So you think you can..? teen vacation week programs

During April School Vacation Week, teens can learn to be creative!


So you think you can…DRAW! Cartoon Mania!
Indian Orchard Branch, week of April 22 – 25, Tuesday through Friday, 1 – 2:30 pm

In this class we will start out by addressing basic drawing skills (perspective, shading, proportions, etc.) and how it relates to cartoons. The rest of the class will be dedicated to the process of cartooning.

We will learn tricks and tips of the cartoon world; how to create characters; how to
design and draw cartoons; and where and how to sell them.

The focus of this class is on each individual’s personal style with a lot of one-on-one instruction! If you have never drawn cartoons before, this is the place to learn — if you’re already drawing cartoons then we can help you take your cartooning to the next level.

Sketch books and pencils included.

TO PREREGISTER PLEASE CALL MEG AT 413-263-6846. Preregistration REQUIRED. Limited to 10 participants.

Michael Cady is a freelance artist that runs cartooning workshops within the East Longmeadow schools. Currently he is teaching cartooning to children ages 8-14 through the local Parks and Recreation Departments here in the Greater Springfield, MA area.


So You Think You Can…DANCE!

Brightwood Branch Community Room, Tuesday, April 22, 3 – 5 pm

The Stadium Of Dance group will entertain teens and tweens with their creative and award winning dance skills. This dance group, well known in our area for winning awards, will bring about 20 kids from their dance family to perform in our library’s April program. They will perform different styles of dance routines from Afro, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Salsa, Tap and Tumbling. They will invite the audience to come up and dance with the group by teaching them some of the groups easy dance techniques. The audience will also be given a chance to show case their own creative dance skills. Who knows what talents we may have in our audience that day!


STADIUM OF DANCE opened in 2009 and has received many awards for their performances showcased throughout their studio serves ages 2-50. Their studio is currently located at 143 Mill Street #201 in Springfield MA.

Owner and dance instructor, Kamari Schoolfield started dancing at the age of five at En Motion Dance Theater where she excelled in all areas of dance and taught hip hop for two years. She was a competitive student of The Dance Center Senior Company in which she has revived numerous and special awards such as: First place in the Top 5, numerous platinum metals, the MTV Award, Most Entertaining & Dancing from the Heart Award. She has performed at the Halftime Show at University of New Haven, attended classes with top names in Hip Hop such as: Rhapsody, Dave Scott, Luam, Chio and Brian Thomas. She is currently a dancer for a famous local artist in Connecticut, Ru Williams, and was chosen to be a dancer on BET’s TV show 106 & Park. While dancing everywhere and making her presence known, Kamari was teaching at Giggle Garden in Springfield then moved on to owning her own studio called Stadium of Dance in 2009. Today she continues with her studio and is looking to continue her success.


So You Think You Can…DIRECT!

Mason Square Branch, Wednesday, April 23, 2-3:30 pm AND Friday, April 25, 2-3:30 pm
Sign up online! Signing up for the first class on Wednesday includes the Friday class.

Direct your own movie in this two-part workshop. We’ll learn how to write, shoot, and edit short films using Flip cameras and iMovie. Actors, writers, and directors welcome!


So You Think You Can…DO IMPROV COMEDY!

Central Library Community Room, Wednesday, April 23, 2-4 pm
Sign up online

Phantom Sheep Comedy troupe will entertain teens and tweens with their own improv and sketch comedy, then bring everyone into the action by helping teens learn to create their own comedy. There will be a few warm-up exercises followed by games that are as much fun to play as they are to watch all in a very encouraging environment. Students will get a chance to shine as they work alongside and “on stage” with the troupe member instructors themselves.

Laugh out loud with your library!


Phantom Sheep Productions is a comedy based troupe featuring a team of professional performers, writers, producers, and technicians that worked together for several years prior to its official forming in 1996 with current repertoire members working collaboratively for over a decade. Their work has been seen in theaters, theme parks, colleges, television, libraries, and more. The troupe boasts over 200 scripted sketches produced and countless improvised scenes!


So You Think You Can…Make Jazzy Jewelry

East Forest Park Branch, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 4-5:30 pm
Sign up online

Make your own beaded bracelet, necklace, or earrings with the creative coaching of Delphine. Beads and equipment provided. For ages 12-19. Space is limited to 10; to register, contact Delphine Ray at 413-263-6836 or sign up online.

Delphine is an experienced crafter who wants to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with teens.


So You Think You Can. . .?
Forest Park Branch, Thursday April 24, 2-3:30 pm

Show us your stuff at the Forest Park Branch talent show! We want to see your unique talent, no matter what it is! Feeling shy? Just drop in and watch the show.


So You Think You Can….BE A WRITER!
East Springfield Branch, Thursday, April 24, 3:30 – 5 pm

Teens and kids 10 and up, join Springfield College intern Dylan Tully in creating an online newsletter of creative writing (and drawing). Spend some time with Dylan writing a poem or story, review a movie, book or video game — whatever interests you. You can also bring in something you have already written or drawn, and it will be included in this new publication that’s just for Springfield area youth.

WANTED: Creative writing pieces by teens for publication


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