• Summer SMAART Program

  • Registration for Summer SMAART 2024 is now closed. Class confirmations and additional information will be emailed at the beginning of next week.

    If you would like to be put on the waitlist for a Visual Arts class or sign up for one of our available music course/ensemble spots, please fill out and submit this form as soon as possible.

     

  • 2024 Summer SMAART Information

  • Summer SMAART

    Program Dates: June 17 - 28

    Location NEW THIS YEAR: RB Stall High School

    Registration Opens: Thursday, March 14 at 6:00 AM

    Registration Closes: Friday, April 26 at 12:00 PM

    Program Cost: $200 (Transportation available for $75)

    Detailed 2024 SUMMER SMAART Brochure: CLICK HERE

    Folleto detallado de SMAART DE VERANO 2024: HAGA CLIC AQUÍ

     

    What is Summer SMAART?

    SMAART stands for Students Mastering the Academic Arts. It is a two-week summer program that offers instruction in dance, drama, music, and visual art. Students who have been identified as Artistically Gifted and Talented (GTR) through CCSD’s formal screening process are eligible to apply.

    This year’s program will be held at R.B. Stall High School from June 17th – 28th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and is for rising 4th – 8th grade students. Your child’s Rising grade is the grade they will be entering in August of 2024. This means your child must be going into 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade in August of 2024 in order to attend SMAART this summer.

    Class Selection

    Your child will be placed in one class for their “major”. This will be the main class they participate in for SMAART. If your child is attending SMAART for the first time, they MUST choose a class in their identified GTR area. Example: If your child was identified in music, they must choose a music class. If your child has previously attended SMAART, they may choose a class in any area for their major.

    Your child will also receive instruction in a minor area. This year your child will participate in one minor each week. These classes are mini offerings of the other major classes and to give students a “taste” of another arts area.

    Students will be asked to select their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for their major. While we do our best to accommodate all preferences, it is not guaranteed that a student will receive their first choice. They will receive a class in ONE of these 3 choices. These choices are also not their selections for their minor classes. Minor classes will be chosen for them.

    Registration Process

    Registration will open at 6:00 AM on Thursday March 14th and will close at noon on April 26th. Registration will be available on the CCSD website at www.ccsdschools.com/vpa

    Space is limited. Students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Some classes fill up early, so please register ASAP! On the chance that the program reaches capacity, students will be placed on a waitlist to attend the program.

    Students will be notified in April via email on which class they have been accepted into for their Major.


    QUESTIONS
    : SummerSMAART@charleston.k12.sc.us

  • 2024 Summer SMAART Course Offerings

  • DANCE


    CONTEMPORARY DANCE
     

    In this class, we will be working on contemporary dance techniques! The course will cover many different areas, such as floorwork, improvisation, choreography, and working with props. We’ll also be working towards the creation of a piece to be performed at the end of the camp!

    This class option is for rising 6th - 8th Graders
    Artist: Rebecca Patsalos

     

    STEP ONTO THE DANCE FLOOR

    In this session, students will develop and strengthen their technique in various genres of dance (modern, jazz, and musical theatre), learn a repertoire of dances, and create their own choreography. At the conclusion of the session, students will share their work through a ‘Celebration of Learning!’

    This class option is for rising 4th - 6th Graders
    Artist: Christopher Crabb


    DRAMA


    SMAART MUSICAL
    (CLASS FULL)

    Swim with us from the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney, Australia -- and meet a host of aquatic friends along the way!

    Finding Nemo Kids has a wide variety of main characters and plenty of ensemble roles. Every student in our major will sing, dance, and act in our final show at the end of SMAART! We will be working with our students to put together costumes, build our props and sets, and stage the entire show. We would love for you to join us as we "just keep swimming" through the deep blue sea!

    PLEASE NOTE: Participants in the SMAART Musical will remain in the program throughout each day and will not be assigned minors.

    This class option is for rising 4th - 8th Graders
    Artists: Kimberly Majewski and Ann Reid

     

    THE MONOLOGUE

    Taking complete control of the audience for just over a minute, as you wield the words of a single character from a different world, is the quest that will be taken in The Monologue.

    Students will choose their individual pieces to be picked apart and worked on throughout camp. The goal? To become believable, show-stopping characters! Students can look forward to taking the stage to perform their monologues in a showcase at the end of camp!

    This class option is for rising 4th - 8th Graders
    Artist: T'Mani Eady

     

    MURDER, MYSTERY, MELODRAMA, & MAYHEM!

    All aboard the Theatre train to the mysterious manor house to solve the “crime of the century” – all while performing as one of the characters in a highly entertaining and fun Murder Mystery production based on the Parker Brothers board game Clue! 

    We will read and perform the entire play in two weeks and have a lot of fun and games along the way bringing the over-the-top character to life. Let the acting, murders, and sleuthing begin this summer at SMAART!

    This class option is for rising 4th - 8th Graders 
    Artist: Heather Todd-Schlieper

     

    MUSIC


    SMAART STRINGS

    Do you play a string instrument and want to sharpen your skills? Join the SMAART Strings program!

    This class is for participants who already play violin, viola, cello, or string bass! Intermediate and Advanced levels will be available.

    PLEASE NOTE: Participants in SMAART STRINGS will remain in the program throughout each day and will not be assigned minors.

    This class option is for rising 4th - 8th Graders
    Artists: Andrea Barbare, Dominik Fields, & Cecelia Ostapeck


    SMAART BAND

    Join us for two fun-filled weeks of band instruction. You will have the opportunity to perform a wide variety of music, including pop, jazz, and classical. Students will perform in both a full band setting and chamber ensembles. Come make great music and new friends!

    This class is for participants who have already played a band instrument (flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto/tenor/baritone saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium/baritone, tuba, or percussion) in a school band class for at least one school year.

    Our camp will end with a performance for friends and family showcasing everything we've learned!

    SMAART Band is for rising 7th – 8th Graders. Exceptions for students younger than rising 7th Graders will be made based on an assessment made by Ms. Spitzer. She can be reached at chloe_spitzer@charleston.k12.sc.us.

    PLEASE NOTE: Participants in SMAART BAND will remain in the program throughout each day and will not be assigned minors.

    This class option is for rising 7th - 8th Graders
    Artist: Chloe Spitzer

     

    SMAART MUSICAL (CLASS FULL)

    Swim with us from the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney, Australia -- and meet a host of aquatic friends along the way!

    Finding Nemo Kids has a wide variety of main characters and plenty of ensemble roles. Every student in our major will sing, dance, and act in our final show at the end of SMAART! We will be working with our students to put together costumes, build our props and sets, and stage the entire show. We would love for you to join us as we "just keep swimming" through the deep blue sea!

    PLEASE NOTE: Participants in the SMAART Musical will remain in the program throughout each day and will not be assigned minors.

    This class option is for rising 4th - 8th Graders
    Artists: Kimberly Majewski and Anna Reid

     

    SMAART SINGERS

    SMAART Singers is the premiere choir for the  SMAART Program. Singers in this ensemble will learn skills to improve their vocal technique as well as their music literacy.

    Music performed by this ensemble will encompass a variety of genres, languages, and time periods. Singers will perform a choral concert at the end of their summer experience and will leave this experience having grown as independent musicians.

    This class option is for rising 4th - 8th Graders
    Artists: Joshua Wald and Ryan Pagels

     

    STEEL DRUMS

    This class will dive into the history, culture, and music of the Caribbean!

    Students will get to learn first-hand what it's like to be in a carnival-like setting, playing the vibrant and rich sounds of Caribbean traditional Steel Drum music. Each student will also have the opportunity to try different instruments in the band.

    A performance will be held at the conclusion of the camp where students get to showcase all the hard work they put in for their friends, family, and community.

    Get set cause it's going to be a tropical paradise this summer!

    This class option is for rising 4th - 8th Graders
    Artist: Justin Brooks

     

    STOMP DOWN SOUTH

    Are you familiar with the Broadway sensation STOMP, where musicians use buckets and brooms and they MOVE the MUSIC into being? Well, that's what we will do!

    If you LOVE the rhythm, if you love to MOVE, if you are constantly CREATING and making MUSIC out of thin air, THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU! We will turn everyday items (like buckets and brooms) into instruments and will COMPOSE and CHOREOGRAPH - so bring your IMAGINATION and your INSPIRATION!

    This class option is for rising 4th - 8th Graders
    Artist: Buddy Huckabee

     

    VISUAL ARTS

     

    DIGITAL CREATIONS & ANIMATION (CLASS FULL)

    Unlock the world of digital creativity in our dynamic class tailored for 4th to 8th graders! Dive into the realm of iPad artistry as students explore the fundamentals of digital design, animation, and art. From mastering software to unleashing their imagination with short animations and digital artwork, young learners will develop essential skills for the digital age. Our engaging lessons provide hands-on experience and expert guidance to inspire creativity and empower students to express themselves through innovative digital mediums

    This class option is for rising 4th - 8th Graders
    Artist: Maggie Feyko

     

    ACTION ART-MAKING (CLASS FULL)

    Want to paint with something other than a paintbrush? Want to move and jump around while making art? 

    In "Action Art-Making", artists will explore unusual methods of drawing and painting through action and movement. Using materials not typically associated with art-making (bubble wrap, toy cars, sticks, leaves, and so much more!) artists will take a deep dive into their own minds to create gestural abstract artwork. 

    This class option is for rising 6th - 8th Graders
    Artist: Taylor Bensinger

     

    DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA (CLASS FULL)

    Love creating with technology? Participants will explore various realms of multimedia, including inventing with Makey Makey kits and coding on Scratch. We will also use iPads, iMovie, Green Screen, and Garage Band. Participants will engage via activities that involve discovery, creativity, digital artistry, and invention.

    This class option is for rising 4th - 8th Graders
    Artist: Tom Noren

     

    DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (CLASS FULL)

    This course covers basic concepts and practices of digital photography. Students will learn how to create a vision through composition and lighting. No prior photography experience is needed and all materials will be provided.

    This class option is for rising 6th - 8th Graders
    Artist: Hailee Potter

     

    FIBER ART CREATIONS (CLASS FULL)

    In this course, students will learn how to create art using nontraditional materials. We will cover more commonly known skills such as weaving, hand-sewing, and embroidery art. Students will create art out of yarn, fabric, felt, paint, and more!

    This class option is for rising 4th - 6th Graders
    Artist: Heather Carey

     

    MAKE IT LOOK REAL! (CLASS FULL)

    This course is designed for students who want to learn how to make objects they draw look real via the use of perspective.

    The first part of the course features drawing lessons on using “one-point perspective” and “value”. This lesson gives students the opportunity to create the appearance of 3-dimensional shapes on a flat surface. For inspiration, we will look at artworks created by M.C. Escher.

    The second part of this course will feature lessons on how to use perspective while creating landscape paintings. We will take a deep-dive into using foreground, middle-ground, and background to show perspective. Students will also create a “Desert Landscape” and a “Low Country Landscape” using watercolor paints and watercolor techniques. 

    This class option is for rising 4th - 8th Graders
    Artist: Jennifer Goodall & Katlin Montella

     

    PERFORMANCE ART (CLASS FULL)

    Sometimes art does not stand still. In this class, students will experiment with using the human body to create art.

    We will make wearable art like masks and learn the basics of face painting. Some of our planned projects include calligraphy, dancing, painting music, and mimicking famous works of art with props and live models.

    Overall, we will use a visual art focus to explore connections between dance, drama, and music.

    This class option is for rising 4th - 6th Graders
    Artist: Julianna McRae

     

    TACKLING TEXTILES (CLASS FULL)

    In this course, students will learn how to create art using nontraditional materials. We will cover more commonly known skills such as weaving, knitting, and sewing, while also learning about the art of yarn painting and fabric portraiture.

    This class option is for rising 6th - 8th Graders
    Artist: Angelica D’Antonio

     

     

  • SMAART Program FAQ

  • When does SMAART registration open?

  • Who do I contact if I still have questions?

  • If my child signs up for SMAART Band or SMAART Strings, can they borrow a school instrument in order to participate?

  • What are the days and hours of SMAART?

  • What grade levels are eligible to participate in SMAART?

  • Does my child need to sign up for a class in their Gifted and Talented Artistically designated area, or can they choose any class that is offered?

  • What is the cost of SMAART?

  • Can students select their minor area classes?

  • How do I sign up my child for transportation for SMAART?

  • We will be gone on vacation this summer and my child will miss some of SMAART. Can they still sign up for the program?

  • What classes are offered during SMAART?

  • What are the requirements for a student to be part of the SMAART program?

  • How will I know which major class my child got accepted into?

  • How are the classes in SMAART structured/selected?

  • How many SMAART classes can my child sign up for?

  • SMAART Program General Information

  • Summer SMAART (Students Mastering the Academic ARTs) 2024 is a two-week intensive program that takes place during the summer. Students can register for various Arts courses of their interest. Past course options have included Orchestra, Chorus, Visual Arts, Playwriting/Acting, Choreography/Dance, Music Studio/Music Composition, Digital Graphic Design, and Steel Drums. The SMAART experience culminates in a day of performances where students showcase their work.

    PLEASE NOTE: Students must be identified as Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) through the GTR nomination process in order to be eligible to register for the SMAART Program.

    Students who have been identified as Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR) are not automatically enrolled in summer SMAART. Each student must reapply to attend the summer program when the registration form becomes available in early March. Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited transportation is also available for this program. Students needing transportation may indicate so on the registration form.

    Summer SMAART information and registration will be communicated in late March specifically to the families of students who have been identified as Gifted & Talented Artistic (GTR). For more information about the summer SMAART program, please contact the Visual & Performing Arts Office.

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    Please enjoy some photo/video highlights from last year's Summer SMAART performances and exhibitions. Registration for the 2024 program is scheduled to open later this month. Families of students who have been identified as Artistically Gifted & Talented (and have current/updated email in PowerSchool) should receive advance notice from the district of when registration is scheduled to open.

    If you would like to learn more about CCSD's Summer SMAART program and how to register for next summer, please scroll past the highlights!

  • Summer SMAART 2023 Highlights

  • 2023 Summer SMAART Documentary

    Digital Multimedia Class

    Tom Noren, Allegro Charter School

     

     


  • SMAART Musical

    Click here for photo highlights from the
    2023 Summer SMAART Musical, Into the Woods

     

    Teachers

    Kimberly Majewski, North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary

    Anna Reid, North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary

    Joshua Wald, West Ashley High School

    Ryan Pagels, Charleston-area Musician

     

     

     

     

      




    2023 Summer SMAART Dance classes

    Click here for photo/video highlights from the
    2023 Summer SMAART Dance Classes

     

    Teachers

    Christopher Crabb, Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School

    Brooke McMurray, Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary

    Rebecca Patsalos, Angel Oak Elementary

     

     

     

     

     




    2023 Summer SMAART Drama classesClick here for photo highlights from the
    2023 Summer SMAART Drama Classes

     

    Teachers

    T'Mani Eady, North Charleston High School

    Clyde Moser, Wando High School

    George Younts, School of the Arts

     

     

     

     

     




    2023 Summer SMAART StringsClick here for photo/video highlights from the
    2023 Summer SMAART Strings Ensembles

     

    Teachers

    Andrea Barbare, Cario Middle School

    Natalie Burr, CCSD Itinerant Strings Teacher

    Dominik Fields, CCSD Itinerant Strings Teacher

    Cecelia Ostapeck, CCSD Alumnae

     

     

     






    2023 Summer SMAART Band and Steel DrumsClick here for photo/video highlights from the
    2023 Summer SMAART Band &
    Steel Drum Ensemble

     

    Teachers

    Nick Kelley, Haut Gap Middle School

    Ian MacMichael, Deer Park Middle School

    Chloe Spitzer, Camp Road Middle School

     

     

     







    2023 Summer SMAART Singers and Piano WorkshopClick here for photo/video highlights from the
    2023 Summer SMAART Singers &
    Piano Workshop

     

    Teachers

    Max Nettles, Midland Park Primary

    Joshua Wald, West Ashley High School

    Ryan Pagels, Charleston-area Musician

     

     

     

     

     

     


    2023 Summer SMAART Visual Arts

    Click here for photo/video highlights from the
    2023 Summer SMAART Visual Arts classes

     

    Teachers

    Angelica D'Antonio, Lucy Beckham High School

    Tracy Harler, Goodwin Elementary School

    Ashley Hayden, CE Williams North Middle School

    Julianna McRae, St. Andrews School of Math & Science

    Samatha Rogers, Pinckney Elementary School

    Mimi Tierney, West Ashley High School

     

     

     

                                 

     

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