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Cabrillo Youth Summer Institutes

The Cabrillo Youth Summer Institute (CYSI) is back with even more camps that focus on hands-on learning! Students are guided to explore many potential career areas. A key contributor to future academic and career success is early exposure to career awareness. We introduce students to new technology, skills, techniques and experiences that will help prepare them to make decisions about high school and college coursework and, ultimately, their future.

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This will be our second summer offering camps through a unique collaboration with Learn to Discover.
Learn to Discover offers experiential learning classes that emphasize creative design skills, problem-solving and fun! Students will explore engaging technologies in lively lab-style classes.

We emphasize small class sizes so space is limited in each camp. Register Early!

Questions about classes or registration? Call (831) 479-6331. Interested in a scholarship? Click here for more information.

For a calendar of all Summer Youth Programs: Click here!


Creative Cooking (ages 11-15)

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This camp is designed to give youth some of the skills they can utilize throughout their life. Class subject is cooking but the lessons are broader than that. Each day the students will learn a new element of part of professional cooking that can be applied at home.

Each class session starts with the projects demonstrated to the students. Then they’ll use the kitchen space to organize themselves and execute those same projects (under guidance of course). Students learn about organizational skills, timelines, and some of the science of cooking. At the same time they will enjoy learning about how to make some delicious foods including stock based soups, risotto, pizza from scratch, and chicken parmesan.

Class runs for a full week and students will have lunch as part of each class day. Parents are encouraged to come for lunch on the final day of camp – prepared by who else – your children!

Please wear long pants, closed toe shoes, an apron and a hat.

Mon. - Fri., June 19 - 23 (ages 11-13)
9 am - 2 pm
Room: 908
Register by June 5: $245
Register after June 5: $260
plus $35 materials fee

register online

 

Mon. - Fri., July 24-28 (ages 13-15)
9 am - 1 pm
Room: 908
Register by June 5: $245
Register after June 5: $260
plus $35 materials fee

register online

 

Jeremy MacVeigh studied culinary arts at Western Culinary Institute in Portland, OR and also has a B.S. in food science from UC Davis. Since 2003 Chef Jeremy has been teaching at private professional culinary programs before joining the culinary department at Cabrillo College in 2014. Jeremy has a broad range of culinary interests and enjoys delving into the how’s and why’s of cooking with his students.

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Teen Chef: Farm to Table Healthy Cooking (ages 11-15)

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Perfect for budding foodies, gardeners, and future chefs. Food affects every step of our life, the way we relate to our community, and what we eat truly does matter! Students learn where food is sourced, why it is important to support local farmers, how-to incorporate foods with the 6 Essential Nutrients into their diet, and the importance of sustainable farming. Essential kitchen skills are covered with a focus on food safety practices, knife handling, food sourcing, and career paths in the food world. Students work with an abundance of fresh summer ingredients to make fresh pesto, proper vinaigrettes, seasonal fruit desserts, and transforming plain vegetables into beautifully seasoned dishes. Is your mouth watering yet?

Mon - Fri., July 17 – 21
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
El Pajaro CDC Kitchen Collaboration in Watsonville, 412 East Riverside Dr
Register by June 5: $245
Register after June 5: $295
Plus $35 materials fee paid at registration

register online

 

 

Mon - Fri., July 24 – 28
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
El Pajaro CDC Kitchen Collaboration in Watsonville, 412 East Riverside Dr
Register by June 5: $245
Register after June 5: $295
Plus $35 materials fee paid at registration

 

register online

Aleah True is the Culinary Arts Teacher at Aptos Jr. High School. She is a former Cabrillo College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management student who grew up on a local farm. She enjoys sharing the value of eating locally and seasonally.

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Doughlicious - Baking Camp (ages 12-17)

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Do you love to bake? Want to spend a week surrounded by sweet and savory treats? Join Chef Anne in Cabrillo’s Culinary Arts Kitchen and Bake Shop and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of baking! Learn to make quick breads, yeast breads, pate choux, and flaky pastries. Each day we will focus on mastering a skill and learn to bake delicious goodies to take home to your friends and families. Careers in the baking and pastry arts are also explored.

Please wear long pants, closed toe shoes, an apron and a hat.

Mon. - Fri., August 10-14 (ages 12-15)
9 am - 1 pm
Room: 908
Register by June 5: $245
Register after June 5: $260
plus $35 materials fee

register online

 

Mon. - Fri., August 17-21 (ages 14-17)
9 am - 1 pm
Room: 908
Register by June 5: $245
Register after June 5: $260
plus $35 materials fee

register online

 

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Advanced Doughlicious - Baking Camp (ages 12-17)

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Chef Anne designed this all-new camp just for kids who love to spend time baking and creating in the kitchen. Students do not have to have completed Doughlicious to enroll in this camp. We start the week with baking and icing chocolate cakes and cupcakes.

Students learn how to use the pastry bag and specialty tips. Whole grain yeast rolls, croissants, and French Macaroons are also on the menu. Come join the fun while learning new skills and take home treats to share with your family and friends!

Please wear long pants, closed toe shoes, an apron and a hat.

Mon. – Fri., July 31-Aug. 4 (ages 12-15)
1 pm - 4 pm
Room: 908
Register by June 5: $245
Register after June 5: $260
plus $35 materials fee

register online

 

Mon. – Fri., Aug. 7 -11 (ages 14-17)
1 pm - 4 pm
Room: 908
Register by June 5: $245
Register after June 5: $260
plus $35 materials fee

register online

 

Anne Baldzikowski is an award winning chef instructor at Cabrillo College. She has owned two bakeries: The Queen of Tarts and Let Them Eat Cake! and has cooked professionally in Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara. She is the author of “Easy Artisan, Simple Elegant Recipes for the Everyday Cook.”

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A Robotics Mission to Mars (ages 11-14)

 

Come join us to explore space and play the roles of astronaut and space explorer! We’ll complete fun and exciting missions on Mars with a robot. Students learn about the planet Mars and the Mars Curiosity rover, and build and program a robotic arm, a telescope and a programmable Mars rover. Prepare for launch!

REGISTER EARLY! This camp is limited to only 10 students each session.


Mon. - Fri., June 19-23
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Room: 2100B

Register by June 5: $210
Register after June 5: $225

register online

 

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Science Sleuths (ages 7-14)

Spend the week solving mysteries with us! In this week-long camp, students learn about the mysteries of forensics and get an overview of forensic science and crime scene investigation techniques using problem solving, analytical skills and science lab skills. Added bonus! Students learn about fingerprinting, crime scene protection, trace evidence, fiber analysis, forensic anthropology, the FBI, and more.

REGISTER EARLY! This camp is limited to only 10 students each session.

Ages 7-10
Mon. – Fri., July 10-14
9:30 am – 12 Noon
Room: 2100B
Register by June 5: $210
Register after June 5: $225
Plus a $10 material fee at registration

register online

 

Ages 11-14
Mon. – Fri., July 10-14
1:00 – 3:30 pm
Room: 2100B
Register by June 5: $210
Register after June 5: $225
Plus a $10 material fee at registration

register online

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Dinosaur Discovery (ages 5-8)

 

Get ready for a wild week and imagine being a dinosaur! Students will learn about the fascinating field of paleontology by studying fossils and building a model of a dinosaur, explore the major groups of dinosaurs, geology, fossilization, the Jurassic period and much more. Students will have fun classifying and making their own rock, mold and cast fossils, and do a dinosaur dig.

REGISTER EARLY! This camp is limited to only 10 students each session.

Mon. - Fri., July 24-28
9:30 am - 12:00 Noon
Room: 2100B

Register by June 5: $210
Register after June 5: $225
Plus $15 material fee payable at registration

register online

 

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Engineering Exploration! (ages 6-13)

 

 

Students will learn about the roles of engineers, while building and designing projects such as a robotic arm, different types of bridges, a roller coaster, and a flight vehicle to explore various engineering fields including mechanical, robotic, structural/civil and aerospace. Students will learn about science, math, design and engineering concepts through play, and learn how various careers incorporate these concepts.

REGISTER EARLY! This camp is limited to only 10 students each session.

Ages 6-9
Mon. - Fri., July 31 - August 4
9:30 am - 12:00 Noon
Room: 2100B

Register by June 5: $210
Register after June 5: $225

register online

 

Ages 10-13
Mon. - Fri., July 31 - August 4
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Room: 2100B

Register by June 5: $210
Register after June 5: $225

register online

 

 

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Jedi Engineering using LEGO® (ages 5-7)

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The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for your youngest Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects such as LEGO® X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!

Mon. - Fri., July 24-28
9am- 12 noon
Room: 1521
Register by June 5: $195
Register after June 5: $210

register online

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Jedi Master Engineering using LEGO® (ages 8-11)

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The Force Awakens in this interactive engineering camp for young Jedi! Discover key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics, and eccentric motion. Build LEGO X-Wings, AT-AT walkers, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, Settlements, Fortresses, and other complex machines and structures from a galaxy far, far away.

Mon. - Fri., July 24-28
1 - 4 pm
Room: 1521
Register by June 5: $195
Register after June 5: $210

register online

 

 

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Video Game Makers (ages 7-14)

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Students will use a variety of software programs to design and program their own video game, by exploring the arts of planning the game, programming it, and play-testing each other’s games. In addition, students will learn some basic gaming and programming terminology, and practice problem solving and critical thinking skills.

REGISTER EARLY! This camp is limited to only 10 students each session.

Ages 7-10
Mon. - Fri., June 12-16
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Room: 1603

Register by June 5: $210
Register after June 5: $225
Plus $10 material fee payable at registration

register online

 

Ages 11-14
Mon. - Fri., June 12-16
9:30 am - 12:00 Noon
Room: 1603

Register by June 5: $210
Register after June 5: $225
Plus $10 material fee payable at registration

register online

 

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Video Game Design 1.0 (ages 9-12)

 

 

Join Ashkan, a UCSC student pursuing a degree in Computer Science & Video Game Design, for this class held in Cabrillo’s state-of-the-art STEM Center to make the transition from playing video games to designing your own! Students will learn different skills and theories to conceptualize, develop prototypes, create, and tune a single level in one particular genre. In order to ensure that it is accessible to all levels of computer programming expertise, we will be sticking to the side scrolling genre, and helping students to focus on creating experience at their own level of development.

Familiarity with an editing tool like Tiled is recommended but not required.

Mon. - Fri., August 1-5
9:30am - 12:30 pm
Room: 829

Register by June 5: $235
Register after June 5: $250
Plus $10 material fee payable at registration

register online

 

AmirAshkan Nourkhalaj - see bio below

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Video Game Design 1.5 (ages 13-17)

 

Get ready to level up with Video Game Design 1.5! Join Ashkan, a UCSC student pursuing a degree in Computer Science & Video Game Design, for this class held in Cabrillo’s state-of-the-art STEM Center. Learn what games like Mario, Megaman, Super Meatboy, and Sonic The Hedgehog all have in common. They are all platformers! Video Game Design 1.5 will take students through the challenging, yet rewarding journey to develop a unique platformer. The class will draw upon the skills learned in Video Game Design 1.0 and teach students new skills in mechanics, dynamics, and aesthetics.

Having some proficiency in the software GameMaker by Yoyo Games is highly encouraged, but not essential.

Mon. - Fri., July 25-29
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Room: 829

Register by June 5: $235
Register after June 5: $250
Plus $10 material fee payable at registration

register online

Mon. - Fri., July 25-29
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Room: 829

Register by June 5: $235
Register after June 5: $250
Plus $10 material fee payable at registration

register online

 

AmirAshkan Nourkhalaj - see bio below

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Branching Storytelling with Twine (ages 12-17)

Have you ever wished that you could go back in time to change a decision that you made? Have you ever wondered what would have happened if a protagonist of a story would have done something differently? Do you ever, after finishing a book, or a movie, feel like the ending wasn't satisfying; or after being done with a game, feel as if the game didn't take into account your decisions. Join Ashkan, a UCSC student pursuing a degree in Computer Science & Video Game Design, for this class held in Cabrillo’s state-of-the-art STEM Center and learn the techniques and nuances of creating a multi-branched narrative, using Twine, the standard game engine for branching storytelling.

Mon. - Fri., August 1-5
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Room: 829

Register by June 5: $235
Register after June 5: $250
Plus $10 material fee payable at registration

register online

AmirAshkan Nourkhalaj is a student at UCSC pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Video Game Design. He has been a gamer since early childhood and has tutored adults and kids. Intrigued by the science and art behind video games he has studied psychology, engineering, computer programming and game design to understand the psyche of the players. He uses game mechanics as metaphors and video games as the most interactive storytelling medium.

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Zombie Minecraft™ (ages 6-13)

 

 

 

Have fun building a hut or castle, setting off volcanoes, or sailing and interacting with Vikings, but watch out for those Zombies!! Students will explore and learn a variety of advanced problem-solving skills while using MinecraftEdu and interacting with Zombies.

REGISTER EARLY! This camp is limited to only 10 students each session.

Ages 6-9
Mon. - Fri., June 26-30
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Room: 1603

Register by June 5: $210
Register after June 5: $225

register online

 

Ages 10-13
Mon. - Fri., June 26-30
9:30 am - 12:00 Noon
Room: 1603

Register by June 5: $210
Register after June 5: $225

register online

 

Ages 10-13
Mon. - Fri., July 24-28
9:30 am - 12:00 Noon
Room: 1603

Register by June 5: $210
Register after June 5: $225

register online

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Stop-Motion Movie with LEGO® (ages 6-13)

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Lego... camera….. action! In this camp, students will put storytelling together with video and LEGO and learn to make a stop-motion movie using LEGO® bricks and mini figures. Make background scenery and props, create a storyboard, gain experience using a USB camera, learn to edit and add music or music, and have fun being a director. Record your voice to add sound effects and dialogue to make your movie more interesting.

REGISTER EARLY! This camp is limited to only 10 students each session.

Ages 6-9
Mon. - Fri., June 20-24
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room: 2100B

Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195
Plus $20 material fee payable at registration

register online

 

Ages 10-13
Mon. - Fri., June 20-24
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room: 1603

Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195
Plus $20 material fee payable at registration

register online

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Intro to Computer Programming (ages 7-13)

Students will learn how to program by using a variety of visual programming languages such as Kodu (designed by Microsoft) and Scratch (designed by MIT). Students will be introduced to programming concepts, terminology, and programming techniques while programming an interactive story, video game or animation.

REGISTER EARLY! This camp is limited to only 10 students each session.

Ages 10-13
Mon. - Fri., August 8-12
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Room: 2100B

Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195

register online

 

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3D Printing & Design for Kids! (ages 7-13)

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Design a creature, game character or futuristic animal. See the shapes you draw or imagine “printed” in 3D. Students will be introduced to the world of 3D printing, including the history of 3D printing, current applications of the technology, basic safety, and the skills for 2D vs. 3D design and modeling. They will learn to use a variety of 3D modeling programs will have access to a 3D object gallery and then print two 3D objects over the course of the class.

REGISTER EARLY! This camp is limited to only 10 students each session.

Ages 7-9
Mon. - Fri., July 25-29
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room: 2100B

Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195
Plus $15 material fee payable at registration

register online

 

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Explore Computer Building (ages 11-15)

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In this one week camp students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience disassembling and then reassembling a computer. Each student will take apart and re-build a computer system from beginning to end, learning all major and necessary component names and the functions of these components. Students will disassemble the computer to the smallest component, format/erase a disk , load and configure the operating system, and other tasks associated with getting a computer "user ready".

This is an in-depth look at all components of a computer system along with the necessary software. Students will finish the class with the pride and confidence of being able to build their own new computer! Students with an aptitude for discovery and inquiry, and who like hands-on problem solving, will enjoy this full week experience!

Ages 11-13
Mon. - Fri., June 26-30
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Room: 1304
Register by June 5: $195
Register after June 5: $210
plus $15 materials fee

register online

 

Ages 13-15
Mon. - Fri., July 10-14
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Room: 1304
Register by June 5: $195
Register after June 5: $210
plus $15 materials fee

register online

Steve Hardin has owned a small computer business (A+ Computer Repair) for over 10 years and has experience teaching different age groups in a variety of settings. He is an instructor in the Cabrillo Construction and Energy Management Department and has taught with CYSI since our first year.

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Virtual Fashion Design and Runway Show! (ages 7-13)

Fashion is a way of communicating and expressing yourself. Share your style and imagination through fashion design. Learn to design clothes, accessories, and even your own clothing label, using a drawing tablet and computer. Also create an animated fashion show, showing off your favorite designed outfits.

REGISTER EARLY! This camp is limited to only 10 students each session.

Ages 7-9
Mon. - Fri., July 11-15
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room: 1603

Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195
Plus $20 material fee payable at registration

register online

 

Ages 10-13
Mon. - Fri., July 11-15
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Room: 1603

Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195
Plus $20 material fee payable at registration

register online

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Graphics for T-shirts, Skateboards, Stickers and More (ages 12-14)

For students who enjoy visual art in the form of drawing, painting or photography and want to create cool products, including stickers, t-shirts, hats & more. Learn how to take photos and edit with graphic design techniques using Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator to apply color effects, text, proper file formatting and more. Graphic Art techniques used to design many types of products in today's marketplace. Students will draw sketches to use, or can bring in sketches, from home & may take short walks around campus to take photos to incorporate into their imagery. We’ll choose student ideas to complete a variety of images that can be applied to products of their choosing. Students will set up their own online portfolio or storefront of their completed designs for various graphic arts related products.

Bring a USB flash drive to store and take home edited images (1G or larger)

Mon. - Fri., July 18-22
2 - 5 pm
Room: VAPA 2021

Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195
plus $10 materials fee

register online

Alixandra Mullins has been a professional media and graphic designer for over 10 years and has taught Digital Media at Gavilan and Cabrillo College.

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Digital Photography 1: Shooting with Natural & Studio Light (ages 12-15)

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Learn the basics of shooting great photographs with digital cameras. Topics covered will include image composition, getting the correct exposure for shooting outdoors, action shots, as well as working with basic lighting & reflectors. Walks around campus will provide a variety of subjects: landscape photography, florals, fashion, architecture & more. DSLR camera recommended, though cell-phone camera ok. Basic processing and editing of photographs from camera to digital darkroom will also be covered.

Mon. - Fri., July 11-15
9 am- 1 pm
Room: VAPA 2021
Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195
plus $10 materials fee

register online

Alixandra Mullins has been a professional media and graphic designer for over 10 years and has taught Digital Media at Gavilan and Cabrillo College.

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Digital Photography 2: Processing in the Digital Darkroom (ages 12-15)

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Learn the basics of processing your digital photography and advanced image editing with Adobe Photoshop to take your digital photographs to the next level. Short walks around campus with cameras will focus on gathering image elements for photo editing project(s) to done with Photoshop image editing techniques. Students will learn; how to - color correct, process, edit, dodge/burn, make selections & cut-outs, as well as, enhanced layer blending modes, collage, apply special effects to enhance an image and more. Students will also learn where & how to print their photographs on canvas, metal & more.

Students who did not take the Part 1 camp need to bring their own photos on a USB flash drive.

Mon. - Fri., July 18 - 22
9 am- 1 pm
Room: VAPA 2021
Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195

plus $10 materials fee

register online

 

Alixandra Mullins has been a professional media and graphic designer for over 10 years and has taught Digital Media at Gavilan and Cabrillo College.

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Register by June 5: $335
Register after June 5: $360
plus $20 materials fee

 

register online

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GeeDee is Me - Fun with Graphic Design (ages 12-14)

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If you love band t-shirts, posters, magazines, surf and skate graphics, then this camp is for you. Translate your creative and visual design ideas into actual computer art. Learn some of the most adaptable design principles and how to apply them to your own text, illustration, and photographic compositions. This is a fun introduction for students interested in learning more about graphic design. Students will explore image-making, basic typography, and the integration of the two through a series of fun and fast-paced assignments and exercises. All projects will address form, composition, hierarchy, and creativity.

Students will have the opportunity to use Wacom drawing tablets to see how real designers illustrate!

Mon. - Fri., June 27 - July 1
9 am - 12 Noon
Room: VAPA 2021
Register by June 5: $180
Register after June 5: $195
plus $10 materials fee

register online

 

Marco Lucadano is the graphic design and digital photography instructor at Soquel High School where he has been teaching for 8 years. He has experience as a freelance graphic designer and has been teaching for more than 15 years in Santa Cruz County.

 




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