About Clay at Home Summer Camp
Clay is the perfect artistic vehicle for children to explore the elements and foundations of art and design. These elements include color, line, shape, form, texture, space and value. Daily sessions will be divided into three live 30-minute zoom sessions with 30 minutes of collaborative open studio time in between (three hours of camp each day). Highly trained art instructors with years of teaching children (in-person and online) within the Santa Barbara community will share their insight and knowledge around art, design, and the importance of environmental respect. A multifaceted curriculum allows children to engage in hands-on art projects at home to experience an exciting and fun time!
Each week has a theme that will be expressed through handbuilding and decorating with clay and will also explore other mediums. Your child can participate in a single week session, or multiple weeks! Work made during classes will be fired, glazed, and available for pickup two weeks after the workshop. No prior clay experience needed – Zoom and reliable internet is required.
Ages 8–12 | $150 per week session. Click on each session below to learn more and to register.
Meet our Clay at Home instructors!
Suzanne McKenzie Hawtrey has taught art lessons to children and adults in Santa Barbara for over 20 years. She has offered instruction in both private and public educational settings. Her lessons are foundational as she imparts the elements and principles of art and design. While promoting the importance of basic fine art instruction Suzanne encourages enjoyment and fun in her lessons. Children are able to take away art concepts that are life long and enduring. Suzanne encourages the building of artistic creations and lasting friendships.
Suzanne has completed many commissioned works including murals, renderings, and hand-painted ceramics. Shows and exhibits include: Los Angeles Pottery Show, Santa Barbara Cabrillo Beach Show, Santa Barbara Ceramic Design, Art Walk Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Inspiration Gallery Santa Barbara and Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV).
Erica Singer is an elementary school teacher who has a passion for the arts. Although in school her expertise was in math and science, Erica has always found ways to incorporate the arts into her lessons. As the child of two artists, Erica grew up with messy materials and creativity constantly encouraged and would love nothing more than to be that influence in others’ lives.
Erica’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a Masters in Elementary Education. While pursuing those degrees, Erica had taken multiple courses in ceramics, drawing, and art history in order to strengthen her abilities within her hobby. She also has extensive experience in outdoor education, including art in the outdoors.
The Clay at Home registration fee is charged in full at the time of registration. In order to receive a refund, cancelation notice must be given at least 10 days prior to the start of the first day of your camp session. If we are given the required 10 days’ notice, we will refund your payments in full. No refunds will be provided for cancellations within 10 days.
Please note that our minimum enrollment for each week-long session is 5 students. If less than 5 students are enrolled we will cancel the session up to 5 days prior to the session start date and provide you with a refund.
If there are multiple children in your household who would like to register, each child must register separately.