Looking for an awesome place for your kiddo to go after school? 

Look no further. This is "The Awesome Place"! 

Here's the line up: 

Mondays @ 4:00PM: Art with Michelle

Tuesdays @ 4:00PM: Clown & Improv with Bradd

Wednesdays @ 4:00PM: Pottery with Jane

Thursdays @ 4:00PM: Comics with Mercedes

Friday Lineup:

Join us during daytime hours on Fridays!

9:00AM-10:30: Movie Makers 1 with Candice

10:30AM-11:45am: Hip Hop with Deidre

11:45am-12:15pm: LUNCH

12:15pm-1:30pm: Music with Daniel

1:30pm-2:45pm: Kung Fu with Gary & Tobbi

2:45pm-4:00pm: Movie Makers 2 with Jake

Class Descriptions

Mondays @ 4PM: Art with Michelle

This class will explore art with a focus on the creative reuse of materials from urban and natural environments. Art is a universal language that builds bridges of understanding and connects us to who we are while empowering a collective and innovative mind. Art making offers a way to channel the rampant emotional, physical, and spiritual disconnect in our modern society into innovative and original articulations.

Michelle Korte (also know as Shelly Shucker) has taught creative arts in public and private schools, museums, and community centers in Chicago, Oakland, and Albuquerque for over twenty years. She holds degrees and certificates in Fine Art, Art as Social Change, Creative Art Therapies, and Interdisciplinary Arts. She is impassioned about making the uplifting and transformative power of art accessible to all people. In 2017 she manifested a dream into reality by converting a school bus into a mobile art studio (S.M.A.S.H. Bus) and has since expanded her to work to include a growing number of communities, including detention centers, refugees, and teens experiencing homelessness. 


Tuesdays @ 4pm: Clown & Improv with Bradd

In this class we will play theater games and explore the comedic side of live theater including a foray into clown performance. All games will be socially distanced and proper attire (i.e. face masks, shields, etc) will be worn. Class will culminate with a performance that will be filmed and included in the end of semester showcase. 

Bradd Howard is a 2009 graduate of Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theater with an emphasis in clown performance. He has appeared on stages all over NM and in CA and NY. Bradd has a long history of teaching theater, clowning and dance to people of all ages and skill levels and was the previous Artistic Director of the Buen Viaje Dance Company housed out of VSA Arts of New Mexico. Stay tuned to see Bradd in action as a Drama Coach/Judge on the Katharsis Media reality show Broadway Bound LIVE coming to a streaming service in the near future.

Wednesdays @ 4PM: Pottery with Jane

This class introduces students the tactile aspect of clay. They will also learn about the history of pottery and where clay comes from and how different regions have different clay. Our first project will be to make a simple monster. In the following classes, we will be making trivets, pendants, closed vessels and working up to a taller vessel, using a large variety of simple tools, stamps and texture rollers. Students can bring something in to create an impression on their pieces such as a shell, leaf or even a stone. Each child should have 4 or 5 completed pieces to take home. Throughout the weeks we will be talking about similarities and differences and the beauty of each...and of course clay.

Jane Seen has been working in pottery for over 20 years, beginning with simple hand building and advancing to all types of clay and glaze work. She has taught private classes through the years, sat on several school boards, and recently retired to be a full time part of her grandson's life. Jane strongly feels that art, in any form, is the most positive way to express one's self at any age.


Thursdays @ 4PM: Comics with Mercedes

This class is an introduction to the comic book genre of art! We will be learning how to make comics, how to distinguish adaptations and inspirations, the different styles of comics, and many more topics of discussion.

Mercedes Petrilla is a Mexican American who was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Her interest in art came from her rare trips out of Alaska to California and Texas on vacations. She was inspired and fell in love with the color and fluidity used in graffiti that she saw in her travels, the line and shape usage in caricature artists on the street, and the fun characters she saw in Disneyland. Along the way, she worked in a local screen-printing shop (Hulin Alaskan Design), designed a bench for the Anchorage Park Foundation while working with Bettisworth North Architects and Planners, and had work featured in the Anchorage School District’s Education Center. In 2020, Mercedes jumped from Las Vegas, Nevada to Albuquerque, New Mexico and continues to strive for her goals in life and art.


Fridays @ 9AM: Movie Makers with Candice

This class will take students from script to final screening of an original superhero short film written by our Thursday Movie Maker's Class! This film includes all kinds of cool "superhero" special effects--teleportation, flying, throwing "fireballs", acts of strength, and super speed--to name a few! Students will participate as cast or crew for the production and will receive hands on training in each role with the help of industry professionals.

Candice Neu has been producing and directing since the early 2000's and is known most recently for Broadway Bound LIVE, Playing Games, and The Neu Agenda. She has produced teaching and training videos for APS and TMobile as well as dozens of short films and 2 episodic series. Catch her on TV Saturday Mornings at 9am on Comcast Channel 27! 

Fridays @ 10:30am: Hip Hop

This foundational dance class will cover basics of hip hop dance and choreography. Students will work to produce a music video that will be included in the screened showcase at the end of the semester. 


Fridays @ 12:15pm: Music with Daniel 

This class is a general music experience that anyone can step into regardless of their previous musical background. We will be using everyday objects found at home to explore timbre, texture, pitch, and rhythm and their various combinations. Also, we will use word games to brainstorm lyrics. By the end of class, we will create a short song that everyone participates in. 

Daniel Bukin is a composer, conductor, pianist, and music educator currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His works as a composer and arranger extend from solo piano to full orchestra and cover many genres. Daniel draws influence from his Russian-Jewish heritage including composers such as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, as well as from opera and musical theatre.

Fridays @ 1:30pm: Kung Fu with Gary 

This class  is an introductory class in Chinese martial arts. Students will learn forms, punches, kicks, responsibility and self accountability.


Gary Choi has been training in martial arts since he was 7. He taught at a Chinese cultural center for several years before opening his own martial arts school in Colorado. A few years ago, he moved to Albuquerque and began working as a stunt coordinator in the film industry. He is currently the owner and stunt coordinator of the Rising Stars Stunt Crew. 

Fridays @ 2:45pm: Movie Makers 2 with Jake 

This class will take students from script to final screening of an original dramatic short film written by our Monday Movie Maker's Class! This film depicts a powerful story of friendship and hope in the darkest of times. Students will participate as cast or crew for the production and will receive hands on training in each role with the help of industry professionals.

Jake Allen Sheets is a local independent actor, director, and producer is known most recently for Broadway Bound LIVE, Playing Games, and That Dating Show.


COVID Precautions: 

Classes are limited to 12 students and students remain together for the entire day. 

Masks are required and social distancing is enforced. 

Daily temperature checks & COVID questionnaire before entering.

Stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms.

Disposable gloves will be used when using tools. 

Tools will be sanitized between uses. 

Registration is limited to 12 students per class--register early!

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