“The Think Tank” Welcomes Kids For Its Winter Session: January 6 – March 20, 2014

~sign up by December 20th and receive $25 off per class

The Think Tank is Gunston’s after-school enrichment program that welcomes kids, ages 3-14, from the surrounding community to the Gunston campus. Kids are sure to have fun while learning – from dance, to art, to drama – we have a wide array of engaging classes! The winter session will include some old favorites, some new fun classes, and, back by popular demand, we will also have Philosophy and Nature Discovery for Preschoolers!

Grades 5-8 / Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 / taught by Liz Clarke
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” William Shakespeare once wrote. How would you adjust if human beings only communicated through asking questions? What if you were in a country where you don’t speak the language, and you had to order food off the menu… without using words? In D.R.A.M.A., we will learn how everyday life compares to theatre and acting through movement, improvisation, pantomime, script work, and theatre games. Students should be prepared to get silly, to act out of their comfort zones, and, most importantly, have an open mind.

Grades 6-8 / Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 / taught by Kristen Murray
Fun, Focus, Flexibility! The main focus of this class will be to have fun while using yoga postures to build inner and outer strength and flexibility. Also included are partner and group poses and playful yoga games. Experience emotional balance through the physical and mental benefits of yoga by practicing breathing exercises, flowing sequences, balancing poses and deep relaxation while building a healthy relationship with your body. Just wear something comfortable and bring an open mind!

Grades 1-3 / Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 / taught by Evelyn Paddy
To dance is to be out of your self. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful Agnes de Mille said.This class is about expressing your self and creating movement while exploring different genres of dance. Students should be prepared to use their imagination to develop their own movements; and of course have fun while doing so. Students should wear socks and clothes that allow them to move freely.

Grades 6-8 / Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30 / taught by Jeff Franklin
Philosophy begins with wonder. Philosophers apply their curiosity by asking questions that help them logically explore the nature of the world. This discussion class will introduce students to important and interesting philosophical questions. Students will learn to discuss these questions with rigor, good humor, and mutual respect. Questions we may tackle this session include “How do our emotions relate to our reason?” and ” What is progress and how does it apply to individuals and societies?”

Grades 3-6 / Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 / taught by Susan Mayberry
Winter is a good time to reflect upon lessons in texture, pattern and form that we can learn from observing and exploring habitats, ecosystems and the landscape on Gunston campus. We will draw inspiration for interpretation from local and world cultures for use in a variety of artist’s media along with found natural materials. Origami, kirigami,needle felting, painting, sculpture, and puzzles will all be part of the fun!

Ages 3, 4 & 5 / Fridays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
In Winter, animals, insects and trees all have stories to tell. There are hidden treasures to discover, and lessons to inspire us! We’ll venture outside to explore habitats on Gunston’s scenic campus, listen to stories about our discoveries, and make a craft to take home. Topics will include snow and snowflakes, burrowing and hibernating animals, winter landscapes, animal tracking, birds, seeds and berries.Children should wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Grown-ups are welcome to join us!