COARSEGOLD – Arts, media, music and technology are some of the subjects being explored at a free summer day camp for students who will be in grades 4 – 8 in the fall.
All courses are activity-based and facilitated by qualified professional instructors and are designed for kids of age approximately 10 – 14.
The camps run Monday through Thursday at Minarets High School, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., during the month of July.
Space is limited and based on a first-come, first-served. All students participating in the free camp will also be enrolled in an Independent Study Digital Citizenship Course.
Matt Powers of Coarsegold is one of the instructors, and he says that more kids need to register in order for the program to go on. “My classes won’t happen unless more students sign up,” Powers says. “I’m teaching organic gardening, cooking, and permaculture, as well as digital music recording and songwriting, if I get enough people signed up.”
Powers is a professional musician and songwriter who teaches digital music production and 10th grade English at Minarets. He has been teaching music for a decade, and Powers’ songs can be heard on television stations including the Major League Baseball Channel and The Food Network.
Powers is also an enthusiastic organic and heirloom gardener who is expected to receive his Permaculture design certification in June.
Also on board for the program in July is art teacher Jillian “Jill” Gamble, who has been teaching ceramics, drawing, painting, digital photography, computer graphics and more, for the past eight years.
Gamble hosted the first Art Hop/Art Walk show at Minarets which featured the Upcycling Project. The Upcycling Project later went on to be featured at the inaugural Makers Fair in Fresno.
Minarets’ Michael Niehoff is the program coordinator for the free summer camps, which are running under the auspices of the Academy of Arts and Sciences as a summer offering. Students will need to provide their own transportation, snacks and lunch.