Classes are for students aged 6-17. Students younger than 6 must be accompanied by a responsible older sibling or adult.
All classes are currently taught by Mr. Patrick O’Banion, Mr. Fen Jeeters, and Ms. Kat Lehmer. Our instructors studied art and are working artists. We also have guest instructors, performers, and helpers. We provide the materials, space, and experience for children to gain exposure to the arts. We let the kids indicate their interests and we accommodate them. Inspiration is everywhere at Sunshine Arts.
Art: Mondays & Tuesdays 4-6 p.m.
Instruction in drawing, painting, still life, portraiture, help with school projects, college portfolio preparation, iPad apps for drawing/painting. We teach a bit of art history. We occasionally have well-known guest artists such as Robert Bohné. The building that houses Sunshine Arts is an art project in itself. It must be seen to be fully appreciated!
Music: Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. – private lessons by appointment
Private guitar lessons by Mr. Patrick during and outside class hours. Individual basic piano by Mr. Pat and Ms. Kat. Many instruments are available to play and become familiar with; xylophone, drums, keyboards, drum machine, accordion, etc. We also have a karaoke machine. Trivia: Mr. Patrick was once in a punk rock band which toured Europe and the U.S!
Movie Time: Thursdays 4-6 P.M.
A wide variety of movies are shown on Thursdays on our big screen. Some are from other countries, some are from right in our own back yard. We take care to choose movies that are entertaining and educational. We also take requests! Popcorn is always served from our movie theater popcorn machine!
Film Class: Thursdays 4-6 p.m. (when in session)
Our filmmaker in residence, Ms. Kat, teaches students about story structure, how to operate a camera, framing, directing, acting, green screen, and lighting. We have produced many short films over the last seven years, all of which can be seen on our YouTube channel or facebook page. Some of our students have acted in Ms. Kat’s recent professional production, Mortal, a vampire movie. Mortal also features Ms. Sheila, our executive director, in a major role!
Game Day: Saturdays 1-3 p.m.
Every Saturday is devoted to games. Currently our games of choice are ping pong, Uno, chess, and Scrabble. Our games are rather competitive, but not without a sense of humor, some bending of the rules, and some help to newcomers.
English as a Second Language: by appointment (when in session)
This class began when one of our students asked Ms. Kat if she could teach English to his sister-in-law so she could pass her U.S. citizenship test. Our students are young women who are recent immigrants from Pakistan and Afghanistan. All of our ESL students have gained some proficiency in English. Several have gained U.S. citizenship. Ms. Kat recently attended a luncheon for Delaware, Lahore, Delhi Partnership for Peace where the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan was a guest speaker.