2018 Spring Semester Classes

Arts & Minds’ Spring semester classes are now accepting registrations. Don't miss out on our exciting spring offerings!

Upcoming Classes

Check out our upcoming productions, classes, workshops and events

African & Latin Dance - CLOSED

Find your inner rhythm and expand your dance skills in this fun, energetic class! Through African Rhythms and Afro-Beats, students will learn how to connect with music and interpret it through movement.

Costume Design - CLOSED

Students will learn how to analyze a script and characters, getting their ideas on paper with pencil, ink and watercolor, and construct a costume using second-hand, inexpensive materials.

Creative Writing - CLOSED

Students will be guided through a series of writing exercises designed to build their skills in the essential ingredients of fiction and imaginative writing.

Dance Around the World - CLOSED

In addition to learning the various dances we will study the culture of the countries, learn about the popular dances there today and the origins of some of the dances that were brought to the United States.

Drawing & Mix Media - CLOSED

Students will combine various drawing and painting materials, such as tempera paint and colored pencil, collage with paint and drawing materials, watercolor and oil pastels, and other combinations of materials.

Improv Comedy - CLOSED

Students will explore how to act without preparation, practice flexibility and react creatively while learning off-the-top-of-your-head techniques.

Intro To Social Dance - CLOSED

Students will be introduced to three of the most popular social dances in Texas: Swing, Two Step, and Merengue. By the end of this class students will be able to lead or follow 2-3 patterns on time with the music to each dance.

Mythology - CLOSED

This class prepares students to take the competitive National Mythology Exam and covers Greek and Roman mythology basics, Native American & African tales and Norse mythology.

Public Speaking - CLOSED

This fun public speaking course teaches students how to stand up with courage in front of a group and have fun presenting.

Stage Make-up & Combat - CLOSED

The perfect introduction to stage makeup and stage combat. Classes will alternate weekly between these two exciting theatrical arts. Scenes incorporating makeup and combat techniques will be developed at the end of the semester.

Tween/Teen Actor's Workshop - CLOSED

Designed for both new and experienced actors, this class will cover a wide range of standard acting techniques and skills, including warm-up and relaxation techniques, approaches to characterization and motivation, line reading, memorization, and ultimately scene work.

Virtue of the Week - CLOSED

Each week, students will discover and explore universal virtues in a “get‐up‐on‐your‐feet, hands‐on” approach that incorporates storytelling, arts and crafts, music and movement, drama, improv, games and more.

Young Actor's Workshop - CLOSED

Using theater games and exercises, young actors will develop vocal and physical abilities, learn to perform in a group environment, explore storytelling, utilize their imagination, tap into their concentration and respond to their fellow actors.

Little Women

Arts & Minds’ Page to Stage Series presents a full-length drama by local playwright Isabella Russell-Ides. This show is cast and in production. Show Dates: Feb. 9 & 10. Tickets go on sale in January.

Dates: 2/9 & 2/10

Arts & Minds is an arts and education 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to empower individuals to use their knowledge and talents for enriching themselves and their community.

Arts & Minds was created to provide an inclusive, welcoming environment for diverse students to engage in the arts and humanities and to help individuals discover their unique capacities and talents, gain knowledge, develop skills for self-expression, build character and contribute positively to their community.

Our goal is for every student to realize their potential for making a meaningful impact on the local and global community through the arts and education.

We seek out dynamic, talented instructors to offer classes, workshops and seasonal camps to young people through homeschool and after-school programs.

Valarie Atwood - Executive Director/Instructor

Valarie Atwood serves as Executive/Artistic Director for Arts & Minds and has been an educator for over 25 years. Her love for arts and education integration and the theatre inspired her to establish Arts & Minds. Previously, she founded Homeschoolers East Co-op where she fulfilled a variety of administrative roles on the Steering Committee for 10 years while teaching various subjects to a wide span of age groups. Before homeschooling, she developed the Virtue Of the Week (VOW) program and was a founding member of KIDPROV®, an arts-in-education improvisational comedy troupe, working with over 300,000 students and teachers throughout the U.S.

Valarie integrates her extensive knowledge and unique application of improv, creativity, problem solving and team building skills into each class she teaches whenever possible. Some organizations she has worked with include Destination Imagination, Gifted & Talented trainings, Big Thought, Artsmart, the Dallas Theatre Center Teen/Children's Theatre, Dallas Children's Theatre, Brookhaven College, Northlake College, the YMCA and Girl's Inc. Valarie attended Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis, MO where she majored in theatre arts and is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts of Houston, TX.