Pat Jones YMCA - Adult Arts Classes

The Y Arts Academy offers all of your favorite, high quality classes and programs each month (4 week sessions) on an on-going basis. Registration ends the Friday before classes are scheduled to start and spaces are limited. Our students have a great time while learning in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. Parents are welcome to enroll and take any class with his or her child.

For more information, contact Michele Lucas 881-1599, ext. 110

Session Dates: September 6-October 1 (no classes Labor Day 9/5)
October 3-Oct 29
October 31-Dec 3 (no classes Thanksgiving 11/21-11/26)

Bellydance is unique in that it has all of the serenity and eastern wisdom of Yoga, physical benefits of Selah, and fun upbeat environment of Zumba. It can be a challenging and rewarding way to get in shape, express yourself, and make connections in the body that may not have been there otherwise. The comprehensive bellydance program offered through the YMCA, opens doors for you to experience dance and physical movement in a fun, way that helps build self-esteem, as well as strength, flexibility, and grace. You will have the opportunity to merge fitness, art, and mental clarity. There is nothing else like it out there!

Instructor, Brittney Laleh Banaei, has been dancing, teaching, and performing for 10 years. She believes that bellydance is for EVERYONE. Through her unique approach to bellydance, she offers students a deep physical toning, and the opportunity to take control of their bodies and celebrate where they are at this point in life: regardless of age, body shape, or any other classification. She prides herself on getting her students dancing in their VERY FIRST class, so that they can feel the fruits of their hard work immediately. As a choreographer, she is experienced in creating combinations and dances that are accessible to every level. This is what allows her to create the beautiful moments in class in which students truly get to experience dance and MOVE!

Ballroom Dance
Enjoy the fun and excitement of learning various ballroom steps in an encouraging environment at your Pat Jones YMCA. Our regular four week sessions cover Fox Trot, Tango, Mambo/Salsa, Swing, and Waltz. Dance is a wonderful form of exercise for all ages, and helps develop coordination, grace, and friendships. If you are already a dancer, our classes are a great way to brush up on your moves for your next special occasion, such as a class reunion, wedding, or just a night out on the town. All classes are taught by professional dance instructors who love what they do.

Private Guitar/Bass
Learn to play the guitar; acoustic, electric, or bass. These lessons can be set up at the convenience of the student and the availability of the instructor. *Participants must bring their own guitar

Wood Carving
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at woodcarving, but thought, "There's no way I could do that?" Well, here's your chance! Students will learn proper tool usage in this beginners class, carving 2-3 projects you will be proud of. You can do it! Tools and materials will be provided.

Participants will learn how to use the pottery wheel to create functional and fun works of art. We will use our imaginations, while learning basic hand building techniques, such as coils, slabs, and pinch pot method. Surface decoration, glazing, and hand building will also be covered. *Spaces are limited for this class.

Adult Open Studio
We'll incorporate many different materials and techniqus to create beautiful and functional works of art. Each class will be something new—ie. paint, glass, leather, collage, art papers, jewelry, fibers, ceramics, metal, clay, and more. Great for "girls night out."

Adult Painting
Come learn the basics of watercolor, acrylic, or oil paintings in our fun painting classes. You will learn basic technique of the particular medium you will be learning, as well as composition, blending, and design.

Monthly Workshops

Family Arts
Come discover the fun you can have making art together as a family. We will create with clay, paint, paper, found objects, ceramics, and more. 1st Saturday of each month. All ages welcome, under 6 must be accompanied by registered adult.
Family Member Fee: $10/Participant Fee $20 (Price is per participant-minimum enrolled per family is 2 people).

Experimental Abstract Expression
This is an inspiring, process-oriented workshop for anyone who is willing to delve into the creative journey toward abstract expressionism. Students will be encouraged to explore language, to foster emotional richness, spontaneity, and experimentation. Mixed media will be explored using acrylic paint, collage, and 3D elements. We will emphasis composition, balance, color, form, and symbolism. 3rd Friday of each month-ages 10-17/4th Friday of each month-ages 15+.
Family Member Fee: $15/Participant Fee $30.

Ceramics Studio
Join us the 2nd Saturday of each month to glaze already made ceramic pieces with lots of bright colors that will sparkle and shine. Perfect for gifts or keepsakes. Pieces are fired in house and will be ready for pick up within 1 week and there is never a firing or studio fee. Items may include: plates, mugs, figurines, beads, home décor, pet items, and more.
Family Member Fee: $15/Participant Fee $30.

SMART at the Y
(Saturday Morning Art) Skip the morning cartoons and join us the 3rd Saturday of each month for a fun and exciting blend of art, music, dance, yoga, outside play (weather permitting), stories and more. Each time will be something new. We will complete one main work of art, as well as some minor ones while having fun and sharing laughs. A snack will be served.
Family Member Fee: $15/Participant Fee $30.