May 31 deadline to register for Freeport Arts Center summer classes

FREEPORT—Freeport Arts Center (FAC) and Studio 121 are offering classes in art and dance for the summer.

A complete list of classes is available at the FAC office, and may be picked up at 121 N. Harlem Ave., or by calling 815-235-9755. A brochure for sign-up may also be obtained by going to the FAC Web site at Deadline for sign-up is May 31.

For those who love to dance, Jill Johnson, director of Studio 121, will offer summer classes in ballet, jazz, modern and hip-hop. Classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students will be on the third floor of the FAC. Ages 4 through adult may sign up for session one, June 5-30, and session two, July 10-Aug. 4.

Johnson has a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in dance from Juilliard, and a master’s degree in fine arts in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sarah Long, Julia Duda-Smith, Tara Wingert and Emily Kiefer will also teach some classes.

Several art classes are new this year, including: Painted Floor Cloth or Wall Hanging for ages 15-adult; Mosaic Pots or Switch Plates for ages 10-adult; Monotype Printmaking for ages 5-adult; Origami Boxes for all ages; Drawing Through the Lashes for ages 13-adult; and a Gallery Talk about ancient civilizations and Egyptian objects for adults.

Also new this year is an art program, Summer S.O.S., which will be a teacher-guided open art studio Saturday afternoons at FAC. Children will have the opportunity to work creatively and independently with their choice of art media in the second-floor classroom. All art supplies will be provided, and each week new art project ideas will be made available by the teacher. Ages 5-7 can sign up for the first session from 1-2 p.m. and ages 8-14 may sign up for the second session from 2:30-4 p.m. The open art studio will be Saturday afternoons, June 10, 17, 24, July 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5 and Aug. 12. A punch pass for all eight classes will cost $50 for FAC members and $80 for non-members, or a pass for four classes can be purchased for $30/member and $45/non-member.

FAC, at 121 N. Harlem Ave., is open Tuesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Tours may be scheduled by calling 815-235-9755 or e-mailing For more information, visit

From the May 24-30, 2006, issue

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