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July 22-26, 2019 Ages 12-17

Part of Summers on the Bluff

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Block 1 - 8:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

The Art of the Blog

Melissa Hart, Instructor at CCC, Professional Writer
M-F 8:30 to 10:20 a.m., Room 308T

Have you ever wanted to create your own blog? Or, have you wondered how your favorite fashion, sports, celebrity, travel, or other blog was started? Explore the art of the blog by observing, gathering and reporting information in a week-long blogging project. You’ll learn the basics of blogging and writing for the web while documenting the happenings and student experiences during the week-long arts institute. Come blog all about it!

Drawing Monsters: Dragons, Orcs, and Zombies

David Monette, Instructor at CCC, Professional Artist
M-F 8:30 to 10:20 a.m., Room 312T

Learn the basics of how to draw monsters! We will explore the principles of 2-dimensional art and use techniques to create realistic 3-dimensional drawings that incorporate tricks like perspective, light sources, and foreshortening. You will learn how to create monsters like dragons, orcs, and zombies! Bring your imagination! 

Block 2 - 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Creative Writing

Shaun Irland, Professor at CCC, Author
M-F 10:30 to 12:20 a.m., Room 308T

What was a story you truly loved, one you could not put down? What was a poem that really spoke to you? What made these so magical? We all want to write such moving creative works, but how do we do it? In this session, we will workshop poems and short stories with the goal of helping each other identify and build on the strengths of our writing. Throughout the week, we will complete writing exercises designed to sharpen your writing skills and help generate new work. By the week’s end, you will have developed not only fresh ideas but the beginnings of your next great work.


Ian Burcroff, Professor at CCC, Professional Artist
M-F 10:30 to 12:20 p.m., Room 208T

Build your portfolio! This workshop will introduce the fundamentals of color observation and color mixing. Students will create a painting step by step while focusing on color, light source, and shadow. The workshop will be held in a college studio and use professional artist-grade materials and equipment. Let’s paint!

A Capella 101

Cody Hampton, Music Teacher at Stafford MS, Professional Musician
M-F 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., Room 110T

Do you like Pitch Perfect or Pentatonix? Talented singers and musically literate students wanted!  In this workshop, you will develop an understanding of a Capella and singing technique, perform and choreograph contemporary a Capella-style arrangements, and perform at the end of the week. You will learn what it takes to be in a structured a Capella group while having a blast.

Block 3 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Digital Photographs

Laura Sells-Doyle, Instructor at CCC, Professional Photographer
M-F 1:00 to 3:15 p.m., Rooms 308T, 310T

Create art with your digital photographs! Explore the world of image transfers while learning basic compositional and computer editing skills using Adobe Photoshop. Bring your photographic images on a thumb drive; all other supplies will be provided. 

Dance: Contemporary

Adirondack Dance Company, Semi-Professional Dancers and Instructors
M-F 1:00 to 3:15 p.m., Room 110T

Love to dance? Want to learn contemporary dance? In this workshop you’ll learn different comtemporary dance pieces and improvisation movements. We’ll work on rhythm, coordination, musicality, and choreography so that you get a sense of a different dance style as you learn a dance piece for performance. You’ll be challenged to think on your feet while enjoying a contemporary dance class. Bring your moves! 

Play the Ukulele

Austin Petrashune, Professional Instructor, Musician
M-F 1:00 to 3:15 p.m., Room Stafford Auditorium

No, it’s not a little guitar! In this beginner ukulele class, you’ll get in tune, introduce the basics of chords and rhythm while learning to play popular songs. New students and returning students from 2018 are welcome. Let’s have fun! Come Strum!

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*Please bring a bagged lunch if participating in both the 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM sessions.

At the end of the week, a catered barbeque will be held for the students and their families, followed by student performances and a showcase of student work that will be open to the community.


Contact Professor Carey Goyette at or (518) 562-4175