Spring Term Class Descriptions

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Mondays

Costume Design: Opera
$170
Mondays 1:15 PM-2:45 PM Rock Opera Project Class
Teacher(s): Liliane Hunt
A great costume can bring a character to life—it can tell you who the character is before they say their first line. In this introductory class, you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of costume design while creating the costume designs for this summer's Rock Opera production. Class discussion will cover many topics including color palettes, patterning, costume illustration, fabric selection, and more. Students will brainstorm costume ideas, make sketches, and explore a variety of costume making materials. No prior costume making experience is necessary. Students who took this class in winter are strongly encouraged to register again in the spring. Class cap: 8. This class conflicts with Scene Study.

Scene Study
$170
Mondays 1:30 PM-2:45 PM
Teacher(s): Laura Loy
Develop your voice, movement, and character-building skills through scene work in this engaging acting class. Students will partner in small groups to develop short scenes from popular plays. Class cap: 12. This class conflicts with Costume Design: Opera.

Improv
$170
Mondays 3:00 PM-4:15 PM
Teacher(s): Jason Rouse
Improv is a form of theatre that is created without the use of scripts or planning. Instead, improv actors work together to create spontaneous—and often funny—original scenes. Students in this introductory acting class will explore improv through theatre games, prompts, and collaboration. Class cap: 12. This class conflicts with Vocal Studio.

Vocal Studio
$225
Mondays 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Teacher(s): Tess Raunig
This intensive music class focuses on the fundamentals of good singing technique and the development of each student’s personal solo repertoire. Selected music will range from Art Song to Modern Pop, and students will be expected to rehearse material on their own outside of class time. Students of all vocal abilities are encouraged to register. Class cap: 8. This class conflicts with Improv.

Circus Arts
$170
Mondays 4:45 PM-6:00 PM New class!
Teacher(s): Amaya Alvarado
Come run away with the Circus! Learn and build on circus tricks and skills to increase your strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and confidence in a fun and supportive environment. Students will explore juggling, acrobatics, physical theatre and more! Class cap: 8. This class conflicts with Podcasting.

Podcasting
$170
Mondays 4:45 PM-6:00 PM
Teacher(s): Jason Rouse
Podcasting is the practice of using the Internet to make digital recordings to broadcast for download on a computer or mobile phone. In this class, students will produce at least one episode of the podcast “PHAME Studio Presents: Listen Up!” which will be made available to the PHAME community online. If you are interested in Internet radio, journalism and the like, this class will take your creative writing, journalism and Internet savviness to new heights. Class cap: 8. This class conflicts with Circus Arts.

Tuesdays

Yoga
$170
Tuesdays 11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Teacher(s): Amaya Alvarado
Improve balance, flexibility and focus in this peaceful yet challenging class. Students of all abilities, body types and experience levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing that allows for freedom of movement. All equipment will be provided, though students who have their own yoga mats are welcome to bring them. Class cap: 10. This class has no conflicts.

iPad Music Lab
$170
Tuesdays 12:30 PM-1:45 PM
Teacher(s): David Chachere
Learn to use this amazing musical tool from the ground up, starting with iPad basics. This class focuses on creating rhythms, bass lines and harmonic patterns with Apple’s GarageBand software. Through individual coaching and cooperative games like "round-robin" composition, students will explore basic musical concepts like tempo, dissonance, style and beat. Students will discover ways to represent moods and ideas with music, and will compose "tone poems" on themes like seasons, birds, flowers and emotions. Class cap: 8. This class conflicts with Everybody Dance.

Everybody Dance
$135
Tuesdays 12:45 PM-1:45 PM
Teacher(s): Chisao Hata
Express yourself through movement in this introductory dance class that welcomes all kinds of bodies. Students will work together to create original choreography that combines elements of Modern Dance with improvisation. A slower-paced class than Kick It Up, Everybody Dance is the perfect fit for students looking to learn specific dance moves while grooving to the music. Class cap: 15. This class conflicts with iPad Music Lab.

Art & Set Design: Opera
$225
Tuesdays 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Rock Opera Project Class
Teacher(s): Linnea Solveig
In a theatre production like a Rock Opera, the set design plays a major role in setting the mood of the story, and it helps the audience understand where the story takes place. For this summer’s Rock Opera, the set will be made by projecting images onto the stage. And who will make these images? The Art & Set Design class! Students in this entry-level visual art class will experiment with a variety of art making materials including charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, pastels, and more. Working mainly on paper, they will create finished artworks that explore the themes of the Rock Opera, and these drawings will be photographed, animated by a local artist, and then projected onto the Rock Opera’s stage. Students who took this class in winter are strongly encouraged to register again in the spring. This is a great opportunity for students who love visual art to be involved in the Rock Opera project this spring! Class tuition includes the cost of materials and paper. Class cap: 14. This class conflicts with Music Theory.

Music Theory
$170
Tuesdays 2:15 PM-3:30 PM
Teacher(s): David Chachere
Have you ever wondered why the Star Wars theme song feels so exciting, or why songs from Disney’s Frozen are so catchy? Music theory is the study of the practices and possibilities of music, and is the key you need to understand the Star Wars theme, Disney music, and so much more. This class will walk you through the basics of music theory, including the nature of whole notes and eighth notes, time signatures, and the structure of harmony. If you’re already a musician, love to write your own songs, or simply enjoy music and want to understand it better, this class will expand your knowledge and give you a deeper appreciation for music you already know and love. Class cap: 10. This class conflicts with Art & Set Design: Opera.

Commedia dell'Arte
$170
Tuesdays 4:15 PM-5:30 PM
Teacher(s): Laura Loy
Commedia is a fun and energetic theatrical art form that began in 16th century Italy. Using masks that represent different stock “types”—such as the Lover, the Clown, and the Brave Capitano—students will build a knowledge of the performance style while developing physical theatre skills. This term will focus on slapstick, a hilarious style of comedy that relies on exaggerated physical gestures. Class cap: 12. This class conflicts with iPad Ensemble: Opera.

iPad Ensemble: Opera
$170
Tuesdays 4:15 PM-5:45 PM Rock Opera Project Class
Teacher(s): Matthew Gailey & David Chachere Audition required
Students in this auditioned, rehearsal-based class will use iPads as musical instruments to create and perform music. Together they will explore the various digital instruments and sounds available on iPads, and will also learn about rhythm, tonality, electronic-based music, and live performance. While PHAME’s entry-level iPad Music Lab class focuses on independent work, this class encourages students to work collaboratively. In Spring Term, students will work together to create the music for this summer’s Rock Opera. Spring Term iPad Ensemble students will have the option of being part of the orchestra for the Rock Opera this summer, but this is not required. The ensemble will also have other opportunities to perform publicly throughout the year. PHAME provides iPads for students to use, however students who own their own iPads are welcome to bring them. Students who registered for iPad Ensemble in winter are strongly encouraged to register for it again in the spring. Class cap: 8. This class requires an audition to join. Please email mgailey@phamepdx.org to request an audition. Please do not register for this class until you have received the results of your audition. This class conflicts with Commedia dell'Arte.

Wednesdays

Rhythm & Drumming
$170
Wednesdays 12:00 PM-1:15 PM
Teacher(s): Rob Smith
This class focuses on basic rhythm skills while immersing students in percussion instruments from all over the world. Come explore group drumming, hand clapping, bongos, congas, djembe, doumbek, shakers and more! Class cap: 14. This class conflicts with Musical Theatre (Section 1).

Musical Theatre (Section 1)
$170
Wednesdays 12:00 PM-1:15 PM
Teacher(s): Heath Houghton & Michael Galen
Explore scenes and songs from your favorite musicals, sharpen your song and dance skills, and develop understanding of musical theatre history in this fun class that teaches you how to be a triple threat. Class cap: 16. Two sections of this class are offered; please only register for one section. This class conflicts with Rhythm & Drumming.

Digital Photography
$225
Wednesdays 1:30 PM-2:45 PM
Teacher(s): David Chachere
Anyone can take pictures, but you need to understand what’s happening “under the hood” to take your photos to the next level. This introductory class will teach students about light and shadow, composition, color, perspective, and other tools for creating compelling photographs. Students are strongly encouraged to use their own cameras, however PHAME has a limited number of cameras to use in class and to check out for at-home use. Special thanks to Pro Photo Supply for providing equipment for this class. Tuition includes the cost of printing students’ photos. Class cap: 10. This class conflicts with Graphic Design: Opera.

Graphic Design: Opera
$170
Wednesdays 1:45 PM-3:00 PM Rock Opera Project Class
Teacher(s): Jess Leftault
Graphic design is the art of combining image and text to tell a story. Book covers, movie posters, billboards—these are all examples of graphic design. In this entry-level visual art course, students will learn about the basic principles of good design using markers, colored pencils, watercolor, and—last but not least—iPads. Students will explore shape, line, rhythm, composition, and color. For their final project, they will collectively design the printed program for this summer’s Rock Opera. This is a great opportunity for students who love visual art to be involved in the Rock Opera project this spring! Class cap: 8. This class conflicts with Digital Photography.

Videography
$225
Wednesdays 3:15 PM-4:30 PM
Teacher(s): Jason Rouse
Channel your inner Spielberg in this hands-on introduction to creating videos. Coursework will cover the fundamentals of videography including basic camera operation, the grammar and vocabulary of production, cinematography, basic editing and independent production skills. The class will culminate in making a video written, produced and directed by the students. Cameras and gear will be provided by the instructor. Class cap: 8. This class conflicts with Rock Ensemble.

Rock Ensemble
$170
Wednesdays 3:30 PM-5:00 PM Audition required
Teacher(s): Matthew Gailey, Rob Smith
PHAME's Rock Ensemble is an auditioned, rehearsal-based class where students learn to perform popular music from pop, rock and jazz genres. This class incorporates both experienced vocalists and students who play musical instruments, and also includes some PHAME staff members. The ensemble will have opportunities to perform publicly throughout the year. Class cap: 25. This class requires an audition to join. Please email mgailey@phamepdx.org to request an audition. Please do not register for this class until you have received the results of your audition. Students who have previously taken Rock Ensemble do not need to audition. This class conflicts with Videography.

Thursdays

Musical Theatre (Section 2)
$170
Thursdays 12:00 PM-1:15 PM
Teacher(s): Heath Houghton & Michael Galen
Explore scenes and songs from your favorite musicals, sharpen your song and dance skills, and develop understanding of musical theatre history in this fun class that teaches you how to be a triple threat. Class cap: 16. Two sections of this class are offered; please only register for one section. This class conflicts with Hip-Hop Revolution.

Kick It Up
$135
Thursdays 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Michael is back!
Teacher(s): Michael Galen
Get your heart rate up and your body moving! This higher energy dance class mixes rhythmic movement, dance beats, and elements of aerobics to help you get a great workout and learn some modern dance steps. Wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes, and come ready to sweat it out. Class cap: 17. This class conflicts with Playwriting and PAL: Presentation, Advocacy & Leadership.

PAL: Presentation, Advocacy & Leadership
$170
Thursdays 1:30 PM-2:45 PM New class!
Teacher(s): Rob Smith & Kayla Czysz
A self-advocate is someone who uses their expertise as someone with a disability to represent themselves or other people with disabilities. In this fun and thought-provoking class, students will build a deeper understanding of what self-advocacy means for them, while also learning about leadership and public speaking. Students will be expected to spend some time outside of class developing mini presentations related to the class themes, and can present them in class in whatever manner suits them best—as a verbal presentation, as a written text, as a drawing, etc. This class welcomes students of varying communication styles, and while the class does include a high level of verbal discussion, students who prefer to learn by listening are also welcome to participate. Class cap: 8. This class conflicts with Kick It Up and Playwriting.

Playwriting
$170
Thursdays 1:30 PM-2:45 PM
Teacher(s): Heath Houghton
Learn to tell stories for the stage in this engaging playwriting class. Students will explore story arc, character development, theme development, and other writing techniques for the stage. Coursework will expose students to plays and playwrights as examples of different writing styles and genres, and students will develop their own stories in monologue and scene format. Class cap: 8. This class conflicts with Kick It Up and PAL: Presentation, Advocacy & Leadership.

Choir
$170
Thursdays 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Teacher(s): Matthew Gailey, David Chachere, & Kayla Czysz
PHAME’s largest class welcomes anyone who enjoys singing in a group, regardless of skill level. In addition to our Get PHAMEous events, Choir members will have opportunities for public performance at least once per year. Class cap: 50. This class has no conflicts.