Hi, I'm Noah!
I've been a teaching artist, puppeteer and artisan since 2001. I'm passionate about exploring the unique learning environment of New York City. I'm thrilled to share my enthusiasm for investigating the mechanisms that give the city life. As a young adult, I was inspired by my alternative schooling experience, and I am honored to pass on the same gift.
At Brooklyn Apple Academy, we provide an experiential education for home school students.
Dates: September 2016-June 2017 (See calendar)
Times: 9 am - 2:30 pm
Ages: 6-14 years
There is a $200 additional annual fee for field trips
We have access to a real New York City gem: The Sunview Luncheonette. The Sunview is a former dinner turned venue for arts, community and food. We have the use of the luncheonette for the whole week, to cook in, eat in, and use as our base. On Friday we will open our doors as a luncheonette and serve a Prix-fixe meal to parents, friends, and Sunview mailing list members. Proceeds Benefit the Sunview luncheonette.
Tinkering Camp is designed to be a problem-solving experience lab and wonderland for students of all ages held at the Brooklyn Apple Academy. Students consistently try new things with access to a wood shop, kitchen, library, and musical instruments, as well as sewing, crafting, painting, and printmaking materials. Each day will consist of a morning field trip to Prospect Park, Central Library, Pier 6 or The Brooklyn Museum, followed by lunch, a mystery challenge, and open tinker time in the afternoon.
During the field trips students will be encouraged to wander and wonder; to collect ideas, found objects, and inspirations by taking notes and drawing sketches in field books they will bind themselves. In the afternoon, students will have the opportunity to work independently or to collaborate on self-directed and teacher- proscribed challenges inspired by the morning excursions. Emphasizing innovation, research, rule-bending, and game-changing, students will rise to challenges they find exciting, personally inspiring and sometimes impossible! Tinkering encourages camaraderie, teaching, listening, failure and leadership across boundaries of age, experience and ability.
Dates: April 10-14 (Monday-Friday)
Join us every Wednesday at Brooklyn Apple Academy for a day "chalk" full of scintillating classes ranging from Fine arts to break dancing!
Classes are held daily from 9:30-2:30pm.
The classes will be taught by engaging artists, professionals and teachers who are both skilled in their fields of expertise and committed to educating students through project-based, self-directed learning.
9:30-10:15am Fine arts with Julie Peppito
10:30-12:30pm Stop Motion animation with Dia Varano (March 29-June 21)
1-2pm Break dancing with Gerardo!
1-2:30pm Open Shop with Prem Makeig
Starting on January 18, We'll also be offering break dancing with Gerardo! (details forthcoming)
Students may sign up for a full day alternating between classes and independent projects, or they may sign up for one or more specific classes that they're interested in. Drop-ins welcome! Select the option that works best for your family.
Times: 9:30-2:30pm or 9-6pm with tinkering
Dates: March 29-June 21 (6 sessions)
Classes are ongoing and students may join whenever they choose
Prices: See individual classes for price or select a full day.
We'll be going to a few our favorite destinations:
Groton Dam/swimming in the Croton River (or Hudson Highlands)
Governors Island, (featuring a soccer match in the Moat of Fort Jay)
Museum of the Moving Image
Liberty Science Center
Advanced Driftwood house making @ Fort Tilden beach.
There will be three outdoors days, and two days in the cool of the Museums.
The Explorers Club (Manhattan)
We will be geocaching, journaling, orienteering, and finding our way through the best fun the Tri-state area has in store for us! Students will bring packed lunches
We will be taking public transportation most days.
Pick-up and drop-off at Cuyler Gore park, Brooklyn.
Close to 4,5,2,3,N,R,C,G,Q,B trains.
Neighborhood: Park Slope, Brooklyn (and trips to tri-state area)
Dates: June 19-July 21
Tuition: $350 (or $70 for Drop-in day)