Friday Classes


All children taking classes must also be registered with Different Directions. Please  make an enrollment enquiry for each class, and then register once you have been confirmed.


Story and a Song

10:00am-1:00pm     Ages: 3-6

Story and a Song students will explore geography, science, literature, reading and friendships through storytelling dramatic play, hands on experience and physical activity.  In this class we will use legends, mythology and music from around the world.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in, and act out, a story in every class.  Storytelling and dramatic play help children do what comes naturally, and live out the exciting moments that their imaginations build.  This class will help students learn the components of a story (character, settings, main idea).  It will also  instill a sense of beginning, middle and end as well as help with comprehension and retention.  Dramatic play is one of the most natural and holistic ways for children to learn and retain skills that will serve them throughout their life.  They explore socialization, friendships, problem solving, group dynamics and working as a team.  There will be snack time and a lunchtime included in this class.  Parents will need to send a snack, a lunch and a water bottle.

Instructors:
Tinamarie Panyard is a professional storyteller (and mom to Lottie). She has been working with children and adults throughout the country for over 25 years.  She spent 20 years in New York public and private schools as a teaching artist working with children and families, teaching geography, cultural studies, facilitating literacy, family literacy workshops and community building through drama and storytelling.  Tinamarie has toured through schools around the country working with children on violence prevention and literacy programs. She was the Fringe Jr. Director of the New York International Fringe Festival for three years.  She also did a stint on Wall Street as a corporate writer. She has been the Operating Director of Different Directions since 2013.

 
  • Fall       $400    

Dates:

  • Winter $350    

Dates:

  • Spring $350    

Dates: 3/24,31; 4/7,21,28; 5/5,12,19,26; 6/2 (10 days) (No Class 4/14)


Playing With Classics

10:00am-12:00pm      Ages: 7-10

This hands-on class will focus on the “playing” of scenes from classic plays and poems. It will include acting, literary and communication skills, vocabulary building, history, social skills and laughter all along the way. Games, improvisation, and lots of student input lead to our creations.  Each semester new material will be explored; so new and returning students will find a fresh class.  There may be some imaginative assignments for students to do between sessions - optional to respect the differing philosophies in your home schooling.  Our simple costumes and props will be student driven.  Parents and friends are invited to a presentation during the final class.  

Instructors:
Laurie Heineman  is an experienced teacher, author, mom, and Emmy winning actor, who loves having fun as students of all ages ‘play’ in depth. Her BA is from Harvard and her Masters from Pratt.  Laurie’s acting resume includes on and off Broadway, films, television and lots of Shakespeare. She was last seen as Judge Sweeny in the 2016 Academy Award winning movie Spotlight.  Laurie is also a board certified arts therapist and certified teacher.  She has taught classes with home schoolers since 2010, as well as in  private and public schools for over 30 years. Laurie tries to follow her great mentor Albert Cullum in helping each person find his or her own touch of greatness. 

 
  • Fall: $350    

Dates:

  • Winter: $275      

Dates:

  • Spring: $275

Dates: 3/24,31; 4/7,21,28; 5/5,12,19,26; 6/2 (10 days) (No Class 4/14)


Drawing

1:30pm-2:30pm      Ages: 8-11

This class is open to aspiring artist of all levels! Throughout the year they will explore color, shape, texture and line. Beginning with still life and progressing to interpreting famous works of art. T.J. will also take the students on a journey through time as he weaves history and the cultural influences that affected the great artist the students will be studying.

Instructors:
Teel James Glenn is a graduate of Parson’s School of Design, worked as an illustrator for many years and has taught comic book art at Different Directions in the past. He is the winner of the 2012 Pulp Ark 'Best Author of the Year.' Epic ebook award finalist. P&E winner 'Best Thriller Novel',"Best Steampunk Short".

 
  • Fall: $260    

Dates:

  • Winter: $200    

Dates:

  • Spring: $200

Dates: 3/24,31; 4/7,21,28; 5/5,12,19,26; 6/2 (10 days) (No Class 4/14)


High School Geography

 2:00pm-4:00pm      Ages: 14-18 (FULL)

World Geography focuses on the world - its regions, history, politics, current events, environment and cultures.  We will explore everything from the names of nations, national capitals and leaders, political situations, socioeconomic and environmental issues, to the more advanced topics of land use, landscape analysis, map analysis, geospacial data analysis, and tracking alternations over time.   This course was inspired by Wendy’s college history students who place the Nile in India and Israel in Turkey pretty routinely, and by some of Tinamarie and Wendy’s favorite homeschool students who asked for a geography course because they feel that they have a shaky understanding of “where things are” and would like to know more.   For the more advanced student, this course will offer preparation for the AP Human Geography course should they wish to take it.  

Instructors:
Wendy Raver is a professor at Hunter College who has been leading homeschool classes for eight years. She is well know for her work with homeschool highschool students. She is the founder of the homeschool yearbook and she has organized  beautiful graduation cerimonies for the past two years.  She is also the mom to  former homeschooler (Priscilla, now Iona College)

Tinamarie Panyard is a professional storyteller (and mom to Lottie) she has been working with children and adults throughout the country for over 25 years.  She spent 20 years in New York public and private schools as a teaching artist working with children and families, teaching geography, cultural studies, facilitating literacy, family literacy workshops and community building through drama and storytelling.  Tinamarie has toured through schools around the country working with children on violence prevention and literacy programs. She was the Fringe Jr. Director of the New York International Fringe Festival for three years.  She also did a stint on Wall Street as a corporate writer. She has been the Operating Director of Different Directions Inc. since 2013.

 
  • Fall: $310 + $50 supplies

Dates:

  • Winter: $310    

Dates:

  • Spring: $280

Dates: 3/24,31; 4/7,21,28; 5/5,12,19,26;  (9 days) (No Class 4/14)


Physical Comedy/Stage Combat I

 2:45pm-4:15pm      Ages: 11-14

Physical Comedy Class Description: 
The class will explore physical humor from the Lazzi of Comedia Del Arte to modern clowning  with discussion and viewing of clips with greats such as Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Red Skelton and Avner the Eccentric. The students will learn timing, pratfalls, slaps simple juggling and use of props.

Stage Combat Class Description: 
Safety, Fun and Fighting. Anyone interested in acting or the magic behind the exciting scenes in your favorite action film will love this class. Students will learn the illusion of basic slaps, punches and falls that can be used in any production- comedic or serious. T.J. will also share the secrets of the sword play behind the Jedi Masters.

Instructors:
Teel James (TJ) Glenn has traveled the world for thirty years as a stuntman, fight choreographer, swordmaster, jouster, illustrator, storyteller, bodyguard, and actor. One of the things he’s proudest of is having studied under Errol Flynn’s last stunt double. Mr. Glenn continues to teach swordwork in New York.

Mr. Glenn worked regularly as an actor on Guiding Light and New York soaps alternately doing stunts or acting in over 300 episodes. He worked as an actor and stuntman (in a fight scene with Hawk) on the “Spenser for Hire TV. Series and in episodes of the Equalizer. And is best known as Vega in Street Fighter: the Later Years- the most popular web series in the world for three years

 
  • Fall: $350    

Dates:

  • Winter: $250    

Dates:

  • Spring: $250

Dates: 3/24,31; 4/7,21,28; 5/5,12,19,26; 6/2 (10 days) (No Class 4/14)


Physical Comedy/Stage Combat II

4:30pm-6:00pm     Ages: 11-14

Physical Comedy Class Description: 
The class will explore physical humor from the Lazzi of Comedia Del Arte to modern clowning  with discussion and viewing of clips with greats such as Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Red Skelton and Avner the Eccentric. The students will learn timing, pratfalls, slaps simple juggling and use of props.

Stage Combat Class Description: 
Safety, Fun and Fighting. Anyone interested in acting or the magic behind the exciting scenes in your favorite action film will love this class. Students will learn the illusion of basic slaps, punches and falls that can be used in any production- comedic or serious. T.J. will also share the secrets of the sword play behind the Jedi Masters.

Instructors:
Teel James (TJ) Glenn has traveled the world for thirty years as a stuntman, fight choreographer, swordmaster, jouster, illustrator, storyteller, bodyguard, and actor. One of the things he’s proudest of is having studied under Errol Flynn’s last stunt double. Mr. Glenn continues to teach swordwork in New York.

Mr. Glenn worked regularly as an actor on Guiding Light and New York soaps alternately doing stunts or acting in over 300 episodes. He worked as an actor and stuntman (in a fight scene with Hawk) on the “Spenser for Hire TV. Series and in episodes of the Equalizer. And is best known as Vega in Street Fighter: the Later Years- the most popular web series in the world for three years.

 
  • Fall: $350    

Dates:

  • Winter: $250    

Dates:

  • Spring: $250

Dates: 3/24,31; 4/7,21,28; 5/5,12,19,26; 6/2 (10 days) (No Class 4/14)