Catamount Arts will offer children's classes in a variety of media at both Catamount Outback Artspace and the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum starting in January.

Multi-instrumentalist Linda Warnaar will lead a new session of Conga Drumming on Fridays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 13, for ages 8 and up. There will be a slower-paced class at 3:15 and faster-paced class at 3:50 at Catamount Outback Artspace. Students will learn the hand techniques specific to the conga, playing rhythms from Cuba and Haiti. Drums are available for all students to use.

Mark Russell's Catamount World Chorus starts up again on Jan. 14, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and runs through May. Children aged 8-14 are invited to learn and perform songs from different musical traditions, including some from the Appalachian Mountains, South Africa and the Balkans. Singers will have an opportunity to perform for an audience. The Chorus meets at Catamount Outback Artspace.

On Tuesday afternoons at Catamount Outback Artspace, Jan. 13 to Feb. 10 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Sha'an Mouliert will engage students aged 7-11 in a variety of theater games. Students will explore basic performing and ensemble techniques through a variety of games and exercises. This work will help children to develop their vocal and physical skills, as well as collaborative skills. No acting experience is necessary.

Also on Tuesdays, from Jan. 13 to Feb. 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., artist Bill Tulp will lead Create Your Own Comics for students in grades 3 to 6. Students will participate in hands-on activities to explore different types of comics, in order to create their own personal graphic story. Drawing skills are helpful, but not necessary.

Older students, in grades 7 to 12, can join a documentary filmmaking class with professional cinematographer Patrick Kennedy of the School of Creative and Performing Arts. The class will meet on four Saturdays, Jan. 17 to Feb. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In this intensive class, students will learn about the importance of small businesses to the local economy and create films that promote those businesses. Students may enter their completed films in Catamount's High School Filmmakers' Showcase.

For more information including registration, visit www.catamountarts.org. For more information on classes, scholarship availability, or payment plans, call Anne Campbell at 748-2600 x108.

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