By Erie Vitiello
The welcome rain headed our way this week proves it’s still winter, but at the Art Center we’re all about summer, as we put together our summer arts programs of classes, workshops and mini-camps.
This is our sixth season of the popular mini-camps, classes that are generally one or two weeks long and meet Monday through Friday for up to three hours each day. These short camps — like Fairy Camp, Eco Art, Creative Kids Camp, Harry Potter Camp, Art Scouts and Weaving Workshops — make it easy for parents and grandparents to schedule around family vacations and are a great way for kids to try out a variety of activities over the summer.
This year’s mini-camps include a new “Star Wars”-themed camp offered by “Harry Potter” instructors Jill Bowlus and Diana Taylor; Davis Code camps in computer programming; Take One! Video camps; and Creative Cooking camps with Chef Juliet Crites.
Aspiring dancers can try Dance Mash with Breanne Stambusky, Funky Style and Break Dancing with Tina Rogers, and Globe Dance camps with Denise Mathieu. Young thespians can sign up for Shakespeare in Action for an introduction to the Bard’s language, vocal projection and improvisation skills, or take part in our Youth Theatre production of “Pinocchio.”
You’ll be able to learn all about these classes and much more on March 13 when our summer class catalog will be posted online at davisartcenter.org/classes. Members-only online registration begins March 14, while telephone, in-person, mail and non-member registration begins March 21.
There’s plenty of summer action for teens and adults at the Art Center, too. For beginning and experienced visual artists we’re offering three great weekend workshops: “Painting with Oil and Cold Wax” and “Printimaking without a Press,” both taught by Sara Post, and “Painting the Sky” taught by Ann Lincoln.
Modern dancers can keep in shape in spite of irregular summer schedules — one 10-class punch card will give access to all of Linda Bair’s teen/adult modern classes throughout the summer. Adults also can brush up on their acting skills — or simply gain confidence in public speaking — by enrolling in Actors Workout 101, taught by former off-Broadway actress Roberta Stuart.
Or, jump-start your creativity no matter what your artistic discipline by working the steps in Julia Cameron’s classic “The Artist’s Way” with instructor Scarlett O’Connor.
We’re also planning a surprise for our online visitors: on March 21 we’ll debut an entirely new website at davisartcenter.org! For months, we have been working with Zero Defect Design, a Philadelphia-based company that has created websites for arts organizations across the country. Our goal was to create a colorful online presence that showcases all of the arts opportunities we offer, while also allowing visitors to find the information they need quickly and easily. We think we have succeeded and we can’t wait to get your reaction!
Members of the Art Center will be able to preview the new website on March 14, when member-only online registration for summer classes begins. If you are a current member of the Art Center, expect notification from us before March 13 with information on how to access the site. We invite you to help us evaluate and improve our new online look through a comment section that we’ve set up specifically for user feedback. So please make use of it and let us know what you think.
And if you are not a member? You can join at any time by visiting davisartcenter.org/membership or by calling us at 530-756-4100. You’ll get members-only early access to summer class registration, a first look at our new website — and a $10 discount on all classes and workshops. It’s a deal!
— Erie Vitiello is executive director of the Davis Art Center. This column is published monthly.