Free Gluck Summer Camp of the Arts is Now Taking Applications

UCR’s annual summer arts program begins June 16; Registration deadline is May 14

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts at UCR invites art-enthused 14-to-18 year-olds to apply for this year’s annual Summer Camp of the Arts.

Funded by the Max H. Gluck Foundation, The Gluck Summer Camp of the Arts is a free program that provides the extraordinary opportunity to learn new and contemporary art and performance styles from talented graduate students at UCR while meeting and connecting with other art-inspired peers from the region. Workshops will be taught by graduate fellows in the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts from UCR’s departments of art, creative writing, dance, history of art, music and theatre.

It will be held June 16 to 20 on the UCR campus. The deadline to apply is May 14 and spaces are limited.

“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,” said Christine Leapman, Gluck program coordinator. “We consider the summer participants the Inland Empire’s ‘Arts Honor Students’ who choose to spend a week of summer vacation experimenting with college level artists and materials. Experimental dance, Def Jam poetry, and Taiko drumming are among the classes offered.”

The theme of this year’s camp is Meet Your Metamorphosis, emphasizing change and growth through individual creativity. In addition to the regular workshops, there is a HomeRoom component. During HomeRoom, campers will learn DIY techniques for Tie-Dye where they will create the costumes used for the final show. There will also be music making and a dance Cypher.  Students will begin to perceive themselves as a part of a whole and recognize the value of collaboration in a complex modern world.

The program is free, but participants must provide their own lunches and transportation. The deadline to apply is May 14. Applications may be downloaded at Students may apply for a morning and afternoon session. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by e-mail on May 23.

For more information, contact Christine Leapman, Gluck Program Coordinator, at (951) 827-5739 or Shane Shukis, Gluck Fellows Coordinator, at (951) 827-3518,

2014 Summer Camp Workshops at UCR Campus

Creative Writing

Put a Full Moon to Shame: How to Write Like a Def Jam Poet – Taught by Maurisa Thompson, graduate fellow in creative writing – Ever watched spoken word artists grab the mic and the spotlight, and wish it could be you?  Well, here’s your chance!  Discover what makes performance poetry powerful by “emulating” some of the most famous poets from Def Poetry Jam and other published poets, and use theater techniques to prepare to read your own performance poem with authority on the final day of camp!  Emulation is the process of letting a powerful poem “inspire” your own, whether you borrow a line, improvise about the same topic or a related one, or let the purpose of the model poem carry you into your own self-discovery.  Each camper will create several “free-writes” based on model poems, and turn one of their free-writes into a performance piece.  However, this is not a slam competition—instead, it is a chance for new and experienced poets to create and share affirmative messages that speak not only for themselves, but for others who have similar experiences.  A group anthology containing a poem from each of the poets at camp will be given to each participant on the last day of camp.  Come get loose and get creative with performance poetry!

Morning, 9:00-11:00 (ages 14-18)


Japanese Taiko Drumming Taught by Nana Kaneko, graduate fellow in music – This dynamic course will introduce students to Japanese taiko drumming. Students will not only learn rhythms and pieces, but will also get plenty of physical exercise while developing proper form as well as endurance and stamina. First brought from China, taiko has been a significant tool in the history of Japan for hunting, to inspire soldiers for battle, to communicate messages, and to warn villages of invasions. Taiko is also an important musical accompaniment for Noh and Kabuki theatre, Minyo folk music, as well as a tool to mark time and keep the beat during Buddhist chanting. Today, taiko is most known in the United States as kumi-daiko, a mass ensemble of taiko drums, as well as an accompanying instrument for bon-odori (communal dancing at Buddhist festivals to honor the ancestors). Students will be members of a kumi-daiko group for the week, learning to play together, connect our energy, and encourage each other through kakegoe (shouts) that fit with the music. During the middle of the week, students will take a “fieldtrip” to the world music room to try out the Javanese gamelan (gong-chime ensemble) instruments to become exposed to a grand musical tradition from Indonesia. At the end of the week, students will participate in a live taiko performance to showcase the pieces we learn.

Morning, 9:00-11:00 (ages 14-18)

History of Art

The Nonsensical International: Choose Your Own European Art Adventure!

Taught by Leslie Paprocki, graduate fellow in history of art – How can art be art but not art at the same time? Choose your own adventure through the art of European DaDa to find out! This workshop combines art history with a ‘choose your own adventure’ game of chance to explore the world of DaDa art in Europe during World War I. We will be working in groups and as individuals to choose three unique art projects from a wide array of options that reflect the kinds of art that were created as a response to the War that overtook Europe during the early 1900s. Some projects will be completely based on chance, some will be well thought out, and some will require us to look at the world in very different ways. This workshop is designed to stretch your ideas about what “art” can be, and will challenge you to create your own art manifesto filled with projects and creations! Possible projects include, but are not limited to, photography, sculpture, collage, sound poetry, photomontage, and discovering ‘found art.’ The choice is yours!

You do not have to have previous knowledge of art or art history in order to have a great time at The Nonsensical International! Just bring an open mind, a willingness to collaborate, participate, and have fun!

Morning, 9:00-11:00 (ages 14-18)

Homeroom ARTMUSICDANCE 11:30-1:30

Homeroom, led by Chelsea Rector, graduate fellow in Art, is a time to meet and mingle with friends, and it’s a place where you’ll find an array of freeform creative activities. At Homeroom you’re invited to experiment with tie-dye, music, and more! We will work on dying our own fabric, tote bag, and shirts; plus photography and button-making workshops! Let’s hang out and make awesome stuff at Homeroom!

A smorgasbord of Sounds! Homeroom activity taught by no.e Parker, Graduate Fellow in Music, Explore the music-making possibilities of everyday objects! Students will gather together on a daily basis and learn 1) the basic physical properties of sound; 2) how to make practically anything a musical instrument; and 3) how to create our own mobile percussion unit! By the end of camp, we will have created a marching percussion group using both found objects and more traditionally-based percussion instruments as well as planned and executed our own musical performance.  No previous musical experience necessary! Just a willingness to try something new!

The Cypher, Homeroom activity taught by Rachel Carrico, graduate Fellow in Dance

When drummers start creating rhythms in a drum circle, we just have to dance! Drum circles are designed for dancing — without dancing, the drum circle is only half complete! What if you want to dance inside the drum circle, but aren’t sure what to do? This homeroom session will take care of that! In this fun, high-energy, interactive workshop, participants will learn tips, tricks, and techniques for participating in a dancing circle, otherwise known as a cypher. The cypher is a staple of dances in the African Diaspora, from ring shouts to b-boying to Brazilian samba. No dance experience necessary—just a willingness to step inside the circle and let yourself go. We will collaborate with the homeroom percussionists to create complete drum circle, with music and dancing.

Homeroom ARTMUSICDANCE 11:30-1:30


CURVEBALL – Elements of Art and Design – Taught by Joshua Holzmann – graduate fellow in art – Have you ever wondered how an artist created that incredible masterpiece you saw on television or maybe in a museum? This workshop explores the core principles artists and designers use as platforms for their many concepts and expressions in 2-dimensional formats such as drawing and painting. Students will engage in projects spanning from finding design in nature to making mixed media masterpieces of their own.

The workshop will introduce a variety of contemporary artists and designers that the students can sample techniques from and incorporate into their own work.  The goal of this workshop is focused on helping students explore their own voice in artistic expression while providing them with critical thinking skills. No previous formal training required, only a willingness to be cooperative and expressive.

Afternoon, 1:30-3:30 (ages 14-18)


Choreographies for the Future: Dance Time Capsules Taught by Rachel Carrico, graduate fellow in dance – Ever wondered how dances last throughout time, especially if they are not video recorded? Since dances don’t usually get written down, like musical scores do, how do dancers know the steps to, say, the Nutcracker? Will people in 2164 know exactly how to do the Cupid Shuffle? We can’t possibly know, but in this workshop, we will ensure that your original dances are immortalized for all time. First, we will explore techniques of collaborative choreography to create several original short dance pieces in small groups.  Next, each group will create a time capsule that captures their choreography through photographs, writings, and other artifacts. Finally, we will time travel to the future, and become dancers of 2164 who have discovered these time capsules from the ancient year of 2014. The small groups will swap time capsules and attempt to dance another group’s choreography as best they can, based merely on the artifacts left in the time capsule. At the end of the week, we will perform a whole-group dance created from the small groups’ original choreographies and attempted reconstructions.

Afternoon, 1:30-3:30 (ages 14-18)


Then and Now: Exploring the 1960s Through Improv and Devised Collaborative Theatre taught by Kristopher Ide, graduate fellow in theatre –  If you think “The 60s” were just about long-haired hippies, groovy music, tie-dye, and VW buses, then you only know half the story.  Underneath the colorful free spirit, the 60s were a tumultuous period of powerful new ideas and calls to action, including a nationwide civil rights movement, pushes for gender equality, and deadly protests against war and corporate interests.  Their effects still echo in our lives today…  Over the course of this active five day workshop, students will work collaboratively in small groups to devise short, exploratory theatre pieces about the issues of the 1960s, the content of which will be drawn from the knowledge and questions about this period students already possess and through encountering historical, primary source materials.  Through fun, improvisational group games, physical exercises, reflective journal writing, and engagement with play writing techniques, students will engage the issues of “The 60s” while developing confidence in the many skills necessary for success in the theatre.  Each group’s final project will be presented as a cycle of plays at Friday evening’s closing performance for parents and guests!

Afternoon, 1:30-3:30 (ages 14-18)

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