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School Group Programs 2021

Want to experience one or more performing art forms in one venue: we have space - the passion - and the instructors.
We are in the heART of Kelowna’s Cultural District, if you are booking field trips to the Kelowna Art Gallery or Kelowna Museums and want to include performing arts for your students – we are here for you. We have many options to choose from to make your day in the Cultural District dramatically “over the top”. Our professional artists are passionate about what they teach and have been instructing for the RCA for many years. They are well versed in the new curriculum core competencies and look forward to assisting teachers in all teaching endeavors. 

Have your Kindergarten to Aged 14 students experience one or more performing art forms in one venue.

Want to book a full day field trip? The Cultural District offers a variety of school group programs:

Rotary Centre for the Arts
Email: programs@rotarycentreforthearts.com
Phone: 250-717-5304 ext. 116
Website: rotarycentreforthearts.com

Kelowna Art Gallery
Email: info@kelownaartgallery.com
Phone: 250-762-2226
Website: kelownaartgallery.com

Kelowna Museums
Email: education@kelownamuseums.ca
Phone: 250-868-4836
Website: kelownamuseums.ca

COVID-19 Safety Measures

We are taking the utmost care to provide a safe and healthy environment for your students. Your health and safety is our top priority. See our COVID-19 safety measures for school groups.

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Instruction

Our class field studies workshop options provide in-person and virtual instructions from certified instructors. Our professional art instructors are passionate about what they teach and have been instructing for the RCA for many years. They are well versed in the new curriculum core competencies and look forward to assisting teachers in all teaching endeavors. Performing arts sessions are held in the RCA’s dance studios, equipped with sprung wood flooring. 

RCA offers the following:

Virtual
a. Cutout Digital Animation
b. Robert Bateman Foundation Nature Sketching*

In-person
c. Dance: Hip Hop, Jazz Dance, Street Jazz, Ukranian Dance, Active-Flexibility (available in Spring), Beginner Capoeira Angola (available in Spring)
d. Theatre: Musical Theatre
e. Martial Arts: Kung Fu
f. Storytelling

Virtual or In-person

g. At-Home Movie Studio

Cost

Starts at $5/student per session.

* Robert Bateman Foundation Nature Sketching cost: $125 per class (20 – 30 students)

The following programs are offered for school classes from Kindergarten to Aged 14 and range from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours of instruction, Monday - Friday.

Virtual

Cut-Out Digital Animation

A fun introduction to the concepts of digital animation where students' handmade art is brought into an animation program! Students and teachers will receive a finished video file of simple animations made from student creations. Learning groups do not need individual computers, only a teacher's machine w/ webcam required. Also available for remote learning groups. (1hour)

Instructor: Brock Gratz
 

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Virtual

Robert Bateman Foundation Nature Sketching

Cost: $125 per class (20 – 30 students)

This online Nature Sketch class is guided by children’s book illustrator and nature sketch artist, Val Lawton. Val will cover Nature Sketch skills using a pencil, eraser and sketchbook.

Students will cover such art fundamentals as line drawing, understanding shapes and shading techniques, with a fresh and fun approach that will encourage budding artists to create beautiful nature sketches. Because we cover the great breadth of Canada, we will be making general observations about the changing seasons.

As well, we will be discussing the career and art of Canadian artist Robert Bateman, with a focus on his values, his great love for the outdoors and the impact of these on his creative processes.

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In-Person

DANCE

Hip-Hop
Hip Hop is a blend of today's high energy, street style, dance movement to music. Hip Hop combinations encourage strength, fluidity in movement, musicality and dynamic phrasing. 

Instructor: Simonne Kraigher

Jazz Dance
Jazz dance is a performance technique and style. Students will work thru different jumps and turns to upbeat music. Jazz dance is known to be big, free and strong all while building on character development.

Instructor: Simonne Kraigher

Street Jazz
A fun jazz-warmup. Practice of jazz techniques. A short choreography combo using popular music in music-video style jazz. All ages all skill levels.

Instructor: Emilee Bradford

Ukranian Dance
Basic dance technique and traditional Ukraninan cultural steps from different regions of Ukraine. 

Instructor: Alexandra Gallant

Active-Flexibility (available in Spring)
An intensive warm up to prepare the muscles. Flexibility exercises done actively with passive resting in between.

Instructor: Emilee Bradford

Beginner Capoeira Angola (available in Spring)
The martial art/dance from Brazil. The class will teach basic dance-like movements, floor work, and acrobatic movements.

Instructor: Emilee Bradford

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In-Person

THEATRE

Musical Theatre
Improve personal expression through, acting, and dancing. Musical Theatre is a theatrical dance style that includes dance technique and acting to songs from broadways and musicals. Students act out their favorite musical numbers in a comfortable and supportive environment. Stage direction, self-expression, and singing/lip-syncing are just a few of the skills that they will practice each class. (1.5 hours)

Instructor: Mundia Kabunda

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In-Person

MARTIAL ARTS

Kung Fu
A “no contact” performance art consisting of open hand and body movement forms that teach the students a sequence of moves – an applied ancient art form. Youth gain new self-confidence, self-control, and discipline growth. Respect for themselves, adults, and each other is also taught. (1.5 hours)

Instructor: Great Way Martial Arts

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In-Person

STORYTELLING

YeKrik: Storytelling
Introduction to Storytelling inspired by the Creole Culture of Karukera (Guadeloupe). The class pays a subtle tribute to the Griots of West Africa who are keepers of ‘African’ oral tradition of storytelling. The contemporary structure of the lesson allows for play, discussion, and the opportunity for students to tell their stories. 

Instructor: Randy Jernidier

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Virtual or In-person

At-Home Movie Studio

Want to be the next big youtuber or vlogger? Interested in being in movies or tv? For many upcoming stars these days the key is to be able to make your own high quality videos with the tools you already have at home! No fancy tools needed, just a phone with a video camera! We’ll explore awesome options for free and easy ways to make your work look extra cool and a bit more like the professionals!

Instructor: Brock Gratz

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