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2013 Summer Art Program for Youth
This year we will be featuring the continent of AFRICA!

Tuesday - Friday, July   9 - 12
Tuesday - Friday, July 16 - 19
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(9:15 a.m. first day of program: Tuesday, July 9)

Global Harmony

$195 per child for the two week session (materials included) if paid on or before June 1.
$250 per child if paid between June 2 and June 19.
$295 per child if paid between June 20 and July 1, if there is room available.
(No refunds after June 1; refunds before June 1 are subject to a $25 staff fee.)
$100 scholarships are available with a written request submitted with application.
NOTE: This year all children registered before May 1st will receive a FREE organic cotton event t-shirt. Additional t-shirts and after May 1st, t-shirts will cost $20 (includes tax).

Student registration: Download the registration & medical consent form.

Assistants: Download your application & medical consent form.

Summer Art Program for Youth Summer Art Program for Youth

All children from pre-school (age 4) through 8th grade are invited to participate in the Summer Art Program for Youth, sponsored by Gualala Arts. Gualala Arts Summer Art Program for Youth will be held starting July 9 and continuing Tuesdays - Fridays through July 19, 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.

Some of the classes and activities that students will enjoy, depending on their age, include:

  • PreSchool Art and Fun with Annette Wilson from the Point Arena Little School.

  • The Art of Beading for Fun with Rhoda Teplow - A brief history of beads (including African trading beads) and tool safety. Students will make a variety of items such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, key rings, bookmarks, and more. Campers are encouraged to bring their own beads, a pretty 4" rock, and tools if they have them.

  • Culinary Arts - Taking inspiration from Africa, students will learn techniques and recipes from that continent.

  • Colors, Colors, Colors with Tina Freimuth - explore the "magic" world of primary colors.

  • Masks, Music and More with Jane Head - with simple tools we will make tribal and animal masks and African rattles used for musical instruments.

  • African Beats with Katrina Van Walterop - African music, instruments, songs and games. (Week 1 only.)

  • West African Dance with Maria Kostick - Learn West African dances such as the Kuku, a really fun rhythm from Guinea, West Africa. It is one of the most popular West African rhythms. (Week 2 only.)

  • African Textiles with Sarah Spieller - using various techniques, children will learn to make their own personalized textiles, while adhering to traditional African themes of pattern and design.

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

PLEASE NOTE: Mask, Monsters & Masterpieces Ceramics workshop with The Rusty Potter will be its own stand-alone 2-day class offered on Monday July 8 & July 15 from 9:30- 11:00 a.m.. The first Monday will be spent hand building, wheel throwing and working with wet clay. On the second Monday we will glaze items from the previous week as well as a pre-made dinnerware set (bowl, plate, etc). Space is limited. (Additional class may be added to meet demand.)

There will also be an Ocean Helpers workshop offered on Thursday, July 11 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. This family oriented workshop is intended to educate and empower children and their families to pick up plastic and Styrofoam so it does not end up in our oceans.

Summer Art Program for Youth Summer Art Program for Youth

Gualala Arts Executive Director David 'Sus' Susalla and Gualala Arts Summer Art Program for Youth Director Harmony Susalla were presented with a $1,000 donation from Gualala's Westamerica Bank to support the annual Summer Art Program for Youth.

Westamerica Bank donation to support the Summer Art Program for Youth
Westamerica Bank team member Amy Ignacio (left) presents
Gualala Arts' David "Sus" Susalla and Harmony Susalla (right)
with a $1,000 donation to the Summer Art Program for Youth

Last year Gualala Arts received 30 requests for scholarships to assist students in attending the program, all of which were granted. Besides Westamerica Bank's donation, other sponsors for 2013 include 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.

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 this year's Gualala Arts Scholarship Fund awards, she plans to attend 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

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

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