Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What to do with the kids over spring break? Send them to college

Scrambling for a place to send the kids during spring break? There’s still room at College for Kids at Cuyamaca College, an enrichment program for youth ages 8-14, set for April 14-17, 2014.

A student enjoying "Glee!," one of the College for Kids classes
Offered through the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District’s Continuing Education division, College for Kids provides the perfect combination of fun and learning, with affordable classes and activities for youth ages 8-14. The program serves parents and kids alike by providing fun, safe and educational activities with the added benefit of an early introduction to a college environment. The classes are taught by experienced instructors who have written and designed their curriculum with age-appropriate lessons and projects.

All but two classes will be taught at Cuyamaca College. Videogame design will be held at Grossmont College and golf will be held at Cottonwood Golf Course in Rancho San Diego.

Morning classes are from 9 a.m.-noon and include:

·         Photoshop Fun: Students will learn the concepts of digital images and use Adobe Photoshop software to edit, change, enhance and artistically refine digital images and photographs. Projects include making a collage, airbrushing, rendering color and shape changes, and making composite images.

·         Elements of Art: Using a wide variety of media, students will explore basic principles of design and color. Methods will include drawing, painting and clay modeling. All experience levels welcome.

·         Glee!: Students discover the basic concepts of music theory, vocal techniques, and learn several new songs. Using the American Idol game via the Wii videogame console, the class will explore the concept of movement and music that goes along with the “Glee style.”

·         Karate and Self-Defense: Covers basic karate kicks, punches and blocks. Students will enjoy fun games and relays designed to develop balance, strength, agility, flexibility, and teamwork. The class also covers bullying -- what it is, how to handle it -- and respect for self and others.

·         Videogame Design: Students will learn how to make digital videogames by modeling and animating game assets in 3D Max. This course offers real-world exposure to production videogame-making, and offers students the hands-on processes of forming a game idea, game story, motion capture, story boards, and character design.

Afternoon classes are from 1-4 p.m. and include:

·         Get Animated! Digital Animation for Kids:This is a fun class for aspiring animators, storytellers, and movie directors. Students will create several short animated movies using the preferred software and design tools of industry pros. They will learn character development, narratives, and basic techniques of frame animation.

·         Young Chefs Academy: This class covers basic cutting and blending techniques, discussion of food groups and complementary tastes, nutrition and health, and menu planning.

·         Mosaic: Students will create unique mosaic designs to keep for home or to give away as gifts. Working in an open art studio with hands-on instruction, students will leave with two to three finished projects.

·         Children’s Theatre Workshop: This class is designed for students to learn and show off their basic acting and performing skills. Students will discover their creativity through theater games, improvisation, singing monologues, audition techniques and more.

·      Golf: This class is designed to introduce girls and boys 8-14 to the game of golf. From etiquette to swing techniques, students will develop an understanding of the game. Students will also learn to play on the golf course during the last class. Clubs will be provided  at no additional charge, but students can bring their own.

The class fees range from $95-$120. Before and after care is not offered, but lunchtime supervision is available at no additional charge for children registered for full-day sessions. A non-perishable sack lunch is recommended. For additional information, including online registration, go to http://www.cuyamaca.edu/CFK/ or call the Continuing Education office at (619) 660-4350.