Summer Camps

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!

Mixed-Media Drawing
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.

Recording Studio
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.

Topics include:

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 

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.

Filmmaking 101
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.

3D Animation
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.

Camp Costs


Camps Per Household Price Per Camp
1 $250
2 $475
3 $700
4 $900


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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