Summer Camps

2018 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. Registration for our 2018 camps is now open!

Possible and Impossible: The Visions of SF and Fantasy
July 9 – July 12, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ray Bradbury writes, “I define science fiction as the art of the possible. Fantasy is the art of the impossible.” But while science fiction and fantasy are focused on the future or an alternate reality, their visions are often a comment on our world right now. In this camp, we will be looking at what science fiction and fantasy have to say about our society through their visions of the possible and impossible. Participants will work on building their own science fiction or fantasy visions through texts or visual art.

Instructor: Dr. Ann Rivera, English Professor

Dr. Ann Rivera holds a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, and specializes in American literature and writing. She is a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy literature.

Dream Machine – Cinema
July 9 – July 12, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

In Dream Machine: Cinema camp we will learn the basics of filmmaking, fundamental of cinematography, cameras, lights and how we create magical films with cinema apparatus. From photography to moving image, participants will get some taste of filmmaking and get clear idea what we make here at Villa Maria College’s Digital Filmmaking Program.

Instructor: Ridvan Yavuz, Filmmaker and Cinematographer 

Ridvan Yavuz is a filmmaker and cinematographer based in New York, Los Angeles and Istanbul. He holds his MFA degree from Chapman University’s Dodge College in California, and he worked on many film projects in Los Angeles, New York and Istanbul. He is continuing his PhD in Media Study program at University at Buffalo researching on Virtual Reality, Mix Reality, Expanded and Post Cinema. To view a clip Ridvan Yavuz’s reel, go to:

July 16-19, Time TBD

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.

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 Maelstrӧm 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.

Camp Costs

Attend multiple camps and save money!

Camps Per HouseholdPrice Per Camp
5++$100.00 for each 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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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.

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