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March 27, 2008

CabrilloArts Summer Workshops Provides Art Experiences For All

Aptos, CAThe Cabrillo Arts Summer Workshops, which garnered much acclaim in its infancy, launches into its third year this summer. The workshops are offered into two sessions, each providing an intensive learning environment that combines ten days of daily classes and labs with master teachers and experts in their fields. This summer, the workshops expand their offerings in the arts to include more classes in music, dance and theatre.

“The workshops provide unique opportunities for working artists, from both inside and outside Santa Cruz County, who find pursuing creativity a must in their life.” Says Dan Martinez, dean of visual, applied and performing arts at Cabrillo College. Martinez, who has spear-headed the birth of the workshops feels that, “The workshops offer the advantages of a summer destination like Santa Cruz and the outstanding arts programming on the Cabrillo campus.” 

The first session of workshops, held July 14 to July 25, offers eight classes ranging from clay, sculptural felting, found object sculpture, experi-metal jewelry making, color woodcut printing and portrait painting with locally acclaimed artist Bridget Henry. Session one will also include Acting for the Camera with visiting French actors/directors Catherine Hubeau and Olivier Nolin, who specialize in French film technique. Phil Collin’s Performing Arts Attendance/Appreciation class is always a treat, taking workshop attendees to Santa Cruz’s three big summer events: Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Cabrillo Stage and the Cabrillo Music Festival.

Session two workshops, held July 28 to August 8, offer 12 classes ranging from fabric alteration and transformation, experiments in lettering, paper-making, monoprinting, drawing with metal, and painting with live models.  Anika Smulovitz’s workshop on wearable art emphasizes inventive approaches and methods to creating wearable art using fabric, paper, metal and recycled items. Music workshops during this session will include composing digitally with Reason technology and an introduction to Protools.  The second session also includes three exciting dance workshops: Karl Frost’s innovative approach to contact improv; Afro-Cuban salsa dance technique fundamentals and principles with Ana Maria Alvarez; and Funkamentals of Breaking with Sabela Grimes. Ana Maria Alvarez is the artistic director of Los Angeles based Contratiempo and creates work that engages diverse audiences with unique salsa-based urban Latin dance theater. Sabela Grimes has taught and performed internationally where he passionately merges elements of language, sound and movement. His unique workshop celebrates the history and traditions of African-American social dance, commonly known as hip-hop.

Bringing together students, faculty and artists in an aesthetically rich climate, the workshop experience investigates theories and techniques in a variety of contemporary arts, with presenters who are celebrated in their field. Students of all ages will work closely with presenters in an intensive, challenging and personal way.

This year the CabrilloArts Workshops offer a hotel package for out-of-towners at the Best Western-Seacliff Inn in Aptos. Registration begins April 7 and classes fill quickly, so act fast to get into the workshop of your choice.

What: CabrilloArts Summer Workshops

Workshops: Session 1: July 14 – July 25, Session 2: July 28 – August 8

Registration Begins April 7, 2008

Hotel accommodation deadline: May 20

Where: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA

Information: or831-479-6343

About CabrilloArts Workshops
CabrilloArts Summer Workshops provide unique opportunities for working artists, both inside and outside the Santa Cruz community, who find pursuing creativity a must in their life. Offering the advantages of a summer destination like Santa Cruz, and Cabrillo College’s outstanding campus, the program is a collection of workshops, each with a special focus. It is an opportunity to work with experts and fellow artists in an intensive, learning environment. Now in its third year, the excitement continues to grow as the program expands its offerings in Dance, Music, and Theater Arts.

About Cabrillo College
Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of proficiency, skills certificates, transfer to 4-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.




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