Artistic summer workshops heat up

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Summer is a time for road trips, beach dips and Shakespearian quips. At least in Chula Vista.

This summer the Southwestern College School of Arts and Communication will host a summer arts program for secondary school students. Performing and Visual Arts Coordinator Silvia Lugo, who set up the program with Dr. Teresa Russell, the director of Choral Activities, said that it is more popular than ever.

“We have had this program for five years, with only two or three classes offered,” she said, “but this year we have a large lineup of classes, offering 14 workshops for a wide range of subjects.”

Students can learn the movements and rhythms of African dance, produce short movie videos at “Filmmaker’s Bootcamp,” create 2D animated cartoons in Character Animation, form concise arguments in Debate and create a poster highlighting a favorite band for Beginning Photoshop.

A wealth of music classes are being offered, including Westwind Brass, orchestra, Mariachi, “Are you the next VOICE?” (vocal group and solo practice) and “Broadway Bound,” which covers musical theatre choreography and repertoire.

Theatre is also well represented, with two improvisation workshops and two classes on the art of Shakespearian acting. A beginners class focuses on the Bard’s comedies, the other on the tragedies is for more advanced students.

Lugo said that registration will begin April 6 and the deadline to apply is June 1.

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