The Darien Arts Center's popular summer programs return this year, and registration has begun. Programs for adults and students help beat the heat and stimulate creativity in a wide variety of ways.

There are still a few spaces left in art and dance workshop for preschoolers, where Darien's youngest explore creative movement, story-telling and visual art. The Art, Dance & Theater Production Workshop returns for children entering first through fourth grade. This workshop encompasses the many facets of the Darien Arts Center. In the visual arts portion, children explore many ways of creating art while making scenery, props and costumes. In the dance portion, students put song and dance together while learning musical parts. For the theater portion, children work on lines and staging and how to bring out their best theatrics for the final production on the last day.

For older students ages 9 to 14, the Summerdance program begins in July. This is a two-week program exploring many dance venues, costume creating and make-up tips. Also offered is a choreography class for the more advanced student. In this class, students discover many different dance styles. Martial arts, adult ballet and pilates classes continue through the summer as well.

For adults and children interested in exploring creativity through visual arts, the DAC offers classes throughout the summer months. Summer art for kids includes a variety of programs. The cartooning class returns to instruct future comic authors' techniques for drawing. In Color Your World with Paint, children are given the opportunity to explore different kinds of painting to discover their own flare. The newest summer offerings include Summer Sculpture: Action Reaction, Fun with Printmaking and Stepping Stone Mosaics.

The Music Department offers ongoing private lessons in many instruments including Piano and Guitar, and returning this summer is Kindermusik for children from birth through 4. New this summer, we present Group Guitar Lessons with John Burns, and Group Music Theory with program director Juanita Bosee, both for students entering grades 6-11. New vocal teacher Susan Echo will also lead a Youth Vocal Performance class for students entering grades 6, 7, 8 and 9.

For more information about summer programs at the Darien Arts Center, call 655-8683 or visit arts.darien.org and click on the summer banner.

Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in dance, visual arts, theater and music and performances, by the Darien Players, and Cabaret Theatre. The organization is funded by private donations, tuition fees and ticket sales.

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For more information, call 203-655-8683 or visit arts.darien.org.