The Homeschool Arts Academy: Fine Arts Classes

Click here to view the tentative Fine Arts Class Schedule.

Click here for more information about Fine Arts class fees and additional CHEE fees.

Please note that when you are interested in taking ANY Arts Academy classes, you are required to register with CHEE for full membership benefits. With your CHEE membership, your family may participate in our many homeschool activities, parties, and field trips. You may also sign your child up for any of our elementary or middle/high school classes (unless classes are full).

Membership for the 2017-18 school year is currently closed.

Class Descriptions & Fee Information

Piano Lessons with Nancy Wilmoth: Nancy will teach beginning students in weekly 10-minute lessons and advanced students in 20-minute lessons. Beginning students will learn basic music theory along with how to read music and play the piano. While waiting for their turn at the piano, beginning students will engage in games and other activities to aid in their understanding of music theory. The 10-minute lesson fee is $22/child/month, and the 20-minute fee is $40/child/month. All students (beginning and advanced) also require a one-time book fee of $13.

Nancy Wilmoth earned her BA in Music Education at Harding in 1967 and has been teaching music ever since. Besides teaching private piano lessons since 1966, she has taught elementary school music and Montessori school music, been a church pianist for several churches over 25 years, and accompanied musical theater productions for 10 years.
Theater I & II with Sybil Todd: This class will introduce new actors to the world of theatre as well as challenge the more experienced actor to hone his or her skills. The class will offer practice in the skills needed to audition for a play and the knowledge needed to perform in a play as well as storytelling, improvisation and comedy skills, makeup, accents and character development. Fee is $20/child/month.

As a homeschool mom, Sybil has also been involved in almost every aspect of drama over the past 25 years including costuming, makeup, set design, acting, directing, script writing, and lighting and sound. She is currently a director for the Clemson Little Theatre’s youth theatre program, directing productions including The Hobbit. She is also an instructor for Clemson Little Theatre’s summer workshops. She has taught drama in various homeschool groups over the past several years. Sybil enjoys watching a student’s self-confidence and creativity blossom as they experience theatre. She brings a fun and upbeat attitude to her classes and loves to challenge students to reach their full potential on stage.
Ballet with Rebecca Moore: Ballet classes for all ages will include beginning to intermediate ballet instruction. Students need a leotard or other comfortable dance outfit and ballet shoes. Fee is $20/child/month.

Rebecca began studying dance in 1974 and teaching in 1981. She has had most of her training at Evergreen Ballet Center under Erika Delap, former soloist with the Paris Opera Ballet. Rebecca has taught in schools in Oregon, Washington, and New York. Rebecca has attended teacher-training workshops with Ballet West in Utah, National Ballet of Canada in Ontario, and Ballet Magnificat in Mississippi. She has taught classes to children and adults from beginners through advanced intermediate students and directed a small junior company in New York which performed classical and Christian themed ballets. Rebecca was Adjunct professor in the education departments at Houghton College and Southern Wesleyan University in Central teaching PE education majors to write and teach dance curriculum. She believes our Lord God created dance as a means of worship to him, a beautiful blessing for his people and means of their creative expression. A nurturing environment allows children to have fun and gain self-confidence while learning to dance. Older students should learn solid classical ballet technique strong enough to carry them into a pre-professional program. The classes should give students a positive attitude about themselves and develop a love for the art of dance. The environment should discourage unhealthy competition and self-centeredness and encourage support of classmates and personal growth.

Choir, Voice, and Band with Debbie Williams: Students will be instructed in proper technique, reading music, and playing/singing alone or with a group in the lesson of their choice. Beginning group and half-hour private lessons are possible. The group lesson fee will be determined by the number of students. The private lesson fee is $80/child/month.

Debbie is a graduate of Bob Jones University with a degree in Music Education and has been offering private music instruction for 30 years. In addition, she has taught in school and church settings and is currently the church pianist and assistant music director at Hopewell Baptist Church in Anderson. A widow of 14 years, Debbie has lived in the Powdersville area for four years with her three children, ages 24, 22, and 17. After her children complete their education, she plans to pursue a Master's Degree from BJU. She also runs a home-based music store, Galaxy Music, offering affordable music supplies.

Guitar & Violin Lessons with Ashley Stevens: Students ages 6 and up will be instructed at the appropriate level in their instrument of choice in weekly 30-minute private lessons. Book and other fees may apply. Monthly lesson fee is $80/child.

Ashley Stevens began playing violin in her middle school orchestra and continued throughout high school. She then went on to an Associate in Arts Degree from Greenville Technical College, studied Bluegrass music at East Tennessee State University, and is currently studying Instrumental Music Education at North Greenville University. Ashley is on staff at her church where she leads worship on guitar and plays back up violin. She has experience teaching private lessons to different ages and skill levels.

Fiddle, Banjo, or Mandolin with YAM: YAM staff will be offering private or small group classes for students 8 and up in fiddle, banjo, and mandolin. Class fees depend on the number of students.

Instructor: Mr. Herman Towles

Class times 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Mr. Towles' contact info: hermantowles@gmail.com

YAM has some rental instruments available if needed. More information about the YAM program can be found at http://www.yamupstate.com.

Music Play Time (newborn-age 5) with Gloria Little: Babies, toddlers, and "big kids" alike will be introduced to folk songs, rhymes, and rhythm with games and activities. Through learning folk songs, students will come to understand beat, rhythm, and singing in tune. Songs will be sung in a key that is easiest for children to sing. Children will be encouraged to move during the class through movement songs and finger plays. In addition to songs, children will be introduced to children's books and poems. Rhythm instruments, such as tambourines, shakers, and blocks, will be incorporated. Folk instruments, such as a guitar, an autoharp, and recorder, may be used in the class. **A parent or responsible sibling must accompany children to this class. Class fee is $10/family/month.

Gloria Little was a pre-school music teacher and children's choir director for four years before having children herself. She finished the level 1 of the Kodaly Method of teaching music to children and has taken some of the level 2 classes. (She had her own children before she had finished the three levels to get her full certification.) Music has been a part of her life, from singing songs with her mother as a child, to taking voice lessons in college and singing in the college choir. She has had some ballet, piano and recorder training as well. Gloria has been married to her husband, Mike, for 24+ years. They have two older children who have only been homeschooled.

Art Education with Holly Hannon: Students will experience art in a variety of methods, such as painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking and mixed media. A drawing class will also be offered with instruction according to each student's skill level teaching how to draw or enhance current skills. This class will include "life drawing." Composition, shading, perspective, line, and realism will be addressed through life drawing including live models, still lifes, and outdoor landscapes. Personal photographs will also be used. Each class will have projects carefully designed to fully engage in the process but also produce art with a purposeful learning intent. Scale, color, line, composition, drawing, values, technique and art history are all part of the art education while exploring different art media such as pastel, acrylics, watercolors, inks, pencils, fabric, clay, oils, wax and more. The emphasis of these classes will be on learning and creating art, not crafts. Portfolio presentation may be addressed with those interested. Class fee is $25/child/month (discounted to $20/mo for four siblings or more) along with a supply fee per session of $20 for each class.

Holly Hannon graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in 1985 and has worked as a professional illustrator for twenty eighty years illustrating over 25 children’s books for clients including Scholastic, Random House, and Disney. In addition to illustration, she teaches art classes in a variety of subjects for adults and children at The Arts Center of Clemson and their satellite program at Clemson Elementary. Among the publishers, teachers, and students who request her, she is known for attention to detail and a passion for color and technique. In addition to programming all classes in the Painting Studio at The Arts Center, Holly is in charge of children and youth programming as well. A Greenville native and long-term resident of Seneca, Holly enjoys gardening, cooking and hiking.

Kajukenbo Mixed Martial Arts with Sigung Anthony Young: This class for ages 6 and up will introduce or advance students in the practice of a "complete self defense" style of martial arts called Kajukenbo. Fee: $40 per month

Anthony Young has been training in martial arts since the age of seven and has been teaching the general public since 1995. He has earned numerous titles, certificates, awards and trophies. He is a world champion in sport karate, and he has trained several students to become world champions as well. He focuses on teaching his students to be champions in and out of the "ring," to be productive citizens of society, and, of course, to be able to defend themselves if they or their loved ones are endangered. Mr. Young has worked with elementary, middle, and high schools in the Upstate providing non-violent conflict resolution classes. He has participated in the "DARE" program to help keep children off the streets and out of gangs and has coordinated with programs including "SHARE," "HEADSTART," and "SHARING, INC.," which all work to provide underprivileged youth the opportunity to attend classes.