Summer Camps

2016 Summer Camps

Villa presents camps for high school students interested in animation, audio recording, web design, writing, interior design and more. Each of these camps are fun, educational and let students explore potential career ideas and opportunities. Check back in June to register for our 2017 camps!

7/25 – 7/28 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

An introduction to storytelling, creation and the production behind the animation process. Projects will include both traditional animation techniques and an introduction to software used in the animation industry. Students will explore several areas of animation, so that each one will get to experience what it is like attending a college animation program, and what they can expect in a “career beyond college.”

Instructor: Sara Clabeaux-Gelster is an alumnus of both ITT Technical Institute and Villa Maria College of Buffalo, holding degrees in both Multimedia Technology and Animation.  While attending Villa Maria College she completed some freelance animation work, and contributed to a sales video for a local company called Isolation Sciences. Since her graduation from Villa Maria she has spent her time educating elementary school children in both art and computers.

Color Your World
7/18 – 7/21 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

Learn how to add color to your interiors to create rooms that you can be proud of.  Whatever the mood you want, you can get it with the correct color choices.  This course will provide the basics of color theory as well as a bit of color psychology so that you can make selections with confidence.  Whether it’s a bold room makeover or just colorful accessorizing you will make a splash with your next interior design project.

Instructor: Sandra Reicis, Associate Professor of Interior Design at Villa Maria College, is both a practicing professional, specializing in residential design and an educator, focusing on introductory Interior Design courses, sustainable design and universal design.  She has taught at Villa Maria College since 2002.  She is a member the Interior Design Association of Western New York and the National Kitchen and Bath Association.  Related areas of specialization include water color rendering and fused glass work.

Digital Art & Illustration – Graphic Design
7/11 – 7/14 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

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 artwork 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 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.

Fashion Illustration
7/11 – 7/14 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Do you have a love for fashion? Do you enjoy drawing? If so, this camp is for you! Learn to draw fashion figures, while creatively expressing yourself through designing and drawing garments. This exciting 4-day camp uses different media to teach you the fundamentals of fashion illustration. No previous experience is necessary, just a desire to grow your skills!

Instructor: Johanna Brassel is a Fashion Designer in Buffalo, NY. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Upon graduating from Pratt, Johanna joined JC Penney in Plano, TX as an Assistant Designer. After returning to Buffalo, she has worked for Tony Walker & Company and New Era Cap as the Designer for the Men’s Apparel team. Johanna currently teaches Fashion Illustration and other fashion courses as an adjunct instructor at Villa Maria College, Genesee Community College and Buffalo State College.

Mixed Media Drawing
7/25 – 7/28 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In this camp students will explore a variety of media in the construction of drawings and images.  Collage, marker rendering, ink and charcoal along with other media will be used.  Students will learn about the use of allegory and symbolism in the creation of their work. No experience necessary.

Instructor: 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.

8/1 – 8/4 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

The Villa Maria Jazz camp will provide activities designed to enrich the participants in fundamental Jazz concepts.  All participants will receive guidance in performing Jazz music, listening to styles of important musicians and understanding Jazz building blocks.  The camp is designed for High School age students but others interested in an active educational experience focused on Jazz music and musicians may inquire.  More exciting details to be announced!

Instructor: John Bacon, drummer, percussionist, and composer, has performed with Lester Bowie, Roswell Rudd, Bobby Previte, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bobby Militello, and as featured soloist with the SUNY Fredonia percussion ensemble.  He teaches percussion, music theory and directs a Latin Jazz Ensemble at SUNY Fredonia.  He also teaches Jazz at Villa Maria College where he directs the Jazz and trap drummer, he has been a member of (hatArt) recording artists, The Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble, as well as leading his own ensembles.  He holds a PhD in Music Composition from SUNY at UB, a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from SUNY Fredonia and a Bachelors from UB.

Recording Studio
8/1-8/4 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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.

Topics Include: Learning professional software used in the music industry, gaining an understanding of how music is recorded, microphone techniques & hands on recording sessions.

Instructor: 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.

Sport Management
7/18-7/21 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

During this four day, 16 hour course, students will discover the sport industry world as a profession.  Learn what skills are necessary to land a job in this fast-paced, exciting field and ascertain the wealth of settings where one can put these skills to work. With hands-on activities derived to expose students to all facets of event creation to event delivery, students will plan, promote, market and execute an athletic event by the end of day four.  Activities such as creating a run-down schedule, writing a press release, developing a commercial, merchandising, planning ticket sales, creating a budget, strategizing a marketing plan, identifying human and equipment resources, executing the plan and creating an event recap will be covered.  Anyone who has a passion for sport or a curiosity as to how major and minor events are pulled off will enjoy this class.

Instructor: Kristen Wood is a Certified Sport Event Executive (CSEE) by the National Association of Sport Commissions and owns Sport Nation, LLC, a sport event management company located in Buffalo, NY.  Incorporated in 2007, Sport Nation exclusively services athletic events, from grass roots invitational to elite championships and professional events.  Sport Nation specializes in multi-sport, multi-venue events.  Ms. Wood is the former Executive Director of the Syracuse Sport Corporation, Director of Sport Development at Visit Buffalo Niagara and is a Certified Media Seller for Cumulus Broadcasting.  In her capacity, she has worked with numerous United States Olympic Committee Governing Bodies and enterprises such as USA Hockey, USA Swimming, USA Track & Field, US Lacrosse, USA Figure Skating, NCAA, Empire State Games, Special Olympics NY, LPGA, Premier Basketball League and WNY Flash, to name a few.

Camp Costs

Attend multiple camps and save money!

Camps Per Household Price Per Camp
1 $150
2 $275
3 $400
4 $500
5+ +$100.00 for ea. additional camp


Contact Connie Broniszewski with any questions, to register by phone, or to complete your registration by paying over the phone.

Phone: 716-961-1815
Fax: 716-896-0705
Mailing Address:
Connie Broniszewski
Workforce Development & Lifelong Learning Program
240 Pine Ridge Rd
Buffalo, NY 14225

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