After-School Clubs

March 11 through April 29  – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

MLWS After-School Clubs take place on our campus, located at 16 South Chestnut Street in the village of New Paltz (unless otherwise noted), and are run by teachers, parents and professionals. Clubs are open to students from local school districts as well as those enrolled at MLWS. The Clubs allow students to stretch their minds and bodies while developing new skills and friendships.

After-School Clubs run in five-to-six week blocks, meeting once per week when school is in session. At 3:15 students have time for free-play and a snack, provided by parents or by MLWS. At 3:30 club activities begin. Pickup is at 5pm unless otherwise pre-arranged with staff. Late pickups will be billed $5 for every 10 minutes after 5pm.

Pre-registration is required. Sibling discounts are available at 20% off per additional child. Questions? Contact or call 845-255-0033.

West African Drumming with Amadou Diallo
Open to 1st-8th grade (minimum 5 students required for this class)
$150 (includes use of drum)
Classes will be held on: Mondays
3:15pm – 5:00pm
MLWS School Building

Amadou Diallo is a percussionist from Senegal, West Africa, and enthusiastically shares his culture with children and adults. Since arriving in the Hudson Valley in 2001, he’s done hundreds of performances, workshops, presentations and classes on West African culture and traditional African rhythms. Amadou has worked, both independently and in collaboration as a guest artist, with other area groups and performers. He teaches children in the TOPs program in the Kingston city school district and has an ongoing adult class in the Living Seed Yoga studio in New Paltz, New York. Amadou‘s classes are in the Djembe tradition and feature hand drums and large stick drums called Dun Duns.

Handwork: Spinning Yarn on a Drop Spindle with Michelle Boynton
Open to 3rd-8th grade
$150 (includes materials)
Classes will be held on: Tuesdays
3:15pm – 5:00pm
MLWS Handwork Studio

Let’s make yarn! Students will learn to spin with a traditional drop spindle. We will prepare and use natural fleece from local sheep as well as colorful dyed wool that has been blended with silk. At the end students will take home a small skein of their newly spun yarn. Up until the 15th century most yarn for all types of woven fabric, from ship sails to the fine linens of Egypt, was spun using a simple drop spindle. Many people from different cultures through the ages have used the drop spindle as a simple method for spinning a wide variety of fibers. In South America and other cultures this method is still being used in everyday life.

Michelle Boynton is the lead handwork teacher at MLWS. She holds a MEd degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of San Diego, a Waldorf High School Teacher Certification from the Center for Anthroposophy, and is currently working to complete her handwork teaching certification through the Applied Arts Program at the Fibercraft Studio in Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Sculpture Arts with Tricia McCloskey
Open to 5th-8th grade
$200 (includes supplies)
Classes will be held on: Wednesdays
3:15pm – 5:00pm
MLWS Sculpture Studio

Tricia will guide students working with both clay and wood to help them bring their ideas to life! This club gives students an opportunity to create a unique piece that they can cherish, or make gifts for friends and family.

Tricia McCloskey is a sculptor, artist and teacher. She attended Massachusetts Art College and received her BFA in Sculpture. She has worked on large-scale kinetic sculptures and puppetry from Broadway, Las Vegas, and Disney World to small-scale puppetry right here in New Paltz. She has been a teacher for 16 years, teaching private art classes, special education, and kindergarten, and is currently the Sculpture teacher at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. She loves building and working with others to bring their ideas to life! Tricia has two children and feels that, through becoming a mom, she has discovered that children are our teachers. She loves teaching and is honored to be able to share her love of sculpture and art with others.

Chinese Dance with Ms. Carol Du
Open to 1st-8th grade
Classes will be held on: Thursdays
3:15pm – 5:00pm
MLWS School Building

Step into the world of Chinese dance with Ms. Carol Du, no prior experience needed. Carol will lead an introductory class that welcomes students from all backgrounds. Students will learn Chinese dance basics as well as some cheerful Chinese folk dance styles.

Carol Du is a passionate graduate student with a love for dance, and has dedicated the past four years to the art form. She holds a BFA in Dance from Fei Tian College at Middletown (FTCM), and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at FTCM. Carol sees dance as more than just movement; it’s a cultural expression. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm and growing together with everyone!