THE HIDDEN LADDER SCHOOL
at Mechanics Hall
519 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102

Registration is closed for the Winter. Spring/summer will be posted soon

-Below are class listings for 2019

-All classes are $235 for a 6 week session (18 hours total) and have a minimum of 4 students and a maximum of 12 students. If 5 students enroll, registration cost goes down to $210. If 6 or more students enroll, registration cost goes down to $200 (early registrations will be reimbursed on the first day of class). So please help spread the word!
-Students will be met in front of Mechanics Hall by an instructor during drop off time and accompanied to front door by an instructor for pick-up.
-We’re happy to provide written assessments for homeschool portfolios, detailing the ways in which the class meets the requirements of our homeschool statute. 

-If Portland Schools are canceled due to snow, The Hidden Ladder School's classes will also be canceled. Classes will be made up during the week of March 25-29. 

-On Mondays, students are welcome to stay for the hour long supervised lunch break which will be held at Mechanics Hall. This hour is free of charge. 

For questions or more info, contact Donna Spielmandonnaspielman@gmail.com

 

Story Book Journey 
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Mondays, 11:30-2:30
6 weeks (2/4 – 3/18, no class 2/18)
Grades 3-6
Instructor: Abbeth Russell
Write and illustrate your own story book from scratch! Students will journey from raw ideas, sketches, and first drafts to finished stories and full color drawings. We will gather inspiration by studying the works of Maurice Sendak, Beatrix Potter, Dr. Seuss and many more favorites. This class will build skills in writing, drawing, design, process, and problem solving.

 

Interdimensional History

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Mondays, 11:30-2:30
6 weeks (2/4 – 3/18, no class 2/18)

Grades 3-6

Instructor: John Supinski

In this class we focus on learning key points in history, while creatively exploring how things could have been different. Through this exploration, students will get a better grasp of why learning history is important to shaping our future. This class will be centered around creative writing and art that includes historical figures. Rather than just learning what happened, I challenge students to question the decisions that have been made and how we can learn from them.

 

Women of the Art World

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Mondays, 3:30-6:30

6 weeks (2/4 – 3/18, no class 2/18)

Grades 6-10

Instructor: Abbeth Russell

Let’s put an end to women being written out of art history! Each week we will focus on a different female artist and their journey within the art world. We will delve into their subject matter, style, and technique through presentations, discussions, and hands on art activities. This class will emphasize confidence building in young women and empower them to claim their place in the world.

 

Mystery Box Game Making

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Tuesdays, 11:30-2:30

6 weeks (2/5 – 3/19, no class 2/19)

Grades 3-8

Instructor: John Supinski

Sometimes our limits are the greatest gift, as they encourage us to be more creative with what we have. In this class, students will work towards creating table top games that include mysterious elements that they pick from a box. Over the course of the class I hope we can develop multiple games, find common elements, and work to integrate them into a world with economies that work together.

 

Science Sketchbook 

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Tuesdays, 11:30-2:30

6 weeks (2/5 – 3/19, no class 2/19)

Grades 3-8

Instructor: William Hessian

Each student will start with a blank sketchbook and begin: ANIMALS, NATURE, ASTRONOMY, METEOROLOGY, CIRCULATORY SYSTEM, RESPIRATORY SYSTEM, DIGESTIVE SYSTEM, EARTH SCIENCE, MOON PHASES, GEM STONES, HIEROGLYPHS or anything that interests the class. For each 15 subjects the students will include thoughts, notes, sketches, photos, drawings, make calculations, stories, ideas, ask questions and create inventions in their Science Sketchbook. All students will have the choice of using many mediums: watercolor, colored pencils, pencils, pastels, and collage and will be challenged to be creative with each page with unexpected challenges coming from the BIG BANG box. The end of the class each student will get to share their favorite pages with the class and take home their sketchbooks to continue learning and exploring the world. 

 

Performance Objects: Masks, Puppets, and Juggling

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Thursdays, 3:30-6:30

6 weeks (2/7 – 3/21, no class 2/21)

Grades 3-8

Instructor: Abbeth Russell
This multi-media class combines visual art, performance, and the many technical skills associated with juggling. Create fantastic characters and bring them to life through masks and finger puppets. Learn the basics of juggling and make your own juggling balls. These performance objects will help you to become comfortable in front of an audience. Through imaginative play, improvisation, and writing, we will build a performance around the objects you have created and the skills you have learned.

 

Guitar Basics and Songwriting

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Thursdays, 3:30-6:30

6 weeks (2/7 – 3/21, no class 2/21)

Grades 6-8

Instructor: John Supinski

Becoming a great guitar player takes a lot of time, but learning enough to write and perform songs is attainable for any one who has the desire to pursue it. This class will focus on teaching the basic skills of guitar playing and make sure that students avoid bad habits while learning how to play. This is also a poetry writing class as we will spend time working on lyrics and expanding creative narratives. As we progress through the class, we can experiment with adding melodies to lyrics and the composition of complete songs.

ADDITIONAL HIDDEN LADDER FOR KIDS

Art Classes

Teaching is a core element for many artists in the Hidden Ladder Collective. We offer a wide range of classes seasonally, and a list of available classes and schedules are available below under Hidden Ladder School.

School Visits 

The Hidden Ladder Collective is an art/ music/ poetry group that makes elementary school visits, high school visits, and hosts kid friendly events. The Hidden Ladder Collective brings a group of multi discipline artists into a space and transforms it into a stimulating playground for creative minds. Juggling, dancing, laughing, drumming, singing, drawing, paintings, puppet shows and poetry are often involved activities in a single visit. The interactions emphasize collaboration, empowerment, creativity, timing, and a willingness to try something new. Most importantly, it is FUN; and that is the best way to learn new things.  

Art & Music Parties

Private lessons, parties and group lessons are available for creative children looking to unleash their artistic side, or for children to explore a wild side of themselves that can manifest in great works of art. 

 

Private Lessons

Please contact us about rates for school visits and private lessons. We will travel anywhere in the New England area when provided with enough time, please schedule us 30 in advance to avoid any scheduling conflicts.