Arlington Community Education (ACE) Fall registration is now open. Catalogs have been mailed to Arlington addresses, featuring hundreds of classes for adults, kids, and families. It is also viewable online at ArlingtonCommunityEd.org. Classes begin the week of September 20, with a mix of in-person, outdoor, and online options. Indoor adult classes will take place in ventilated spaces at both Arlington High School and Gibbs School in the evenings, as well as at various locations around town during the day. ACE Kids classes will be held after school at all campuses, and there are also evening and weekend offerings for youth, as well as family classes for adults and children to take together.
Fine Arts & Crafts
ACE is offering over 250 adult classes this fall, including 56 new classes. Slow down and relieve stress with the new Fine Arts & Crafts classes “Meditative Slow Stitching” and “Mandala Drawing: Meditation Through Art.” Develop confidence and fluency in watercolor painting or learn drawing basics using Cray-Pas®. Get inspired by the colors and textures of fall or celebrate the holiday season by making colorful cards, 3-D ornaments, and artful mini-books. Explore the photo-editing software used by professionals, Adobe Photoshop, or learn the basics of working with leather while designing and constructing a keychain and wallet. Many favorites are also returning, including drawing, painting, pop-up cards, sewing, crochet, knitting, quilting, jewelry-making, printmaking, glass art, shibori, and woodworking.
Writing & Literature
In Writing & Literature, discover ways to sustain your passion for writing, explore “Weird Fiction,” or write haiku as part of a gratitude practice. Explore the stories of Hemingway, learn to read novels for greater pleasure, find ways to make time to write, try writing a 10-minute play, and more.
Music & Theater
Start playing the piano, gain foundational skills to keep the beat on the drums, learn how to better appreciate music, or develop your unique voiceover animation character, with one of ACE’s new Music & Theater classes. Learn to mime, practice your acting, or take up the ukulele, guitar, or banjo.
Home & Garden
In Home & Garden, handcraft a fabulous fall centerpiece or gorgeous evergreen wreath with the experts from Derby Farm Flowers & Gardens. Learn how paint color can refresh and enliven a room, or research your home’s history.
Food & Drink
Food & Drink classes will all be held online this fall. Get creative in the kitchen decorating cakes, making meatless meals, or fun and fancy appetizers. Learn to use your Instant Pot or make fresh pasta. Travel around the world with cuisine from Asia, Armenia, Africa, and India. Bake a British Battenberg cake, Armenian cookies, or French macarons. Explore wines of Italy, whiskies from around the world, German beers, and great teas.
Explore the Art of Boston’s Greenway with sculptor Paul Angiolillo, discover the South End on a chocolate walking tour, or explore the hidden spaces of the Nichols House museum on Beacon Hill on one of ACE’s walking tours.
Special Interest events include “Cultivating & Sustaining Creative Resiliency in a Time of Uncertainty” featuring artist Ngoc-Tran Vu, creator of the painting on the cover of ACE’s fall catalog. Explore the incredible and diverse music from three different countries at “African Music & Culture: An Interactive Performance.” Examine immersive technologies that are revolutionizing the way people learn and interact with each other at “Extended Reality Technology.”
There are nearly 20 family classes for adults and children to enjoy together. Dye a shibori apron, craft pop-up cards, learn the basics of glass fusing, or make critters out of clay. Assemble and decorate a gingerbread house or decorate cupcakes with animals you make out of fondant. Gain knife skills as you assemble poke bowls, make meatballs, explore African cooking, or cook around the world together with a three-session mini series.
ACE Kids classes also start the week of September 21. Classes are held after school at all campuses and run once a week for 60-90 minutes for 5-10 weeks. Offerings include arts & crafts, cooking, games & fantasy, fitness & dance, languages, life skills, music & theater, and STEM. New creative classes include Fiber Arts Exploration, Printmaking, FunDrumz, and Stykz Animation.
This term’s catalog features artwork by Cover Art Contest winner Ngoc-Tran Vu. Tran is a 1.5-generation Vietnamese-American interdisciplinary artist based in Dorchester whose socially-engaged work evokes discourse of familial ties and memories amongst themes of social justice and intersectionality. She is driven to co-create, support, and protect the stories and experiences of communities of color, refugees, and immigrants. Tran’s painting “Women of Color” portrays the complexities of Asian women, Vietnamese girls, and women of color, through shapes, colors, and spacing. See more of Tran’s work at tranvuarts.com and consider taking her fall class, “Cultivating & Sustaining Creative Resiliency in a Time of Uncertainty.”
“The ACE staff loves the vibrant colors and the symbolism of Tran’s painting,” said ACE Director Jen Rothenberg. “We chose her work because of her powerful message of the importance of bringing people together and honoring women of color.”
See all of the possibilities and register for all classes at ArlingtonCommunityEd.org. Many classes fill quickly and under-enrolled classes are cancelled, so be sure to reserve your spot early. Visit ArlingtonCommunityEd.org or email CommunityEd@arlington.k12.ma.us for more information.
Arlington Community Education is a program of the Arlington Public Schools that is completely supported by tuition received from our courses. ACE provides affordable education and enrichment for residents of Arlington and surrounding communities.
The cover of the Fall 2021 Arlington Community Education catalog features the painting “Women of Color” by Cover Artist Contest winner Ngoc-Tran Vu.