Summer Camps

SDAI has collaborated with local artists, arts organizations, and educators to bring you three weeks of innovative and engaging summer camps in 2016. Sessions will be held in both the mornings and afternoons to accommodate grades K – 3 and 4 - 8 in art-making activities that cultivate a sense of camaraderie through collaboration. Each registration includes a free, one-year membership to SDAI. Families who register for more than one camp will receive a 20% discount on registration fees with discount code SUMMERFUN2016. Read on to discover which of the six courses offered suit your budding artist best.

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Trash Mash Up Camp
July 18 - 22, 9am - 12pm
Grades K - 3

Trash Mash Up Camp brings award winning Bay Area nonprofit Trash Mash Up to the center of San Diego. TMU Campers will learn about indigenous cultures and conservation by studying how to make ceremonial costumes from our non-recyclable waste materials. The camp will further celebrate diversity and raise environmental awareness by showing off the fruits of their labor in a raucous parade through the center of Balboa Park. TMU Camp will be led by Bay Area Artists and Activists Bridget McCracken and Jessica McCracken.   

Bridget is Trash Mash-Up’s Managing Director and Teaching Artist.  She earned her MA in Public Administration at San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Art Administration and Nonprofit Management, and her BFA with a Major in Theatre Performance and a Minor in Dance from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio in 1996. Bridget is currently the Director of Academic Services for the department. She has performed in and stage-managed 22 original productions with The Dell’Arte Company; touring Colombia, Venezuela, Holland, Denmark and Sweden. She graduated from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in 1997.

Jessica is the Artistic Director and Teaching Artist of Trash Mash-Up. She is also the Director of Creative Engagement with the Institute on Aging in San Francisco. Jessica earned her MA in Public Administration from San Francisco State University in 2006, where she concentrated in nonprofit arts administration and cultural policy. In 2000, she earned her BA in Theatre, Art, and English from Adrian College.  Jessica attended Dell’Arte’s International School of Physical Theatre from 2000-2001, and worked as their House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for the Mad River Festival from 1998-2001. Jessica has taught at the BRAVA! Theatre Academy and KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy.

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FIBER ARTS CAMP
august 1 - 5, 9am - 1pm
all ages

Explore craft in fine art with art-world champion Don Porcella.This is an art class for all ages that focuses on fiber as the material and utilizes a variety of different techniques to make portfolio ready art. Students will engage in a brief history of art and materials and begin making art immediately that reflects their personality and enables them to go beyond the classroom with their commitment and passion. In this camp, artists will learn about form as well as content as they transform everyday materials into precious works of handmade art.

Born and raised in Modesto, California, Don Porcella’s artwork has been exhibited at galleries and museums across the U.S. and in Berlin, Paris, and Copenhagen. Porcella’s art has been reviewed in the New York Times, NY ARTS, Fiber Arts Magazine, Chelsea Now, San Francisco Magazine and the Village Voice to name a few. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego, a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Porcella’s work is included in public and private collections across the United States and Europe.  Porcella has received grants from the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, the Brooklyn Arts Council, an EAF Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park, the 2012 West Collects Prize, an artist residency at the Museum of Arts and Design, and a 2014 Swatch Art Residency in Shanghai.

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Camp Parkeology
July 25 - July 29, 9am - 12 pm
Grades K - 3

Camp Parkeology offers young people a chance to uncover Balboa Park’s hidden past by exploring the very rich archives of this 100 year-old local treasure. Participants of this camp will explore parts of museums that are generally not accessed by the public and will use their findings to inspire new works of visual and performance art. Each day involves a field trip to a different area of the park, including the Mingei International Museum, The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and the Botanical Gardens.

Camp Parkeology will be led by artist and educator Kate Clark. Kate obtained her MFA from UCSD and BFA from Evergreen College. Kate’s interdisciplinary background in art, urban design, and education informed the Balboa Park-wide art and curatorial project, Parkeology, from which this camp derives.  She has received numerous grants and fellowships in support of her work, which she has exhibited widely. Due to its interactive scope and unique programming, Kate received the largest grant distributed by the California Arts Council Grant in 2015 for Parkeology.

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Filmmaking Camp
July 25 - 29, 1pm - 4pm
Grades 4 - 8

Filmmaking Camp provides students with hands-on experience in various roles creating moving pictures. Campers experiment with script writing, set design, storyboarding, costume procurement, location scouting, acting, and directing.  Participants in this camp will learn to shoot and edit in High 8 cameras to produce richly textured narratives from their own imagination.

Filmmaking Camp will be led by SDAI Artist in Residence Omar Lopex. Omar is a filmmaker & artist based in San Diego/Tijuana. He employs analog formats including wet-plate photography; Polaroid; 16mm/Super 8 film; and VHS tape to produce collaborative work with strangers. Omar has exhibited at SDAI, LOW Gallery, La Jolla Athenaeum, San Diego Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, Santa Monica Museum of Art. Omar has experience teaching at Emory and Einstein Elementary Schools and Inner City Outings. He has collaborated with children on numerous photo and film projects.  

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Street Art Camp
August 1 - 5, 1pm - 4pm
Grades 4 - 8

Street Art Camp teaches students to combine traditional street art-making forms such as stencils, airbrushing, wheat pasting, and—of course—stickers. Emphasis is placed on collaboration, and educators reveal the do’s and don'ts of creating proposals for public art projects. This camp will culminate in the making of an approved project for a local business or the City of San Diego.

Street camp will be led by San Diego artist Jason Gould. In addition to being an educator and the owner/curator of North Park staple Visual SD, Jason is also the founder of Visual Art Project: a public arts project that is making San Diego more colorful one electrical box at a time. Jason received his BFA from Herron School of Art/Indiana University and MFA from California State University at Fullerton. His current work borrows from pop art, 1980s neo-expressionism, graffiti and abstract expressionism. Jason has worked as an adjunct professor at San Diego City College teaching freehand drawing, and at the San Diego Art Department and Coronado School of Art teaching drawing and painting.

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