The Center for the Arts 2014 Summer Camps


Limited scholarships are available.
Contact Pamela Roberts for more information.

circus-camp2014Circus Camp – The Art of Silliness & Aerial Circus
July 7-11 – Still Available
Monday – Friday – 9:00AM to 3:00PM
$250 member, $275 non-member
(Does not include applicable fees)
Age 8 to 14 • Class Limit 15, Minimum 8

Discover the Circus and your inner clown mornings, with Izzi Tooinsky. Students explore creative expression through comedy, clowning, juggling, hooping, and stilt walking. After lunch break, AirAligned’s Tresa Honaker, Joe Simms & other aerial professionals teach tricks and skills on Aerial bungees, Aerial silks and Aerial hoops. Fly, climb, and swing in Aerial Circus!

About the Instructors:

Izzi Tooinsky is an award winning juggler, storyteller, comedian and author. He mixes wisdom and fun, intelligence and humor, laughter and education and presents at schools, festivals, and corporate events worldwide. He has written two books The Turkey Prince and Juggling Without Struggling, and published work in magazines and newspapers in America and Australia. Marcus Arellanes local actor and director will assist Izzi.

teen-writingTeen Writing Workshop
June 30-July 3 One Session ONLY!
Monday – Thursday 1 to 4PM
Class limit 20, minimum 8
Students need to bring paper and pens
Minimum age: 13
$175 members, $200 non members
(Does not include applicable fees)

Teen Writing Matters: A Summer Writing Camp
Teen Writers! This is your chance to spend five short afternoons (Monday-Thursday from 1:00-4pm) at a camp that doesn’t have mosquitoes, an overly chlorinated pool, or relay races (unless you want to write about such things.) Join local poet, Kirsten Casey, in exploring the written word like some kind of literary scout (no uniform required.) Together we will work on poetry, character creation, flash fiction, and discover extraordinary ways to write about ordinary things. This is your opportunity to strengthen your writing skills (even after sleeping in), learn from contemporary author examples, and rise to the occasion of daily writing prompts (so much better than weaving plastic keychain lanyards.)

About the Instructor:

Kirsten Casey400Kirsten Casey is a local poet, mother of three teens, former junior high teacher, and current California Poet in the Schools. She earned her Masters in Creative Writing from San Francisco State, and has had her work published in a variety of literary journals, and online magazines. You can find her recent work in Yuba Flows, an anthology of regional poets, and in Ex Vivo: Out of the Living Body, her first full length collection of poetry, published last February by Hip Pocket Press. When Kirsten was a teen she wrote a comedic play for her high school, and several thousand dramatic journal entries. As a college student she explored many forms of writing: journalism (had a weekly band profile column in her local paper), radio (interned at KGO radio in San Francisco, writing copy for the Consumer Affairs department), and theater (she wrote a short play), but she always returned to her favorites, poetry and short stories. She has always been addicted to words.

Visual Art Camp – Paint Like The Masters
July 7-11
Monday – Friday – 9:00AM to 3:00PM
Age 8 to 14 • Class Limit 15, Minimum 8
$250 member, $275 non-member
(Does not include applicable fees)

Paint with acrylics on canvas to recreate works of great masters Van Gogh, Monet & Picasso.

About the Instructors:

Vicki Parker brings 14 year of experience teaching the visual art classes at Deer Creek Elementary in Nevada City, as well as the after-school enrichment and art elective programs at Ready Springs Elementary and Union Hill Home Charter School. She currently teaches visual art classes in The Center for the Arts Youth Education Series after-school enrichment and summer camp programs. Vicki has also been a set designer for numerous Nevada City School District Performing Arts programs as well as set designer for The Lion in Winter which ran at The Center for the Arts in July 2009.

Denise Wey is a working artist who has been teaching painting, drawing and ceramics for over 20 years privately and at the Mud Hut at As If, Forest Charter School and various other schools in Nevada County. I believe that all children are artists and their capacity to learn is huge! They are already in touch with their creative nature. I set the stage; provide good materials, guidance and keep the mood light & fun! With a little encouragement, they do the rest!

theater-campTheatre Camp: Acting & Musical Theatre with Dinah Smith
Session 1  – July 14-18, Ages 8-12 – No Experience Necessary

Session 2  – July 21 – 25,  Ages 11 – 14 – Or younger children with previous class or performance experience, or attendance to first session

Session sold separately – can attend one or both!
Monday-Friday 10:00AM to 1:00 PM
Class Limit 14, Minimum 8
$195.00 (includes all scripts and handouts)(does not include applicable fees)
Each session will include different songs and material
bring a nutritious snack and water

Come create an original show to perform for friends and family on the last day of class. We start each day exploring the “principals of good acting and character development” through theater games and skill development exercises with mini-plays, skits, and poetry. We throw in a bit of Improv for more fun and to keep us all on our toes. Then we spend time each day learning music, lyrics, and choreography from Broadway musicals and movies. No formal dance or singing training is necessary, and is always welcome.  By mid week a story starts to emerge around the songs, skits, scenes, and characters we have been developing and practicing. Sometimes we adapt an original scene from a Broadway play to be part of our final show. Everyone is onstage for the entire show and has the opportunity to develop and sustain a believable character that is part of the story. Come PLAY with us! The final production is at 11:45 on the last class and lasts approximately 30 minutes

About the Instructor:

diana-smithDinah Smith (Teacher/Coach, Choreographer/Director, Actor)
With a BA in Theatre, a Masters in Education, and a California Certificated Teacher, Dinah has been involved in the Entertainment Industry and Theatre Arts Education since the early 1970’s as a teacher, director, choreographer and performer on stage, in film, and on TV. She has worked professionally with children’s and community theaters throughout Southern California and Colorado. Locally, she has worked with Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, Sandra Rockman Presents, Lake Wildwood Community Theatre, Center Stage Dance, and CATS. Dinah currently teaches Youth Theatre Classes at Colfax Elementary, Yuba River Charter School, and The Miners Foundry. She directed the highly acclaimed premier holiday production of Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play, featuring 9 local youth ages 10 – 16 this past December 2013 at The Off Center Stage.

* Younger children with two or more years of dance or theatre training will be considered for acceptance into the class by the instructor if there is space.

students 1College Bootcamp
Mon-Fri – July 21-25, 1:00 to 3:00PM – A Head Start – recommended for 10th & 11th Graders

Mon-Fri – July 28-August 1, 1:00 to 3:00PM – The Application Process – Recommended for high school seniors.

$200, which includes a college admissions handbook.
(Does not include applicable fees)
Class Limit 15, Minimum 8

July 21-25: The College Boot Camp is for 10th, and 11th grade students. Students will gain an understanding of the college admissions process and how applications are evaluated. Information will be presented on different college options and strategies will be provided to maximize acceptance at college. Students will get feedback on which schools to apply to and the steps needed to file an application.

July 28-August 1: College applications are complicated and time intensive. The College Application Boot Camp is designed to help seniors with the college application process before the school year starts. Students will begin the UC and CSU applications as well as the Common Application. Students will brainstorm and write a personal essay that can be used with a variety of applications.

About the instructors:

jill-haleyJill Haley, M.S.W is an independent college counselor with over twenty years experience in advising high school students. She is a credentialed high school counselor with a specialized degree in college counseling.
You can find Jill’s monthly college advising column in the Union newspaper on the 2nd Thursday of every month.

Irene Frazier, M.A. has taught English for 32 years, and developed writing curriculum for all levels. In many years of teaching English to college bound seniors, she has guided thousands of students in writing college application and scholarship essays as well as SAT preparation.

ethan-lewis400Teen Songwriting & Performance Skills
July 28-August 1
Monday-Friday 10am-3pm
$200 members, $225 non-member
(Does not include applicable fees)
Ages 13-19
Class Limit 15, Minimum 8
Acoustic instruments are encouraged for ease of setup and collaboration with other instruments and vocals.

Songwriting, arranging and instrumental backup: This class will work on using your own lyrics or taking something already written (poetry, etc…), adding a melody, chords, song arrangement, and different instrumental parts to go with the song. Bring any instrument you play at an intermediate to advanced level and we will work on incorporating it into a piece. This class is open to anyone interested in writing a song and ways to play along with and back up a song on their instrument (you don’t have to be a singer to write a song!).

About the Instructor:

Instructor Ethan Lewis is a favorite fiddle and guitar instructor at Nevada City School for the Arts for the last 6 years. He is also a member of the working band A Thousand Years at Sea. Ethan will guide students in exploring their songwriting talents and help ready them for an informal end-of-camp performance.

Ethan Lewis began taking private violin lessons when he was four and a half years old. Lewis attended The Crowden School, from fourth through seventh grade, which is a prominent musically oriented institute in Berkeley, California. Lewis won the Music Teacher’s Association Award in 1994, as well as in 1995, going on to win the Music in the Mountains violin competition located in Grass Valley, California, in 1997, and 1998. Ethan has an extensive list of private violin students, who study with him in the local region.

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