The Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., recently announced new programming for the fall session of its School of Fine Arts.
New coursework will include Art Start College Prep programming, stage combat courses, chair yoga, a mural workshop and a raku firing workshop. All programs are part of the fall session, running from Sept. 9 to Dec. 15.
The Art Start College Prep program is a series of courses designed by BAC Visual Arts Coordinator Jake Saunders with the goal of preparing teen visual artists for the college application process. The program will help students ages 12 to 17 improve skills through coursework and establish a portfolio for college interviews.
Students will take classes from working professionals in the visual arts community, with specializations in foundations of design and art history, drawing, illustration, painting, ceramics and portfolio building.
For more information about Art Start College Prep, email Saunders at jake@
Introduced for beginners in the craft of stage combat, Intro to Sword Play is available for theater students ages 12-18. In the course, students will learn the basics of swordplay and different weapon styles. Through the use of simple yet fun games, students will practice techniques, footwork and soft sparring.
The course will be taught by local theater professional Ardarius “AD” Blakely and will be held on Saturdays beginning Sept. 14. The cost of the workshop is $175 with a $15 equipment rental fee.
Additional stage combat coursework is offered at the BAC with a workshop for teens ages 11 to 17 and another workshop for adults over 18.
Students will learn the basics of stage combat including hand-to-hand, weapon work and more. Participants will learn how to create fight scenes from stage and screen, all while doing so safely.
Stage Combat for Teens will be held on Sundays, from 2 to 3 p.m., starting Sept. 15, and Stage Combat for Adults will take place on Sundays, from 3 to 4 p.m., starting Sept. 15.
Both workshops will be taught by Blakely and cost $170.
A new adult class, chair yoga, is a gentle form of yoga in which postures are performed while either sitting in a chair or standing and using the chair for support. All levels are welcome, and the class is most beneficial for students with limited mobility who want to increase their range of motion.
The class will be instructed by Jackie Braggs on Thursdays, from 10 to 11 a.m., starting Sept. 12. Registration is $169.
The new mural workshop will offer students the opportunity to leave their mark on the BAC by creating a mural on the first floor of the building.
The course will guide students in proper techniques for drafting, sketching, editing, drawing to scale, painting and completing final touch-ups.
The workshop will be led by local artist Tia Jones-Etu and meet on Thursdays, from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning Sept. 10. Ages 12 to 18 are recommended for the course, and the cost is $260.
Rounding out the new programming is a raku firing workshop for ages 16 and up.
Raku firing is an ancient Japanese ceramics technique where pottery is taken from an outdoor kiln while red hot and placed in a material such as sawdust or newspaper to cool. Due to the lack of oxygen, the process gives the glaze a variety of colors.
The workshop is presented as a National Endowment of the Arts Artist Residency and will be taught by Kyle Pappalardo. The once-in-a-lifetime workshop will also present students with the opportunity to showcase their work in the BAC Simmerling Gallery in January 2020.
The workshop will be offered in a two-day format on Saturdays, Oct. 12 and 19, from 1 to 5 p.m., or a one-day format on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The two-day workshop is $200, and the one-day workshop is $120.
The BAC School of Fine Arts is a multidisciplinary education center that allows everyone, regardless of age or level, to learn new skills and embrace the arts. Private instruction and classes are offered in dance, visual arts, music, theater and more.
Programming for the BAC School of Fine Arts is partially supported through a CityArts grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Registration for the fall session is now open.
The BAC will offer a “Sale Day” on Wednesday, Aug. 14, when students can save 10 percent off their registration.
To register for workshops, stop by the BAC box office, call (773) 445-3838 or visit beverlyartcenter.org.