Tuesdays at "The Awesome Place"! 


8:20AM: Drop off & Breakfast (bring from home or order in advance)

8:45AM: Study time (AKCS morning meeting) read / draw / boardgames

10:00AM: Movie Makers with Candice

11:10AM: Comics with Mercedes

12:20PM: Lunch (bring from home or order in advance)

12:50PM: Choir with Xavi

2:00PM: Pick up / Break for After Care Students

Class Descriptions

Movie Makers with Candice

Movie Maker's Club will introduce young students to the art of film magic. They will get to play with green screens, stop motion, reverse and fast forward effects, all while writing and producing an original short film to screen at the end of the semester. 

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! 

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.

Choir with Xavi

This class is an introduction to vocal singing and  students will learn folk songs which will be recorded for the end of semester showcase. Students are required to wear face shields in addition to face masks and this class will be taught outdoors on the back porch. Students may work on art or study if they do not want to participate in singing at this time. 

Xavier Visage, “Xavi”, is a native of Santa Fe, NM and received his BA in Music from the University of New Mexico. He directed various church choirs around northern New Mexico for eight years and served as Interim Director of Music at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis. His most recent musical theatre stage credits include “Joseph” in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (MTS), “Dr. Frank N. Furter” in Rocky Horror Show (SFP), “Chantal” in La Cage Aux Folles (Landmark) and “Bluff” in Mozart’s The Impresario (KH). 

Registration is limited to 10 students per day.

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After Care Schedule

2:15PM: Kung Fu with Gary

3:25pm: Pick up / Break / Study time / Boardgames 

4:00pm: Comics with Abby

5:15pm: Pick up

2:15PM: 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. 

4:00pm Comics with Abby

In this class we will learn how to start writing, scripting and sketching out short comics! We will brainstorm ideas for each comic as a group then we will spend time in smaller groups working on completing each piece! This is a great place to start learning what you may or may not like about the process of making a comic!

Abby Butler is a Sequential Artist and Illustrator living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been working in freelance illustration since 2009 and has since expanded her skill to many different mediums including Watercolor, Ink, Digital and Ceramic art. Since 2019, Abby has also been studying and practicing sequential art in all forms from Comics to animation. She enjoys video games and pointing out camera shots in movies at inappropriate times.

COVID Precautions: 

 Classes are booked by cohort for each day of the week to stay as safe as possible.

Classes are limited to 10 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 playing boardgames or using tools. 

Games and tools will be sanitized between uses. 

Each day, we have just 10 slots, so register ASAP! 

NOTE: after care classes require separate registration,

and are not guaranteed to be from the same cohort. 

This class requires separate registration. Limited to 10 students.

This class requires separate registration. Limited to 10 students.

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Mesa Del Norte Heights; Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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