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The many worlds of Dungeons and Dragons

Welcome to D&D, a decade spanning role playing game. The first edition of Dungeons and Dragons was released in 1974, in the decades since its release many have come to play and enjoy it. D&D is a complex game of strategy and will take some time to learn for newer players. Any skill level is welcome, some minor role play is expected, Within this course you will get to decide their adventure. Many worlds can be explored, Be it Star Wars, Fallout, or Faerûn.

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WILD Discovery

Have fun exploring the natural world as we seek out the flora and fauna of Florida, from megafauna to microscopic, and use our discoveries to learn about ecosystems, classification, adaptation, life cycles, symbiotic relationships, and conservation through inquiry-based learning. Plan to get your feet wet and your hands dirty as this class is all about getting out and immersing ourselves in nature. Activities will include dip netting, water testing, hiking, catch and release sampling, animal encounters, and just plain nature discovery. Each week will have a theme, but our learning will be driven by what we find along the way.

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Traditional Survival Skills

Learn the tricks and techniques used by people throughout history to survive the harshest conditions and provide for their needs. Early people and explorers wouldn’t have lasted long without these skills we’ll be trying our hands at such as fire starting, knot tying, foraging, orienteering, stalking, shelter building, whittling, and projectile hunting. Damon has been safely teaching these skills to students of all ages for more than 25 years.

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Mad Science: NASA – Academy of future Space Exlporers

We plan human explorers on Mars by the year 2030. Therefore, our students are at the perfect age to participate in this ongoing and exciting new phase of space exploration!
NASA and Mad Science collaborate to inspire the next generation! Children go on a voyage of discovery with unique hands-on activities, and amazing demonstrations that explore the sun and stars, space technology, rocket science, the atmosphere, planets and moons, and more! In each session, participants will get NASA branded and approved take homes and take home cards which detail “what was learned’ and offer a home-based experiment extensions that the whole family can enjoy.

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Open Studio

This super safe art space is for students interested in working on independent art projects with support from me and each other. Demonstrations and support for specific techniques will be driven by the interest of the students. Common interests from past groups include; photography, graphic design, digital art, marketing, mixed media, fashion, audio storytelling, printmaking and more. Mature content or discussions of advanced art concepts are common in this respectful student led environment. Bring your passion and support your fellow artists. Together we will grow.

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Fun with Music

In this music discovery class, we’ll be learning about all the different elements of music: Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony. We’ll be playing with tons of different instruments and experimenting with the different sounds we can make. This is an exploratory way to start to learning about music.

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Beginners skateboarding

Alex aged 12 has been skating for over a year. He will teach basic skateboarding and tricks. Starting with pushing and ollies. Kids will need skateboard, knee pads and helmet.

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American History from Below

American History from Below

“You wanna read a real history book?” Matt Damon asks Robin Williams in the movie Good Will Hunting. “Read Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States. That book’ll knock you on your ass.”

Let’s do it. Let’s read and discuss a book that’ll knock you on your ass: A Young People’s History of the United States (a young adult version of the best-selling A People’s History of the United States). As Howard Zinn described his own book, “it is a history disrespectful of governments and respectful of people’s movements of resistance.”

Starting not with Columbus but with the indigenous Arawak people he tortured and enslaved, we will examine the United States from the perspectives of those who have had to fight for the right to live here with respect and dignity: the working poor, people who are enslaved, immigrants, women, Native Americans, LGBTQ+ people, African Americans, Latinx people, children, and more. And we will read them in their own words.

We will mix up the reading with dramatic and musical excerpts from the star-studded, hard-hitting 2009 documentary version of the book produced by The History Channel, The People Speak.

By the end, you’ll be well-equipped to decide for yourself whether you agree with Zinn that “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”!

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Drawing Realism

Have you ever wanted to create drawings so realistic you could mistake them for a photograph? Or see someone draw and think “I wish I could do that”. Then this is the class for you. In this class we will focus on the fundamentals of drawing realism, which include lighting, shapes, values and how to properly render your drawings. We will learn how to look at art with a more critical eye. We will be using graphite pencils to create our beautiful works of art. This class will be two periods but students are not required to take both, price is 100 regardless of if they take one or both periods.

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Painting in the Park

Paint from your own unique perspective in this open ended painting class. Students will be supplied with all they need to paint in different areas around the park. We will paint unique creations with watercolor and acrylic. Students will receive support and learn helpful techniques for painting what they see in the world OR visually expressing their own unique vision. Demonstrations include perspective, form, shading, color, composition and other visual art concepts.
Slightly younger students may register with permission from Sara.

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