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Fall 2018 Weston Youth Services
WOW!  After-School Programs

Hurlbutt Students (HES)
Grades K thru 2
Weston’s One World After-School Programs
 
Weston Youth Services is pleased to offer WOW! After-School programs for students in Kindergarten through Second Grade at Hurlbutt Elementary School. Please note that enrollment is limited in order to keep class size small and classes will be filled on a first-come, first -served basis
 
Registration:
Online registration will open on Wednesday, September 5th at 10:01 p.m. If a program is full, you still may register and your child's name will automatically be placed on the wait-list (No payment is required at this time). If space does become available, you will be notified via email or phone call.
 
Important Note: If you do not have an account with established with Weston Youth Services, you will need to set up an account online once the registration systems opens at 10:01 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5th. The system will ask for your email address and generate a temporary password which will then be emailed to you so you can proceed with registration.
 
Fees:
Please see each course listing for specific fees. ALL materials are included in class fee.
Financial Aid is available; please contact Charlene Chiang-Hillman, Director of Social Services,
at 203-222-2663 if you would like to inquire about assistance.
 
Payment:
  • ALL payments must be made online; you will have the option to pay with a credit card or pay by check online via our secure site.
 
  • Full payment of program fees must be made within twenty-four (24) hours of registration.  The system has been set up to automatically delete unpaid registrations after twenty-four (24) hours.   When a registration has been deleted due to non-payment, a system-generated email will be sent stating:
 
"This is a notification that the registration for (registrants first name and last initial) has been deleted due to non-payment on (date and time that registration was deleted).”
 
Refund:
Once a class begins, we do not issue refunds or credits.  If you cancel your child’s registration prior to the start of a program, you will be charged a $25.00 administrative and processing fee.
                       
Program Dates:
Classes begin the week of September 17th and run through the week of December 3rd unless otherwise noted.
 
Class Length:
All classes are scheduled from 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm unless otherwise noted.  Please check individual programs for descriptions, grade eligibility, room assignments, start dates, and program end times.

Important information:
  1. Alternate dismissal notes must be sent, in duplicate, every week to your child’s teacher for each program.  Please make a notation on your alternate dismissal notice if anyone, other than yourself is picking up your child at dismissal.  Additionally, given our unpredictable Weston weather, please indicate what your child’s dismissal plans are in the event of an unplanned after school activities cancelation.
  2. In the event of an early dismissal due to inclement weather or any other school emergency, all after-school programs will be canceled and the children will be sent home per school policy. In the event of a cancelation, we will send a reminder via email and also post this information on the Weston Youth Services website. If we are unable to contact you in the case of a last minute cancelation by an instructor, children will stay in the main office with the WOW! Supervisor until a parent arrives.  We will make every effort to make up missed classes due to cancelations.
  3. There is no nurse on duty after normal school hours. In the event of illness or emergency treatment, we will call 911 and then contact parents, or the emergency contact if necessary. If your child has any special medical needs, please contact Charlene Monn prior to the start of the session.
  4. Weston Youth Services reserves the right to cancel a class due to lack of student enrollment.
  5. If a student is dismissed for disciplinary reasons or withdraws from the school or the program, the parent forfeits the entire program fee. 
If you have any questions, please contact Charlene Monn, Weston Youth Services Program Coordinator, at   or (203) 222-2586.
 
 
Monday Programs
11-week session
September 17th – December 3rd (no class Oct. 8th)
 
Fun with Fabric (1st & 2nd grade)                                      
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee:  $ 198.00
Location: East House Cafeteria
 
After a long day of school, why not settle down with this hands-on activities program with Gabriela!  Students will work with different materials like cotton, wool, linen, felt, and yarn allowing them to experiment with textures and fabrics. New sewing skills, finger knitting and crocheting, braiding, and much more will be introduced to your child in this class.  Students will explore their creativity and craft fun accessories to wear and also make decorations for your home. 
 
Instructor: 
We’re thrilled to welcome Gabriela Low back to our WOW! after-school programs. Gabriela discovered her love of crafts as a child in the Swiss school system. Today she enjoys sewing, knitting, and needlework, and is especially pleased when she sees a child’s enthusiastic discovery of their own creativity. Many students know Ms. Low as a substitute teacher in the Weston school.
 
NEW! WOW Singers (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants:  20 students
Fee:  $ 176.00
Location:  East House # 26 (Music Room)
 
WOW! Singers is a great opportunity for children to explore their love of singing. We will be working on singing expressively using simple songs and even rounds! While we will be learning how to sing with others, students will also have opportunities to add a variety of instruments to our songs such as small rhythm instruments, drums, and even xylophones. This is a great chance for interested singers to gain confidence in their singing and have fun while doing it!
 
Instructor:
Jessica Cardamone is the music teacher at Hurlbutt Elementary School. While she enjoys singing and playing games in class, she is very excited to share her love of making music in other ways and styles, such as with her saxophone or ukulele!
 
NEW! LEGO® Robotics: Simple Machines (1st & 2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants: 5 students; Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 220.00
Location: North House # 21 (Health Room)
This is an 8-week class and ends on November 12th
 
Simple Machines is ideal for younger learners who are just getting started with LEGO robotics. This is a perfect transition from regular Lego pieces to the Lego Robotics parts. In this program from Zaniac, students will get an introduction to levers, inclined planes, pulleys, screws, and complete challenges through building motorized mechanisms. Among the activities, and working in groups, students  will plan and build a robot that uses gears, build and explore the lever and inclined plan, and will  plan and create a robot that uses a pulley.  Note: Projects will not go home with students.
 
Instructor:
Zaniac-Westport
 
Paint Draw & More!  (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum Number of participants:  12 students
Fee:  $ 209.00
Location:  Art Room
 
Paint Draw & More! is proud of its 20+ successful years as pioneers in children’s art instruction. Paint, Draw & More! allows children to express their creativity, while learning technical skills, and helps to build self-esteem through artistic accomplishments. Drawing fundamentals like shape, contour, design, color and medium are progressively used every week so your child can create new and varied works of art. Our classes are fun, engaging and each project is developed with your child in mind. Whether your child continues in the arts or chooses another path, this creative development will enhance their intellectual growth and understanding of math, history and the sciences. Note:  If your child cannot attend the Monday program, we also offer a Friday class!
 
Instructor:
Steve Burke has always been interested in the mechanics of how things work. He was a machinist at a small R+D firm where he worked with a variety of materials. Soon after, he began a home construction company specializing in design, restoration, additions and cabinetry. Using his expertise in design, mechanics, machining, and woodworking, helps broaden students’ perspective and better understand how things work.
 
Tuesday Programs
11-week session
September 18th – December 4th (no class Nov. 8th)
 
NEW! Intro to STEM with LEGO Materials (K & 1st grade)
Minimum # of participants; 11 students
Maximum # of participants:  13 students
Fee: $ 184.00
Location: North House # 21 (Health Room)
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on November 13th
 
Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as Motorcycles, Castles, Airplanes, and Monorails. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor in this 1 ½ hour program. Note: Projects will not go home with the children.
 
Instructor: 
Play-well TEKnologies
 
NEW! Yoga (1st & 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 176.00
Location: East House # 30 (across from East House cafeteria)
 
Due to the popularity of this program, we’re happy to add a Tuesday class! Join Judy as she encourages children to explore and discover the mind and body connection in a fun-filled way. Judy takes a creative approach to yoga that can be very helpful for children whose bodies are still developing. The use of animated poses and basic stretching exercises promote strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness. Breathing and visualization techniques teach children how to focus, relax and develop self-control. Note: If your child cannot attend the Tuesday program, we also offer a Thursday class!
Special Note: Students should bring their own yoga mat each week to class.
 
Instructor:
Judy is currently a 500Hr Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher specializing in Yin, Gentle, Power Vinyasa Flow, Y12SR for Addiction and Thai Yoga Bodywork.  Her approach to kids yoga is to “play” yoga with children by integrating storytelling, games, and music that foster a loving environment for movement, concentration, and relaxation.
 
Creative Paper Crafts with Meg Murphy (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 8 students
Fee:  $ 204.00
Location:  Art Room
 
Have you ever made anything with paper pulp? The creative process of making hand-made paper has been around for centuries. Students will have so much fun learning how to make paper pulp and turn it into imaginative works of art that include card making, plates, bowls, art paper, and more!  A sure enjoyment for your art oriented child!  Note:  If your child cannot attend the Tuesday program, we also offer a Wednesday class.
 
Instructor: 
Meg Murphy, who many of our students know from clay sculpting, is pleased to offer this creative after school program.  Meg attended Silvermine School of the Arts where she studied fundamentals of design, drawing, ceramics and metal sculptures. She is also an accomplished stain glass designer as well as a landscape designer. 
 
Karate Club (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 16 students
Fee/Option 1: $201.00 (includes white uniform (Gi))
Fee/Option 2: $176.00 (if student already has a uniform (Gi))

Location: East House Cafeteria
 
We’re thrilled to have Georgetown Martial Arts return to our fall WOW! programs! This NON-competitive, core-strengthening exercise is good for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students. Sensei David focuses on helping students understand and use martial arts to develop self-discipline, self-control, confidence, focus, and respect for others in a fun and safe environment.
Note: Please specify weight and height on the registration form if your child is ordering a white                                                                                             
GI- uniform. If your child already has his/her own uniform, the price of the class will be adjusted to $176.00. Advanced karate students ordering a black gi should order directly through Georgetown Martial Arts and Sensei Dave.
Note: If your child cannot make the Tuesday class, we also offer a Wednesday and Thursday program! Special Note:  Students may be invited to test for an advanced belt pending successful completion of learned techniques.  Parents will be notified directly by Georgetown Martial Arts.  Please know that there is an additional cost for the test, payable to Georgetown Martial Arts, and is not part of the WOW! fee.
 
Instructor: 
Sensei David Chapman is the owner of Georgetown Martial Arts. Sensei Dave began his own martial arts training at the age of 9. He studied the arts of Tang Soo Do, Uechi-Ryu in which he holds a black belt.  Mr. Chapman also holds a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and has studied kempo karate since 1994. Sensei also earned the rank of 3nd degree black belt and holds a black sash in Black Tiger Kung-Fu.

The Secrets of Magic- Jr. Genies Club (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 18 students
Fee: $209.00
Location:  East House # 26 (Music Room)
Magic Show on December 4th    
 
We can’t teach you to make your little sister disappear—that wouldn’t be right!—but we can reveal the secrets of the professional magician in this well-known and popular after school program. Experience the wonder of magic as you learn the ancient art of prestidigitation. Disappearing coins, reappearing scarves, card tricks, and more magical stuff awaits your Jr. Genie! Each week students will receive tricks and materials to take home. What a great way to  build self-confidence, develop stage presence, and improve presentation, public speaking, and leadership skills, while having a blast!  Note: Any students repeating this class will receive new tricks and will help as magic assistants for new students.  Note:  If your child cannot attend the Tuesday program, we also offer a Friday class!
 
Instructor:
Nisan Eventoff, internationally known master magician, has never made his little sister disappear, but he has been known to pull a rabbit out of a hat every now and then. He has appeared in movies, T.V. and theatre.  He is a life member of the prestigious “Magic Castle” in Los Angeles.

 
Wednesday Programs
10-week session
September 26th – December 5th (no class Nov. 21st
 
NEW! Travel through Time……."A 12,000 Year Walk through History” (K&1st grade)
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $170.00
Location!  East House # 30 (across from East House cafeteria)  
 
In this hands on class children are introduced to historic times. Based on Anne Millard's Book "A Street through Time", we will read and review the historic moments the children are most interested in, act them out, and create two and three dimensional artwork. Children will be introduced to some of the cultures during the Stone Age at (10,000 BCE) and moving through the Iron Age (600 BCE), Roman Times (100 CE), Medieval Period (1400s). Each child will pick and talk about his/her favorite time period with classmates during the last class. What a fun way to learn about historical periods in time!
 
Instructor:
Christine Walder Ferreira is originally from Switzerland and has recently moved to Weston. She previously taught at the German School at UNIS in NYC and at the Mustard Seed School in Hoboken. Her emphases lies in integrated learning so that students experience many different aspects of a topic, make new connections, and are guided by their own interests.
 
Stop Motion Experience (2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants:    7 students
Maximum # of participants:  10 students
Fee: $ 160.00
Location:  North House # 21 (Health Room)
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends Nov. 14th  
 
A full 360° immersion into the world of stop motion filmmaking awaits you in this 8-week after school program! Students work in groups rotating through filming stations around the room collaborating as an entire class on videos using four different styles of stop motion animation. Students will work with a variety of styles including time-lapse animation, action scene animation, and live action animation!
Instructor: 
Incrediflix
 
Chess Club (1st & 2nd grade)  
Minimum # of participants: 10 students
Maximum # of participants: 12 students  
Fee: $ 200.00
Location:  East House #32
 
We are excited to welcome back the Chess Club of Fairfield County! This course for beginners builds logical and critical thinking, helps develop patience and concentration, and informs students about the history and evolution of chess strategy. Students will learn the basics of the game of chess, including but not limited to board set up, the value of pieces, elementary tactics, and endgame strategy.
 
Instructor:
The Chess Club of Fairfield County offers educational and recreational services for all players from beginners to grandmasters with a common element of an uncompromising dedication to elevating chess.

Creative Paper Crafts with Meg Murphy (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 8 students
Fee:  $ 185.00
Location:  Art Room
 
Ever make anything with paper pulp? The creative process of making hand-made paper has been around for centuries. Students will have so much fun learning how to make paper pulp and then turn it into imaginative works of art that include card making, plates, bowls, art paper, and more!  A sure enjoyment for your art oriented child!  Note:  If your child cannot attend the Wednesday program, we also offer a Tuesday class.
 
Instructor: 
Meg Murphy, who many of our students know from clay sculpting, is pleased to offer this creative after school program.  Meg attended Silvermine School of the Arts where she studied fundamentals of design, drawing, ceramics and metal sculptures. She is also an accomplished stain glass designer as well as a landscape designer. 
 
Karate Club (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 16 students
Fee/Option 1: $185.00 (includes white uniform (Gi))
Fee/Option 2: $160.00 (if student already has a uniform (Gi))

Location: East House Cafeteria
 
We’re thrilled to have Georgetown Martial Arts return to our fall WOW! programs! This NON-competitive, core-strengthening exercise is good for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students. Sensei David focuses on helping students understand and use martial arts to develop self-discipline, self-control, confidence, focus, and respect for others in a fun and safe environment.
Note: Please specify weight and height on the registration form if your child is ordering a white                                                                                             
GI- uniform. If your child already has his/her own uniform, the price of the class will be adjusted to $160.00. Advanced karate students ordering a black gi should order directly through Georgetown Martial Arts and Sensei Dave.
Note: If your child cannot make the Wednesday class, we also offer a Tuesday and Thursday program!
Special Note:  Students may be invited to test for an advanced belt pending successful completion of learned techniques.  Parents will be notified directly by Georgetown Martial Arts.  Please know that there is an additional cost for the test, payable to Georgetown Martial Arts, and is not part of the WOW! fee.
 
Instructor: 
Sensei David Chapman is the owner of Georgetown Martial Arts. Sensei Dave began his own martial arts training at the age of 9. He studied the arts of Tang Soo Do, Uechi-Ryu in which he holds a black belt.  Mr. Chapman also holds a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and has studied kempo karate since 1994. Sensei also earned the rank of 3nd degree black belt and holds a black sash in Black Tiger Kung-Fu.
 
Thursday Programs
11-week session
September 20th – December 6th (no class Nov. 22nd)

NEW! Food, Fun, and Games! - A Program for Kindergartners (K students)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 165.00
Location:  East House # 32 (across from East House cafeteria)
Note: This is an 8-week session and ends on November 8th
 
Children love to cook and are drawn to preparing food with an amazing sense of curiosity and respect.
The most effective way to have children embrace healthy foods is to give them the opportunity to prepare it with their own hands and have a pride of accomplishment. In "Food, Fun and Games", students will get involved in preparing and eating healthy foods such as “salad people,”confetti rice with vegetables, and lots more. Through games, songs, and stories, coupled with tastings, students will expand their knowledge and have an appreciation for healthy eating!
 
Instructor:
Gabriela Low discovered her love of crafts as a child in the Swiss school system. Today she enjoys baking, sewing, knitting, and needlework, and is especially pleased when she sees a child’s enthusiastic discovery of their own creativity. Many students know Ms. Low as a substitute teacher in the Weston schools.
 
NEW: Jedi Engineering with LEGO (1st & 2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants; 11 students;
Maximum # of participants; 16 students
Fee:  $ 184.00
Location:  North House # 21 (health room)
Note:  This is an 8-week session and ends on November 8th
Special Note:  This is a 1½ hour program and ends at 4:45 p.m.
 
The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi enthusiasts! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects with LEGO materials such as X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away! Create motorized and architectural projects using your imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire in this 1 ½ hour program that ends at 4:45 p.m.  Note:  Projects will not go home with students!
 
Instructor:
Play-Well TEKnologies
 
Karate Club (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 16 students
Fee/Option 1: $201.00 (includes white uniform (Gi))
Fee/Option 2: $176.00 (if student already has a uniform (Gi))

Location: East House Cafeteria
 
We’re thrilled to have Georgetown Martial Arts return to our fall WOW! programs! This NON-competitive, core-strengthening exercise is good for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students. Sensei David focuses on helping students understand and use martial arts to develop self-discipline, self-control, confidence, focus, and respect for others in a fun and safe environment.
Note: Please specify weight and height on the registration form if your child is ordering a white                                                                                             
GI- uniform. If your child already has his/her own uniform, the price of the class will be adjusted to $176.00. Advanced karate students ordering a black gi should order directly through Georgetown Martial Arts and Sensei Dave.
Note: If your child cannot make the Thursday class, we also offer a Tuesday and Wednesday program! Special Note:  Students may be invited to test for an advanced belt pending successful completion of learned techniques.  Parents will be notified directly by Georgetown Martial Arts.  Please know that there is an additional cost for the test, payable to Georgetown Martial Arts, and is not part of the WOW! fee.
 
Instructor: 
Sensei David Chapman is the owner of Georgetown Martial Arts. Sensei Dave began his own martial arts training at the age of 9. He studied the arts of Tang Soo Do, Uechi-Ryu in which he holds a black belt.  Mr. Chapman also holds a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and has studied kempo karate since 1994. Sensei also earned the rank of 3nd degree black belt and holds a black sash in Black Tiger Kung-Fu.
 
Yoga (1st & 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 10 students
Fee: $ 176.00
Location: East House # 26 (Music Room)
 
Come join Judy Orr as she encourages children to explore and discover the mind and body connection in a fun-filled way! Judy takes a creative approach to yoga that can be very helpful for children whose bodies are still developing. The use of animated poses and basic stretching exercises promote strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness. Breathing and visualization techniques teach children how to focus, relax and develop self-control.
Note: If your child cannot attend the Thursday program, we also offer a Tuesday class!
Special Note: Students should bring their own yoga mat each week to class.
 
Instructor:
Judy is currently a 500Hr Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher specializing in Yin, Gentle, Power Vinyasa Flow, Y12SR for Addiction and Thai Yoga Bodywork.  Her approach to kids yoga is to “play” yoga with children by integrating storytelling, games, and music that foster a loving environment for movement, concentration, and relaxation.
 
Around the World in 8 Weeks! (K-2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants:  8 students
Fee:  $ 152.00
Location:  Art Room
Note:  This is an 8-week program and ends on November 8th
 
Grab your passport, start packing, and get ready to travel the world in 8 weeks! Students will experience the traditional languages, history, and cultures of France, Egypt, Australia, Russia, Italy, Spain, China, and Brazil. Did you know that the Eiffel Tower is painted every 7 years and takes 60 tons of paint? Could you climb her 1,710 steps? Take a virtual tour in the rain forest and watch out for piranhas in Brazil, get ready to dance the traditional Russian barynya, and explore the mystery of the ancient world of Egypt. Much more awaits our international travelers!
 
Instructor:
Sylvie Lobsenz is a dynamic and caring teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the Ecole Sante Sociale in Lyon.  She is also the founder and language coordinator of Literakid Language Programs. Madame Sylvie has been teaching French and Spanish to children and adults for 13 years.
 
Friday Programs
10-week session
September 21st –December 7th (no class Nov.2nd & Nov. 23rd)
 
NEW: Freaky Fizzics (1st & 2nd grade)
Minimum # of participants: 12 students
Maximum # of participants: 14 students
Fee:  $ 210.00
Location: North House # 21 (Health Room)
 
Calling all mad scientists: We’re looking for a few good junior engineers to build bridges, arches & pyramids. Want to become a magician? We’ve got the scientific secrets behind some of the world’s most famous magic tricks. But wait, there’s more!… Learn about forces, gravity, and inertia while experimenting with gyroscopes and spinning wheels. Discover how electric current follows a circuit as you make buzzers buzz and a firefly flicker with light. Build a loop-flying stunt plane and explore the principles of flight. Create your own wave-in-a-bottle and plumb the depths of density and the states of water. All Mad Science programs correlate with CT’s science curriculum and are Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) compliant.
 
Instructor:
Mad Science of Fairfield and New Haven Counties- All Mad Science programs correlate with Connecticut’s Science curriculum and are NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) compliant.
 
Magic…Junior Genies Magic Club (K- 2nd grade)
Maximum # of participants: 18 students
Fee: $190.00
Location: East House # 26 (Music Room)
Magic show on December 7th  
 
We can’t teach you to make your little sister disappear—that wouldn’t be right!—but we can reveal the secrets of the professional magician in this well-known and popular after school program. Experience the wonder of magic as you learn the ancient art of prestidigitation. Disappearing coins, reappearing scarves, card tricks, and more magical stuff awaits your Jr. Genie! Each week students will receive tricks and materials to take home. What a great way to  build self-confidence, develop stage presence, and improve presentation, public speaking, and leadership skills, while having a blast!  Note: Any students repeating this class will receive new tricks and will help as magic assistants for new students.  Note:  If your child cannot attend the Friday program, we also offer a Tuesday class!
 
Instructor:
Nisan Eventoff, internationally known master magician, has never made his little sister disappear, but he has been known to pull a rabbit out of a hat every now and then. He has appeared in movies, T.V. and theatre.  He is a life member of the prestigious “Magic Castle” in Los Angeles.  

Paint Draw & More!  (K thru 2nd grade)
Maximum Number of participants: 12 students
Fee:  $190.00
Location:  Art Room
 
Paint Draw & More! is proud of its 20+ successful years as pioneers in children’s art instruction. Paint, Draw & More! allows children to express their creativity, while learning technical skills, and helps to build self-esteem through artistic accomplishments. Drawing fundamentals like shape, contour, design, color and medium are progressively used every week so your child can create new and varied works of art. Our classes are fun, engaging and each project is developed with your child in mind. Whether your child continues in the arts or chooses another path, this creative development will enhance their intellectual growth and understanding of math, history and the sciences. Note:  If your child cannot attend the Friday program, we also offer a Monday class!
 
Instructor:
With a degree in molecular and cell biology, Anastasia Gussen is also trained in all traditional types of media; pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, paint and photography. She has participated in invitation only life drawing classes and has completed a graphic design program at Pratt Institute.