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Fall 2022 Classes

We have a variety of classes and workshops for all interests and ages!

 

 

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Summer Art Camp 2022

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Summer Art Camp 2022 offers your child a safe, fun, and creative experience.

HCA makes art experiences accessible to all through scholarships and work-study programs.  Learn more here.

Art Camp fees

Ages 3 – 5: $225
based on the amount of individual attention for younger children, rental and cleaning fees for the space and cost of bringing in assistant(s) in addition to the lead instructor.

Ceramics-Wheel and Handbuilding: $225
based on the expense of clay, ceramics glazes and firing costs.

All other classes: $175

Camps for ages 3 – 5 have both a lead instructor and an assistant and/or volunteer to oversee this age group.

Camps for ages 6 – 17 are led by a teaching arts instructor (with assistants when class size exceeds 8) who works closely with campers to explore and develop new art projects and artistic skills.

Teacher-to-student ratio insures that all students receive individual attention safely, and participants have the opportunity to learn, share, connect, and celebrate their work.

Ages 3-5

Eco Garden Art

Teacher: Harvest Nieto and Assistant

Budding artists will design and create whimsical and funky twig bird houses, painted totems, found-object mobiles and creative wire and wood creatures for the garden. The focus will be on both design and construction or assembly. We’ll have recycled and scrap materials available; students are encouraged to bring your own from home to add to the collection. This class will have a teacher and an assistant and we will take breaks out in the shady and delightful play yard.

Mixed Media Madness

Teacher: Harvest Nieto and Assistant

Young artists learn hands-on techniques in drawing, painting and sculpture using a variety of fine art mediums and recycled materials as they take inspiration from the season and nature around them. This class will have a teacher and an assistant and we will take breaks out in the shady and delightful play yard.

At the Circus

Teacher: Maria Gerstley

Each class will be filled with song, story, dance and art with each component complementing the theme. In At the Circus, students create masks and costumes, perform daring acrobatics and dance moves, listen to stories about the circus and create images of a 3-ring performance complete with elephants and clowns, horses and riders, tigers and trainers. This class will have a teacher and an assistant and we will take breaks out in the shady and delightful play yard.

Fairies, Sprites and Gnomes

Teacher: Maria Gerstley and Assistant

Each class will be filled with song, story, dance and art with each component complementing the theme. In Fairies, Sprites and Gnomes, students create costumes, perform dances in a fairy ring and take off on sprite flights, hear stories about the amazing worlds beyond our own and create fairy houses and garden gnomes. This class will have a teacher and an assistant and we will take breaks out in the shady and delightful play yard.

Under the Sea

Teacher: Maria Gerstley + Assistant

Each class will be filled with song, story, dance and art with each component complementing the theme. In Under the Sea, students create mermaid and mermen costumes, perform daring aquatic flips and dance moves, listen to stories about the sea, sing sea chanties and create images of the ocean and its inhabitants both large and small. This class will have a teacher and an assistant and we will take breaks out in the shady and delightful play yard.

young kids at table gluing and cutting paper
young girl drawing with pencils
camper painting coffee filter
Camp students working on project at table

Ages 6-9

Multiples: Printmaking, Stamping and Stenciling

Teacher: Asherah Weiss

Explore the joy of printmaking using a variety of methods from simple to more complex. Try printing with found objects, mono-printing and gelli printing. Create your own stamps and stencils or use those we have on hand to create expressive mixed media projects.

Introduction to Ceramics

Teacher: Kelly Ebeling

Roll, pinch, and coil your clay as you learn all about the tradition of ceramic hand building! Practice basics in shaping and attaching pieces of clay together while creating unique works of decorative and functional art like bowls, pots, tiles, and figurines! We will also use block printing techniques as students learn how to carve into soft printmaking blocks to press into clay to create interesting textures and patterns. All creations will be glazed and kiln fired to ensure their durability.

Studio Painting, Drawing and Collage

Teacher: Kelly Ebeling

Students will draw and paint with various materials such as charcoal, graphite, color pencils, markers, watercolor, and ink pens and fine papers. We will learn techniques in shading, blending, and building texture. Various collage techniques will also be incorporated. Through each medium, students explore the art of various modern and contemporary artists.

Enter the 3rd Dimension

Teacher: Justine Mendoza

Transform your imagination into three dimensions while learning the basics for working sculpturally with a multitude of mediums. Students may learn how to sculpt wired figures, construct an upcycled animal creature, make a monster, or design an architectural dwelling. They will also create 3D art through a variety of materials such as paper, paint, cardboard, recycled materials and more.

Garden Art Makers

Teacher: Kelly Ebeling

We’ll tinker, build, and create garden art using recycled materials and what we can scavenge from nature. Students learn to restore, upcycle, convert and invent everything for the garden including decorative totems, mosaic flower pots, clay animal sculptures, funky birdhouses, wind chimes and colorful fairy houses.

Comics + Characters

Teacher: Justine Mendoza

Get into character! Students will create their own characters, exploring shape language, exaggeration, and facial expressions. They will then craft their own comics exploring visual storytelling using industry techniques. A great class for students interested in character design, animation, graphic novels, comics, and cartooning.

boys working on graphic novels
boy working at wheel
boy working at wheel
camper drawing pastels on blue paper

Ages 10-17

Ceramics: Wheel and Handbuilding

Teacher: Linus Lancaster and Assistant

Learn how to throw pottery on the wheel to form functional pieces, such as cups, bowls and plates. Through individual guidance and repetition, we will develop skills in our throwing techniques. This class can accommodate beginning potters as well as those with previous throwing experience. Repeating students are encouraged to sign up. In addition to the wheel, we will also explore handbuilding clay using simple tools using common techniques of pinch pottery, coil building, and slab building. Please note: All thrown pieces require two kiln firings, so pieces will not be available for pickup until approximately 7-10 days after class ends. Fired pieces can be packaged and shipped for an additional charge.

Ceramics: Wheel and Handbuilding

Teacher: Linus Lancaster

Learn how to throw pottery on the wheel to form functional pieces, such as cups, bowls and plates. Through individual guidance and repetition, we will develop skills in our throwing techniques. This class can accommodate beginning potters as well as those with previous throwing experience. Repeating students are encouraged to sign up. In addition to the wheel, we will also explore handbuilding clay with simple tools using common techniques of pinch pottery, coil building and slab building. Please note: All thrown pieces require two kiln firings, so pieces will not be available for pickup until approximately 7-10 days after class ends. Fired pieces can be packaged and shipped for an additional charge.

Introduction to Digital Photography

Teacher: Nicole Schlaeppi

In this creative, fun-filled camp, students will learn about camera settings, lighting, composition, posing and more. We will play some photo games and experiment with what we’ve learned – this will definitely be a “learn by doing” experience! Students can use any digital camera with settings (CoolPix, PowerShot or other “point and shoot” or a mirrorless or a DSLR! HCA can also supply basic digital cameras, if needed. Smart phone cameras will also work. Our field work will be in and around the Healdsburg Plaza and in the classroom where we be downloading, editing and manipulating images via a laptop.

Drama, Improv and Pantomime

Teacher: Loretta Rotolo

This fun, experiential drama series offers instruction on acting, improvisation and character development. Based on imagination, sensory, pantomime and improvisational games and small group activities, students will create their own scenes and characters. Students will learn how to work collaboratively as they develop listening and vocal skills and engage in story dramatization and play building. Everyone succeeds in Creative Drama!

Comics + Characters

Teacher: Justine Mendoza

Get into character! Students will create their own characters, exploring shape language, exaggeration, and facial expressions. They will then craft their own comics exploring visual storytelling using industry techniques. A great class for students interested in character design, animation, graphic novels, comics, and cartooning.

Murals and Street Art

Teacher: Asherah Weiss

Think big out-of-the-box art-making! We will get inspired by the messages and styles of graffiti and street art, and then create our own collaborative public project. We will try techniques such as stenciling, lettering, and water-based spray paint application. We will then design one collaborative piece to be on display as a community artwork.

class working at potter wheels
bw image of ferris wheel
pencil sketch of cartoon characters
kids painting strong black and white abstract outdoors
campers creating mural