School of the Arts

About
Gibson School of the Arts is an exciting new program for the youth of New Tecumseth! We will provide quality arts education to our diverse and growing community. Many facets of the arts will be explored, including theatre, vocal, ukulele, piano, visual arts, drumming and even the culinary arts! GSOTA will be a haven for students of all levels of education, household incomes and abilities where they can learn in an inclusive, safe and nurturing environment. We will strive to include the art of differing cultures, so that our expanding and diverse community will be able to identify with their art and in turn identify with each other.

We currently offer classes, workshops and sessions to children grades 1-8. We have a Theatre class for 4-6 year olds coming in the fall of 2017 and keep your eyes out for other age group offerings in the near future…including classes for adults!
The arts are how many people identify with others and indeed how they find their own identities as well. In an area like ours that is rapidly changing, expanding and diversifying, using the arts to help our youth connect with each other could not be of more importance. The arts provide a safe space for youth to explore their likes, dislikes and to grow their confidence. This confidence can be seen not just on the stage, but in every aspect of their lives!

Origin Story
GSOTA began as a natural progression of Gibson Theatre School in 2017. The Gibson Theatre School has been a successful outlet for the theatre kids of New Tecumseth for years now and we wanted to continue this program while simultaneously offering new options for students interested in other realms of the arts world.

Our inaugural event was Taste of the Arts 2017, a fun filled day where children of the community grades 1-8 were invited to come to The Gibson to try out different art classes for free! Participants had the chance to try drama, vocal, piano, drumming, visual arts and culinary arts throughout the day. With TOTA being such a success, we followed the event launching our programming with our March Break camps featuring all of same arts choices. We are so excited to continue to grow Gibson School of the Arts, to provide professional instruction in a variety of art forms and to offer more options for anyone with a love of the arts in our community.

If you would like to learn more about GSOTA, register for a program or find out about our upcoming plans, please contact Heather Taws at heather@gibsoncentre.com or call (705) 435-2828 x31.

GSOTA Fall Classes 2017 - Schedule

Upcoming

Theatre

Fall Theatre Production 2017 - 'Snow Queen' by Stacey Lane

Oct 3 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM), Oct 5 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM), Oct 10 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM), Oct 12 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM), Oct 17 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM), Oct 19 (6:00

Join our Fall Theatre Production for 2017, 'Snow Queen' by Stacey Lane. There's a part for everyone in this fun and festive play, directed by the magnificent Chandra Pepper!

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Current

Culinary Arts

Fall 8 Week 2017 - In The Kitchen (Grades 1-4)

Sep 20 - Nov 8, 2017 Wednesdays 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Every child should have the opportunity to get into the kitchen and cook. Cooking is a valuable life skill that sets us up for healthy eating habits and helps to foster their creativity. This class is all about letting kids taste, smell and explore ingredients. Often in a safe, new environment even the pickiest of eaters will explore and try new foods. Students will be shown fundamental cooking techniques, learn kitchen terms and all about safety in the kitchen. This is a hands on, FUN experience!

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Fall 8 Week 2017 - In The Kitchen (Grades 5-8)

Sep 21 - Nov 9, 2017 Thursdays 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Every child should have the opportunity to get into the kitchen and cook. Cooking is a valuable life skill that sets us up for healthy eating habits and helps to foster their creativity. This class is all about letting kids taste, smell and explore ingredients. Often in a safe, new environment even the pickiest of eaters will explore and try new foods. Students will be shown fundamental cooking techniques, learn kitchen terms and all about safety in the kitchen. This is a hands on, FUN experience!

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Music

Fall 8 Week 2017 - Group Piano (Grades 1-4)

Sep 19 - Nov 7, 2017 Tuesdays 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Piano playing is a wonderful avenue for developing the mind and for finding personal expression. Group classes will cover playing technique and note reading. As part of the learning process, students will have the opportunity to write and learn their own note patterns and tunes. Students will be provided with weekly theory sheets to complete at home. We also encourage them to practice their playing at home as much as possible. Practice greatly accelerates learning!

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Fall 8 Week 2017 - Group Piano (Grades 5-8)

Sep 19 - Nov 7, 2017 Tuesdays 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Piano playing is a wonderful avenue for developing the mind and for finding personal expression. Group classes will cover playing technique and note reading. As part of the learning process, students will have the opportunity to write and learn their own note patterns and tunes. Students will be provided with weekly theory sheets to complete at home. We also encourage them to practice their playing at home as much as possible. Practice greatly accelerates learning!

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Fall 8 Week 2017 - Drumming Fun (Grades 1-4)

Sep 20 (5:00 PM - 6:00 PM), Sep 27 (5:00 PM - 6:00 PM), Oct 4 (5:00 PM - 6:00 PM), Oct 11 (5:00 PM - 6:00 PM), Oct 18 (5:00 PM - 6:00 PM), Oct 25 (5:0

This course will focus on hand drumming technique and history. Through this wonderful instrument, students will be developing creativity, communicating, understanding culture and making connections.

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Fall 8 Week 2017 - Drumming Fun (Grades 5-8)

Sep 20 - Nov 8, 2017 Wednesdays 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This course will focus on hand drumming technique and history. Through this wonderful instrument, students will be developing creativity, communicating, understanding culture and making connections.

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Fall 8 Week 2017 - Ukulele Heroes (Grades 1-4)

Sep 20 - Nov 8, 2017 Wednesdays 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Heroes will learn basics of Ukulele technique including holding, strumming easy chords, playing notes and rhythm. Singing, and playing musical games will make learning fun and interactive. Some basic elements of musical theory will be introduced.

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Fall 8 Week 2017 - Sing! (Grades 1-4)

Sep 21 - Nov 9, 2017 Thursdays 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sing your favourite contemporary songs and a few classics in a choir setting! Vocal students will have the opportunity to learn basic music theory, proper vocal technique and work on their harmonizing skills in this fun and inclusive class!

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Fall 8 Week 2017 - Sing! (Grades 5-8)

Sep 21 - Nov 9, 2017 Thursdays 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sing your favourite contemporary songs and a few classics in a choir setting! Vocal students will have the opportunity to learn basic music theory, proper vocal technique and work on their harmonizing skills in this fun and inclusive class!

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Fall 8 Week 2017 - Ukulele Heroes (Grades 5-8)

Sep 21 - Nov 9, 2017 Thursdays 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

More advanced elements allow students to perform songs and melodies. New chords and scales will be introduced. Song forms will include the 12 bar blues and popular songs. Note reading, tablature, ear training and improvisation will be covered.

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Theatre

Fall 8 Week 2017 - Theatre Tots

Sep 19 - Nov 7, 2017 Tuesdays 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Get ready to play on stage! Join Chandra as she takes your little ones on adventures in the world of theatre. Song, dance and storytelling abound as we discover characters, stagecraft and confidence in a fun, exciting program! Never a dull moment with a dazzling piece to share at the gala!

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Visual Arts

Fall 8 Week 2017 - Mixed Media Madness! (Grades 1-4)

Sep 19 - Nov 7, 2017 Tuesdays 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Stretch your imagination and hone your observational skills through traditional and contemporary approaches in drawing, watercolour and collage. Paint moody landscapes, turn sounds into shapes and colour, make pop-up cards for someone special, and much more!

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Fall 8 Week 2017 - Mixed Media Madness! (Grades 5-8)

Sep 19 - Nov 7, 2017 Tuesdays 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Experiment with a variety of media including pencil, watercolour, chalk pastel, collage and more. A focus on traditional and contemporary techniques, touching on the basics of colour and design, will take your art to a new level!

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Fall 8 Week 2017 - 3-D Artists (Grades 1-4)

Sep 21 - Nov 9, 2017 Thursdays 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Turn ordinary materials into fantastical creatures, make art that moves in the breeze, and learn the basics of modelling in clay in this fun and creative sculpture class!

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Fall 8 Week 2017 - 3-D Artists (Grades 5-8)

Sep 21 - Nov 9, 2017 Thursdays 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Create unique three dimensional artworks using 3 different materials and approaches. Learn to build a simple armature for plaster, practice modelling in miniature with polymer clay, and create a contemporary found art assemblage.

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