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Harvard-Westlake Summer Programs Offer Spectrum of Arts

Film, Stage, Music, Poetry, Photography, Animation, Sculpture, Dance—oh my!  If your child’s idea of a perfect summer includes practicing and creating his or her art at a high level with distinguished instructors, then Harvard-Westlake’s Summer Programs should be the first stop on the summer activities research tour.

• This year the school is offering the Middle School Conservatory for Performing Arts.  This two week summer immersion in the performing arts offers a variety of artistic experiences for students in grades 7-9 (for the fall 2009 school year).  Students may take classes in all four of the disciplines offered:  Acting, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, and Dance.  Students dedicated to one discipline may take classes solely in their area of emphasis, and “double” or “triple threat” performers may choose their own mixture of classes.  

• For grades 10 -12, dancers need look no further than Cynthia Winter’s Summer Dance Intensive, in which the students will be challenged to grow as technicians, choreographers, and performers.  For the jazz hounds, Harvard-Westlake jazz director Shawn Costantino will be instructing a Summer Saxophone Workshop (grades 7 – 10) focused on jazz harmony, theory, ear-training, and improvisation.

• Perhaps the hottest ticket is the Summer Film Camp (7 – 10), run by the Head of Visual Arts on the upper school campus, Cheri Gaulke.  Every year students make films that end up competing in national festivals.

• Summer Animation (7 – 10), taught by film industry veteran and USC instructor Rachel Johnson.  Students will explore hand drawn, cut out, sand, paint on glass, found object, and puppet animation; then they will write, animate, and direct their own short film in their preferred medium.

• For lovers of the still image, there is the Photography Camp (7 – 12), where  students learn and practice the full cycle of black-and-white photography from camera basics and film development to darkroom printing.

• Students drawn to the more tactile art forms will be right at home in 3-D Art (7 – 9).  In this class you can make a castle for your aquarium, sculpt animals or a life-sized head, or spin a bowl for your breakfast cereal!  Students will work with clay and plaster, the basic materials of 3-D Art, and learn all the facets of beginning pottery and sculpture in a fun and informative atmosphere.  

• For the young poets and campfire tale spinners, take a look at Creative Writing (7 – 9), in which the students will create a literary journal of class work and have a reading at a local coffee shop.

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