Fine Arts


Taught by

Carolyn Forte


4:30 – 5:30

TARGET GRADES:  For grades 6-12.

Cost:  $100.00

1 year course

This year, our trips to L.A. Opera will be part of a class in which we will study five operas presented during the 2017-18 season by L.A. Opera.  In addition to attending the last dress rehearsal for each opera, we will go backstage for talks presented by those who are part of each production.  In the past, we have been treated to talks by singers, musicians, choreographers, directors, special effects techs, stage designers and even composers. Students will be able to take at least one parent (sometimes both) as chaperone to the operas.  Consistent class attendance will be required in order to get opera tickets.  Chaperones will need to attend one meeting prior to their first opera.  Chaperones are also welcome and encouraged to attend the class itself. This class will count as one year high school credit for Music Appreciation, Music History or World Cultures: European (your choice). Operas we will attend this season include:

  • Carmen  – Wednesday, September 6, 5:30 pm
  • The Pearl Fishers – Wednesday, October 4, 5:30 pm
  • Nabucco – Thursday, October 12, 5:30 pm
  • Candide – Thursday, January 25, 9:30 am
  • Orpheus & Eurydice – Wednesday, March 7, 5:30 pm
  • Rigoletto – Thursday, May 10, 11:00 am

Note:  For those who do not wish to attend most of the operas, please sign up for individual operas in the Field Trip Book at EIE.  If you have not attended an opera with EIE recently, you MUST attend (student and chaperone) an Opera Orientation Meeting.  Pick one of the following dates during the summer.  Please sign up for the meeting you want by sending an email to Carolyn Forte at

  • Tuesday, August 8, 11am-12pm
  • Thursday, August 10, 1-2 pm
  • Thursday, August 10, 4-5 pm
  • Tuesday, August 29, 7-8 pm

Kids and Teens On-Camera Acting Class

Taught by:

Casting Director and Set Coach

Chris Gillmore

Watch the interview with Chris about her class!


1:00 – 2:00  Introductory Class

2:00 – 5:30  Regular Class

EIE Campus in Monrovia

See Class Schedule under

class description!


  • Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • California Enrichment Academy
  • Excel Academy
  • Golden Valley
  • Gorman
  • iLead
  • Inspire
  • Sage Oak
  • Sky Mountain

COST:  $85.00 per month plus $40.00 material fee.  ($125.00 monthly total)

So…Whatever you’re thinking an acting class for kids and teens is, you will be happily surprised!  This acting class, taught by professional casting director and set coach of over 15,000 kids and teens, Chris Gilmore.  It is much more than just a class where students learn how to act professionally on camera for movies, television and commercials.

The added benefits of this incredible series of classes are:  It builds the student’s self esteem and self image.  It teaches discipline and focus as well as teaching students to use their creativity and imagination.  It empowers the students to be able to speak in front of a group with great confidence and improves memorization, improvisation and even helps develop a sense of humor.

From start to finish all students will learn the art of comedy, drama, two-party scene study, cold-reading, monologue technique, comedy improvisation as applied to on-camera film and television performances as well as commercial techniques.  Every month is a different acting theme.  This course is the Real Thing, and if acting professionally is the goal, students will receive all the skills necessary to pursue a professional acting career while having fun learning them.

THE ADDED BONUS:  At the end of every month, all parents will receive an on-line video of the students’ performances in class so you can watch their progress. (upon request)

CONTACT:  Chris Gilmore  (661) 600-7372


  • September 11, 18
  • October 2, 16
  • December 4, 11
  • January 22, 29     Change of dates
  • February 5, 26
  • March 5, 12
  • April 2, 9
  • May 7, 14


  • June 4, 11
  • July 9,16
  • August 6, 13



Taught by:

Jeff Kreiger


10:45 – 12:15

TARGET GROUP: 12 and older
COST:   $60.00 PER MONTH, $80.00 for Mommy and Me! Plus material fees
CONTACT:  EiE  (626) 821-0025

Learn the real “Tricks of the Trade” with woodworking.  This course is designed for the young person (and parents) to become familiar with the wonderful world of wood.  You will first of all be introduced to all the concepts of safety and how to use hand tools as well as power tools.  The student will understand the differences of various woods and will start out with simple projects and evolve into designing your own projects.  The instructor is a seasoned professional as well as a former teacher teaching woodworking classes to students and adults.  He is very motivated to provide your child a great experience.  The class is held at his cabinet making business just two doors down from EIE.

Scale Model Making

Taught by:

Robert Stuart

Video Introduction:

Video overview of Scale Model Making Class


9:00 – 12:00

COST:  $60.00 – $70.00 per month plus $50.00 material fee.

OK, we know that your are thinking that this is a class for making model cars, planes or boats from plastic kits.  Well, guess what, you are wrong!  This is a real modeling class that will teach the student how to create (conceptualize) from basic building blocks to fantastic creations of three dimensional items, much like an architect would build to present his ideas to a client.  Through the use of basic mathematics, a ruler, matt board, scale woods, plastics glue and other building materials you will create model buildings or other objects using the blue prints and woriking in 1/4″ scale.  The student will learn how t take a vision (concept) and convert it to a fantastic three dimensional object.  This will be a great class!!  Parents are encouraged to attend at not additional cost to observe and participate in the class.

CONTACT:  Robert Stuard  (626) 815-1426.

Art Classes

TAUGHT BY:    Marisa Rodriguez is a homeschooled high school senior student with EIE Academy who also attended  California State University at Fullerton studying advanced Drawing and Painting. She is currently studying at Pasadena City College to earn her Fine Arts degree.

Beginning Drawing

Taught by:

Marissa Rodriguez


12:30 – 1:30

Classes Start September 8

CONTACT:  (626) 242-7410 Cynthia Rodriquez     or email:
COST:  $50.00 per month

In this class, students will learn  basic drawing and structure. Students will be taught different art techniques to create pencil sketches from both their imaginations, and from simple pictures. Each week, students will be taught how to use special tools such as different grades of pencils, colored pencil, cloth to blend, erasers, charcoal to create gradation from light to dark, perspective, and many more techniques used by artists today. The teacher will also cover the fundamentals of the color wheel and how it can be applied to the different mediums of art.  Students will also learn about famous artists such as: Monet, Van Gogh, Da Vinci and many more.

Intermediate Drawing and Painting

Taught by:

Marissa Rodriguez


2:00 – 3:00

Classes Start September 8

COST:  $55.00 per month

In this class, students will continue their drawing lessons with the teacher and slowly move into using watercolors and acrylic paint in the second semester. Students will learn how to mix primary colors to create custom paint for their acrylic art projects. Watercolor techniques will be taught using a high grade professional watercolor paper, suitable for framing. In addition, various tools will be used; training the student in a mixture of mediums, from colored pencil to charcoal, grades of pencils, cloth to blend, fine black pens for pen drawing, watercolor and acrylic paint (second semester). 10 students max.

Advanced Drawing and Painting

Taught by:

Marissa Rodriguez


3:00 – 4:00

Classes Start September 8

COST:  $55.00 per month

This class is for advanced drawing and painting students only. In this class students will work on individual art projects with the guided help of the teacher. Each student will bring in a picture of their choosing and will work with an 8X11 hard board high grade canvas to create their own acrylic rendering. One oil painting project on canvas in the second semester.  Prior experience is required for this class.  Each student will have time with the teacher to create a one on one experience for the student. Limited spots available.