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Teens & Tweens (11-18 yrs) Fall Classes & Activities

Crafts & Fine Arts

Info: Keaghna Fagan, 410-313-4609 or kfagan@howardcountymd.gov.

Anime & Manga: Styles of Classic Mangaka
Appealing to readers of all ages and backgrounds, manga (Japanese comics) is the world’s most versatile and influential form of sequential art. Beginners and veteran artists, learn what techniques make manga so popular and how to incorporate them. Supplies included, but you are encouraged to bring your own sketchbook.

Character Design Class
Enjoy learning proportion, basic anatomy, and comparative size among characters. Create ways to make your characters interesting visually.
Enjoy creating types of backstory, history, and motives behind your character which influence their appearance and mannerisms. Examine what makes a protagonist and an antagonist and how these elements affect key features in visual designs.

Comics Unleashed
Explore comic book design and learn basic drawing techniques, character design, page composition, layout, penciling and inking. Explore a variety
of comic genres including superhero, manga, indie, and graphic novels. Please wear comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting dirty. You are encouraged to bring a sketchbook for class and at-home practice. 

Digital Photography
Learn how to take your best pictures. Explore composition, lighting and the elements that make memorable photographs. Learn about shutter speed, exposure and using flash and basics on how your camera works. Practice shooting using your camera’s built in settings and scene modes. Bring your camera. 

Drawing Techniques
Strengthen your drawing skills as you focus on different media including graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, pastels and watercolor pencils. Techniques include modeling, color transitions, gesture style, blending and wet-on-dry. Materials are provided but you are encouraged to bring a sketchbook. 

Painting for Teens
Work in acrylics to learn or master color mixing, brush work and how to “build” a painting rich with texture and color. The instructor does a demonstration painting each week and works with you one-on-one. Previous experience not necessary.


Info: Keaghna Fagan, 410-313-4609 or kfagan@howardcountymd.gov.

Hip Hop Dance with Nysia Carter
During this high-energy class, focus on choreography, perfect your skills, and learn hip-hop, popping and break-dancing techniques. With an easyto follow breakdown of the basic moves, put various steps together to allow you to step onto any dance floor. Wear comfortable clothes. Jazz shoes or sneakers required.


Personal Training
Each session is customized to fit your needs and abilities. Private training sessions are one participant to one trainer; semi-private sessions are up to three people to one trainer. Sessions are non-transferrable. Registration is first-come, first-served; walk-in and phone registrations only. Sessions must be scheduled at the time of registration. GJACC: 410-313-4840 or Sara Schwab, 410-313-4842 or sschwab@howardcountymd.gov. RCCC: 410-313-2764 or Tony Kovacevich Jr., 410-313-2763 or akovacevich@howardcountymd.gov. NLCC: 410-313-0390 or Marvin Evans, 410-313-0829 or mevans@howardcountymd.gov.

NEW! GJACC BeFit Workshops
Small-group training workshops combine the energy of a group with individual attention from a certified, personal trainer. Learn to create fitness routines, and the body-science behind the methods used. Limit: 9 participants per workshop. Registration: 410-313-4840. Info: Sara Schwab, 410-313-4842 or sschwab@howardcountymd.gov.

Personal Development & Enrichment

Babysitting Fundamentals
This babysitter training course emphasizes child development, safety, security, first aid, understanding, patience, and other necessary skills. Class includes introduction to hands-only CPR and AED, but does not include CPR certification. Registrants must be at least 11 years old by the first class. Receive a certificate upon course completion. Info: Keaghna Fagan, 410-313-4609 or kfagan@howardcountymd.gov.

Howard County Teen Clubs
Join a diverse group of teens to represent the youth of Howard County and promote programs and events at community centers across the county. Bring your creative ideas and help develop new activities for teens. Monthly meetings focus on developing leadership, social networking and marketing skills. Earn service-learning hours at the meetings and events. Attend four or more meetings and receive a free center membership. Info: Ovan Shortt, 410-313-1693 or oshortt@howardcountymd.gov.

Modeling School: Commercial Acting and Modeling
Join Sean Gibson, a former National Modeling Agency Director, National Modeling School Instructor and current scout for Model Citizens Models, LLC for this workshop designed to teach you the skills needed to enter the modeling industry. Train on the skills needed to successfully model in catalogues, cosmetics advertisements, television commercials, magazine advertisements, newspaper advertisements and billboards. Class also focuses on personality development, confidence, interviewing skills, auditioning, goalsetting, public speaking techniques, and more! Not planning to be a model? How about having the confidence of a model! Students perform a monologue or commercial in the graduation event. Info: Holly Harden, 410-313-
4625 or hharden@howardcountymd.gov or Sean@teenfashionshow.com.

Social Etiquette & Communication Skills Express
Designed for the student with a busy schedule, class includes initial
impressions, dress for success, conversation and listening, etiquette in
public, phone and electronic etiquette. Don’t miss this opportunity to
discover why research demonstrates that social skills are paramount for success in later life! This is a great class as an introduction or a refresher.
Info: Kiki Fagan, 410-313-4609 or kfagan@howardcountymd.gov

Creative Writing for Teens
Students, explore creative writing through poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Compose short stories, autobiographical works, and poems. Develop your own voices as authors as well as original plots and character development. The last class features a brief reading highlighting each student’s work. Info: Holly Harden, 410-313-4625 or hharden@howardcountymd.gov.

Music & Theater Arts

Info: Keaghna Fagan, 410-313-4609 or kfagan@howardcountymd.gov.


Intro to Piano
Learn to play the piano in this introductory class. Play a variety of musical styles to gain confidence and develop musical skills. Learn and practice on your own keyboard. Must have access to a keyboard to practice on outside class.

Theater Arts

Intro to Acting
Enjoy an introduction to the concepts crucial to the theatrical arts:
self-awareness, observation, improvisation, creative imagination, and story-telling. Move towards building and heightening responsiveness
to action and the development of an actor’s skills. Students create, stage,
and perform their own scenes. Last class features a short performance
highlighting each actor.

Production Class: Disney’s Frozen Jr. by Drama Learning Center
If the “cold never bothered you anyway,” you’ll be delighted as the characters of Arendelle come to life on the DLC stage! Students will learn improve singing, dancing, and acting skills as they work as part of a theatrical team. For elementary school registrants, please see “Youth” section. See ActiveNet for dress rehearsal and performance schedule. 

Science & Technology

Info: Keaghna Fagan, 410-313-4609 or kfagan@howardcountymd.gov.​

NEW! C3 Cyber Club: Animation Using Minecraft
Learn basic animation techniques using Minecraft characters and stages. Expand your observation skills and imagination by studying motion in reality and how it influences motion in animation. Create various short animation exercises and projects by applying basic acting theories and animation principles to scenes they create.

NEW! C3 Cyber: Roblox Imaginative Game Design
Advance your coding, design, and game development skills using Roblox Studio and the Lua program. Learn the fundamental coding concepts and techniques needed for AP Computer Science. This course is perfect for any student looking for an opportunity to advance their careers as computer engineers, game developers, and tech-savvy entrepreneurs.

School's Out & Special Events

Teens Day Out
School is closed, so come have fun! Our energetic staff creates a welcoming environment. You have lots of time to be active, but also time to relax. Fee does not include meals and additional spending money may be necessary for some trips. Info: Kiki Fagan, 410-313-4609 or kfagan@howardcountymd.gov.

Teens Nite Out!
Teens are taking over the Community Center! Get ready for a night of games, contests, sports, swimming and more. You are supervised at all times by our experienced and energetic staff. Bring your swimsuit and towel and shoes for sports. Must be checked in by 8pm. Light snacks and drinks included. Info: Holly Harden, 410-313-4625 or hharden@howardcountymd.gov

NEW! Teen POP-UP Classes
Info: Kiki Fagan, 410-313-4609 or kfagan@howardcountymd.gov.
YouTube Channel Tips & Tricks
Interested in learning how to increase your followers or want to make your channel stand out? Learn different techniques at this fun, quick class. 
Outdoor Photography
Come explore the beautiful Western Regional Park and capture the seasonal colors it has to offer. Learn photography basics and elements that make memorable pictures. 
Henna Painting
Learn the basics of mehndi using henna (which is the dye prepared from the henna plant). Class features instruction and hands on activities.
Gift Making
Create fun farmhouse-style crafts such as candles, picture frames and much more from scratch using reclaimed wood and other materials.