The Darien Arts Center offers educational programs in dance, visual arts, music, theater and martial arts, as well as special events. To use the DAC’s new registration system, sign up for the newsletter or find more information, go to or call 203-655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall.



A Wrinkle in Time, for grades 6 to 8. Auditions: Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 to noon, Rehearsals: Saturday, March 2 to April 27, from 10 to noon. Performances: May 3 to 5. An ensemble-driven one-act production. To sign to up for an audition slot, email by Feb. 4. $360 

Kids in the Cast, for grades 3 to 5, Thursdays, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., April 4 to May 19. Students play the games of improv, study acting and develop their performance skills. $225.

Shakespeare or What You Will, for grades 9 to 12, 5 to 6:30 p.m., April 4 to May 18. Young actors work along with Shakespeare on the Sound Artistic Director Claire Kelly and Education Director Nick Urda. $250.

Dance and martial arts:

Spring classes Jan. 22 to June 3; see catalog at for tuition, dates and times.

Dance classes for all levels, ages 3 and up include ballet, jazz, hip-hop, teen lyrical, teen contemporary, modern, Broadway Dance, tap, and Pointe. Martial Arts for all ages 3 1/2 and up, the art of karate and Kung Fu.


Private instruction in piano, guitar, violin, cello, flute, percussion, voice 30 min for $50, 45 min for $75 or one-hour lessons for $99, through June 14.

Young Composers, for grades 3 to 12, Saturdays, noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 12 to March 30. Aims to fill a gap in students’ music education: the ability to write, notate, record and perform one’s own music. $300.

Rock Ensemble, for grades 5 to 12, Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 12 to March 30.  Up to eight students will form a rock band and play music from 1950s rock and roll through modern indie rock. $300.

Visual arts

Cartooning, for grades 2 to 6, Mondays, 4:10 to 5:10 p.m., Feb. 11 to May 20. Students design their own characters and use them in one to panel cartoons and three to panel comic strips. Study facial expressions and body language as it relates to cartooning and the human figure. TV storyboards and caricature included. $260.

Art in movement: Drawing, yoga, dance, for grades 3 to 6, Tuesdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Feb. 5 to April 9. Students will explore the study of movement and figure drawing. This class combines the art of yoga and dance with learning basic techniques of drawing and sketching. $200.

Art studio, for grades 1 to 5, Wednesdays, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., Jan. 30 to May 15. Students will create developmentally appropriate art projects using the elements of art. A variety of media and techniques explored. $260.

Drawing/painting, for grades 5 to 9, Wednesdays, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Jan. 23 to May 8. All levels welcome. Students will use traditional and experimental materials to draw figures, landscapes, portraits, still life, as well as images from their imaginations. $330.

Digital photography, for grades 4 to 6, Fridays, 4:40 to 5:40 p.m., Feb. 8 to May 17. Students will learn to use a digital device to take great photos with the rule of thirds, filling the frame, negative space, color, texture and scales. $240.



Playwriting, Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m, Feb. 4 to March 18.  $300.

Scene study, Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m, April 4 to May 17. Led by Carole Claps, director of Darien’s Got Talent. $300.

Ballet, pop pilates, yoga or martial arts — $20 drop to in fee. 10-class card for $180

Visual arts

Watercolor painting, Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Jan. 15 to April 2. For all levels. $340.

Oil painting workshop, Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., Jan. 16, 23, and 30. $140.