Time to Register

Registration is now open for the Summer/Fall Semester Social Arts 101. This class for grades 6th – 8th covers important basics of social navigation and social dances. Limited class size and hands-on exercises made this class the place to get comfortable with the uncomfortable and have a good time doing it. Give your child the tools to meet success with a class from Social Arts Atlanta.

Curriculum details, class dates and registration instructions are available here.

Winter/Spring Semester Starts Friday

handshakeThe new semester of Social Arts Classes will begin on Friday, January 27, 2017. SAA is offering Social Arts 101 and 102 and our new Successful Teen Seminar.

Social Arts 101 is for 6th through 8th graders. It works through important social skills like introductions, dining and public life. A basic repertory of social dances is also practiced during each class. Classes include the benefit of interactive exercises so that students can practice what they have been taught. This with SAA’s small class size ensure that each student gets practice and becomes more comfortable with managing social situations.

Social Arts 102 is for 6th through 8th graders with experience and builds on the basics with more practice and interactive exercises. New skills in conversation, entrepreneurship and interviewing are developed. The social dance repertory is practice and more complex skills such as turning are added.

In February, the first Successful Teen Seminar will be offered. This is a class for grades 9 – 12. Its two-day formate covers the basics of Social Arts 101 and 102 with a focus on interviewing for internships and college. As with all Social Arts Classes,  hands-on exercises make sure that student practice and become comfortable with the skills being taught.

Gift Certificates & Packages Available

giftbowSocial Art Atlanta now offers all of its classes for purchase as gift certificates and gift packages. This is a gift that will never gather dust and is always a perfect fit, giving a tween or teen the tools to meet success. For Christmas and first day of Hanukkah delivery order by December 20.

Social Arts 101 and Social Arts 102 are great for tweens in grades 6th through 9th. 101 works on important basics like introductions and dining. 102 builds on the work of 102 and adds conversation skilsl and subjects like entrepreneurship and dealing with emergencies. Both of these classes teach and build a repertory of basic social dances such as the Box Step, Merengue and the Swing.

Successful Teen Seminar is perfect for 9th through 12th graders. It is meant to help young adult succeed as they move through high school and college toward independence. The two-day seminar compresses Social Arts 101 and 102 curriculum with an added focus on interview skill. This seminar also includes learning social dances.

All Social Arts Classes are hands-on and include fun roll-playing games and practice of essential skill.

Successful Teen Seminar

college-student-discountsSocial Arts Atlanta is proud to announce our newest Social Arts Class, Successful Teen Seminar. This class for 10th – 12th Graders will be offered for the first time in February 2017. It is gives young adults an overview and first-hand practice of the social skills that will help them succeed as they move through high school and college toward independence.

The two-session class is scheduled for Sunday, February 5 and Sunday, February 12 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Tuition is $295 which includes meals during each session and registration is limited to 16.

Complete curriculum details and registration instructions are available here.

Winter/Spring 2017 Registration Open

tablepreparationsThe Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts Classes is now accepting registrations. We are looking forward to working with new and returning students during the semester. As always, fun interactive exercises and practice are used to make sure that students learn through experience for increased confidence.

The Winter/Spring Semester beings in late January 2017. Classes meet the following Friday evenings: January 27, February 24, March 24, April 21 and May 12. All classes are limited to 26 students and are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. Tuition is $275

Social Arts 101 is for 5th- 8th Graders and meets from 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm. During the lessons for this class, important basics like introductions, right of way and dining skills are covered as well as a repertory of social dances.

Students who have attended Social Arts 101, or its equivalent  are welcome to enroll for Social Arts 102 for 5th – 9th Graders. It uses the same hands-on approach to teach such topics as conversation basics, entrepreneurship, first resume writing, interviewing and entertaining.

Yes, We Can Welcome Your Family

LearningIntroductionAs we are preparing for this Friday’s start of Social Arts 101, there have been several emails and calls about availability. As of the writing of this post, we are still able to welcome students to the Summer/Fall Semester of Social Arts 101. There are a limited number of places so, please contact us and register as soon as possible.

Social Arts 101 is a series of five monthly hour-and-fifteen-minute lessons that teach and give the opportunity to practice basic social skills and dances. The Summer/Fall Semester’s classes are August 26, September 16, October 21, November 11 and December 9. Tuition is $275 and registration can be completed online or by mail.

Social Arts Classes teach social protocol and social dances. This knowledge leads  to skills which increases confidence. Roll playing and hands-on activities, give each student the opportunity to practice. This not only makes class time active, engaging and fun but also ensures that information is truly learned. Demystifying the what and why and looking to consideration, respect and honesty is the goal of these classes.

News: Change of Date for Summer/Fall Semester

CalendarRegistration for the Summer/Fall Semester of Social Arts 101 is well underway. We are delighted that five families have already chosen register their students!

Because we have become aware of a  conflict with local school schedules, we are changing the October class for both Social Arts 101 classes from October 12 to October 21.

Social Arts Classes teach social protocol  and social dances. This knowledge leads  to skills which increases confidence. Roll playing and hands-on activities, give each student the opportunity to practice. This not only makes class time active, engaging and fun but also ensures that information is truly learne

Please remember that Social Arts Atlanta limits class size for all of its program to ensure a high quality experience for students. It is recommended that you register for classes as soon as you are able. Social Arts 101 consists of five monthly hour-and-fifteen-minute classes and tuition is $275.

News: Registration Open for Next Season

StudentsReadySocial Arts Atlanta is pleased to announce that registration is open for Social Arts Classes for the 2016/2017 Season!

Social Arts 101 & 102 teach social protocol and basic social dances. This knowledge leads to skill which increases confidence. Roll playing and hands-on activities, give each student the opportunity to practice. This not only makes class time active, engaging and fun but also ensures that information is truly learned.

Social Arts Classes are $275 per semester of five monthly classes. They are held at International Montessori Academy which is conveniently located in Candler Park. Enrollment is limited to 26 per class.

Detailed curriculum for Social Arts 101 is available here and  Social Arts 102 is here. Registration  and payment information is available here.

As a part of planning for the new season, we surveyed our families about our work. We ask about the class length, if they felt their student learned from the class, what curriculum items were most important, whether or not they believe our classes are a good value and whether or not they would recommend them to another family. The feedback we have received has been very positive. Here are a  few comments our families shared with us:

It’s all very valuable information. I especially appreciate the basic dance steps the kids are learning. I don’t know where else they would have the opportunity to learn it. My husband and I didn’t learn this until well into adulthood and that’s a shame.

I know that kids have a lot of peer pressure to be on social media. Being heavily influenced by the media/celebrities, I know it is tough for kids to follow appropriate behavior. I appreciate you sharing the ways to be polite and have manners with this medium.

It has been great for Sara* to get the etiquette skills learned at home reinforced at Social Arts. And she has fun while doing it!

We plan on adding an item to the Social Arts 102 curriculum because of this parent suggestion:

It might be fun to have the kiddos plan and host a party for their friends using the skills they have learned.

This will be a great application of the skills they learn in Social Arts 101. And, it is likely to be a whole lot of fun!

We look forward to meeting and serving new families and welcoming returning ones during the 2016/2017 Season.

* name changed for privacy

News: Worth the Wait

EyeContactSocial Arts Classes started the Winter/Spring Semester on Friday, January 29, 2016. This postponed class, turned out to be worth the wait. Social Arts Atlanta (SAA) welcomed new families to Social Arts 101 and caught up with returning families during 102.

Three Pumps Please – The middlers of Social Arts 101 learned how to use good posture to sit and stand, how to execute a good handshake and the skills needed to introduce themselves to others. During a roll playing game, each student had his/her time to practice, make mistakes and improving with coaching, “only three pumps, please.” At the end of the lesson, the chairs were put to the sides and the Box Step was learned. Everyone tried to have a good dance frame, “gentlemen, extend that left arm” and all toes remained intact.

What Brings You Here? – We welcomed returning student during Social Arts 102. The group took some time to review the important parts of introductions, public right of way and gave SSA feedback on how they have used their skills from 101 and what they would like to make sure to cover in 102. The majority of the lesson focused on learning conversation skills; managing anxiety and the value of open ended questions, “what brings you here?” Roll playing was used to apply the concepts and everyone agreed that this was a topic that need attention in future lessons.

New Students Welcome – SAA is able to welcome new students to either Social Arts 101 or 102, if the student can attend a make-up lesson on Friday, February 12, 2016. Please contact Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin at socialartsatl@gmail.com for complete details.

Summer Fun with SAA – June may seem far away, but SAA is planning fun and exciting programs for ages 11-15 during this month. On The Town will be offered the week of June 20th. This day camp includes a morning lesson, a different dining experience every day and an excursion to a public site, all via public transportation. The camp will make the City of Atlanta your child’s class room!

Social Arts 101 Short Term will give students the opportunity to learn all the important lessons of 101 in a two-day format. This program will give tweens and teens with busy school year schedules a chance to learn in a compressed format and give the friend of a current student the chance to catch up to attend Social Arts 102 during the next semester with his/her buddy.

SAA is also developing an Interview Workshop. This will be a one day class to get tweens and teens ready for their first jobs and those all-important internships and college interviews.

Never Miss a Manners Message – In addition to news about classes, SAA also shares information about manners and etiquette on our blog and Facebook, sharing quotes and posts by others and also giving our own “two cents” on topics we think are important and interesting. Please take a moment to “like” us on Facebook, follow our blog by clicking the WordPress icon on the right of the page above our mailing list and add your name to our email list by following this link.

Manners matter and giving students the chance to practice etiquette in a supportive and fun way will give them the skills to meet success both professionally and personally.

News: Social Arts 101 & 102 Start Rescheduled for 1/29

YoungDancersThe first Lesson of the Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts Classes has been rescheduled for this Friday, January 29, 2016

Social Arts 101 is for ages 11-13 and teaches through interactive exercises important social skill such as introductions, right-of-way, dining and managing social media. A social dance repertory is taught and includes the Box Step, Swig, Waltz, Merengue and Cha Cha.

Social Arts 102 is for ages 12-14. Completion of Social Arts 101 or its equivalent with another organization is required. This class builds on 101, always practicing basic skills and adding subjects important to young adult life such as interviewing and hosting events. Social dance skills are strengthened with leading and following exercises and this addition of traveling and turns.

Social Arts 101 meets at 6:00 pm and Social Arts 102 starts at 7:30 pm. These monthly hour-and-fifteen minute classes will meet January 29, February 19, March 25, April 22 and May 13. Classes are held at the International Montessori Academy just east of Little 5 Points. Tuition is $275. As of the publication of this post, registration remains open.