Social Arts 101 – Change of Start Date, Registration Remains Open

The Winter/Spring Semester of Social Arts Classes will now begin on Friday, February 2, 2018. This class will take place from 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm at International Montessori Academy. There is also a Lesson 1 class available on Sunday, February 4 from 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm at the Directors home in Inman Park. Registration remains open to welcome new students.

Following the new Lesson 1 dates, lessons will continue on the planned schedule of:Fridays –  February 9, March 9, April 20 & May 11, 6:00 pm 7:15 pm at International Montessori Academy.

Social Arts Classes teach social protocol and dances. 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. Classes demystify the what and why of manners and etiquette and look to consideration, respect and honesty for answers about how to thrive in society.

Gift That Last a Lifetime

Social Art Atlanta 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 and first day of Hanukkah delivery order by Friday, December 8 and for before Christmas delivery order by Wednesday 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 skills 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. To purchase please follow this link.

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.

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.