More About the CampIn it’s 26th year, this North county, San Diego ceramic & pottery camp, continues to be a very popular art camp offering hand building in clay, with many techniques including slab, coil, sculpting, pinch & learning how to throw a pot on the pottery wheel. A mosaic project, color mixing & painting lesson, and glazing the ceramics are also part of each 1-week sessions. Located in Encinitas, this art camp environment is creatively inspiring with whimisical sculptures and my hand made ceramic garden art wh ich gives my students plenty of new ideas to borrow from. The shady back yard setting is a perfect place to engage in messy clay projects like poottery wheel and hand building, and splatter painting. The kids and parents take away a sense of joy, accomplishment and pride at the end of each camp session.
New projects will be added for 2018: for half day camps. When full day camps are in session, the afternoons are filled with water color painting, drawing with pencil, charcoal, micron pens for Zentangle, oil pastels, and acrylic painting. Zentangle is a new form of sophisticated doodling that is not only fun, but it helps with relaxation, concentration, and focus. It's like Yoga for the mind with beautiful designs emerging; and the students love it!
Students have fun creating from their own imagination, as well as making the projects offered. Step by step lessons give developmental strategies, problem solving & intuitive leaps for first time students; and those who attend yearly continue to develop their confidence and skills with more challenging projects. My students who attend yearly even bring lists of creations they would like to make and explore.
A focus on creative growth and development, while encouraging exploration, imagination & individual expression are among the successes achieved in this camp. Each child receives individual attention & guidance, and freedom to create their own projects along with those offered. My students are allowed complete freedom with their creations, with the demonstrated skills, tools and information provided by myself and my staff; enabling the students to have a deep sense of pride using their own hands.
All ages attend together. Younger and older students always find others similar in age to group with. Art is a personal expression and so it has always been a successful experience for all ages to be creating art together. Sometimes the younger kids look up to the older students as a mentor. Everyone comes in starting out at their own developmental level and learn many more skills in creating with the clay.
Private Classes available (Adults & teen classes available) You can set up a special group to come to the clay studio, also I give a Girl Scout/Brownie Group clay session, or just a gathering of your friends to have a clay-play day or several. I will also come to the school classroom and present a project for the class to make a take home item and I have taught a project for classroom fundraisers for the students to make a small creation to contribute for a collective fundraiser design piece such as a large platter. Times and prices to be set according to the project.
Adults clay.....private, group, semi-private.......$30. for 1 1/2 hours.....glazing....$5-10 depending on size of piece
Kids clay $25 1 1/2 hours....glazing $5.-$10. depending on size and number of creations made
I am a professional artist and have been painting, drawing, designing custom tile murals and creative home decor for over 40 years. My first commission painting for a family friend was at age 14, and I continued from there. Clay has become my second passion since the early 1980's. My teaching experience began in 1986, teaching art in after school enrichment programs at local elementary schools, and also taught art for private schools and institutions. My studio is located in Village Park, Encinitas in my shaded backyard and covered patio and studio. It is a naturally inspiring environment and stimulates creativity and fun. There are two electric pottery wheels in the backyard, and three kilns in the garage for firing the ceramics. This art camp has become a very popular ceramic arts camp with a variety of fine art projects to balance the curriculum. Word of mouth has been my best source of advertising over the years, as parents of students who return yearly invite their friends and relatives to join the camps. This is one of the most popular camps in North County San Diego.