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The Center For The Arts Presents 2021 Summer Camps

Week-long Camps, June 14 – August 6, 2021

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The Center for the Arts is proud to present a variety of in-person and virtual summer camps for community youth ages 8-14. Sessions begin June 14. Students can learn skills in theater, aerial arts, comedy, and painting, photography, mixed media & collage and more!

In-person class sizes are between 10-12 students. We are committed to the safety of the students, instructors and staff. We ask for your assistance in creating a healthy safe space. Read more about our COVID-19 Protocols for Arts Education.




Camp Descriptions


Aerial Circus Camp (Sessions 1 – 5):
AirAligned will teach you tricks and skills on Aerial bungees, Aerial silks, and Aerial hoops. Fly, climb, and swing in Aerial Circus! Taught by Joe Simms, Sophie Wingerd and Tresa Honaker.



Comedy Camp (Sessions 1, 2, & 5): This class is an introduction for kids to learn how to write and perform jokes, and ultimately, be funnier than their dads. Kids will learn an appreciation of humor and comedy, plus discover what makes things funny. We’ll cover various forms of humor. By the end of class, they’ll be able to write and tell a joke they made up themselves. Taught by David Roth & Yuiry Mikhalevskiy.



Theater Camp (Sessions 1 – 4): Bring your curiosity or passion for theatre and performing, and come create a show to perform for friends and family on the last day of class. We explore “principals of good acting and character development” through theatre games, skill development exercises, mini-plays, skits, poetry, and Broadway songs. Everyone is onstage for the entire show and has the opportunity to create, develop and sustain a believable character that is part of the story. Taught by Dinah Smith.
* Younger children 6-8 with dance or theatre training will be considered for acceptance by the instructor into all sessions if there is space.



Digital Photography Camp (Session 4): Learn how to use your digital camera to take better photographs with lessons on aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Kids will also learn lighting and composition techniques, and explore portraiture and landscape photography. Prior experience in photography is not needed to enroll in this camp, but all students must have their own digital camera with manual settings to use for the duration of camp.



Let’s Paint! Acrylic Painting and Mixed Media (Session 1): Students will be using acrylic paint on stretched canvas, paper, and collage in this exciting week of studio art. Young artists will develop skills in color mixing, brushwork, composition and design as they explore colorful summer themes and build a portfolio of their own personal work in a creative and supportive environment. All materials provided. Taught by Eileen Blodgett.



Altered Book Journals: Mixed Media & Collage (Session 2): Repurposing old hardcover books as journals, we’ll use a variety of print and recycled media, paint, markers and even fabric to explore and process the children’s feelings, and talk about their lives. In their journals, kids will also explore blackout poetry as a means to self expression and healing. Taught by Cheri Guerrette.



Paint Like the Masters (Session 3 & 5): Budding young artists paint in acrylics on canvas, recreating their own versions of the works of great masters such as Van Gogh, Monet & Picasso! Taught by Denise Wey.

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Painting & Mixed Media Adventures (Session 4): Our young artists will create a number of artworks while experimenting with the use of mixed media which combines many materials such as paint, collage, charcoal, chalk pastel, printing, found objects etc. In addition, each child will create an altered book art journal, where they can explore and express themselves. This fun camp is open to all levels. Taught by with Valerie Stuart.



Meet the Teachers


Joe Simms joined The Movement Alliance in 2002 where he met Tresa Honaker who was part of the original directors and founders of TMA. Joe has been a principal performer/soloist with AirAligned since 2004. Joe has a background in the Martial Arts of Tae Kwon Do Jujitsu and most recently Aikido. Master classes include: Velocity in Seattle Washington, Conduit Dance Company in Portland Oregon, The Edge in Los Angeles, aerial intensives with Ingrid Hoffman L.A. and Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Joe is currently working as a body worker, aerial and Pilates instructor and is the owner of Pilates Body in Nevada City. Joe is AirAligned’s Co-Director and heads up the AirAligned Academy in Grass Valley.

Sophie Wingerd began her performance career as a young child in Grass Valley California as a dancer studying all forms of dance but focusing mainly on ballet. In 2008 Sophie began aerial classes with AirAligned aerial dance group. Aerial Dance was something that Sophie quickly excelled at. Sophie was asked to become a teachers assistant with AirAligned in 2010. Also at that time Sophie became an assistant for Julie Lang Acro/Dance teacher at Sierra Dance Institute and performed locally in Grass Valley with SDI, AirAligned and PAG children’s theater at The Center for the Arts. In 2012 Sophie was accepted into Le Studio in Los Angeles CA under the direction of Nathalie Yves Gaulthier. She performed in the Le PeTiT Cirque Troupe from 2013-2014 While in LA advanced Studies were obtained through Cirque School LA. Also while in Los Angeles Sophie worked for Kristy Beauvais owner/director of Focus Fish teaching all ages aerial classes in: Static Trapeze, Aerial Hoop, Aerial Fabric, Aerial Hammock and Aerial Rope. Currently Sophie is on the teaching staff for AirAligned aerial dance group working primarily with advanced performance students. Sophie is also available to perform for corporate and commercial productions as a professional dancer, acrobat and aerialist.

Laksmi Greenberg has been a photographer for over 20 years. She has been published in National Geographic and has had several gallery exhibitions. She is currently teaching photography at Nevada City School of the Arts. website

David Roth is a stand-up comedian who’s performed at Outside Lands and produces a regular show at Punch Line San Francisco. He’s also an advertising creative director who specializes in comedy and has written two Super Bowl commercials
David Roth is a stand-up comedian who’s performed at Outside Lands and produces a regular show at Punch Line San Francisco. He’s also an advertising creative director who specializes in comedy and has written two Super Bowl commercials

Yuiry Mikhalevskiy is stand-up comedian and graduate of Stanford University who performs comedy all over New York City.

Dinah Smith has been teaching for the Center since 2014. As a Director, Choreographer, Actor, Teacher/Coach, Dinah has worked in the Entertainment Industry and as a Performing Arts Educator/performer since the 70’s. She has directed, choreographed, or performed locally for Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, Placer Community Theatre, Lake Wildwood, Synthetic Unlimited, and other independent Producers. She has performed locally with Legacy, Placer Community Theatre, CATS, and Quest Theatre Works. Most recently she appeared as Claree in Steele Magnolias. As a certificated teacher, Dinah’s extensive teaching career (all in the performing arts) includes private, & public schools.

Eileen Blodgett is originally from Bucks County, PA and has studied Art in Pennsylvania and California, as well as in Japan, where she resided for a  year. She holds a BS In Art Education and an MA in Ed / Art from San Francisco State  University. Eileen works in her rural home studio in Nevada City and has been a resident artist for  over 10 years at Artist Studios in the Foothills in Grass Valley, California (ASiF Studios) She is co-director of ARTsCOOL which offers programs and workshops for adults and children in painting, printmaking, drawing and mixed media. Eileen has hosted annual week-long painting and mixed media workshops in Sayulita and San Miguel Mexico as well as other beautiful destinations. website.

Cheri Guerrette: My work as an artist expresses itself through a passion for unlimited possibilities, exploration and experimentation with mixed media collage and most recently oils. I begin with a figurative image and an overall concept to tell a story relating to the American culture of the 1950’s and 60’s. Having been born in the 50’s I am very drawn to the elegance, style and simplicity of that era. My work is figurative and portraiture which is what I love to paint. The creative process for me is a continuous experience of stepping into the unknown and allowing the magic to unfold. website.

Denise Wey is a painter and teaching-artist residing in Nevada County. Her vibrant, large-format contemporary paintings of the Yuba River grace many homes in the county and beyond. Denise has a passion not only for painting, but also for teaching. Generations of children have blossomed as artists under her loving and enthusiastic guidance, and some have gone on to become professional artists, themselves. Many adults have been introduced to the joy of painting and drawing in Denise’s classes. She continues to teach classes in person and live online in Zoom. website.


Valerie Stuart Bio Coming Soon




Scholarships Available

Thanks to our Youth Arts Sponsors and anonymous private donors, we are proud to offer $10,000 in Scholarships for Summer Camps and Classes in order to increase access to the arts for youth in our community.

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Questions? Contact Programs Manager, Brynn Farwell:



Thank you to our Youth Arts Sponsors



Covid-19 Protocols for 2021 Arts Education

• Face coverings (mask, shield, cover) will be highly recommended for students participating in youth arts programming. Free disposable face masks will be available in each camp and must be used if children are not able to be six feet apart. Cloth face masks will be required for all instructors and aides in the classrooms.

• Capacity Limitations will be strictly enforced to ensure children are spaced six feet apart. 10 participants will be allowed in each session.

• Social Distancing must be maintained at all times during classes. This will be monitored by the instructors and the aides. Class activities will encourage distancing throughout the programs.

• Hand Washing will be required at the beginning of the class and after the break time for all students in the session.

• Wellness Checks will be conducted for all students upon arrival with a no touch thermometer.

• Food Snacks and water will not be provided and should be brought from home. Sharing of food or snacks will not be permitted among students.

For more info please refer to our COVID-19 Business Operations Plan.



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