Classes

Below is a list of all the classes available at Usdan. Use the filters to customize the list based on your child's age and interests. Usdan is divided into 7 departments: Art, Music, Dance, Theater, Chess, Writing, and Nature. Each child takes three classes. The Major class is 2 periods, the Minor class is one period, and the Recreational Activity is one period.

*Please note: Classes listed below do not reflect current availability.*

7-week session: June 27, 2016 - August 12, 2016, weekdays (closed Monday, July 4)
4-week session: June 27, 2016 - July 22, 2016, weekdays (closed Monday, July 4)
3-week session A: June 27, 2016 - July 15, 2016, weekdays (closed Monday, July 4)
3-week session B: July 25, 2016 - August 12, 2016, weekdays

Department

Grade

Session

Major/Minor



PAINTING & DRAWING

MAJOR | Grades 2 to 12 MINOR | Grades 2 to 12 REC | N/A

ART
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

Creative drawing and painting using acrylics, pastels and related media.

OPEN STUDIO

MAJOR | Grades 7 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

ART
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

Open Studio gives you the freedom to explore, create, learn, think, and make art however you choose. A working artist and educator will be available to guide you and to answer your questions when needed, but the projects, the process, and the finished products are yours to determine. Students work independently within a supportive community of peers. You can focus on whatever you would like; one medium all summer long or a different one every day.

MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 4 to 6 REC | N/A

ART
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

Using your own mobile device, learn how to unleash the power of its camera. Learn how digital and moving imagery in 2016 are rooted in 200-year old concepts of photography and film. Understanding the art and science of how a camera works will guide much of your focus and will show you how to take pictures, how to be photographers, and ultimately, how to be storytellers. You will also learn how to compose and light an image and how to capture the moment so that you can tell your story.

MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO FOR SOCIAL MEDIA

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 7 to 12 REC | N/A

ART
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

Unleash your artistic potential as you learn the principles of photography and video with your mobile phone. You will learn the basics of photography and study current forms of imagery, like the "moving picture" and GIFs. Social Media will be being looked at closely to understand the freedoms and the constraints each one places on the artist. This course will include education on the risk of social media for parents and students. Select content produced in the class will be used on Usdan's social media platforms.

SEWING & FASHION DESIGN

MAJOR | Grades 4 to 12 (two levels) MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

ART
4 or 7
Week

Students learn how to create fashion from concept to construction using the sewing machine. Patterns and free design are used to create clothing and sewn objects. Level I: Beginner. Prerequisite for Level II: Use of a sewing machine for at least fifty hours.

COMIC ART

MAJOR | Grades 5 to 12 (4 or 7 week only) MINOR | Grades 4 to 12 (3A, 3B, 4 or 7 week) REC | N/A

ART
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

An introduction to classic cartooning techniques and characters, with projects designed from concept to finished product. Techniques include thumbnail sketches and breakdowns, penciling, inking, and page lay-out. Students develop and design their own characters.

ANIMATION

MAJOR | Grades 7 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

ART
4 or 7
Week

Fundamentals of 2-D animation, in which students are introduced to both hand-drawn and computer generated imagery.

CERAMICS

MAJOR | Grades 2 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

ART
4 or 7
Week

Experimentation with hand forming, turning on the potter's wheel, ceramic design and sculpture, and glaze technology.

SCULPTURE

MAJOR | Grades 2 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

ART
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

Exploration of three-dimensional forms, both abstract and representational, in wood, stone, clay, plaster, wire and metal.

ART ADVENTURE

MAJOR | Grades 2 to 4 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

ART
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

An exploratory art experience in which students are introduced to a variety of media, including drawing, painting, hand-building ceramics, and sculpture.

METALSMITHING

MAJOR | Grades 4 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

ART
7
Week

Students explore basic skills in hammering, raising and chasing metal. They create jewelry using selected techniques such as wire working, soldering, acid etching, bezel stone setting and bead stringing.

PHOTOGRAPHY

MAJOR | Grades 4 to 12 MINOR | Grades 4 to 12 REC | N/A

ART
4 or 7
Week

Photographic composition, printing, imaging, enhancement, and presentation on Mac computers. Students supply their own digital camera.

STUDIO ART

MAJOR | Grades 5 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

ART
3A, 3B
or 4 Week

Classes in two-dimensional and three-dimensional media. Class content is drawn from art forms such as drawing, painting, hand-building ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, collage, or others.

FILMMAKING

MAJOR | Grades 5 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

ART
7
Week

A video production course using state-of-the-art studio and portable recording and editing equipment. Student projects include short videos and news features that are created by collaborative teams of student writers, actors, directors, camera operators, and editors. Additional fee of $500.

VIDEO GAME ART AND DESIGN

MAJOR | Grades 4 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

ART
7
Week

An introduction to the creation and development of non-violent Video Games. Additional fee of $500.

ARCHITECTURE DESIGN

MAJOR | Grades 7 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

ART
7
Week

Principles of building design including CAD drawing and model-making.

LIFE DRAWING

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 7 to 12 REC | N/A

ART
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

An exploration of the human form for advanced artists. Students will learn principles of life drawing with the aid of draped models.

LEGO DESIGN

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 2 to 12 REC | N/A

ART
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

Lego blocks are often used as a toy. This minor class will explore creative ways that lego blocks can be used “outside the box” to create one-of-a-kind pieces of Art and Design

MOVING AND MAKING WITH PILOBOLUS

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 2 to 12 REC | Grades 2 to 12

DANCE
7
Week

In this class, Pilobolus Teaching Artists help students discover their own unique artistic voice, and learn how to work with others to create original material collaboratively. Open to dancers and non dancers alike, this Masterclass welcomes all to experience Pilobolus’s creative process. This class is playful, group-driven, physically challenging and fun. Classes include partnering, collaborative choreography, and peer to peer feedback. More info

DANCE LAB:THE ART OF DANCE-MAKING

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 4 to 6 REC | Grades 4 to 6

DANCE
7
Week

Dance Lab is an innovative movement class where students engage in daily explorations to create their own dance pieces. This class will utilize historical and cultural practices of world-renowned artists, using music, smartphone video technology, props, poetry, and the students’ stories. Emphasis will be placed on building a supportive space for students to broaden their creative and artistic skills through the art of dance. At the end of the summer session, students will present their pieces in a showcase.

USDAN DANCE ENSEMBLE

MAJOR | Grades 4 to 10 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

DANCE
7
Week

The Usdan Dance Ensemble provides study in ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance styles. The class is taught by Usdan faculty as well as guest artists from Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, American Ballet Theatre (ABT), and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Inc. The full day program is designed to support dancers from grades 4 through 12 who are at the intermediate or advanced levels. Admission is by audition.

BALLET

MAJOR | Grades 2 to 6 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

DANCE
7
Week

Study of classical technique including barre and center exercises, across the floor combinations and performance of original choreography or classic repertory. Beginning and Intermediate levels.

HIP HOP

MAJOR | Grades 4 to 6 MINOR |Grades 7 to 12 REC |Grades 7 to 12

DANCE
7
Week

Combines traditional jazz moves with hip hop funk. Classes are fast-paced and high energy. Intermediate level, minimum 1 year of dance experience.

DANCE ADVENTURE

MAJOR | Grades 2 to 3 MINOR | Grades 2 to 3 REC | Grades 2 to 3

DANCE
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

An exploratory dance experience for beginners in which students are introducted to a variety of forms, including jazz, modern, ballet, and popular/contemporary dance.

BEGINNING COMBINATION DANCE

MAJOR | Grades 4 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

DANCE
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

An introduction to the language of classic and contemporary dance forms. Students learn basic positions, steps and styles drawn from Jazz, Lyrical, Theater Dance and Modern Dance.

TAP DANCE

MAJOR |N/A MINOR | Grades 2 to 12 REC | Grades 2 to 12

DANCE
7
Week

Beg., Int., & Adv. levels.

JAZZ DANCE

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 4 to 6 REC | Grades 4 to 6

DANCE
7
Week

Students learn contemporary dance forms drawn from Broadway and classic jazz traditions. In partnership with Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation's Arts In Education & Community Program.

LYRICAL DANCE

MAJOR |N/A MINOR | Grades 4 to 12 REC | Grades 4 to 12

DANCE
7
Week

The intersection of ballet and jazz set to music with lyrics. Stylistic focus on fluidity and balletic interpretation. Beginning and Intermediate levels for 4-6 grade, Intermediate level only for 7-12 grade.

CONCERT BAND

MAJOR | Grades 3 to 6 (4 or 7 week) 7 to 12 (7week only) MINOR | Grade 7 to 9 (7 week only) REC | N/A

MUSIC
4 or 7
Week

Four bands offer performance opportunities for students of varying ages and abilities. Students must have at least one year of prior instruction with note reading. Concerts feature student performances of classic and contemporary band literature. 1 hour of Band and 1 hour in a sectional lesson daily.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

MAJOR | Grades 6 to 12 MINOR | Grades 7 to 12 REC | N/A

MUSIC
7
Week

For students in 6th, 7th or 8th grade, one year of prior instrumental music instruction is required, though no audition is needed. This program consists of daily classes in Int. Jazz Ensemble & Band. 6th graders will also have a 1 period sectional lesson (no minor). 7th &8th graders must choose a minor. Students in 9th-12th grade are required to audition for the Adv. Jazz Ensemble. Students in the Adv. Ensemble have a 3-period program in Improvisation, Jazz Ensemble & Band (no minor).

ORCHESTRA

MAJOR | Grades 3 to 6 (4 or 7 week) 7 to 12 (7 week only)MINOR | Grades 7 to 9 (7 week only) REC | N/A

MUSIC
4 or 7
Week

Orchestras for students of varying ages and abilities. Students must have at least one year of prior instruction in note reading. Usdan's Orchestras perform major symphonic works and collaborate with other Usdan ensembles. 1 hour of Orchestra and 1 hour in a sectional lesson daily.

SENIOR CHORUS

MAJOR | Grades 7 to 12 MINOR | Grades 7 to 12 REC | N/A

MUSIC
4 or 7
Week

Two hours daily devoted to major choral works with opportunities for small ensemble singing.

JUNIOR CHORUS

MAJOR | Grades 2 to 6 (4 or 7 week only) MINOR | Grades 2 to 6 (3B, 4 or 7 week) REC | N/A

MUSIC
3B, 4 or 7
Week

A popular major for young singers, the Junior Chorus presents a choral concert in July and a theater production in August.

CLASSICAL GUITAR

MAJOR | Grades 4 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

MUSIC
4 or 7
Week

Two hours daily of classical instruction. Students must have at least one year of prior instruction.

CLASSICAL PIANO

MAJOR | Grades 3 to 12 (by audition) MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

MUSIC
4 or 7
Week

A unique program of group instruction. Students are placed by ability and study technique and solo repertoire. They are also introduced to the joy of piano ensembles. Students must have at least one year of prior instruction. Studios are equipped with Yamaha professional-model pianos.

FOLK GUITAR

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 4 to 12 REC | N/A

MUSIC
4 or 7
Week

One hour daily of instruction. Beginner and Intermediate levels.

CHAMBER MUSIC

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 7 to 12 (limited availability. By audition) REC | N/A

MUSIC
7
Week

REPERTORY THEATER COMPANY

MAJOR | Grades 9 to 12 (by audition) MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

THEATER
7
Week

For advanced actors, emphasis is on company responsibility for the entire production process. The company will present one large musical production with opportunities for smaller showcases in the course of the summer. Four-period, full-day program. Additional fee of $500.

TECHNICAL THEATER

MAJOR | Grades 9 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

THEATER
7
Week

An advanced level course for experienced theater tech students in grades 9 through 12. The program builds on each student's experience in project organization and process, as students also participate in hands-on tech activities in Usdan's theaters. 4-Period program. Limited enrollment. Additional fee of $500.

DRAMA

MAJOR | Grades 7 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

THEATER
7
Week

Study and participation in the production cycle of a work from the American Stage Play. Students have experiences drawn from the elements of audition, rehearsal, blocking, staging, and ensemble. Additional fee of $500.

MUSICAL THEATER

MAJOR | Grades 4 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

THEATER
4 or 7
Week

Study and participation in the production cycle of a work from the American Musical Theater. Students have experiences drawn from the elements of audition, rehearsal, blocking, staging, choreography, and ensemble. Additional fee of $500 for the 7 week session.

THEATER ADVENTURE

MAJOR | Grades 2 to 3 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

THEATER
7
Week

An exploratory theater experience in which students are introduced to basic acting and singing skills, and to the traditions of the stage. Culminates in a staged production.

INTRODUCTION TO MUSICAL THEATER

MAJOR | Grades 4 to 12 MINOR | N/A REC | N/A

THEATER
3B
Week

Classes with emphasis on acting, speech, movement, voice and dance.

ACTOR'S CRAFT

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 4- 12 REC | N/A

THEATER
4 or 7
Week

How do actors make the right choices? Actors’ Craft provides theater majors with a broad introduction to the theory and practice of acting. Through physical exercises, theater games, and scene/speech study workshops, students will gain insights into how actors work to improve their performances.

AUDITION BOOTCAMP

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 4- 12 (for theater majors only) REC | N/A

THEATER
4 or 7
Week

You want the role but you’re not sure how to get it. Plus you’re nervous, very nervous. Check into Audition Boot Camp and find out how to calm the nerves and win the roles you want. Be prepared to work on cold readings. Learn how to choose appropriate audition materials and get ready for your big audition.

NATURE, ECOLOGY & DESIGN

MAJOR | Grades 2 to 6 MINOR | Grades 2 to 6 REC | N/A

NATURE
4 or 7
Week

Usdan's magnificent forest provides a vibrant setting to study Long Island's ecosystems. Hands-on projects include garden and forest exploration, and the experience of nature as realized in science, art, and craft.

ORGANIC GARDENING & SIMPLE FOOD

MAJOR | Grades 4 to 12 MINOR | Grades 4 to 12 REC | N/A

NATURE
4 or 7
Week

The art of planning, and the hands-on growing and cultivation of Usdan's organic fruit and vegetable gardens, together with the preparation of simple dishes with ingredients from the harvest.

CHESS

MAJOR | Grades 2 to 12 MINOR | Grades 2 to 12 REC | N/A

CHESS
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

Usdan’s chess program is designed to meet the individual needs of each student. Multiple classes offer instruction to beginner through advanced players. Players new to chess learn its rules, notation and the opening, middle and end games. Technique is acquired in organized and free play with other students and faculty. Advanced players develop a repertory of game strategies.

CREATIVE WRITING

MAJOR | Grades 4 to 12 (4 or 7 weeks only) MINOR | Grades 3 to 12 REC | N/A

WRITING
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

The writing of stories, plays and poems. Participation in the production of Usdan's literary magazine, Painting with Words.

GAMES, HOOPS AND NETS

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 2 to 12 REC | Grades 2 to 12

REC ARTS
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

Light recreational sports such as basketball, volleyball, Gaga, Quidditch, ping-pong, badminton and board games. Choose as a minor or a recreational activity.

YOGA

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 2 to 12 REC | Grades 2 to 12

REC ARTS
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

Serenity of yoga in an outdoor setting. Choose as a minor or a recreational activity.

ARCHERY

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 2 to 12 REC | Grades 2 to 12

REC ARTS
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

GROUP TENNIS

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | Grades 3 to 12 REC | Grades 3 to 12

REC ARTS
4 or 7
Week

Daily instruction and play, on Usdan’s courts, under the guidance of trained tennis instructors. A non-competitive beginner and inter mediate program, with students placed in groups according to age. Choose Group Tennis minor either as a minor, or a recreational activity. Additional fee of $450. Limited openings.

SWIM

MAJOR | N/A MINOR | N/A REC | Grades 3 to 12

REC ARTS
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Weeks

Students gather at Usdan's magnificent outdoor pools for a daily period of swimming . Usdan offers swimming instruction and courses leading to American Red Cross certification. Instructional Swim is required of all Discovery, Partners in the Arts and Junior Division students.Senior Division students may choose free or instructional swim with mandatory assessment of swimming ability for everyone.

DISCOVERY

Grades Pre-K to 1

DISCOVERY
3A, 3B, 4
or 7 Week

A unique program of summer fun and exploration in the arts for boys and girls currently in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten or First Grade. Children are placed into small groups, each with a college-age counselor who guides them throughout the day. Daily activities are drawn from a curriculum that includes Chorus, Painting & Ceramics, Swim, and Personal Journal Writing.

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