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Creative Arts Youth Camps

We emphasize small class sizes so space is limited in each camp. Register Early!

Questions about classes or registration? Call (831) 479-6331. Interested in a scholarship? Click here for more information.

For a calendar of all Summer Youth Programs: Click here!

Creating Comic Book & Narrative Art: Writing and Illustrating Basics(ages 10-14)

 

 

Young artists, comic enthusiasts and graphic novel devotees come spend a week with Elijah to learn the basics of comics and narrative art. Students will gain skills in visual storytelling, character design, and page layout including composition, perspective and value. Students learn about the pencil and ink process as well as comic book writing.

Each student has the option to create their own short penciled, inked, and lettered, short comic.

Elijah Pfotenhauer is a local Santa Cruz Illustrator, painter and teacher. He grew up drawing comics and creating worlds then studying Character Animation at Cal Arts. He has 10 years experience in the fields of graphic art and illustration. He has worked with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Oakland’s Community Rejuvenation Project and through the William James Association.

 

 

Mon. - Fri., June 24-28
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Room: 1522
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $195
Register after May 30: $210
Plus $40 materials fee paid at registration
register online  

 

Drawing, Painting, and Canvas Construction (ages 13-17)

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Add to your portfolio by creating art pieces that focus on the visual art fundamentals. Art elements covered include line, composition, value, color, and perspective to build a strong artistic foundation. Student artists will delve deeper into idea creation, values/gridding, color theory, paint and paint mixing. They will also learn how to build and construct their own canvases.

Over the course of the week, the entire artistic process is covered from idea brainstorming, planning to constructing a canvas, to painting! This class is ideal for beginning to intermediate middle and high school painting or visual arts students.

Katelyn Byrne is a visual artist focused on mural painting, jewelry and crafts. She has been teaching youth in Santa Cruz for 3 years through Mariposa Arts, William James Association, and Branciforte Middle School’s Arts Alive program.

Mon. - Fri., July 8-12 CLASS CANCELLED
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Room: VAPA 2020
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $195
Register after May 30: $210
Plus $45 materials fee paid at registration
register online  

 

 

Face Painting Basics (ages 9-14)

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Explore face painting basics using safe high-quality products. This fun, unique camp covers art techniques, line work, color theory, and sponge work to create a variety of face designs.

Tools and makeup selection will be covered including split cakes, stencils, proper hygiene, and creating face and body bling. The possibilities are endless from swirls, teardrops, leaves, flowers, and masks (butterflies and tigers) to superheroes, princess designs, costume makeup, and more.

Each student goes home with their own elaborate face painting kit to practice their new art skills for a party, gathering, school event, Halloween, or just for fun!

Alison SooHoo Daniel has taught art in Santa Cruz City City Schools for over a decade and is the resident teaching artist at Bay View Elementary School. She has a B.A. in Studio Art and has studied metal sculpture, created ceramics, and practices drawing & painting. As a professional face and body painter, she shares her art at corporate and private events throughout the Bay Area. Alison is a mother of two, and loves to spend time by the ocean with her family.

Mon. - Fri., July 15-19
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2014
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $180
Register after May 30: $195
plus $45 materials fee at registration

register online  

 

 

Drawing, Painting and Making (ages 6-8)

 

 

This camp takes artists through a fun exploration of materials and mediums from drawing to painting to sculpture. Explore interactions of 2D and 3D design and building plus experiment with monoprints, construction, mold making, drawing, and painting to create multimedia works of art.

The principles of artistic composition are covered including balance, shape, color and rhythm as we explore the design and art process through making and creating - this camp will be fun and imaginative.

Alison SooHoo Daniel has taught art in Santa Cruz City City Schools for over a decade and is the resident teaching artist at Bay View Elementary School. She has a B.A. in Studio Art and has studied metal sculpture, created ceramics, and practices drawing & painting. As a professional face and body painter, she shares her art at corporate and private events throughout the Bay Area. Alison is a mother of two, and loves to spend time by the ocean with her family.

Mon. - Fri., July 22-26
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 2014
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $180
Register after May 30: $195
plus $25 materials fee at registration
register online  

 

Small Metal Jewelry (ages 10-15)

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In this fun creative week, students will learn basic jewelry fabrication and small metal skills as they create their own jewelry designs. Student will learn hand-fabrication techniques such as filing and polishing, and will use copper sheet, copper wires, and some fine silver. We will complete projects that are appropriate for their skill level, and that reflect their personal style and design ideas! Students will go home with an understanding of small metal and jewelry tool skills, studio safety practices, and their beautiful projects too!

Students will have access to the state of the art tools and equipment in Cabrillo’s Small Metals and Jewelry studio, one of the finest equipped studios in California.

Please note that students must have their hair tied back securely, wear long pants, and wear closed toed shoes in the studio at all times.

Lynnette Cederquist has been a jeweler for over 20 years. She has a Bench Jeweler certification from the Jewelers of America, a National JA Certification, and is a graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. She holds a CA Life Teaching Credential for grades K-9 and was a classroom teacher for 15 years. She is a 5th generation goldsmith and loves corgis!

Session 1: Ages 10-12
Mon. – Fri., June 17-21

9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Room: VAPA 3001
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $195
Register after May 30: $210
plus $35 materials fee
Session 2: Ages 13-15
Mon. – Fri., July 8-12

9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Room: VAPA 3001
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $195
Register after May 30: $210
plus $35 materials fee
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Small Metal Jewelry (ages 15-17)

 

 

 

 

 

Spend a week in one of the finest equipped small metal and jewelry studios in California transforming unique design ideas into amazing finished pieces of jewelry!

During this exciting week students will explore their creativity and expand their skills as they learn how to create unique jewelry using hand-fabrication, and will also learn how to solder with a gas torch.  We will begin with equipment and tool safety, then cover several jewelry and metalworking techniques. Students will also be introduced to casting as they learn how to carve wax models, invest, burn out, and cast using centrifugal casting equipment. We will also explore the alternative methods of sand and cuttlefish casting, and how to clean up and polish their unique pieces.

Students will use a variety of tools materials and will go home with an understanding of basic jewelry making skills, the casting process, knowledge of studio safety practices, and their beautiful projects!

Please note that students must have their hair tied back securely, wear long pants, and wear closed toed shoes in the studio at all times.

Lynnette Cederquist has been a jeweler for over 20 years. She has a Bench Jeweler certification from the Jewelers of America, a National JA Certification, and is a graduate of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. She holds a CA Life Teaching Credential for grades K-9 and was a classroom teacher for 15 years. She is a 5th generation goldsmith and loves corgis!

Mon. – Fri., July 29 - Aug. 2
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: VAPA 3001
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $195
Register after May 30: $210
plus $35 materials fee
register online  


 

Glass Arts Camp (ages 12-16)

 

 

Explore and learn the art and science of glass fusing - the magical interaction of glass and heat! Create colorful and unique art glass pieces that explore a range of fused glass techniques. Creative, customized projects include luminous garden art, sparkling dichroic glass jewelry, and more! Students will have fun and be successful in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment. Creator Haven is a fully equipped studio with tools and equipment for glass, jewelry and metal arts.

Please note that students must wear long pants and closed toed shoes in the studio.

Materials fees will cover all glass and jewelry supplies, and students may select from a wide range of colors and styles of materials for their projects.

REGISTER EARLY! This camp is limited to just 10 enrollments!

This camp is taught off-site at Creator Haven, located at 41-B Hangar Way in Watsonville.

Pat Evans teaches metal clay, fused glass, and traditional metal jewelry-making nationwide and at her studio, Creator Haven, in Watsonville. Pat is a former 4th grade teacher who brings out the creativity in every student! She is a Senior Art Clay Certifying Instructor and is president of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild.

Mon. - Fri., July 22-26
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before May 30: $195
Register after May 30: $210
plus $95 materials fee at registration
 
register online  

 

 

Leatherwork Camp - Belts, Journals, Bags and More! (ages 13-16)

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Each day students will have the opportunity to create a variety of leather items from soft, supple leather. No machines necessary! Projects include a leather covered art journal, leather jewelry, tool belts, a simple bag, wallet, and a belt. Each item can be decorated to fit your size and personal style, or as a gift for someone special. While creating personalized leather objects, learn basic leatherworking skills, leather dyeing using water-based dyes, and how to use the skills to make other leather projects at home.

Students are required to wear wear long pants and closed toe shoes.

Terry McInerney, MSW, is the artist/owner of Nuala, a local leather accessory business. She has been designing and selling leather goods for over seven years, and has been working in a school environment for 6 years. She loves to share the craft of leatherwork, costumes and creativity with others.

Mon. - Fri., July 22-26 CANCELLED
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $195
Register after May 30: $210
plus $45 materials fee at registration
 
register online  

 

 

Shibori, Indigo and Natural Dyeing - Handmade Crafts and Textiles (ages 13-16)

 

Spend a week fabric dyeing, fabric printing, weaving, craft making, and creating other beautiful hands-on projects to take home every day. We will explore the tradition of shibori indigo dye, mixing indigo vats, and create vibrant natural botanical dyes from avocado pits and onion skins. Students will learn the techniques of shibori folding, binding, and dyeing to create patterns, then expand to other types of natural dye and more complex projects. Students will prepare both fabric and paper for dyeing, and embellish some of our dyed pieces with simple block printing.

Students will complete a pillow case, braided fabric headbands, linen wall hanging, yarn wall hanging, silk scarves, and embellished cards – all shibori dyed! We will have time for “free dyeing” any approved items that students would like to bring from home. Students will leave with the knowledge to create natural dyes of their own and have mastery of the shibori technique, history, and style that they can apply to future projects.

Kaitlin Bonifacio, BA, has studied Shibori dyeing in Niigata Prefecture, Japan and has taught workshops through Craftsmen Collective, All Hands, and Mini Mint.

Mon. - Fri., July 22-26
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $180
Register after May 30: $195
plus $50 materials fee at registration
 
register online

 

 

Sew, Stitch and Make: Cool Summer Projects Made by Hand (ages 13-16)

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Come let your creativity flow and grow your sewing skills in this fun sewing and making camp. We will work our way through three custom designed projects that include a stuffed creature, a crossbody tote bag, and pajama pants or shorts. We will cover basic sewing skills as well as explore our own creative visions by mixing textiles, trims and buttons to make our projects.Our classroom is a great space to create and sew with Bernina sewing machines, large cutting tables, ironing boards, irons, and basic sewing supplies.

Students must bring one bag of poly-stuffing for their creature, and 2 yards of a cotton of their choice for the pajama pants. Your materials fee covers fabric for your other projects, and all of your notions.

REGISTER EARLY! This camp is limited to just 14 students!

Kiki Barrett is a local designer and sewing instructor with a passion for helping others discover the sustainable art of creating your own clothing. She often sports her own designs and has shown ready-to-wear collections at local fashion shows.

Mon. - Fri., July 22-26
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $180
Register after May 30: $195
plus $25 materials fee at registration
 
register online  


 

Digital Photography 1: Shooting with Natural & Studio Light (ages 12-15)

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Learn the basics of shooting great photographs with digital cameras. Topics covered will include image composition, getting the correct exposure for shooting outdoors, action shots, as well as working with basic lighting & reflectors. Walks around campus will provide a variety of subjects: landscape photography, florals, fashion, architecture & more. DSLR camera recommended, though cell-phone camera ok. Basic processing and editing of photographs from camera to digital darkroom will also be covered.

REGISTER EARLY! These camps have filled each of the last 4 summers!

Alixandra Mullins - see bio below

Mon. - Fri., June 17-21
8:30 am- 12:00 noon
Room: VAPA 2021
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Register before May 30: $225
Register after May 30: $240
plus $10 materials fee at registration
Mon. - Fri., July 8-12
8:30 am- 12:00 noon
Room: VAPA 2021
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.

Register before May 30: $225
Register after May 30: $240
plus $10 materials fee at registration
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Digital Photography 2: Creativity in the Digital Darkroom (ages 12-15)

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Learn the basics of processing your digital photography and advanced image editing with Adobe Photoshop to take your digital photographs to the next level. Short walks around campus with cameras will focus on gathering image elements for photo editing project(s) to done with Photoshop image editing techniques. Students will learn; how to - color correct, process, edit, dodge/burn, make selections & cut-outs, as well as, enhanced layer blending modes, collage, apply special effects to enhance an image and more. Students will also learn where & how to print their photographs on canvas, metal & more.

Students who did not take the Part 1 camp need to bring their own photos on a USB flash drive.

Alixandra Mullins has been a professional media and graphic designer for over 10 years and has taught Digital Media at Gavilan and Cabrillo College.

Mon. - Fri., July 15-19
8:30 am- 12:00 noon
Room: VAPA 2021
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $225
Register after May 30: $240
plus $10 materials fee at registration
 
register online  

 

 

Creative Digital Illustration (ages 12-15)

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For students who enjoy drawing & sketching, learn to take your drawings to a whole new level. Turn your sketches into cool graphics that can be printed on t-shirts, hats, bags, stickers, skateboards or even made into repeating patterns for leggings, tapestries & more. Draw your own little characters for storybooks or trading cards. Learn to transform sketchpad drawings & photos into print-ready graphics using Adobe Illustrator.

Students will be able to draw at the camp or may also bring drawings from home. We will take short walks around campus to take photos to incorporate into their illustration imagery. Students learn how to edit their illustrations with colors and strokes, manipulate vector paths, apply colorful gradient effects, and how to incorporate type into their designs for finished artwork. Also covered, where & how to format their files in order to print correctly. Students will be able to set up their own online portfolio storefront and preview how their designs will look on many products in the marketplace.

Bring a USB flash drive to store and take home edited images (8 GB or larger)

Alixandra Mullins has been a professional media and graphic designer for over 10 years and has taught Digital Media at Gavilan and Cabrillo College.

Mon. - Fri., June 24-28
8:30 am- 12:00 noon
Room: 317
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.

Register before May 30: $225
Register after May 30: $240
plus $10 materials fee
 
register online  


Creative Visual Design - Graphic Design and Illustration (ages 14-17)

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Do you love surf and skate graphics, garment graphics, or posters? Do you love to design and illustrate, or to edit photos? Then this camp is for you! Through a series of fun and fast-paced exercises students will explore photo editing, learn tools and techniques to manipulate type, and experiment with digital illustration. Students will translate their creative and visual design ideas into digital art with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, and use Wacom Intuos 4 digital drawing tablets to see how professional designers illustrate. Students will use DSLR cameras to take portraits, which they will edit.

This is a fun introduction for students interested in learning more about graphic design. Take your creative design ideas from concept to reality in this hands-on, activity based camp!

Some DSLR cameras are available for students to share, or they may bring their own to class.

Marco Lucadano teaches Graphic Design and Digital Photography at Soquel High. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves to travel and spend time with his family.

Mon. – Fri., June 10–14
9:00 am – 12:00 Noon
Room: VAPA 2021
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $225
Register after May 30: $240
 
register online  

 

Kuumbwa Summer Jazz Camp (ages 13-18)

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For over 25 years Kuumbwa's Summer Jazz Camp has been a destination for dedicated young musicians to learn about the thrilling creativity and limitless possibility that is Jazz! Over nine days of study, listening, and collaboration this camp covers jazz, improvisation, and jazz appreciation, and will help students grow as musicians. Students will receive both one-on-one and group instruction by professional music educators in the state-of-the-art Cabrillo Performing Arts complex. The camp focuses on live performance, basic improvisation, theory, soloing concepts and phrasing, along with jazz history and appreciation.

We conclude the camp on the final Thursday with a student performance on the famous Kuumbwa Jazz Center stage!

Students are required to know at least 3 major scales and have experience with their instrument. Drummers must know standard jazz rhythms.

Please check the Class Resources web page for important information about what campers must bring to camp on the first day, a link to a required survey that campers must complete prior to camp, and for a final day performance schedule.

All students must complete the following suvey after registration, in order to provide additional information about musicianship and skill level:

Kuumbwa Jazz Camp Student Pre-Camp Survey

Steve Wilson has been a director of Kuumbwa Jazz Camp for over twenty years.  He is a long-term music instructor at Cabrillo College and performs with many local ensembles.

Terrel Eaton has taught music in Santa Cruz County for three decades. He currently directs the Kuumbwa Jazz (high school) Honor Band, and co-directs the Kuumbwa Jazz Camp.

To learn more about Kuumbwa’s music education programs go to: www.kuumbwajazz.org/education

Ages 13-15 (grades 8 & 9)
Mon. – Fri., June 17–21
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Mon. – Thu., June 24–27
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: VAPA 5156 - Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $325
Register after May 30: $355
Ages 15-18 (grades 10-12)
Mon. – Fri., June 17–21
AND
Mon. – Thu., June 24–27
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Room: VAPA 5156 - Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $325
Register after May 30: $355
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Cabrillo Youth Chorus Voice Camp (Ages 8-18)

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Love to sing? Love theater and musicals? Then the Cabrillo Youth Chorus Voice Camp is the place for you!

Spend a week singing great choral music from around the world! Explore music theory, dance, movement, rhythm! At the end of the week, join everybody on stage for our own musical production with lots of solo singing and speaking roles! Past productions include Heartland, Songs of America; Not my Circus, Not my Monkey; Harry Potter and the Circle of Fifths; and The Golden Dubloons of Pirate Bay! Have fun with Crazy Hair Day, Come as Your Favorite Superhero Day, and everybody’s favorite, Gutter Sundae Day!

Make music with kids from dozens of area schools and see if the Cabrillo Youth Chorus is right for you when CYC starts up in the fall! Come meet new friends and find a whole new passion!

Our camp director, Cheryl Anderson, is joined by a cadre of Teaching Assistants who are majoring in music or have graduated as music majors from Cabrillo College. Our high staff to camper ratio ensures that each camper gets individual attention and instruction throughout the week.

Students provide their own lunch.

Each camper is also required to purchase a Cabrillo Youth Chorus polo shirt for $20, unless your camper already has one.

Cheryl Andersonis the Director of Choral Activities at Cabrillo College. In her tenure at Cabrillo College, her ensembles have performed at all levels of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and the National Association for Music Educators (MENC). Ms. Anderson recently served as President of the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association. In addition to elementary and secondary school teaching, she has served on the faculties of several universities in choral/vocal music, music education, and music theory.

Mon. - Fri., August 5-9
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Room: VAPA 5148
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $235
Register after May 30: $250
 
register online  

 

Introduction to Guitar (ages 11-17)

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No experience necessary for this beginning guitar camp!

The week starts with an introduction to melody, chords, and learning notes on the guitar strings. Over the course of the week, students sing and perform traditional as well as popular songs. Learn to play both as a soloist and also communicate with other musicians. Learn to read music in guitar tablature and standard notation while also exploring rhythm and ear training.

This is a great environment to comfortably play melodies, begin to strum songs you enjoy, and gain an appreciation for music and the guitar.

Jerad Fox – see bio below

 

Mon. - Fri., July 8–12
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Room: VAPA 5137
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $195
Register after May 30: $210
Plus $5 materials fee paid at registration
 
register online  


Intermediate Guitar (ages 11-17)

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Mastered guitar basics and ready for the next camp? This camp focuses on learning the most common chords used in contemporary music as well as an introduction to scales, modes, improvisation, and fingerstyle guitar.

Discover common song forms like blues, pop, and jazz by playing together as a group. We will study rhythm guitar charts as well as reading single note lines and melodies. Music theory and ear training is explained and explored in a way that makes sense to young guitarists.

Jerad Fox is a guitar player from Santa Cruz with over 20 years of musical experience. As a former Cabrillo music student, he went on to receive his B.A. in Music & Guitar Performance from the Musicians Institute. He currently teaches for the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County.

Mon. - Fri., July 15–19 - CANCELLED
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Room: VAPA 5137
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $195
Register after May 30: $210
Plus $5 materials fee paid at registration
 
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Advanced Guitar (ages 11-17)

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This camp continues to build on the skills learned in the introduction and intermediate camps. Individualized and group attention is focused on expanding knowledge of chords and scales.

Musicians are introduced to different styles of guitar playing like fingerstyle, classical, rock and blues. Many other concepts are covered including strumming patterns, improvisation, fretboard navigation, jamming and guitar gear.

Jerad Fox is a guitar player from Santa Cruz with over 20 years of musical experience. As a former Cabrillo music student, he went on to receive his B.A. in Music & Guitar Performance from the Musicians Institute. He currently teaches for the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County.

Mon. - Fri., July 22–26 - CANCELLED
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Room: VAPA 5137
Click HERE for a list of campus maps.
Register before May 30: $195
Register after May 30: $210
Plus $5 materials fee paid at registration
 
register online  

 

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