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Go back to school with community arts classes

August 18, 2009

Fall into your creative daydreams and engage in community arts classes within the Herberger Institute Community School for Design and the Arts, which now is enrolling aspiring artists in its fall sessions. From serious high school arts students to adults and kids, preschool to teen, all students now can fulfill their artistic curiosity for a longer period of time. Fall classes have been extended to 12-week sessions, for more in-depth study and practice. Community members of all ages can register for non-credit classes in art, digital art, dance, drama and music. Private instruction is available in all areas.

Special fall-session offerings include the ASU ArtsLab; Saturday classes that are taught by ASU graduate and undergraduate students while under the supervision of their professors. Also offered each fall semester under the direction of Bernard Young, professor in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art is the Eleanor A. Robb Children’s Art Workshop, a long-standing School of Art program. Children aged 10–15 can choose between Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Photography, Printmaking and Crafts, while children aged 5–8 are introduced to a variety of mediums in Creative Expression classes. Students aged 5–14 have the opportunity to explore and perfect their dramatic and performance talents in the Children’s Dance Workshop, Children’s Music Workshop and Children’s Drama Workshop. Children in grades 4–6 who participate in their school’s orchestra program can supplement their instruction through the ASU String Project, a nationally recognized program within the ASU Herberger Institute School of Music, under the direction of Margaret Schmidt, associate professor.

Aspiring artists who have enrolled in performing classes wrap up the semester in a fall finale at the Tempe Festival of the Arts, which provides a community stage for students to showcase their work for the public, Dec. 5–6.

Fall registration continues through the first day of each class, as space allows. ASU ArtsLab classes begin Saturday, Sept. 5. All other classes begin the week of Sept. 1. To learn more, call the Herberger Institute Community School for Design and the Arts at 480.727.0700, or visit

Award-winning ASU professors, educators and community artists teach classes for aspiring artists, from the serious high school arts student to adults and kids from preschool to teen. Classes in art, dance, music and theatre taught in the Herberger Institute Community School for Design and the Arts, inspire the artist within. The community school is a community program of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. To learn more, call 480.727.0700, or visit