WILTON – Singer-song-writer Tom Acousti of Portland, who also is music producer, will teach songwriting, music editing and recording at Foothills Summer Arts in July.

Along with outstanding writing skills and vocal talents, Acousti is also a gifted teacher. His workshops this spring at the Mt. Blue Middle School’s Arts After School program in Farmington were successful.

At Foothills Summer Arts, his “Tunes and Technology” workshop will be one of seven workshops offered at Session 2, which is for students who are now completing grades seven to 12. Session 2 will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 18 to 22, at Academy Hill School.

Students will use professional recording gear and editing software to capture the songs they will write. Acousti said, “The kids will find the poet inside of themselves as they write their own raps, songs and soundscapes.”

No previous experience is necessary. However students who have already written their own songs, either for themselves or for a band or group that they play or sing in, are welcome to bring their songs to work on with Acousti.

Students who register for Foothills Summer Arts will sign up to participate in four of the seven offerings.

There are three art workshops available: “Homes for Gnomes and Other Folks,” a 3-D design project; “Watercolor Workshop,” using professional techniques and materials; and “Multi-Media Bridges,” using illustrations and collage.

The two theater workshops are “Shakespeare Now and Then,” where students make up modern versions of Shakespeare to act out and “From Canvas to Stage,” where students write and perform scenes based on famous paintings.

In the Session 2 creative movement workshop, participants will combine their own unique moving patterns with pictures, writing, spoken text and music to create performance art.

Session 1 of Foothills Summer Arts, July 11 to 15, offers a special set of workshops in music, theater, writing, art and creative movement for students completing grades four to six.

All levels of ability and experience are welcome. There are sliding fees for families who cannot afford the full $125.

Several school districts are providing busing to the program.

For more information and to register, contact Director Anne Geller at the Foothills Arts Center, located on Pleasant Street, at 778-0448 or [email protected] or visit Foothills on the Web at www.foothillsarts.org.

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