Art & Life Skills - Laurel Campus - Wednesdays














Geography - Mapping the World by Art by Anna Fogg - 4 Quarters - Wednesdays

Ages 12-18 - 10:00-11:00 am, Laurel campus on Wednesdays

Tuition: $400*

Designed for grades 5-12, students will map the world by learning to draw it by heart, using art.  Combining memorization with the real use of knowledge, practice, mnemonics, large and small group activities, and games, Mapping the World by Art inspires students to study – and love – geography.

  • Teaches students to draw – entirely from memory – detailed world maps of more than 190 countries.

  • Students learn that much of geography is learning to draw classically, and they are encouraged to creatively get better and better at drawing.

  • Students learn to draw the continents and countries within to scale utilizing latitude, longitude, the equator and the prime meridian.

  • Gets students excited about geography and encourages them to think globally.

  • Students will do periodic in depth studies of countries on featured continents as they present to the class, "Why I Should Go There"

  • Promotes positive student interactions and collaboration, both in small group work and as a class.

  • Gives students a constructive goal to work towards all year long.

  • Highlighting certain countries on each continent helps the student to understand the culture, religion and lives of people around the world.

  • The final test is done completely by the student, on a large blank piece of paper.

Materials Fees:  $12.00 for paper used in class to draw plus occasional print-outs from the tutor.

Students must have access to printer and print out maps periodically to work from for home study.  


Text to purchase for the class.  Siblings may share.


National Geographic Student World Atlas


The Geography Coloring Book, 3rd edition, by Wynn Kapit.  Each student will need their own.  It is fine to get a used one as long as it's not marked.



Art(ful) Matters - 4 Quarters - Wednesdays

Senior level (12-18 yrs) - 8:00-8:55 am

Junior level (6-12 yrs) - 10:00-10:55 am



Creating art expands a person's ability to interact with the world around him, and provides a new set of skills for self-expression and communication. We know that art is important for our children, but it often gets lost in math, reading and writing, and we can forget that art matters the same way that language matters. Art is a language that is begging to be spoken by children and youth and gives communication skills that go beyond verbal expression. This class will teach 13 invaluable skills through acrylics and watercolor, mosaics, clay, beads, collage and more. The skills are: creativity, confidence, problem solving, perseverance, focus, non-verbal communication, receiving constructive feedback, collaboration, dedication, self-expression, self-esteem, fine motor skills and expression of the soul. Art(ful) Matters

is a cheerful, enthusiastic and vibrant class full of color, joy and a needed break from the rigors of a classical education. Students will be guided to see  that the journey of art and creativity is equally or more important than the destination.

*Note ~ The Senior and Junior classes are quite similar and most projects will be the same however, more emphasis will be placed on fostering independence in personal art with the older set as well as adding more complexity and depth to the various projects.


Metro Journeys - 4 Quarters - Wednesdays

*Metro Journeys with the Classroom Component at RCT (13-18 yrs) - $400/year

  • (Travel Mondays, dates will be provided) *RCT Wednesday students will take this class at 9:00-9:55 am

*Metro Journeys (No classroom Component) (13-18 yrs) - $275/year

  • (Travel Wednesdays, dates will be provided)


This class includes 32 classroom times (detailed below) as well as 13 independent Metro Journeys into

Washington, DC by the students, dates provided.


Soon to be in its 5th year, Metro Journeys was born out of my desire to see my older children gain autonomy, independence and acuity in navigating independently throughout a city and as a way to foster their acquisition of skills that aren't easily learned in a confined classroom. What a perfect opportunity with Washington, DC, the capital of the Free World, right next door. With the added luxury of a well- developed system of public transportation, Metro Journeys was born. The students take 13 Journeys after receiving Itineraries that I develop and then traverse the entire Wash, DC Metropolitan area and visit places such as Chinatown, Adams Morgan, the Library of Congress, Intl Embassies, Georgetown, former Kennedy residences, Smithsonian's, African American Art museums and so much more. Each Itinerary has to be “solved” by the students as a team, sometimes uncovering hidden clues and tricks to find the precise locations to visit which prompts research and collaboration. The students document each Journey and then have one week to make a new entry into the Blog they create, maintain, publish throughout the school year. The blog serves as an excellent record of the hours spent studying the history and value of Washington, D.C.. By far, this has always been the top favorite class of my children as well as my past and current students.


The classroom component is a new addition and will offer a fantastic opportunity to learn more in depth history of Washington, DC, spend more time together with my guidance in developing the blogs, and time for research of the individual itineraries together as a team before venturing out on Metro Journeys.


*Note* I will also offer a Wednesday independent Metro Journey day that is not a part of RCT (see above).

Students in this class will travel to DC on Wednesdays (This does not include a classroom component but 3 comprehensive meetings with me and the other students in their class throughout the school year.) Please contact me ASAP for details as this class already has a waiting list.



CHANGE - Change Your Thinking, Change Your World - 4 Quarters - Wednesdays

*$400/year (12-18 yrs) - 1:00-1:55 pm

*1.0 credit (psychology or elective)


The CHANGE class brings the psychology of real change and mental paradigm shift in a step-by-step program. Teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery, self-actualization and extreme self- development that have enabled successful leaders and business owners to discover true purpose, CHANGE will empower the student with extraordinary skills of leadership, the ability to self-motivate, and to harness the forces that will give them their own tangible success. Using documented and proven methods of self-development that have pushed ordinary people to become beyond extraordinary people, the students will be able to put to use a system in their personal daily lives and interactions with their family and peers, in their school work, and in their businesses.


CHANGE class does not, like many do, mistakenly assume that children and youth must wait for adulthood to have high levels of achievement and to become business owners and leaders. CHANGE class makes self-actualization readily accessible to young people and opens the window wide to these youth who are born and endowed by our magnificent Creator with untapped potential and much competence. Imagine the power to discover your real gift, imagine becoming the architect of your own life, imagine living always with a higher level of consciousness. Imagine what you could do if you had the ability to positively influence those close by you and all around the world. Imagine never seeing yourself as a victim, no matter the circumstance, but the creator of the life you want to live. Imagine changing the world! Students will create a comprehensive Vision Book that documents the lessons and skills learned, the various people studied, quotes, photos as well as a Vision Board. The class will utilize Socratic Circles, improvisation, and group activities to flesh out the learning. Each student will choose a ''Big Thing'' that will look something like the following:


1) Build a business - a working business that has profit

2) Make a mission/ministry - go to another country for your own mission, collect sports equipment, shoes, suitcases, etc, for homeless

3) Write a book & publish it

4) Publish a blog/youtube - with at least 3,000 follows to your blog, get sponsors

5) Plan a trip 'far away' for at least a week and take it (w a parent or chaperone)

6) Write a play/musical have it produced and performed

7) Compete in a major athletic endeavor like a  marathon or body building, climbing a mountain, a high- level dance competition, or become a fitness or yoga instructor


Materials: *texts - (all can be found in the local library, or on Kindle or Amazon)



ART History - 4 Quarters - Wednesdays


*1.0 credit (13-18 yrs) - 2:00-2:55 pm


From Prehistoric to Post-Modernism and including African-American contributions, a study of all the significant periods of art, the language of art, and insight into what the great works meant at the time created.  Study and recognition of the greatest works of art of the Western World tracing the classical roots in Greece, medieval, the Renaissance, Impressionism, Abstract Expressionists, up to present day will enable the successful student to give a tour through a Smithsonian Art Gallery by the end of school year. Studying history along the way and making a timeline integrates the works with the values and ideas that gave birth to them. Each student will make a Book of the Masters that chronicles and artfully displays their comprehensive journey and exploration of the Greats such as Leonardo, Rembrandt, Cole, Giatto, Bearden, Dali, Renoir, Picasso, Kahlo, Monet, O'Keefe and many more. We will feature and include artistic developments in Asia, South America and Africa and study how the diverse groups of people with their various approaches show their art and beliefs in creating their temples and churches.



  • The Annotated Mona Lisa - A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern

  • Access to internet for Art History Lectures from Khan Academy

  • Two Field trips to Smithsonian Art Galleries