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Time to think about Summer Camp

Youth will find a variety of imaginative summer camps being offered at Grass Valley's Center for the Arts.
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WHAT: Summer Camps 2019 at The Center for the Arts

WHERE: The Plaza Gallery in Grass Valley, The Nevada City School of the Arts, and The Curious Forge Makerspace in Nevada City

WHEN: June 10 through August 2

REGISTRATION: $195 - $350 per session, scholarships available. Tickets and scholarship applications available online at thecenterforthearts.org/events.

It’s time to sign up for Summer Camps 2019. This year marks 10 years of Summer Camps presented by The Center for the Arts as an extension of the Youth Arts Education Program. The upcoming Summer Camps include an eclectic array of hands-on classes taught by professionals dedicated to teaching children and teens the value of art in all its creative forms.

The sessions include circus arts, “maker” arts, theater arts, writing, painting and technology. The Summer Camps will be held at The Plaza Gallery in Grass Valley, The Nevada City School of the Arts, and The Curious Forge Makerspace in Nevada City.

Full and Half-Day camps are available for ages 8 – 17. There will be five consecutive sessions, each offering two or more programs, from June 10 through Aug. 2:

Session 1: June 10–14 (Circus Arts and Painting)

Session 2: June 17–21 (Theater, Curious Forge, Circus, Stage Tech)

Session 3: June 24–28 (Writing, Curious Forge, Circus)

Session 4: July 22–26 (Theater, Curious Forge, Circus)

Session 5: July 29–Aug. 2 (Theater, Curious Forge, Painting, Circus)

Circus Camp

Students learn the entertaining arts of the circus, such as juggling, stilt-walking, clowning, magic, hula-hooping, and more. Learning circus skills is a fun way for kids to gain confidence, poise, and communication skills. Developed for students ages 8–14, the full- or half-day sessions are taught at the Nevada City School of the Arts. (Price: $200–$300)

The Curious Forge Makerspace

Students receive hands-on instruction from professional artists in one or more of the “maker” arts in these weeklong camps at the Curious Forge Makerspace. Classes offered include Fiber Arts, Metal Arts, Found Objects Art, Jewelry Making, Laser Cutting, Ceramics, Glass Fusing, Woodworking, and Textiles. (Price: $350)

Paint Like the Masters

Budding artists paint in acrylics on canvas, recreating their own versions of the works of great masters such as Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso. Professional artists Eileen Blodgett, Denise Wey, and Nancy Schaefer provide the guided instruction at the Nevada City School of the Arts. (Price: $325)

Stage Tech Camp

The Stage Tech class offers students a hands-on experience in the inner workings of a performing arts space. Students learn how to run a professional sound system, as well as how to program and run a full-spectrum lighting system. The class provides instruction in stage management, props and scenery orientation, and technical aspects, such as microphones, cables, and more. Students also participate in a performance of their own creation that uses the skills introduced in this course. Anyone interested in the magic of theater created behind the scenes will enjoy this course. (Price: $200)

Theater Camp

Students get to satisfy their curiosity and passion for the theater in this class. They explore the principals of good acting and character development through theater games, skill-development exercises, mini-plays, improv, skits, poetry, and song. A part of each class day is spent learning music, lyrics, and choreography toward the goal of performing a show of their own creation for friends and family on the last day of class. No formal singing or dance training is required—everyone participates. (Price: $195)

Teen Writing Matters

Local poet Kirsten Casey gives students plenty of space to discover and explore their unique voice in this creative writing class created especially for teens. The class highlights the value of self-expression through writing. Former student Sol Rio sums it up perfectly: “Kirsten gives every student a chance to look inside themselves as writers, find their place (or places), and utilize the knowledge she provides to put a spin on their own unique styles. Plus, it never hurt to try new things, and this camp has some curveballs you won’t see coming.” (Price: $200)

To learn more visit thecenterforthearts.org/events. To register for a Summer Camp session, click Buy Tickets under the class of your choice.

Scholarships are available for low-income families. Click Apply Online to fill out the application.

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary, visual art and family programming. Typically, the Center presents more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley. The Center is currently underway in a major renovation of its multi-use 21,000 square foot facility in downtown Grass Valley. After the renovation, the Center will have a 490 seat main theater, a large visual art gallery, classroom space, and a 90-seat black box theater. For more information about the renovation, please reach out to The Center’s Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel.

For more information please contact Melissa Clark, Marketing Coordinator: mclark@thecenterforthearts.org 415-868-9951.

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