The Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road, will offer art and music classes for children with special needs this fall. “I Can Shape and Spin,” a pottery and sculpture class for children ages 6-12, will be offered on six Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Organizers say that students will learn to use their imaginations to create their own unique sculptures and craft their own pottery by hand building, throwing pots on the pottery wheel and using a wide variety of artist tools.
Instructors Steve and Amy Colley are the founders of Colley Studio of Art and the co-directors of Camp Create, a summer arts and theatre camp for special needs children held each summer at the Comm. The classes will be held in the newly created and handicapped accessible art studio, which is adjacent to the Comm playground. The fee for the pottery and sculpture class is $85 and includes all materials and supplies.
“World Music Drumming,” a recreational music program for children with special needs ages 6-14, will be offered on six Thursdays from 4:15-5 p.m. beginning on Thursday, Sept. 11. Using drumming to teach teamwork, focus and respect, organizers say that these classes will show children how to make music with tubano drums, shakers, sticks and bells. The fee for the drumming classes is $65 and instruments are provided. Classes will be held in the Scout Room.
Instructor Cheryl Mozdian is a board certified music therapist and music educator who served in the Abington Heights School District from 2001 through 2013 directing the high school band. She most recently taught the world drumming program at the Scranton School for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children.
Registration forms for both classes are available at waverlycomm.org. Call 570-586-8191 for more information.