2019 Summer Camps
Villa presents camps for high school students interested in art, drumming, filmmaking, animation, and social media. Each of these camps are fun, educational and allows students to explore potential career ideas and opportunities. Registration for our 2019 camps is now open!
July 8-11, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Students will create large-scale works using a variety of medias and techniques. Through instruction and exploration each student will be challenged to consider different approaches to subject matter, drawing in new and unorthodox ways. The finished pieces will be individualized in terms of content and style.
Instructor: Adam Weekley, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Adam Weekley is a multi-media artist who has lived and worked in Buffalo since 2001. Born and raised in West Virginia, Weekley often mines personal history when developing imagery and content for his installations, sculptures, paintings and drawings. He is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Villa Maria College
Digital Art & Illustration
July 8 – 11, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
This class will introduce students the basic tools within Adobe Photoshop that will allow them to manipulate and edit photographs, scanned materials, and traditional 2D drawings to create original digital illustrations. Students will explore some of the different digital techniques and styles used to produce imagery stemming from different narrative, thematic, and conceptual sources. They will be introduced to the broad commercial and creative application of digital artwork and illustration across the professional design industry, and learn how they can begin to creatively tell their own visual stories.
Instructor: Jesse Stoddard
Jesse Stoddard is a digital media artist from Western New York and is passionate about creative storytelling, design, and education-with interests stretching across a broad range of art, music, and the imaginative. A graduate from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland with and MFA degree in Illustration, she has worked as a multimedia developer and designer at several international higher education institutions, and enjoys pursuing creative and collaborative freelance projects on the side.
July 15-18, 8:30 AM -12:30 PM
An Introduction to basic hand/mind coordination using drums from around the world. Students will use pitched percussion and metallic instruments as enhancements while understanding CLAVE – the rhythm “key” of music. Students will also specialize in meditational instruments to tap into intuitive rhythm. In addition, basic drum set grooves and beats will be performed/discussed using traditional drum kit, set-up of a snare drum, bass drum, cymbal including rock, jazz, and latin styles. All instruments will be provided, but students should feel free to bring their own instruments.
Instructor: Gary Rutkowski, Drummer and Percussionist
Professor Rutkowski has studied classical and contemporary percussion techniques for the past 25 years. He has performed with traditional and nontraditional percussion groups, taught at Villa Maria College, Buffalo State College and Edinboro University. His performances with new age musicians include Patrick Bernard and also Maelstrom from the University at Buffalo Percussion Ensemble. He is the performer and producer of four original sound recording and the author of a book on drumming concepts and techniques. He has channeled this wealth of experience and expertise into workshop performance programs for drummers and non-drummers alike.
July 15-18, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Learn the basics with the latest technology. Students will gain a better understanding of digital recording through hands on learning using the latest software and the basics of digital recording.
Learning professional software used in the music industry
Gaining n understanding of how music is recorded
Microphone techniques and hands-on recording sessions
Instructor: Anthony Casuccio, Assistant Professor, Music and Stephen Sue, Instructor, Music
Full time Villa Maria Instructor, Anthony Casuccio is a seasoned recording engineer/ producer and owner of Xtream Audio Mastering. He has worked on thousands of albums in his 20 plus years in the music industry. His work has been nominated for Grammy awards and topped the music charts. Anthony will use his music experience in this workshop to give a real world perspective on the recording process.
Steve Sue is a sound recording engineer, musician and educator who currently resides in Buffalo, New York where he is an instructor in the Music Industry program at Villa Maria College. Previously he was head of the Music Recording Technology program at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Stephen received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Technology from the University at Buffalo in 2007, and his Master’s degree at SUNY Fredonia in 2011.
Steve has worked professionally as a sound engineer for artists such as John Oats, Bernadette Peters, and the Salt Lake Pops Orchestra. He has also recorded, mixed and edited sound for various small film projects as well as the radio series “Music from Chautauqua” for WNED and Public Radio International (PRI).
As a musician, Steve’s tastes have run the gamut from electronic and computer music, to classical and twentieth century compositions to Rock & Roll. He is a classically trained singer and has performed with various university choral ensembles including the St. Bonaventure University Choir, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Fredonia Choruses, and the U.B. University Chorus. He has composed pieces in the realms of electronic and computer music and written, recorded
July 22-25, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
In this hands-on camp, students will learn the process of making a short narrative ﬁlm from concept to execution. Students will learn the basics of screenwriting, on-set production, and post-production skills including video editing and sound design. Students will work with equipment used by Digital Filmmaking students at Villa Maria, including cameras, microphones, and other basic equipment needed to complete a short ﬁlm. Each student will leave the camp with a completed project of their own and will also serve as crew members on other students ﬁlms.
Instructor: Sarah Mann
Sarah is currently an adjunct instructor in the Digital Filmmaking Program at Villa Maria College. She received both her BA (Bowling Green State University) and MFA (University at Buffalo) in ﬁlm production and theory and has been on countless ﬁlm sets, including student productions and big-budget ﬁlms that have come through Buffalo in the last few years. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and enjoys working with others to bring it to fruition.
July 22-25, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Learn the process of 3D animation, no previous experience with 3D software or animation required. Students will learn everything from basic object movements to full Character Animations, as well as how to use Cameras to frame their action and to render it all out to a video file. 3D characters are provided ready to animate so you can jump right in.
Instructor: Jeffrey Werner
Instructor of Animation at Villa Maria College, Jeffrey has been teaching at Villa for 2 years and has a Masters of Interactive Design from the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy. He has worked as Art Director and Lead Animator for several Independent Game Companies, most notably for E-Regular Games making Adventure Party for the Nintendo Wii U.
Digital Media and Storytelling
July 29- August 1, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
During this camp, students will learn how to use Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn and other forms of digital communication to market themselves or a business. After learning how to create new profiles or improving existing ones, students will learn to build their audience, create and implement posting schedules, how to communicate effectively and how to get more likes. By the end of the camp, participants will understand how to present themselves online and know how to spread the word to a broad audience about their best work and ideas.
Instructor: Kristen Schober
Communications Specialist at Villa Maria College, Kristen has been working in the marketing and communications field for 10 years and earned her Masters in Integrated Marketing and Communications from the St. Bonaventure University. As a student, Kristen completed two study abroad programs in communications at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy and Trinity College, University of Oxford in Oxford, England.
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Workforce Development & Lifelong Learning Program
240 Pine Ridge Rd
Buffalo, NY 14225
Register for one of our summer camps by filling out this online form and either mailing in your payment or calling the office to pay. You can also download and fill out the Summer Camp Registration Form and send it in with your payment.