"Light up learning through the arts."TM (845) 452-4225
1821 Route 376 ("Creekside Plaza"), Poughkeepsie NY 12603
Renaissance Kidsis a creative learning center where students of all ages can develop skills that will enrich their lives. We strive to accomodate and nurture each child's learning while providing flexibility to families -- new students can join anytime for most classes!
Our commitment to treat each child as an individual while teaching valuable skills sets us apart. We provide instruction in both fine arts and performing arts, offering small class sizes and caring, talented teachers. Whether your child loves to draw and create, is itching to play the piano, guitar, violin, or drums, loves to sing or act, or is driven to express themselves through movie-making, we can guide them to develop their skills and express their individuality. Our goal is also to provide, through each child's creative experience, valuable learning enrichment skills that enhance and ease their learning of reading, math, writing, and study skills. In January of 2011, Renaissance Kids moved into a beautiful new facility centrally located at 1821 Route 376 ("Creekside Plaza"), Poughkeepsie, New York 12603. (Prior to this, we were located in the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center for six years.)
We offer parents and students innovative programs in fine arts, music, movie-making, singing,piano, guitar, drums, violin, and performing arts. We also offer private music lessons in violin, drums, guitar, piano, acting, and singing, and unique Summer Camps, a Spring Break Camp, and year-round programs that develop musical, artistic, and learning skills.
Our students also benefit from a variety of performance and art exhibition opportunities, and a positive learning environment that is lots of fun! Special workshops are also available for birthday parties and groups. Workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of your troop of Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, homeschool group, etc. We also provide after-school and in school programs at your facility, and have worked with several public and private schools in the area.
In Digital Photography, students learn about all aspects of photography and get alot of helpful tips from a professional photographer. In our Movie-Making class, students write their own stories, do their own photography, voicing and narration, editing, and add special effects and sound effects to complete their movies. Art students work with a variety of materials and techniques, building skills in drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, and sculpture. Art students also participate in creating the set, costumes, and program design for our performances. Students are taught through demonstration as well as individual guidance. They learn about famous artists throughout history and have the opportunity to view and discuss works by local artists. In our new class, "Lost Arts," students learn to knit, crochet, embroider, and more. All of these "lost arts" apply and help with the understanding of math, reading comprehension, problem-solving, and design.
Music students have a choice of group or private instruction, and some attend both. There are frequent opportunities for children to perform and share their talents with others. Students can choose to perform in our theater performances, in community service performances, in National Piano Playing Auditions, and NYSMA. We have a minimum of two stage performance per year.
Performing Arts students can choose from Musical Theater Workshop or one of our Acting Classes -- For younger student (4-8), we offer "Combo Classes" in Piano, Acting, & Singing as well as in Guitar, Acting, and Singingand Violin, Acting, and Singing. In addition, Piano and Music Readiness for ages 3-4 and Drumming Class for ages 6-9 provide parents and children with a multitude of experiences and choices.
Class sizes are small so that music students can get individual instruction on their instruments. We also offer private instrument and voice lessons. Students in the artist's workshop benefit from individual instruction, demonstrations by professional artists, and lessons in art history.