space, color, texture and scales. $280.
Make-A-Monster Workshop, ages 8-12, Saturdays, 2:00-4:00pm, Oct 21 and Oct 28. Create a cuddly monster from imagination - draw a sweet, scary or funny monster and use that to design a pattern & use new sewing skills to bring it to life. Learn to cut a pattern, & sew a backstitch. $80.

New! Watercolor and Acrylic Painting for Adults
, Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am, Oct. 10–Dec 19. For all levels. Focus will be on improving in each medium and understanding the fundamentals of creating an effective painting, such as composition, color, tone and scale. $280.
New! Still Life Process Workshop for Adults, Thursdays, 9:30am–12:30pm, Oct. 5-Oct. 26. Work with a simple still life drawing and later with a finished painting. The importance of composition, tonal value and a simple range of color will be emphasized. All skill levels are welcome and students may use oil or acrylic paints as a medium. $165.

Dramatics, ages 3-5, Fridays, 2:45-3:30pm, Oct. 6-Dec. 15. Introduces young children to theatre by focusing on their natural sense of play. Children learn to use their bodies, voices & imagination with games, rhymes, costumes, puppets and more to discover the magic of performing. $200.
Beginning Acting, grades K-2, Tuesdays, 3:50-4:50pm, Oct. 3-Dec. 12. A lightly structured class where play and story are joined and the beginning of stage sense begins. An increasing awareness of self and of working with a group is developed in a non-stressful, encouraging atmosphere. $200.
New! Kids’ Improv, grades 3-5, Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm, Oct. 5-Dec. 14. Explores the basic themes of improv and scene building through games, familiar scripts, and a loose interpretation of reality. $200.
New! Improv for Middle School, grades 6-8, Thursdays, 5:40-7:20pm, Oct. 5-Dec.14. Students explore what makes a scene and learn fun new games to hone improv skills and build other skills like teamwork, adaptability, and discovering the obvious or absurd.

New! Improv for Adults, Mondays, 6:50-8:20pm, Oct. 2-Dec. 4. For all levels. Includes games and improv exercises to explore what makes an improv scene and how to tell a story with a group on stage. Themes include space work, character building, scene setting and advancement techniques. $300.
New! Mindful Acting for Adults, Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm, Oct. 3-Nov. 21. Focused on the renewed interest in the idea of mindfulness and being present in the moment. Students will explore the idea of mindful acting to discover the difference between showing and doing, between the truth and the lie, and overcoming natural self-consciousness. $250. 


Auditions for Sylvia with DAC Stage

posted Aug 31, 2017, 9:58 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 6:11 AM ]

Auditions for the fall DAC Stage production of Sylvia by A.R. Gurney are being held on Thursday, September 14 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. If callbacks are necessary they will be held on Sunday, September 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Four adults, ages 18 and older, need to be cast for the production, which will run on weekends from November 3 through 11. Directed by Christian Amato.

The plot of Sylvia involves Greg and Kate, who have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park, or that has found him, bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

Those auditioning should perform a short comedic monologue or they may read from the script, and provide a photo and resume if possible. Preparing a monologue from the play is recommended. Selections from the script will be provided at the auditions. Parts to be cast are:

GREG: Male, Adult, Late 40s - 60s, New York or New England accent. Greg is a man heading towards middle age. A man coming to the natural conclusion of his career and struggling to cope with the changes in his world and in himself.

KATE: Female, Adult, Late 40s - 60s, New York or East Coast accent. A woman coming into her own in her career and in herself; her and Greg’s last child has gone to college. Kate is a high school teacher whose career recognition and opportunities are opening up for her.

SYLVIA: Female, Young Adult, 20s - 30s, New York or Standard American accent. Sylvia is a dog, an adorable labra-doodle. Must be fit and agile, the role is physically demanding.

TOM/PHYLLIS/LESLIE: One actor plays all three roles:

TOM: Male, Adult, 30s - 40s, New York accent. Tom is a friendly man, who enjoys taking his dog Bowser to play in the park. He befriends Greg in the park.

PHYLLIS: Female, Adult, 40s - 60s, American accent -- East Coast, WASP. Phyllis is a wealthy New York City socialite, and old school friend of Kate’s.

LESLIE: Male or Female, Adult, 30s - 60s, Standard American or New York accent. Leslie is a therapist and marriage counselor.

The DAC Weatherstone Studio is located at 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT 06820, behind Darien Town Hall. For more information, call (203) 655-8683.

Join Us for Our Open House on August 29th

posted Aug 10, 2017, 7:18 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 9:44 AM ]

All ages are welcome to our Open House to “See what’s happening behind Town Hall!” on Tuesday, August 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. Visitors can participate in complimentary mini-classes in dance, visual arts and kids’ theatre, learn more about Darien’s Got Talent 2018 and community theatre produced by DAC Stage. Come enjoy live music, cupcakes and lemonade, and meet DAC board members and faculty. We look forward to seeing you!

DAC Stage 2017-2018

posted Aug 10, 2017, 7:06 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 7:19 AM ]

Mark your calendars for our new and exciting season that kicks off with Beatles Night on September 30th and includes the fall production of Sylvia and Improv Night in February! 

Join us at the Darien Arts Center Open House on August 29th, from 
1-4pm to find out more about 2017-2018 DAC Stage productions and volunteer opportunities. 

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