The Summer/Fall Semester of Social Arts Classes begins this Friday, August 23, 2019. Celebrating its fifth year serving families, Social Arts Atlanta will offer Social Arts 101 for ages 11-14 to start the semester.
Social Arts 101 is a series of five lessons that teach and practice important social skills including introductions, buffet dining, table dining and being a good guest. Each lesson also includes the introduction of a social dance such as Box Step or Swing. All these “tools for life” are reinforced with roll playing games and repetition throughout the semester.
Social Arts Classes are offered on a first-come-first-served basis and do not require an invitation or a perfectly balanced gender mix in its classes. Tuition is $275 for the semester. Complete curriculum and registration instructions are available here.
Registration 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.
I was introduced to a co-worker of my Father’s and when I shook his hand, I had a firm shake and I used eye contact. After I shook his hand, he commented on how well I introduced myself.
-Erin Iverson, Peer Chaperon
A firm hand shake and eye contact are two elements of a good introduction that are taught in Social Arts 101 and continue to be practiced in Social Arts 102.
Introductions are first impressions and a genuine and confident presence is very important. Knowing the skills (hands web to web, make eye contact and three firm and gentle pumps) and practicing them is a sure way to a good first impression even in an uneasy situation.
I think the best thing is the atmosphere that you provide. It is comfortable and easier to learn new things in a place like this.
-Erin Iverson, Pear Chaperon
During the first lesson of Social Arts 102, the students were asked to give feedback about the best part of taking 101. Ms. Iverson who acts as a Peer Chaperon for Social Arts Atlanta chose to participate in the activity and wrote the quote above. We are grateful for her compliment.
One of the goals of all of Social Arts Classes is to create an environment where students feel comfortable to learn, make mistakes, practice and improve without feeling judged or belittled. From the response we received from Ms. Iverson, we are reaching this goal.
I remember noticing a difference in my conversations after the class…my general conversation has improved.
-Kiera McManus, SAA Student
This quote is from a student who attended Social Arts 101. She gave us great feedback about attending the class and is now part of our Social Arts 102 group. During the first session of 102, we asked that the students write responses to the following.
Tell us a story of how you used your 101 skills.
What was the best thing about 101 and what was missing?
What social skill would you like to improve during 102?
She let us know that she liked learning about making introductions and asked that we do more practice of dining skills. She requested that we make sure to work on conversation skills during 102. What is good about Ms. McManus’ responses is that she is looking forward to practicing more during 102 and improving on what she has already learned.