Classes

 

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YOUTH ACTIVITIES

**NEW**

YOUTH ART AT CLEARWATER

Classes and camps are instructed by ClearWater artists and other artists from the Concord area. All classes will be held at ClearWater Artist Studio, 223 Crowell Dr. NW, unless noted otherwise. Pre-registration is required. Call 704-920-5600 for class availability.

AROUND THE WORLD TIE DYE

Activity # 9067.216
Ages 9-14. Create patterns by dying fabric using various shubori and tie dye techniques of patterns found in Japan, India, North America and West Africa. The final day of camp, participants will wear their creations to a West African inspired dance. Min. 4/Max. 15 participants. All materialsprovided. Instructor: Sunya Folayan
Day: Monday – Thursday, 6/13 – 6/16
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Fee: $120; $10 city resident discount

 

SEED PACKET PRINTMAKING

Activity # 9079.216
Ages 14-18. Design, cut and print linoleum block images of seed packets. Min. 3/Max. 15 participants. All materials provided. Instructor: Steven Mitchem
Day: Tuesday – Thursday, 6/14 – 6/16
1:00 – 3:00 p.m
.
Fee: $50; $5 city resident discount

 

PAPER PETS

Ages 9-13 & 14-18. Learn how to construct an armature of a favorite pet dog or cat, shape it with paper mache clay and paint the finished product. Min. 6/Max. 12 participants. All materials provided. Instructor: Brandi McKenna
AGES 9-13
Day: Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

SESSION I: 6/14, 6/21, 6/28 
Activity # 9058.216
SESSION II: 7/12, 7/19, 7/26
Activity # 9060.216
SESSION III: 8/2, 8/9, 8/16
Activity # 9062.216

AGES 14-18
Day: Thursday, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
SESSION I: 6/16, 6/23, 6/30

Activity # 9059.216
SESSION II: 7/14, 7/21, 7/28
Activity # 9061.216
SESSION III: 8/4, 8/11, 8/18
Activity # 9063.216
Fee per session: $80; $10 city resident discount

 
           

 

EXPLORING ACRYLIC PAINTING


Ages 8-10 & 11-13. Explore the many techniques of acrylic painting, creating an original masterpiece each day. Min. 4/Max. 10 participants. All materials provided. Instructor: Kate Highsmith
AGES 8-10
Day: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

SESSION I: 6/20 – 6/23 Activity # 9081.216
SESSION II: 7/25 – 7/28 Activity # 9082.216
AGES 11-13
Day: Monday – Thursday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
SESSION I: 6/20 – 6/23
Activity # 9083.216
SESSION II: 7/25 – 7/28 Activity # 9084.216
Fee per session: $150; $10 city resident discount

 

 

 

CREATURES IN PASTEL


Ages 12-18. Selecting from four environments, students paint different whimsical creatures in pastel. Min. 6/Max. 12 participants. All materials provided but student should bring a cardboard portfolio to protect finished artwork for transportation home. Instructor: Walter Stanford
Day: Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
6/21, Land Activity # 9053.216
6/28, Sea Activity # 9055.216
7/19, Air Activity # 9056.216
7/26, Space Activity # 9057.216
Fee per class: $45; $5 city resident discount

 

JEWELRY DESIGN

Ages 14-18. Learn jewelry design as you create a one of a kind assembled necklace. Master techniques such as piercing, drilling, joining and layering metal. Min. 4/Max. 12 participants. All materials provided. Instructor: Dusti Harlan
Day: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
6/22
Activity # 9064.216
7/20 Activity # 9065.216
8/17 Activity # 9066.216
Fee per class: $45; $5 city resident discount

 

 
           
 URBAN SKETCHING

Activity # 9078.216
Ages 14-18. Learn sketch techniques before our walk around historic downtown to draw it’s energy, architecture and landscapes. Min. 3/Max. 10 participants. Bring sketchbook and camp chair. Instructor: Steven Mitchem
Day: Wednesday & Thursday, 6/22 – 6/23
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Location: McEachern Greenway, Post Office Trail Head
Fee per class: $50; $5 city resident discount

 

POP ART PAINT

Activity # 9077.216
Ages 14-18. Create an acrylic masterpiece reflecting the artistic style of pop artists Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg. Min. 3/Max. 20 participants. All materials provided. Instructor: Steven Mitchem
Day: Monday – Thursday, 7/11 – 7/14
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Fee per class: $60; $5 city resident discount

 

PRINT & PAPER MAKING

Activity # 9080.216
Ages 10-14. Experiment with media and material to explore design, color and composition for a variety of printmaking and paper making techniques. Min. 5/Max. 15 participants. All materials provided. Instructor: Lindsey Landers
Day: Monday – Thursday, 7/11 – 7/14
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Fee: $75; $5 city resident discount

 
           

PHOTO SILK SCREEN

Activity # 9075.216
Ages 14-18. Bring a photo or image you will use to design an illustration, from which you will create a silk screen. Print your design on paper provided or clothing that you bring. Min. 3/Max. 10 participants. Instructor: Steven Mitchem
Day: Thursday & Friday, 7/28 – 7/29
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $75; $5 city resident discount

 

IMAGINATION CREATIONS

Activity # 9069.216
Ages 8-12. Innovate something new every day, from dream catchers to painting with nature items. Min. 4/Max. 12 participants. All materials provided. Instructor: Meredith
Farrell
Day: Monday – Wednesday, 8/1 – 8/3
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $55; $5 city resident discount

 

KAPOW! COMICS AND CARTOON CHARACTERS

Activity # 9074.216
Ages 10-14. Draw your favorite characters the same way as the pros! Learn body/facial proportions, figure sketches, inking and perspective drawing. Min. 4/Max. 18 participants. All materials provided. Instructor: Zach Brown
Day: Monday – Wednesday, 8/1 – 8/3
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $55; $5 city resident discount

 
           

TINY TOTS ART CAMP

Activity # 9068.216
Ages 3-5. During this camp for young ones, students participate in a variety of arts and crafts that teach them the basics of art techniques. Min. 4/Max. 10 participants. All materials provided. Instructor: Meredith Farrell
Day: Monday – Wednesday, 8/1 – 8/3
10 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Fee: $40; $5 city resident discount

 

3 IN 1 ART CAMP

Activity # 9073.216
Ages 5-9. This three day camp includes upcycled art, photography, and painting techniques taught by three downtown business artists in their own unique style! Min. 4/Max. 12 participants. All materials provided. Instructors: Michelle Pentoney, Joy Bruce, Andrea Sowle
Day: Monday – Wednesday, 8/8 – 8/10
9:00 – 12:00 noon

Fee: $120; $10 city resident discount

 

BASIC OIL PAINTING

Activity # 9076.216
Ages 14-18. Create a still life with the basics of oil paints. Min. 3/Max. 10 participants. All materials provided. Instructor: Steven Mitchem
Day: Tuesday – Friday, 8/9 – 8/12
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Fee: $75; $5 city resident discount

 

YOUTH CAMPS AT OLD COURTHOUSE THEATRE

Camps will be held at Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. NW and instructed by OCT staff. Participants receive a free t-shirt! Pre-registration is required. Call 704-920-5600 for camp availability.

 

WILD ANIMALS

Activity # 9019.216
Ages 5-7. Explore different aspects of theatre as they play games, pretending to be wild animals and zoo keepers. They
will create wild art projects and perform in short scenes. Bring snack
and bag lunch. Min. 5/Max. 20 participants.
Day: Monday – Friday, 6/27 – 7/1
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Fee: $160; $10 city resident discount

 

 

SUPERHEROS!

Activity # 9018.216
Ages 5-7. Who are your superheros? Fire fighters, police, 
doctors or Superman? Create your own superhero character, costume and scenery that reflects your super hero power. Bring snack and bag lunch. Min. 5/Max. 20 participants.
Day: Monday – Friday, 7/11 – 7/15
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fee: $160; $10 city resident discount 

     

FRACTURED FAIRY TALES

Activity # 9020.216
Ages 8-10. Explore new takes on familiar stories as they play games, rehearsing with scenery and costumes. They will perform for family and friends at the end of camp. Bring snack and bag lunch. Min. 5/Max. 20 participants.
Day: Monday – Friday, 7/11 – 7/15
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Fee: $160; $10 city resident discount

 

PRODUCTION CAMP-ACTING 101

Activity # 9025.216
Ages 11-13. Participate in an intense week of theatre as 
they learn strategies for performance, write their own
short scenes and construct sets, costumes and scenes. They will prepare and perform their student authorized and directed scenes as well as a separate short play for family and friends at the end of camp. Bring snacks and bag lunch. Min. 5/Max. 20 participants.
Day: Monday – Friday, 7/18 – 7/22
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Fee: $295; $20 city resident discount


MINI CAMPS

PICKLEBALL (AND MORE) IN THE PARK

Ages 6-12. Gather your buddies and come to the park where we’ll teach you to play the fun, exciting game of pickleball, a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis. You’ll never sit still because you can also play corn hole, ladder ball and other outdoor yard games and activities! No fee.
Day: Thursday, 6/30, 7/14, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Location: Beverly Hills Park

 

HUNGER GAMES: TRIBUTE
TRAINING CAMP


Activity # 9016.216
Ages 6-12. Different survival activities will guide you through tribute training camp. Relay races determine what supplies you gain from the cornucopia, tracker jackers and other trials as the gamekeepers change the game. You’ll learn archery just like Katniss! Min. 4/Max 20 participants.
Day: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 6/22 – 6/24
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Fee: $25; $5 city resident discount
Location: McGee Park shelter – Wednesday & Friday
Hartsell Recreation Center – Thursday 

 

CAMP OLYMPICS

Activity # 9017.216
Ages 6-12. Let the games begin at the first official Parks & Recreation Summer Olympics! A variety of games and activities will show you how it feels to be an Olympic athlete as you compete with and against your friends. Min. 4/Max. 20 participants.
Day: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8/15 – 8/17
9:00 – 12:00 noon

Fee: $25; $5 city resident discount
Location: Les Myers Park Amphitheater 

 

GREENWAY ADVENTURES

Ages 4 & up. NEW programs! The greenways will be our classroom as we explore critters and their habitats with fun and creative activities. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun. Each program will meet at the designated greenway. Min. 4/Max. 20 participants.
Instructor: Taylor Morris
Day: Tuesday OR Thursday, as specified
Fee for each program: $10; $5 city resident discount
Locations: 
  Hector H. Henry II Greenway – meet at trail head,1215 Moss Farm St. NW 
  McEachern Greenway – meet at the McGee Park shelter,219 Corban Avenue E
  Weddington Road Bark Park – meet at trail head, 8955 Weddington Rd

SOLAR FLARES

Activity # 9045.116
We will create our own stories of the sun with drawings and solar powered activities.
Day: Tuesday, 6/21
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Pre-register by 6/17
Location: McGee Park





THE VOICE, NATURE ROUND

Activity # 9049.216
As we sit blindfolded we’ll fine tune our outdoor ears to identify creatures and their habitats. Then with a map of the greenway, we will try to pin the sound locations.
Day: Thursday, 6/30
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Pre-register by 6/27
Location: Hector H. Henry II
Greenway




 

BUG BUNGALOWS

Activity # 9046.216
During a hike on the greenway and surrounding neighborhood we will collect supplies needed to construct our bug community.
Day: Tuesday, 7/12
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Pre-register by 7/8
Location: Hector H. Henry II
Greenway



                                      

 
           


TREE-TECTIVES

Activity # 9050.216
The trees are under attack, and it is up to us to determine what is harming them and how we can keep them safe.
Day: Thursday, 7/14
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Pre-register by 7/11
Location: Weddington Road
Bark Park

 

 

 

 

YOU-HAUL WATER

Activity # 9047.216
Our hike begins on the Hector Henry Greenway behind the Bark Park. Following the sounds of the babbling brook, we will seek water for our ultimate water relay!
Day: Tuesday, 7/26
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Pre-register by 7/22
Location: Weddington Road
Bark Park

 

 

NATURE IN SHAPES

Activity # 9051.216
We’re on the hunt for shapes in nature- a triangle in a tree, a circle on a leaf, and animals in the clouds? With our findings we will create a land art sculpture.
Day: Thursday, 7/28
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Pre-register by 7/25
Location: McGee Park

 

 
           

MISTY MURAL

Activity # 9048.216
Exploring water: where does it come from, where does it go? We’ll bring out the paints and watch your creativity flow…on the huge mural using the most creative painting techniques.
Day: Tuesday, 8/2
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Pre-register by 7/29
Location: McGee Park

     

BUG OLYMPICS

Activity # 9052.216
In honor of the great games, we host one of our favorite adventures, Bug Olympics! Each critter you collect will compete for glory!
Day: Thursday, 8/11
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Pre-register by 8/8
Location: Hector H. Henry II
Greenway

 


LIBRARY LINE-UP

SURVIVOR OUTSMART,
OUTLAUGH, OUTFUN

Wilderness, island isolation and zombie apocalypse. How do you survive? Through games and crafts, you’ll learn and train how to put your survival skills to the test.
Day: 6/29 

 

SUPERHERO SUPER SLAM

Ride, fly or swing in dressed as your favorite superhero. Show off your skills and powers in the superhero competition of the year!
Day: 7/20
 

MINECRAFT
MAYHEM

Construct tools to build your 3 dimensional box world, mine for treasures and fend off enemies.
Day: 8/10

 


BOWWOW BASICS

Ages 6-12, come with or without your pet to learn about doggie language, how to train our dogs and the best ways to play. No fee.
Day: Thursday
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Location: Weddington Road Bark Park
8955 Weddington Rd

DOGGIE DIALECT 

Let’s explore the basics of dog expressions and conversations.
Day: 6/30

TRAINING & TRICKS

Let’s practice some of the best tips for teaching our pups.
Day: 7/14

PAWS IN PLAY

Let’s observe the proper way to play with our pups.
Day: 7/28

PARTY ANIMALS
Let’s dress the pups in costumes you bring and party down!
Day: 8/11


SILLY SUMMER DAYS

Ages 6-12. Run, jump, play and be super silly in the park! Wear play clothes and bring a bottle of water. Min. 4/Max 20 participants. Program locations listed below. Park addresses listed on page 23.
Day: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Fee for each program: $10; $5 city resident discount

 

DYE IT UP!

Not your traditional tie dye! Bring a white t-shirt, towel, pillowcase or a pair of socks and we’ll provide the color and show you a new technique.
Day: 6/29 Activity # 9021.216
Location: Beverly Hills Park
Day: 8/3 Activity # 9031.216
Location: Dorton park 

 

SUPERHERO SUPERSOAKERS

When you mix bubbles, water, supersoakers, and super powers, what do you get? This fun-filled Silly Summer Day! Join the wet and very wild games and come dressed as a superhero as we celebrate Park and Recreation Month in superhero style! Bring goggles for eye protection and a change of clothes.
Day: 7/13 Activity # 9032.216
Location: Dorton Park
Day: 7/27 Activity # 9043.216
Location: McGee Park 

 

WACKY
WATERMELON

We’ll provide the watermelon! You’ll eat it, carve it, juice it, race it, bust it, launch it and more! Join us for the sweetest, tastiest, stickiest Wednesday of the summer!
Day: 8/10 Activity # 9054.216
Location: McGee Park

 

 


Ballet

Ages 2-5 and 6-10. Learn ballet principles, body position, carriage and posture through movement. Instructor: Tuwanna McNeely
Fee per session: $15; $5 city resident discount
AGES 2-5
Day: Monday, 10:00 -10:30 a.m.

SESSION I: 6/6 – 6/27 Activity # 1048.216
SESSION II: 7/11 – 8/1 Activity # 1049.216
SESSION III: 8/8 – 8/29 Activity # 1050.216
AGES 6-10
Day: Tuesday, 6:30- 7:00 p.m.

SESSION I: 6/7 – 6/28 Activity # 1043.116
SESSION II: 7/12 – 8/2 Activity # 1044.216
SESSION III: 8/9 – 8/30 Activity # 1042.216
Location: Hartsell Recreation Center


HARTSELL KARATE CLUB

The Hartsell Karate Club will teach you how to kick, block, punch and strike. Ages 3 and up.
Instructor: James Reid
Date: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
SESSION I: 6/6 – 7/1 Activity # 1054.116
SESSION II: 7/11 – 8/5 Activity # 1056.216
SESSION III: 8/8 – 9/2 Activity # 1057.216
Fee per session: $25; $5 city resident discount
Location: Hartsell Recreation Center


 

SOUTHWEST KARATE

Age 4 and up learn how to defend themselves, gain confidence and get in shape. No fee.
Contact Tony Moody at 704.701.1346 for additional information.
Date: Tuesday  & Thursday, Continual    
  5:30 p.m. – Ages 4 & 5
  6:00 p.m. – Ages 6-10
  7:00 p.m. – Ages 11 and up 


HIKING EXCURSIONS

Ages 12-16. Without traveling far we’ll scale varying terrain, traverse creeks and track UCP’s (Unknown Critter Prints). Bring a backpack, sunscreen, water, extra pair of socks and shoes, snack and picnic lunch, bug spray, camera and towel. Min. 4/Max. 12 participants.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Fee per excursion: $15; $5 city resident discount

 

MYSTERY HIKES

Activity # 9040.216 
We’re backpacking thru varying terrain and waterways. Be sure to pack extra socks and shoes!! Diff. Level: Moderate –Strenuous
Day: Monday & Tuesday
6/27 – 6/28
Pre-register by 6/22
Location: Academy Recreation Center
147 Academy Ave. NW

 

 

TRAIL BLAZING

Activity # 9041.216
We’re on the move and on the hunt for future trails. Along the way we will geocache for hidden treasures. 
Diff. Level: Moderate
Day: Wednesday & Thursday
7/13 – 7/14
Pre-register by 7/8
Location: McGee Park
219 Corban Ave. E

 

UP A HILL, DOWN A MOUNTAIN

Activity # 9042.216
Adventures Monday on the Hector H. Henry II Greenway and Tuesday at Morrow Mountain State Park. We are putting our hiker skills to the test.
Diff. Level: Moderate – Strenuous
Day: Monday & Tuesday
8/8 – 8/9

Pre-register by 8/3
Location: Academy Recreation Center
147 Academy Ave. NW


 

ADULT CLASSES

ART & SPECIAL INTEREST

ADULT ART AT CLEARWATER

Classes are located at ClearWater Artist Studio, 223 Crowell Dr. NW, unless noted otherwise Pre-registration is required. Call 704-920-5600 for class availability.

FAUX TAXIDERMY

Create a fun “faux taxidermy” animal head of your choice using found, up-cycled objects and paper mache clay. Take it home and hang it on your wall!! Min. 6/ Max. 12 participants. All materials provided.
Instructor: Brandi McKenna
Day: Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
SESSION I: 6/18, 6/25, 7/2 Activity # 5125.116
SESSION II: 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 Activity # 5126.216
SESSION III: 8/6, 7/13, 8/20 Activity # 5127.216
Fee per session: $120; $10 city resident discount 

 

JEWELRY DESIGN

Learn design and joining techniques as you create a one of a kind assembled necklace. Learn techniques such as piercing, drilling, joining and layering metal. Min. 4/Max. 12 participants. All materials provided.
Instructor: Dusti Harlan
Day: Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
6/18 Activity # 5128.116
7/16 Activity # 5129.216
7/30 Activity # 5130.216
8/13 Activity # 5131.216
Fee per class: $45; $5 city resident discount 


QUILTING

Enjoy creating a lifetime keepsake. Open to beginner and intermediate quilters. For a materials list call 704.920.5603.

DAY CLASS

Instructor: Carolyn Sweet
Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

SESSION I: 6/7 – 8/2 Activity # 5025.116
NO class 7/5
SESSION II: 8/9 – 10/4 Activity # 5026.216
NO class 9/6
Fee per 8 week session: $40; $5 city resident discount
Location: Logan Multi-Purpose Center


EVENING CLASS

Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
SUMMER SESSION: Activity # 5024.115
  Day: 6/2 - 9/29
Fee per 8 week session: $30; $5 city resident discount
Location: Fire Station #7
  250 International Drive N.W.


CAROLINA SHAG DANCE CLASS

Learn the fundamentals of the dance that originated in the Carolinas. Open to singles and couples.  Minimum 10 participants
Instructor: Patty Blackmon
  Pre-registration required

JUNE SESSION:
Day: Thursday, 6/2 – 623

Beginners: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Activity # 8080.216
Intermediate: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Activity # 8081.216
Advanced: 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Activity # 8082.216

AUGUST SESSION:
Day: Thursday, 8/4 – 8/25
Beginners: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Activity # 8083.216
Intermediate: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Activity # 8084.216
Advanced: 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Activity # 8085.216
Fee per session: $40, $5 city resident discount
Location: Academy Recreation Center


PIN SPLITTERS

Activity # 8013.216
Pin Splitters is a bowling league designed for individuals with developmental disabilities. Participants will gain skills in league play, competition, socialize with friends and be active!
Day: Saturday, 6/25 - 8/13
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Registration fee: $15; $5 city resident discount.
Weekly fee: $10, payable to Foxfire Lanes. Includes 3 games and shoes.
Location: Foxfire Lanes
  225 Security St., Kannapolis