Gluck Summer Camp of the Arts Now Taking Applications

Applications are due by May 15 for June 17-21 and June 24-28 sessions

Gluck Summer Camp applications are due on May 15

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts at UC Riverside is now taking applications for its annual summer camp. The summer camp will be held on the UCR campus and at UCR ARTSblock on June 17–21 and June 24–28.

The Gluck Summer Camp of the Arts is a free camp for teens aged 14 to 18. All are welcome to apply, but there are limited spaces and applications are required. Gluck Summer Camp of the Arts offers free workshops through UCR’s departments of art, creative writing, dance, history of art, music and theatre.  Each workshop will be taught by a graduate fellow in the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts, a program funded by the Max H. Gluck Foundation.

The goal of the Gluck Summer Camp of the Arts is to provide mature teenagers with an intensive educational experience in the arts and to expand their understanding of the history, theory and application of the various arts disciplines that emphasize individual growth. Experimental dance, flash fiction, and video making are among the classes offered in the eighth annual Gluck Summer Camp of the Arts. The arts program will be held at UCR on June 17-21; the multimedia camp will be held at UCR ARTSblock in downtown Riverside on June 24-28.

The program is free, but participants must provide their own lunches and transportation. The deadline to apply is noon, May 15. Applications may be downloaded at Students may enroll for camp at UCR or at UCR ARTSblock. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by email on May 27.

The theme of this year’s camp is “Show Up/Sync Up,” emphasizing the act of coming together and collaborating through individual creativity.

In addition to the regular workshops, there is a special drum circle component. During the Homeroom workshop, campers will learn DIY techniques for producing percussive instruments; in the afternoon drum circle, they will come together to create magnificent sounds by communicating and listening to one another.

Hopefully, students will begin to perceive themselves as a part of a whole and recognize the value of collaboration in our complex modern world. With a quick lesson on the various cultures that use drum circles throughout the world, students will begin to see how music and art go beyond ethnicity and help foster peaceful and diverse communities.

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Photomontage & Photocollage: History & Practice, taught by Michaeline Anderson, Graduate Fellow in History of Art—Since photography’s inception in the middle of the 19th century, artists have been using photomontage and photocollage as an artistic medium.  This workshop will cover the history of these practices from the early days of photography to the present and feature artists such Oscar Rejlander, Hannah Höch, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Marianne Brandt, and Jeff Wall to name a few.  After a daily art historical lesson, students will then be given materials to create their own photomontages and photocollages that reflect on the style and content of the works looked at during the lesson.  This workshop aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of both the history and practice of these art practices.  Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own photographs, magazines, or objects that they wish to include in their photomontages and photocollages.


SOUNDING OUT!!! Trash Orchestra, taught by no.e Parker, Graduate Fellow in Music—A workshop involving group exploration in creating our own percussion instruments out of any material/object available. We will do group exercises in deep listening and sound exploration of materials, or ‘sounding bodies’.  The group also will spend time outdoors searching for these sounding bodies—natural materials, found objects, recycled materials and learn the basic techniques required to digitally sample sounds and download them onto a computer. By the end of the week, the group will have learned how to read and play an original percussion composition as a group with our newfound ‘instruments,’ forming an independent section in the larger Gluck drum circle.


ChoreoCollective: Movement Collaboration and a Circle Sensibility, taught by Hannah Schwadron, Graduate Fellow in Dance—In line with the Drum Circle theme, this course will teach students how to better see, listen, and move in response to the actions and energy of the ensemble. New and more experienced dancers are welcome to join this fun and physically demanding class. Learn to work collaboratively as we build group-based approaches to movement through techniques of improvisation, choreographic use of various dance styles, and an attitude of collective discovery.


Rhythm and Fashion! Drums, Whistles, Wallets and Hats, taught by Nick Lowe, Graduate Fellow in Art—Before you bang the drum, you’ve got to build it!  Don’t waste away that precious hour between your Summer Gluck periods!!  There’s just too much to do!  After lunch, come hang out at Homeroom.  We’ll kick Homeroom off by building drums—either for your own personal use or for the drum circle—and if rhythm isn’t your thing, try a variation on the paper whistle!  Make a hat!  Make a wallet!  Whether rhythm or fashion is your thing, homeroom has the materials and expertise that you will need.


Celluloid Summer: 16mm Cameraless Film Workshop, taught by Justin Lubliner, Graduate Fellow in Art—What can interaction with the physical material of film teach us about the increasingly non-material nature of moving images in the digital age?  Can understanding the material technology of cinema enhance and complicate the way we understand the history of moving images at a time in which all of these materials are in transition?

Over the course of a week, students will learn basic techniques of direct animation, including hand painting on film and scratching and otherwise degrading film, as well as the basic functions of analog cinema, including loading a projector and splicing film.  We will watch a variety of challenging and historically significant films dealing directly with the materiality of celluloid, and in so doing, hopefully acquiring a basic appreciation for the qualities and eccentricities of experimental film, and fostering a desire to seek out more.


Nothing but the Truth: Nonfiction and Poetry, taught by Vickie Vertiz, Graduate Fellow in Creative Writing—In our lives, who decides what is true and what is made up? In this workshop, students will write poetry and flash nonfiction to approach the truth of their lives and their communities. Using the concept of the circle as a way to explore their individual and community voice, students will write poetry and short nonfiction that calls and responds to the everyday happenings of their lives. The final day of the workshop, student work will be published in an online chapbook.


Find Your Beats, taught by Rachell Campbell, Graduate Fellow in Theatre—If you are a writer, director, playwright, or someone who wants to know more about the theatre world in general, join “Find Your Beats” to explore and discover news skills and passions. Students will take turns developing skills in each area of directing, playwriting, and acting, resulting in two-minute scenes for the drum circle performance. This class explores the beauty and power of images on stage.

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TEXT/TEXTURE PICTURES, taught by Chelsea Rector, Graduate Fellow in Art—Have you watched a movie with subtitles? Do you often chuckle or marvel at the relationship between words and pictures? In the TEXT/TEXTURE PICTURES workshop, we will explore the effects of imagery upon language and effects of language upon imagery! Working with moving images and our own original texts, video camera and video editing software basics will be introduced. There are no prerequisites, and no prior experience is necessary! TEXT/TEXTURE PICTURES is a workshop for creative experimentation!

AudioVisual Collage, taught by Jason Heath, Graduate Fellow in Music—With an experimental and playful approach to new media technologies, I invite you to take part in this dynamic and interactive course. Exploring relationships between sound and image, we will experiment with sound collage and stop motion photography to create unique multimedia pieces. We’ll learn to use cameras, recording devices, and interactive software, all while creating expressive and original works of art! No previous experience is necessary. This course is for anyone who gets excited about working creatively with sound and image and is for all students with different experiences, abilities, and backgrounds.

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