Global Harmony Summer Adventure Camp

Gualala Arts presents:

Colors, Colors, Colors: An Olympic Adventure

Tuesday - Friday, July 5 - 8 and 12 - 15, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Arts Center

Cost: see details below

$195 per child for the two week session (materials included) if paid on or before May 30.
$295 per child if paid between June 1 and June 30, if there is room available.
(No refunds after May 31; refunds before May 31 are subject to a $25 staff fee.)
$50 or $100 scholarships are available with a written request submitted with application.

Summer Camp

Student registration

Summer CampAll 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 5 and continuing Tuesdays – Fridays through July 15, 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.

Children will participate in all 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 2016 are still being finalized. Check back here for updated info about the different classes.

Students: Download the Student registration & medical consent forms.

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

Teachers and Assistants

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

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Summer Camp - storyteller Eric WilderLast year Gualala Arts received many requests for scholarships to assist students in attending the program, all of which were granted. Sponsors included Westamerica Bank, Good Buy Clothes, Shepherd By The Sea Episcopal-Lutheran Mission, and other individual donations. Thanks to these generous donations we have never turned away a child from the Summer Art programs.

This program also serves as a foundation for a lifelong interest and participation in the arts for many local children.

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

Classes and Instructors

Colorful Creations in Mosaics

stained glassStudents will learn about colors and how they relate to each other. Over the course of eight sessions, students will be engaged in designing and creating a take-home mosaic project incorporating tile and stained glass. In addition, participants will create a community mosaic project to be given to Gualala Arts. Each student will create their own art piece by: creating the design, priming the surface, adhering glass and tile and grouting the piece. The pieces might be inspired by Olympic sports, country flags or their own colorful ideas.

For more than 40 years Bonnie Coffey-Smith was a successful classroom teacher and principal. Teaching, learning and family have played a central role in her life. Bonnie has been making mosaics for over 15 years using a variety of materials including tile, stone, dishware, glass, shells and other found/natural items. Living in this majestic Mendonoma area for the last two years has inspired Bonnie to refine and develop her mosaic skills. She recently displayed and sold items submitted to Gualala Arts shows.


Global Music Making

Olympic ceremonyKatrina’s class this year will focus on music and rhythm as she helps each group create their own “country” – from the title to the terrain and the music they make.  Each group will develop their own unique national anthem that represents their country’s culture, rhythm and grooves.

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.  Recently Katrina was nominated and honored as a “Modesto City School Hero.”

Melinda Miller-Klopfer

Painting with the Body

Using our bodies like any other artistic medium, we’ll use movement in lieu of pencils or paints to paint pictures, tell stories and communicate. Students will seek out new and creative ways to move through space. The class will culminate with a dance, choreographed by the dancers, that showcases their findings.

Melinda Miller-Klopfer truly believes that everyone can dance, no matter their background, and she has spent her career proving it! A native of Gualala, she and her students have appeared on Gualala Arts’ stage for almost 20 years! It is our pleasure to welcome Melinda back “home.”


Erika Hansen

Wild and Creative Things

Students will use science and art to explore their surroundings — painting, building and eating our way through the week. We will identify, draw and eat local plants finding beauty and wonder right outside our door.

Erika Hansen is a full time teacher at a Montessori school where she teaches art and environmental education. She has a BS in Studio Art from Humboldt State University. This is Erika’s first time teaching for the Gualala Arts Summer Adventure Camp.


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