The Arlington Community Education (ACE) offers opportunities for adults and youth to let their creativity bloom, including Fine Arts & Crafts, Writing & Literature, Food & Drink, Music & Theater, Family Nights, KidZone, VacationFun!, and SummerFun! Registration is open NOW, and the spring term begins the week of March 30.
Arlington Community Education is a program of the Arlington Public Schools that is completely supported by tuition. ACE provides affordable education and enrichment for residents of Arlington and surrounding communities.
Fine Arts & Crafts
ACE is offering 30 adult Fine Arts & Crafts classes this spring. New classes provide the opportunity to design and construct a leather wallet; paint, print, stamp, and embellish papers to turn into a unique art journal; create fused glass sushi serving plates; and use luminous pastels to make a beautiful landscape. Create a naturalistic spring flower arrangement on April 6 or an aromatic foaming soap on April 14. Returning favorites include acrylics and mixed media; digital photography; silversmith jewelry and kumihimo; drawing and watercolor; mosaics; shibori; embroidery, quilting, knitting, and sewing; and woodworking.
Writing & Literature
New Writing & Literature classes include “Exploring the Irish Short Story,” “Haiku for a Spring Day,” and “Creative Journaling.” One-night workshops feature “Wake up Your Writing” with local author Sandra Miller on May 6, an opportunity to connect with the natural world by writing haiku on May 20, and an inspirational evening with Arlington’s Poet Laureate Steven Ratiner and Poet Laureate Emerita Cathie Desjardins on May 28. Popular classes “The Writer’s Workshop,” “Memoir Writing Group,” and “Reading Novels for Greater Pleasure” return for your writing and reading pleasure.
Food & Drink
Get creative in the kitchen. Learn to decorate cupcakes with flowers, bake tarts from scratch, or recreate the gorgeous desserts of the Great British Bake-off. Travel the world by making vegetarian sushi, simple curries, dosas, Spanish tapas, Asian classics, Chinatown bakery buns, Northern Italian specialities, or a Cinco de Mayo feast.
Music & Theater
Discover your singing voice or reawaken your hidden acting talent with ACE’s Music & Theater classes. Make beautiful music as you join your voice in harmony with others at the new class “Quick Harmony.” Learn to play the banjo, guitar, ukulele, harmonica, or West African hand drum. Take your ukulele skills to the next level with new workshops on chord fingering and strum patterns. Ukulele, guitar, and West African Hand Drumming are also available for teens.
Explore the arts with your child. Craft a Japanese style basket, journey through China’s rich poetic tradition, hand-dye a shibori apron, mold chocolate lollipops, make bento-style lunches, or decorate cupcakes with fondant animals. Roll sushi, create glass art, learn card tricks, or get to know your sewing machine.
KidZone classes run after school for 60-90 minutes once a week at all seven elementary schools. Creative options include cartoon drawing, electronics, acting, public speaking, music, Vegetable Circus, computer art, felt fun, creative dance, clay, and LEGO architecture.
VacationFun! is April 21-24. This enrichment program for grades K-8, held at Arlington High School, features fun and creative classes designed and taught by experienced teachers. Children can build their own soapbox derby car; learn three different glass arts techniques; cook yummy treats; create mindful art and do yoga; get creative with electricity; design and construct a wooden toolbox; or learn to be an architect.
SummerFun! is six weeks of fun and creative classes held at Ottoson Middle School from June 29 through August 7. Arts & Crafts options include artist trading cards, comics, counted cross stitch, duct tape art, sewing with felt, friendship bracelets, glass art, jewelry-making, knitting, painting, and woodworking. Cooking classes feature pie, cookies, and breakfast. Discover a cappella or show choir; improv or stand up comedy; or summer strings, jazz workshop, or brass ensemble. There are tons of STEAM offerings including Minecraft architecture, LEGO engineering, JAVA graphics, and digital art, or get outside with nature journaling or art inspired by nature.
Visit ArlingtonCommunityEd.org or call for more information or to register. Catalog Cover Artist: Daniela Cermenati