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ROCKTOBERFEST!

posted Sep 23, 2020, 4:44 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 25, 2020, 6:09 AM ]

The Darien Arts Center and Darien Parks and Recreation are hosting ROCKtoberfest, a free event for all ages, to celebrate the opening of Highland Farm, with an acknowledgement from First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, and to benefit the DAC. The event will feature two bands and beer, wine and food offerings to benefit the DAC. The bands Exit Ramp and Nightshift are performing at the concert, which takes place on Saturday, October 3 from 2-6pm at Highland Farm in Darien. Preregistration is required to attend.

Food, beer and wine may be pre-ordered online for curbside pickup between noon and 2pm on October 3rd at Sipstirs, located at 1053 Post Road. Meal choices include dinner options for adults and children prepared by Michael Joseph’s catering. Flag-decorating craft kits, that include a 12” X 18” flag, pole and markers, for groups to creatively mark their spot on the lawn, will also be offered. Flag kits will be delivered in advance or picked up on October 3rd from noon to 2pm in front of Sipstirs.

Exit Ramp is a popular cover band that performs danceable driving rhythms with a clean, tight sound. Nightshift, a dynamic '60s, '70s and '80s cover band made up of five well-known Connecticut musicians, also plays fun danceable songs, promising “to take you right back to your happy place!” Exit Ramp is performing from 2-3:30pm and headliner, Nightshift performs from 4-6pm.

In compliance with recommended Covid-19 protocols, groups will have designated spots for sitting on the lawn with their own blankets or lawn chairs that are 10 feet in diameter and 15 feet apart. After registering, seating circles at the event will be first come first serve for up to 4 adults. Masks will be required at all times when outside of designated circles. Attendees may also pack their own picnics and should bring the means to dispose of trash as the event is ‘carry in, carry out’ to help keep the town’s new recreational space clean. Portable bathroom facilities will be provided.

It is recommended to register early as the number of attendees is very limited. Deadline for food, beverage and flag kit orders is Wednesday, September 30 at 12 noon. Rain date for the event is Sunday, October 4. For questions or to find out more, call (203) 655-8683.

Preordering food does not include registering with Parks and Rec – everyone must register separately through link below.


REGISTER FOR ROCKTOBERFEST - Sold Out

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PURCHASE FOOD, DRINKS AND FLAG KITS

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New! Plein Air Drawing

posted Sep 15, 2020, 11:53 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 18, 2020, 10:52 AM ]

D
arien Arts Center, in Partnership with The Darien Land Trust and The Darien Nature Center Present: 
PLEIN AIR DRAWING 
With NANCY MCTAGUE-STOCK 

For Adults | Saturday 10am-12pm, October 10 | $60
Location: Cherry Lawn: Meet in front of the Darien Nature Center 
Rain Date: Sunday, October 11 

Enjoy re-discovering a well-known location in Darien through the eyes of Nancy McTague-Stock! Learn how to find the right drawing/painting spot, determine what constitutes a good composition, even try new materials while out in the great outdoors. Well-versed in all media, Nancy will guide you whether you use pencil, pen and ink, colored pencils, markers, pastel, she will steer you on the right path. Just bring yourself, choice of paper and a drawing board, sketchbook or a hot press watercolor block, your favorite media and tools, a chair or stool, sunscreen and a bottle of water! 
**Table top easels can be available if you are bringing a little table. Advance notice is necessary for this, please email 
emily@darienarts.orgwith any material questions.

Parenting During the Pandemic - Free Webinar

posted Sep 4, 2020, 6:18 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Sep 4, 2020, 6:19 AM ]

We are happy to be hosting the free Child  Guidance Center Webinar Series, “Parenting During the Pandemic in collaboration with the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut! Middle School and High School parents are invited to tune in through Zoom on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:30pm, and Elementary School parents are invited on Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30pm. Featured speakers of the talks are Georgette Harrison, Clinical and Community Partnerships Director and Jessica Welt, CEO and Clinical Director, both of CGC. Sandi Kornblum, CGC’s Communication and Events Manager will moderate both talks.

The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut is a non-profit mental health resource for area children and families with a staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and clinicians. It is dedicated to improving the mental and behavioral health of children and teens through treatment, education, and community support.

Parents interested in the “Parenting in the Pandemic” Series can register below to receive the Zoom link to the Tuesday night talks. To find out more, call (203) 655-8683.







Register Now for Fall!

posted Aug 10, 2020, 8:13 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Aug 17, 2020, 2:56 PM ]

Registration is open for fall classes for all ages in dance, visual arts, martial arts and music. The DAC will be following all state Covid-19 protocols. To find out more call (203) 655-8683. 


DANCE:
The DAC dance program offers students from the age of 3 through adults, the opportunity to train in one of the finest dance spaces in Fairfield County and to participate in multiple performances throughout the year. The DAC Weatherstone Studio converts to a black box performance space, giving DAC students the most performance opportunities in the area. Fall classes run from September 8, 2020 through January 16, 2021. Dance classes for all levels, ages 3 & up include Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Teen Lyrical, Teen Contemporary, Modern, Broadway Dance, Broadway Tap, and Pointe. REGISTER

MARTIAL ARTS:
Classes are designed to hone fine motor skills and improve focus and self-discipline, while learning self-defense and having fun.
OPEN MARTIAL ARTS
MASTER JAMES GOMBOS, JOE KILEY
Ages 8 & Up | Monday 5:30-6:30pm | Half Year: Sept. 10-Jan. 14 | Full Year : Sept. 10-Jun. 3 
Open Martial Arts for ages 8 and up. 
TEEN/ADULT MARTIAL ARTS
MASTER JAMES GOMBOS
Adult | Thursday 6:30-7:30pm| Half Year: Sept. 10-Jan. 14 | Full Year: Sept. 10-Jun. 3
A great workout while learning many self-defense theories and skills. This class will improve coordination, stamina, and self awareness.
$20 Drop-in Fee or 10-class card for $190 available for adult classes ($35 registration fee due 1x per yr.)  Available at DAC office or at (203) 655-8683.

MUSIC:
The DAC music program includes private lessons for guitar, flute, violin, voice, percussion, cello, piano, and composition, that begin August 31, as well as group classes for both adults and children. Contact juanita@darienarts.org for private music instruction.
Grades 5-12 | Saturday 1:15-2:45pm | Sept. 19-Dec. 5 | $320, plus performance fee of $15
Student composers with more experience will work in a workshop setting, writing and critiquing each other's music. More advanced harmonic progressions, forms and elements of melody and counterpoint will be explored. Students will write short pieces that explore specific aspects of the compositional process such as imitation and different types of chromaticism. 
Grades 3-5 |Saturday 3-4pm | Sept. 19-Dec. 5 | $210, plus performance of $15
Beginning composition students will learn the basics of writing music. We will cover topics including setting up a score, identifying pitches on the staff and simple rhythms, as well as other aspects of music notation. Students will compose simple pieces that explore specific parts of the harmonic progressions, form and orchestration. At the end of the course students will have written several short pieces. 

VISUAL ARTS:
Classes and workshops for children and adults include painting, drawing, calligraphy, portrait sketching and photography. Students work in the spacious DAC Visual Arts Studio and participate in various exhibits at the DAC and around town.
TIM CRONIN
Grades 1-4 |Tuesday 4:10-5:35pm | Sept. 22-Nov. 24. No class Nov. 3 | $295
Students will design their own characters and learn to use them in a one-panel cartoon and three-panel comic strip. They will study facial expressions and body language as it relates to cartooning. Instruction in creating mood and suspense using color theory, composition and perspective will be put into practice as we explore cartooning in comic books and graphic novels for children. Storyboards and caricature will also be included. New projects and fun activities are planned each session to accommodate new and returning students.
TIM CRONIN
Grades 5-8 |Tuesday 6-7pm | Sept. 22-Nov. 24 | $295
Similar to Cartooning Session I but geared towards older students, this class will also guide the students to design their own characters and learn to use them in a one-panel cartoon and three-panel comic strip. They will study facial expressions and body language as it relates to cartooning. Instruction in creating mood and suspense using color theory, composition and perspective will be put into practice as we explore cartooning in comic books and graphic novels for children. Storyboards and caricature will also be included. New projects and fun activities are planned each session to accommodate new and returning students.
ERIKA CAPUTO
Grades 1-5 |Wednesday 3:45-4:45pm | Sept. 23-Nov. 18 | $175
Students will create developmentally appropriated art projects using the elements of art. A variety of different media and techniques will be explored. Students will create using pastels, watercolor, ink and more. New projects are planned each session to accommodate new and returning students.
BRIAN ADAMS
Grades 5-8 | Friday 4:40-5:40pm, Sept. 25-Nov. 20 | $198
Students of all ages learn to use their digital device to capture amazing photos. Some of the photography skills that will be covered include: rule of thirds, filling the frame, negative space, scale and focal point. Students are to bring their own digital point and shoot camera, or iPhone.
STEPHANIE LUSH-MASTRIANO
Grades 5-9 | Wednesday 5:15-6:45pm, Sept. 23-Nov. 18 | $265
All levels are welcome. The class will include traditional and experimental materials. Students will draw figures, landscapes, portraits, still life as well as images from their imaginations. Technical drawing skills will be developed while individual creativity will be encouraged. New projects will be planned each session to accommodate new and returning students.
FOR ADULTS:
NANCY MCTAGUE-STOCK
Adults | Thursday 10-11am, Sept. 24-Oct. 29 | $195
Throughout this six week course, Nancy will work with her students to broaden their horizons both in technical skill and material knowledge.
She will help each student grow as an artist individually, suiting each artist's personal style, level and interest. This class is scheduled to meet in person.
MOKI KOKORIS
Adults | Monday 7-9pm, Oct. 19-Nov. 23 | $315
Blackletter - often called Gothic or Old English - is a dramatic letterform full of impact and contrast created during the reign of Charlemagne. Using the fundamental strokes of this calligraphic hand (proper term for script) as a starting point, the class will take a brief journey through the variations of this genre (Fraktur, Texture, etc.). A very rhythmic and modular alphabet, Blackletter is often a favorite of beginner calligraphers as it lends a sense of structure and formality to a handwritten work. Join us as we discover why the pen is indeed mightier than the sword!
JOEL FLORA
Adults | Tuesday 10:45am-12:15pm, Sept. 22-Oct. 27 | $198
All levels are welcome in this drawing class, where you will learn the basic technique of portrait sketching from local artist Joel Flora. Students will learn how to capture individual features and subtle expressions, and leave the course with a new understanding of the art of sketching. 
STEPHANIE LUSH-MASTRIANO
Adults | Thursday 7-9pm, Oct.. 1 | $50
Come to the DAC and be a master for a day! DAC painting instructor and artist Stephanie Lush-Mastriano will lead this vibrant and exciting workshop that is open to beginners or seasoned painters. A beautiful floral still life will be present, and the class will learn how to create their own interpretation of the beautiful scene. All materials will be provided, all levels welcome.
DOROTHY HAFNER
Adults | Friday 6-9:30pm, Oct. 23 | $90
Add Some Sparkle to Your Life! Join us for a workshop in glass coaster making. Learn glass cutting, then assemble your own designs using pre-cut glass in assorted shapes and sizes. Join this exciting workshop with Dorothy Hafner, award-winning artist and designer. We supply the tools and materials, you bring the creativity. Includes 4 coasters or 2 larger hanging light catchers for your windows.
ERIKA CAPUTO
Adults | Wednesday 7-9pm, Dec. 2 | $70
This new DAC holiday tradition returns with more dates scheduled. Come join us for a festive wreath making workshop and a ladies night out! Bring your friends! Wreaths and all materials will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring extra decorations to give their wreaths a more personalized look. Usher in the holiday season with this classic craft! BYO wine and refreshments.
ERIKA CAPUTO
Adults | Friday 7-9pm, Dec. 4 | $70
This new DAC holiday tradition returns with more dates scheduled. Come join us for a festive wreath making workshop and a ladies night out! Bring your friends! Wreaths and all materials will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring extra decorations to give their wreaths a more personalized look. Usher in the holiday season with this classic craft! BYO wine and refreshments.

New! In-Person Summer Dance Classes

posted Jul 17, 2020, 9:40 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jul 17, 2020, 9:43 AM ]

Join Us - 
Get Ready for Fall! Dance Classes
In the DAC Weatherstone Studio 

Grades 3-6 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2-3pm 
August 10-13 or August 17-20 : $90 | 2 Weeks (8/10-8/13 and 8/17-8/20) : $160
With Bonnie Gombos
Four days of dance classes include jazz, ballet and hip hop!


Dance Company Members - By invitation only.
Monday- Friday, 11am-1:30pm  
August 10-14 or August 17-21 : $225 |2 Weeks (8/10-8/14 and 8/17-8/21) : $425
With Bonnie Gombos
Two classes per day for the week, including ballet, pointe, lyrical, Broadway and hip hop.


Plein Air Drawing and Painting Workshop

posted Jul 6, 2020, 2:09 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jul 13, 2020, 8:22 AM ]

Join us for this in-person, outdoor visual arts workshop! 

Darien Arts Center, in Partnership with The Darien Land Trust and 
The Darien Nature Center Present: 

Plein Air Drawing and Painting with Nancy McTague-Stock 
Saturday, July 25th, 9:30-11:30am | $60 | Adults 
RAIN DATE: Sunday, July 26th, 9:30AM-11:30AM
Location: Cherry Lawn Park, near the Gazebo. Parking available in the Nature Center Parking Lot.


Join artist and DAC instructor Nancy McTague-Stock for a plein air painting and drawing class at the beautiful Cherry Lawn Park. The tradition of painting outside has a rich history, famed in Connecticut by the Cos Cob and Lyme painting colonies from the 1890's. Come join us and continue the tradition! Nancy will bring her favorite portable mediums: graphite pencil, colored pencil and watercolor for demonstration. The DAC will provide graphite pencil, watercolor, brush and paper. Feel free to bring any additional art supplies. Also, please bring a small folding chair, sunscreen and a bottle of water. If you have questions, please email Emily Altman at emily@darienarts.org.


CREATED IN PLACE: This Week's Featured Submissions

posted Jun 23, 2020, 11:02 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 23, 2020, 11:03 AM ]


Congrats to these very talented artists! 

Take Time to Smell the Flowers 
By Gigi Barrett 


Oil on Canvas Board depicts a sweet scene of a young girl in a garden filled with fragrant flowers 










Someone to You 
Piano and vocal performance by Isabella Allen 

 










CREATED IN PLACE: This Week's Featured Submissions

posted Jun 11, 2020, 11:31 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 11, 2020, 11:46 AM ]

This week's featured submissions to CREATED IN PLACE are:  

Mountains and Clouds 

By Kaitlin La Du  


"At home I’ve gotten the time to improve on my editing in photography. This one I took back in Colorado was great to play around with and try many new things."









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A guitar piece from Miles Davis

By Hannah Bang


Click on the image and scroll down to see the video!








CREATED IN PLACE: This Week's Featured Submissions

posted Jun 3, 2020, 12:09 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Jun 3, 2020, 12:20 PM ]

Here are this week's featured entries to CREATED IN PLACE!   

Pink Explosion 
By Nancy Breakstone 


Staying safe at home and finding so many fun things to shoot around my property.














Sunset Palm Trees
By Kate Knightly


Sunset palm trees in Florida.
















CREATED IN PLACE: This Week's Featured Submissions

posted May 28, 2020, 9:03 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated May 28, 2020, 9:05 AM ]


Congrats to this week's featured submissions! 

The Front Steps Project - Darien 

By Mary Wade 

I started "The Front Steps Project" here in Darien on March 29, 2020. Other local photographers followed suit. I also took photos of businesses that were open for online and phone orders. These are my photos... 












Starry Night

By Brooke Ruby Moyers


Acrylic paint on canvas painted at home by Brooke Ruby Moyers, 4th Grade Holmes Elementary School











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