Global Harmony Summer Adventure Camp – The Ocean

Gualala Arts presents:

Summer Adventure Camp - The Ocean (that wide body of water that connects us all)

Tuesday - Friday, July 7 - 10 and 14 - 17, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Arts Center

Cost: see below

$195 per child for the two week session (materials included) if paid on or before May 22. (No longer available)
$295 per child if paid between May 23 and July 2, if there is room available.
(No refunds after May 22; refunds before May 22 are subject to a $25 staff fee.)
$50 or $100 scholarships are available with a written request submitted with application.

Summer CampStudent registration

Global Harmony logoAll children from 1st through 8th grade are invited to participate in the Global Harmony Summer Adventure Camp sponsored by Gualala Arts. Global Harmony Summer Adventure Camp will be held starting July 7 and continuing Tuesdays – Fridays through July 17, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (9:15 a.m. first day). This program has been extremely popular in its past 20+ years.

This year’s theme is The Ocean. Classes and activities will revolve around that wide body of water that connects us all. Children will participate in 6 different art classes. Classes in the past have included: culinary arts, beading, drumming, mask making, portrait painting, and much, much more. We try to offer some new each year! Teachers and classes for 2015 are still being finalized. Check back here for updated info about the different classes.

Parents and grandparents are encouraged to sign students up in the spring. The registration and medical consent form is available online and at the Gualala Arts Center.

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Teachers and Assistants

We are currently accepting application for teachers and assistants for this year’s program.

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Last year Gualala Arts received 30 requests for scholarships to assist students in attending the program, all of which were granted. Sponsors included Westamerica Bank, Randy Owings in memory of Christina Smith Owings, Good Buy Clothes, Shepherd By The Sea Episcopal-Lutheran Mission, the generosity of the guests of the Sea Ranch Lodge through participation in the Good Night Foundation, and other individual donations. Thanks to these generous donations we have never turned away a child from the Summer Art programs.

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This program also serves as a foundation for a lifelong interest and participation in the arts for many local children. A great example is Iliana Frida Clarissa Sanchez, who attended the Summer Art Program when she was six and every year thereafter. When she was too old to attend as a camper, she became a youth leader and found that her passion in life is teaching young children. She was awarded the MVP Group Leader Award at the 2012 Art Camp. One of the four winners of the 2013 Gualala Arts Scholarship Fund awards, she currently attends City College of San Francisco with the dream of becoming an art teacher.

The Summer Art Program for Youth is always seeking additional financial support. If you would like to contribute, please contact Gualala Arts at (707) 884-1138 or email

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Classes and Instructors

Wave that Flag with Siobhan

On July 14th, campers will have the unique opportunity to paint banners to be placed downtown when events are happening at the Gualala Arts Center.  Experienced fiber artist Siobhan will guide the participants thru the steps of painting large cotton banners with the hope that each young artist will be thrilled to see their art work displayed intermittently on “main street” of Gualala for years to come.  Please wear painting clothes.

Siobhan has been painting for the past 30 years and has shown her work at the best art shows from Laguna Beach to Park Avenue. Her wearable art pieces can be found in galleries, gift stores, boutiques and companies from Disney to Sky Mall. Each piece goes through 13 steps from start to finish which Siobhan infuses with her love and joy. You can see her work online at:

 Undersea Art with Amanda Rose Hopkins Pence

Summer Art Camp Amanda Rose Hopkins PenceDuring our inspiring journey of Undersea Art we will delve deep into the blue Ocean. Students will begin exploring the flowing shapes of kelp, working with textures of dried seaweed and sand as well as creating seashell and dried bull kelp sculptures. We will also experiment in an abstract mixed media approach using acrylic, pastel, and watercolor to create watery landscapes. Summer Campers will delight in the beautiful lines of ocean waves and wind patterns. For the older students Amanda will provide a fun challenging experience of creating a portrait of one animal from the ocean ranging from abalone shells to Octopi, their style can range from Cubist, Art Nuveau, Realistic or Abstract. We will also explore the fine artworks of printmakers from Japan, European painters, and Chinese artisans who have journeyed to the ocean to seek inspiration. Students will learn to use a wide range of media and designs using curriculum, which balances classroom structure with an open approach, which allows students to harness their individual creative inspirations. Your child will come home with arms full of one of a kind artworks and their chest puffed up with pride!

We are thrilled to  have Amanda return to her Gualala Arts roots!  Amanda attended the Pacific Community Charter School and was inspired by then local, Bippy McMaster. Bibby made sure that art materials were of fine quality to empower young artists. During her high school years, Amanda participated in the Rural Murals Project for three years, assisting in murals at the Gualala Arts Center and Point Arena Library.  In college at UC Santa Cruz Amanda was enthralled by the Fine Arts department and explored multi-media painting, fascinated by finding a common ground between painting and sculpture. She curated a group show entitled “Spontaneous Nature” at the Leeds Gallery in Santa Cruz and worked with artists such as Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens and the Harrisons. Shortly after graduating she worked for the Harrisons, an artist couple that pioneered the environmental arts movement in the 1960’s and made a vow that the earth would be their main client in all of their international artistic endeavors. Later she spent 5 months in Sarnath, India working at the Sarnath International Nyingma Institute as an apprentice painter as well as assisting with a sculptural art project. The past few years Amanda has continued to explore painting in her free time as well as assisting with brocade sewing projects and screen-printing. We are excited to have Amanda back to share her art with our campers this summer!

Creatures of the Sea with Doric Jemison-Ball II

Doric_Jemison_Ball_II_Summer_Art_Camp_01Students will be encouraged to hand build sculptures or functional ceramics that portray creatures that live in The Sea. On July 7th and 8th they will build their ceramic pieces and then on July 15th they will return to the clay studio for glazing. By spreading the class over the two weeks we will be able to ensure enough time for the clay to dry, be fired, glazed and fired again. We are grateful to be re-introducing this popular class in what we think will be a “new and improved” format.
Doric’s formal artistic training consists of what he learned in elementary school, and two years of formal study in Ceramics.  Primarily a ceramic artist since the 1960’s, Doric’s entry into the Gualala artistic community was with two acrylic paintings in 2009. Since then he has won first place in ceramics in Art in the Redwoods in 2009, 2012, and 2014 and a Judges Award for his ceramic sculpture in 2012. His acrylic painting “AF-PAK, Dead Duck IV” was judged “Best Local Work” in Art in the Redwoods in 2011.  Doric is an active member of the local artistic community. He is the lead volunteer at the Gualala Arts Clay Art Center, and is currently President of the North Coast Artists’ Guild.

Dive Deep and Come up with Dinner!

Sus_Susalla_Summer_Adventure_Camp_2015Spend time with Sus and “Fruitti di Mare” – Fruits of the Sea.  Learn about the abundance the sea has to offer to the culinary world.  Working with local fisherman, Chilean friends and local indigenous Kashaya, this Global Harmony class with dive deep and forage its way into the Culinary Arts of the Ocean.  Students will learn to roll sushi, make fish tacos, cook fresh seaweed, and more.Students will have fun in the kitchen and gain confidence in making dinner for the whole family!  Instructor David “Sus” Susalla is the Executive Director of Gualala Arts. His love of cooking began early in his life. His mother was a middle school cooking teacher for 37.5 years and as soon as he expressed interest he was by her side in the kitchen. His background is as diverse as the programming at Gualala Arts. He’s been controller of a investment broker/dealer, painted houses, done corporate catering, worked at a before-and-after school day care program in Orinda, CA, delivered flowers, and is currently the accountant for his wife’s organic cotton business, Harmony Art. He loves the Global Harmony Summer Adventure Camp and looks forward to bringing the sea to culinary life with the kid’s and passing on his knowledge and confidence in the kitchen to the next generation. Gualala Arts Global Harmony thanks Antartica Foods, Aukas and Altalena Foods for donating some of the Chilean delicacies that Sus and the kids will use during these classes.
Antartica Foods
Antartica Foods
Aukas - Southern Flavors of the World
Aukas – Southern Flavors of the World
altalena Foods
altalena Foods

Ocean Celebration – Performance Art with Katrina Van Walterop

Katrina Van Walterop 2015 Summer Adventrue CampWe will dance, sing, and play to celebrate the ocean.  We will weave our song and dance into a play/performance that will be presented on the last day of camp (July 17th).  Come ready to have fun, and we’ll even do some traditional camp songs.  Get ready to rock Global Harmony Adventure Camp.

Katrina Van Walterop made her debut at Summer Adventure Camp in 2013, and is thrilled to be coming back again this year. She has taught public school music in Stockton and Modesto. Katrina is a certified Orff Schulwerk Specialist and has presented workshops on integration of curriculum with music and movement.