Tina Gramann Presents: Salida Creativity Lab Summer Art Programs

Explore arts and culture with Salida Creativity Lab this summer!  Dive into an imaginative theme using visual arts and crafts, drama, movement, music, or literature.  Explore various art mediums and techniques as you paint, draw, create, or perform!  Learn about famous works of art or literature.  Create your own pieces, and bring imaginative themes to life as you read or act out classic children's stories and poems, play theatre games, explore movement, costumes, or face paint!

See link https://salidacreativitylab.com/about/summer-art-programs/ for additional information about summer art programs for:

-ages 4-7 at Children's Discovery Ranch and Salida Early Childhood Center

-ages 6 and up at the Boys and Girls Club

-ages 7-12 at Salida Montessori Charter School, E St Campus

To register, complete and return Registration Forms with $15 deposit per camp, and mail to Salida Creativity Lab, P.O. Box 182, Salida, CO 81201. Space very limited. Register today. Please contact Tina Gramann at tina@salidacreativitylab.com for more information.

Nature and Folk Arts
June 5-8; Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-12:30pm
Location: Children’s Discovery Ranch
Ages: 4-7 years old. $80

The Children’s Discovery Ranch is our setting for a week of nature and folk- inspired literature, arts, crafts, and music. Join us for arts and crafts using elements and textures found in nature: twigs, rocks, sand, and mud. Learn about American folk artist Grandma Moses as we study her detailed paintings of farm life and rural countrysides. Create Euro-American and Gee’s Bend quilt-inspired collages; hear stories from classics The Little House on the Prairie and Charlotte’s Web; curl up around our pretend campfire as we sing along to delightful Smithsonian folkways children’s collections of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Ella Jenkins, and more. Some artwork collected for our outdoor art show at the Children’s Discovery Ranch in August. Country picnic on our last day.

English Garden Party
June 12-15; Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-12:30pm
Location: Salida Early Childhood Center

Ages: 4-7 years old. $85
An English garden is our inspiration for arts, crafts, literature, and music this week. Explore garden textures such as dried flowers, leaves, lace, and burlap, and create garden inspired art. Draw and paint flowers, create a flower arrangement, or a garden mosaic. Read about and investigate topiaries, bird nests, and more. Listen to gardening poems and read stories such as The Gardener, Miss Rumphius, Linnea in Monet’s Garden, Night Gardener, Grandpa Green, and excerpts from Mandy and The Secret Garden. We’ll celebrate with a garden tea party our last day!

Broadway Bound
June 26-29, Monday-Thursday, 8:30am- 12:30pm
Location: Salida Early Childhood Center

Ages: 4-7 years old. $85
Start spreading the news, we’re leaving today! From Salida to NYC, we’ll take an imaginary journey to Broadway and hear about the city of dazzling lights and American musical theatre. Get ready to tap your toes and move your bodies to the fun music of Broadway as you act, sing, and dance. Discover and explore musical theatre and Broadway terminology through books, show photos, and music. Explore the stories, characters, and songs from beloved musicals such as Annie, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of OZ, The Lion King, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Seussical, Willie Wonka, The Sound of Music, and more! We will have costume play, mask-making, and stories. Join us for a fun introduction to musical theatre for young children!

The Artist’s Studio
July 17-20, Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-12:30pm
Location: Salida Early Childhood Center

Ages: 4-7 years old. $85.
Gather your brushes, palette, and paints as we enter the artist’s studio! Explore the artist’s space and discover supplies such as easels, rulers, color wheels, and more. We will learn about works  of classic and modern masters and their techniques- splatter, collage, mixed media and more. We will create with various mediums such as paints, pastels, clay, and printing. We will practice processes such as planning, gathering supplies, and cleaning up. Join us as we dive into the world of an artist. All materials provided. Come dressed for painting!

Superheroes on Stage! Co-directed By Jan Justis and Tina Gramann
July 3- 7 and 10-14, Monday- Friday, 1:00pm-4:30pm (no camp on Tues, July 4)
Location: Salida Boys and Girls Club, 340 E 5th St.
Ages: 6 and up. Boys and Girls Club membership fees apply.
Registration: Please register for this camp at the Salida Boys and Girls Club, 340 E 5th St. Call 719-539-9500. Campers must attend every class to participate. 

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s a Super Boys and Girls Club Kid! Join us for a creative week of superhero action and fun. Together, we will create an action-packed show featuring heroes, villains, or sidekicks; each with powers or weaknesses (think kryptonite for Superman) and, when needed:  crews of minions!  Participants will learn a lot about theatre:  character development, acting, movement, stage combat, costume design, mask making, props, special effects and the thrill of creating a show!  Super alliances, choreographed battles and saving our world will come together in one performance onstage on Friday July 14th at 5:30 pm.

Comedy & Improv
June 5-8, Monday-Thursday, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Salida Montessori Charter School, 349 E St. Campus

Ages: 9 and up. $65
Develop your comedic timing and improvisation skills through theatre games and improv exercises. Think on your feet as you play theatre games such as Gibberish, Freeze!, What Are You Doing?, Forward/Reverse, Slide Show, and more! Improvise scenes, characters, relationships, and scenarios. Review the “rules” of comedy such as “Always say ‘yes!’” Take creative risks in a supportive environment. Join a knee slapping showcase for family and friends as we present improv scenes on our last day!

Broadway Bound
June 12-15, Monday-Thursday, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Salida Montessori Charter School, 349 E St. Campus

Ages: 9 and up. $65
Start spreading the news, we’ll be singing and dancing to our favorite show tunes! Act, sing, move, dance in this fun introduction to Broadway! Review beloved stories, scenes, characters, and music from classics such as The Lion King, Sound of Music, the Wizard of OZCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Music ManYou’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Grease, and more. Discover Broadway and theatre terminology. Get ready to Razzle Dazzle as we present a fun showcase for family and friends on the last day. June 15 at 4:30pm. Please wear all-black for the showcase on the last day.

Mixed Media: Express Yourself
June 19-22, Monday- Thursday, 8:30am-12:30pm. (Please note morning time.)
Location: Salida Montessori Charter School, 349 E St. Campus

Ages: 9 and up. $85
Young artists think big, bold, and show your colors! We will study murals, paintings, street art, as well as community artists and movements through stories such as Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood about Mexican artist Rafael Lopez, a 2017 ALA notable book; and Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michele Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe, the 2017 Caldecott Medal winner. Students will explore and discuss themes, messages, and histories. We will roll up our sleeves and explore techniques for large scale painting, collage, and assemblage. Then we will create our own self- expressive pieces combining uniques materials such as scrap wood, found objects, photos, text, and more. Young artists express yourself!

Monster MashUp: Puppet Creations
June 26-29, Monday- Thursday, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Salida Montessori Charter School, 349 E St. Campus

Ages: 7-10.  $65
Explore classic monsters, dragons, and beasts from beloved stories and literature such as Where the Wild Things Are, The NeverEnding Story, Abiyoyo, and more.  Maybe the Jabberwocky, a Whangdoodle, or Minpins will be your inspiration for your own monster creation. We’ll use felt, feathers and found objects to make monster-inspired puppets and work together to create tales of our own. Our monster puppets take center stage on our last day in a puppet show for family and friends!

Young Shakespeare: The Tempest
July 17-20, Monday-Thursday, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Salida Montessori Charter School, 349 E St. Campus

Ages: 10 and up. $65
Discover Shakespeare’s fantasy play about Prospero and his daughter Miranda who have been living on a deserted island for twelve years. Where are they from, and how did they get there? Soon we meet King Alonso and his son Ferdinand as they too become shipwrecked on the island. Meet the magical sprite Ariel and Caliban the servant. How will everyone return home across the tempest tossed sea? Will kingdoms be restored? With the help of your good hands: Gentle breath of yours my sails Must fill! Immerse yourself in Shakespeare’s verse, and take a role or two. Choose a costume, act out scenes, and help Prospero and kingdom return safely across the seas in one of Shakespeare’s final plays.

Cheeky Medieval Castle: Create a Script
July 31-August 3, Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm; perform on August 3rd at 4pm
Location: Salida Montessori Charter School, 349 E St. Campus

Ages: 10 and up. $125
(Must read the following with a British accent:) Move aside King Arthur, Monty Python, and Princess Bride! Will  broadsword wielding knights, lords and ladies in waiting, or fire breathing dragons inspire our plot? Only the cast can decide as you work together to bring humor and light to an original tale and perform for our courtly families on the last day. Have fun storming the castle!


Summer Outdoor education for Kids

Contact: Ericka Kastner (719) 207-5002 or ericka_kastner@salidamcs.org

Ages: 6-12

Location: Salida Montessori Charter School, I St Campus

Dates: June 26- August 3

Monday- Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

Cost*: Half Days (4 hours am or pm) - $30;  Full Days - $45

*5% discount available if entire summer paid in full by May 26.  Partial and full scholarships may be available by application on a need basis

Camp run by Ericka Kastner.  Ericka is a Salida Montessori Charter School para guide and licensed Colorado teacher certified in First Aid and CPR with experience guiding outdoor education for children.  Email or call for rates, scholarship availability, or internship opportunities for two middle school students.  Space limited to 15 participants.  Click here to read her flier.

Get your kids outside!  Topics include: weekly bike rides and hikes, rock balancing & cairn building, nature studies, water science, park games, wilderness survival basics, 10 day backpack essentials, basic bike maintenance, gardening, nature in art and Spanish language immersion. Discounts available for registration by May 26.  Please sign and return the registration sheet which you can download here.


k-8 Summer School:

We are beginning to plan for our 1st through 8th grade summer remedial support in math, reading, and writing. Any child who is currently enrolled in SMCS, or will be attending next fall, is eligible to enroll for our summer program. This year’s summer school will be held for four weeks, beginning July 18 through August 10th.  The cost is $125 and is non-refundable.  You have the choice of enrolling your child for the full four-week period, or choosing single weeks that will fit your family’s needs.  However, the cost is the same regardless of the number of days you attend.  Please discuss with your child’s teacher for specific details or how your child will benefit from this program. Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon!  You can click here for a sign-up sheet.  Please turn this sheet in to the front office.

Location: I Street


July 18 - T,W,Th  9-12

July 25 - T,W,Th  

August 1st- T,W,Th  9-12

August 8th -T,W,Th 9-12

Please help us plan. If you plan on attending, complete and return this form by Wednesday, May8, 2017


Other Summer Programs (NOT HOSTED AT SMCS)



STEAM camp for children entering grades 1-6

Location: Longfellow Elementary

June 5-9


Cost: $230

For the young inventors among us, please see the information below from the camp promoters (this is not a SMCS hosted event):
This summer there will be a 5-day, all-day FUN summer camp—Camp Invention. Scholarship money is available as well as early registrant and multi-child discounts so please don’t let the price be a barrier if you think your child would enjoy this camp. Check out the website www.campinvention.org

Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary! In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Longfellow Elementary School is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six. It’s an exciting, week-long summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. 

Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!  



SUMMER CAMPS & CLASSES (Early bird registration fees available until May 20th, 2017)


Evening classes $150.00 per class per month: 

·      Monday 6:15-8:15 PM - Skill Building this is an advanced skill building class that will work on strength and flexibility, technique and advanced skills.

·      Tuesday 6:15-8:15 PM - Junior Skill Building this is for our younger crew of dancers. This class is required for any Junior Company Invites.

·      Wednesday 6:15-8:15 PM - Junior Company Class* (by invitation only) this class will work on choreography for the Junior Company performance in July. 

·      Thursday 6 - 8 PM - Open Enrollment this class is designed for new or younger students to the studio and will break down the basic skills and improve vocabulary and technique, a great way to get caught up for the fall! 

CLI Studios $75 per month (LIVE class may have additional fees): Wednesday’s from 5-6 PM

This class will be open to all ages and skill levels we encourage adults wanting to be involved with the studio to join as well. We will be spending each evening working with online choreography and classes from LA Based dance studio CLI Studios, they work with hundreds of famous instructors and choreographers included a ton of So You Think You can Dance performers. Instead of flying these folks we will be using our new TV to live stream classes of mixed discipline and varying skill levels. 

Three Guest Artists:

June 1 & 2 - Junior Summer Intensive ($150) in efforts to make summer intensives less intimidating and more accessible to our younger students or students new to dance, we are also bringing a wonderful dance teacher from a studio in Wyoming for our Junior students. This will also be a challenging and fun intensive for our older and more advanced students. We encourage any student interested in furthering their skills to join. This will be a shorter time frame and will focus on Contemporary Technique.  

June 5 - 9 from 1:00 - 5:00pm - Meredith Lyons Partnering Intensive ($550) - This unique opportunity will allow students to learn how to partner with their fellow dancers. Since we don’t have many males or a pas de deux program this is rare chance to learn to work with others. We are looking at doing this at the beginning of the summer to give our Young Choreographers a chance to use these techniques in their choreography for the Young Choreographers Concert set for July 28th. 

July 23-26 from 10:30 - 5:00pm - SUMMER INTENSIVE ($550) Christine Cali of CALI & CO out of San Francisco is excited to come teach at our studio with fantastic Choreography by Christine this will be an outrageous opportunity! Unfortunately, she has to be in New York on July 28th and will teach Sun – Wed. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity.

Two Week Pointe Intensive ($150 per week $300 for the session): June 19 - 26 & 26 - 30, 2017 Taylor Preston will be teaching a Pointe Intensive to help push the limits of our current Pointe students to the next level!! We are really excited as our students have progressed so much this year and we are really looking forward to teaching them more. 

Young Choreographers Concert ($350.00)

SAVE THE DATE - July 26th at the Steamplant 

This has been an inspiring year in Composition and Improvisation - the student works created have been incredible. We are looking forward to creating an event for students to have a voice and have their work celebrated by our community. We will be offering multiple intensives, workshops and studio time to students who would like to create works for this performance. This will also be an opportunity for any one who attended intensives to show their work and FINALLY it will be the DEBUTE OF THE Salida Dance Studio JUNIOR COMPANY! 


June & July Thurs 9:15 - 10:30 am - TINY TOTS 2 - 4yo $60 per month

June & July Thurs 5:00 - 6:00 pm - COMBO - 3-5 yo $60 per month 

June & July MTWTHF 10:30 - 12:00 pm - INTERACTIVE CAMPS 6+ $150 per week Princess, Trolls, Moana & Sing Camps- we will learn ballet & jazz basics and work on crafts and other activities. 

·     June 5-9: Ballet Camp: OPEN to Boys & Girls Club

·     June 12 – 16: Princess Camp – Ballet focus with tiara’s and princess crafts!

·     June 19-23: Trolls Camp – Jazz & Ballet and will make Troll Hair!

·     June 26 – 31: Sing Camp – Jazz focus with an emphasis on Performance!

·     July 10 – 14: Princess Camp - Ballet focus with tiara’s and princess crafts!

·     July 17-21: Moana Camp – Ballet Camp and we will make Moana grass skirts!



Guidestone partners with local farms, ranches and gardens to provide youth with opportunities to ‘dig in’ and learn how to grow their own food, participate in farm and ranch life, interact
with farm animals, and play!

Pre-registration required for all programs
Registration closes May 15

For a complete list of program descriptions and dates click here: