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Current Fine Arts Program Offerings

PRESCHOOL ART FOR THE IMAGINATION (AGES 3-5)

Dive into the world of art with your preschool aged child. This class will be full of fun activities that help to foster creativity and exploration for ages 3–5. Your child will learn about shapes and colors as they draw, paint and create with clay. This class is a great opportunity for tots to practice fine motor skills and socialization. Parent participation is required.

CREATE WITH CLAY! FOR KIDS (AGES 7-12)

Experience the magic of clay by creating projects such as bowls, pots, plates, mugs and more. Clay, glaze and firing are included.

PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP (AGES 16+)

Try your hand at basic printmaking techniques including relief carving, stenciling and transfers to create multiple prints of a unique and original design. Learn about other printmaking artists and this unique medium. Materials included in class price.

OPEN CLAY STUDIO (AGES 16+)

Join us in our studio for a time of creating and exploring. Enjoy working with other creatives to make fun projects throughout the session. Come as you are as a newbie or seasoned artist to play with clay. Materials and tools provided, clay is limited per student based on the session. Projects will be fired and glazed to be picked up the week after class ends.

Join our small group music lessons with one of our wonderful music instructors. Students will work together and independently to learn or perfect current skills, technique and knowledge of their chosen instrument. All skill levels welcome.

PIANO (AGES 7-17)

TRUMPET (AGES 7-15)

DRUMS (AGES 7-17)

GUITAR (AGES 7-15)

GUITAR (AGES 16+)

UKULELE (AGES 7-15)

UKULELE (AGES 16+)

YOUTH THEATER WORKSHOP (AGES 8-14)

Calling all actors, actresses and stage crew! This workshop is a fun all–around intro to theater. Students will learn both on–and off–stage basics, then perform for friends and family on the final night of class!

CREATIVE DANCE (AGES 3-5)

Grand Rapids Ballet School believes dance plays an important role in the healthy development of your child. In our 45 minute class, your child will learn musicality, coordination, classroom etiquette, and ballet vocabulary. It also provides an outlet for them to set a goal and learn the discipline to achieve it. And, it’s a lot of fun too!

ELEMENTARY BALLET (AGES 6-8)

Introduces students to the fundamentals of classical ballet training. Students focus on basic ballet technique and terminology, proper body alignment, and musicality.

BEGINNER ADULT BALLET (AGES 16+)

Looking to better your shape? Feeling less limber? Need a lift to your spirits? Adult classes in ballet are an excellent way to stay fit, flexible, and happy. The class focuses on ballet technique, core strength, and muscle coordination. Beyond that, you build self-confidence, grow artistically, and relieve stress too.

In April 2019, the Kroc Center launched our first session of FAME (Fine Arts, Music & Expression) with students from Brookside Elementary School. For six weeks, 4th and 5th grade students visited the Kroc Center once a week to focus on art, music, and dance. Students worked toward an end-of-session performance, as well as a gallery showing in conjunction with their showcase. Read more…

Current Educational Program Offerings

BABYSITTER TRAINING (AGES 11+)

Build your babysitting résumé with this American Red Cross class. Students gain the knowledge and confidence to care for children and learn to respond to emergencies and illnesses with first aid. They also learn how to administer and become certified in CPR and other appropriate care, recognize safety and hygiene issues, care for infants and communicate with parents. Pizza lunch and snack are provided.

WATERPARK LIFEGUARD TRAINING & CERTIFICATION (AGES 16+)

This course provides the necessary knowledge and skills to become a professional lifeguard. Lifeguard candidates will learn how to prevent, recognize, and respond to aquatic emergencies, and provide care for breathing, cardiac, and first aid emergencies until EMS personnel can take over. Training includes in–water and on–land scenarios, videos, and discussion. Upon successful completion of a practical skills test, and a score of 80% or higher on the written exams, participants will receive a two–year Waterpark Lifeguard / First Aid / CPR/AED certification. The Lifeguard Participant Manual is provided. Attendance is required during entire course. Scholarships may be available for individuals who agree to work at the Kroc Center.

PREREQUISITE: Candidates must pass the pre-course skills test consisting of 300–yard continuous swim using a combination of front crawl and breaststroke, two minutes of treading water without using hands, and a brick test, which requires swimming 20 yards without goggles to retrieve a 10-pound brick from the bottom of the deep end, and kicking 20 yards back with it within one minute and 40 seconds. The pre–course skills test is performed at the start of class on the first day.
All dates each session equal one class. There is a online portion that must be completed before the class begin. Information will be emailed from the American Red Cross before the class begins.

Alyson Rodriguez

Fine Arts Coordinator

Alyson Rodriguez completed her Masters in Fine Arts (Painting) from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2019. She has worked in Fine Arts Education in Michigan and North Carolina since graduating with her Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2010, and has exhibited her work throughout West Michigan. She has worked at the Grand Rapids Kroc Center in various capacities since 2012 and currently serves as Fine Arts Coordinator and as an Art Instructor.

“I love creating with others at the Kroc Center because each day brings something new. I can help others to learn a new technique or skill while also feeling inspired and building connections and relationships that are fulfilling and important.

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