Long, quiet winters can grow tiresome after a while, especially for children. Some choose to liven things up by participating in Afternoons @Ross, classes for students ages 5 and up. Under the guidance of Ross School faculty and local professionals, students can take courses in a variety of fields, including art, performance, athletics, and tennis.
The classes are often customized. “I work very closely with parents to provide the types of activities they would like to see their children experience. We also take care to note what the students are interested in and will build a class when requested,” said Mary Larsen, director of Lower School Programs.
Starting January 12, classes will meet in the afternoons or on Saturdays. Students can learn how to make their own books by recycling old ones and filling the pages with illustrated journal entries, or they can explore the essentials of comics and graphic storytelling in a comic book workshop. They can meet different artists as they explore contributions to the art world, or learn the art of creating a newspaper. An advanced acting class will focus on scene studies, ensemble work, monologues, and dramatic and musical theater and will culminate in June with a performance that brings to life selected scenes and characters.
Meanwhile, students wishing to end their school day with a little activity can ride horses, ice skate, or shake those two left feet in hip-hop and world dance. Classes in pottery, tennis, gymnastics, and fiber works are also offered.
“The after-school classes are a great way for the students to unwind after a day at school and really refocus their energy on something creative or active while also getting to socialize,” said Mary. “Learning something new is great for children's self-confidence and helps them find new passions that they may not have otherwise experienced.”