Founder; "The Big Cheese"

David earned his Bachelor of Arts degree
from UCLA in 1975. His vision of starting a
series of comprehensive summer art
programs for young children began 15
years ago when he saw a need for an

alternative to traditional summer day
camp programs. He brings his creativity,
enthusiasm and love of children to each
program he created.


Elizabeth is currently working on her
Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Learning &
Liberal Studies. She received an AA degree
from FIDM in Visual Communications, which
gave her a passion to pursue her teaching
credentials & the Arts. For the past eighteen
years she has worked with children of all
ages, through enrichment & volunteer
programs, tutoring, teaching math &
science! She strives in creating positive,
loving and creative environment for kids,
because she has a great passion for
Education and the Arts! She enjoys
providing children with leadership
opportunities where they can succeed as
leaders and grow as individuals. This will be
her 15th summer at the Art Camp and third as Owner. She can't wait for another unforgettable summer!

Marissa Lucero
Art Camp 101 Director

Marissa graduated from Cal State Northridge with her Masters Degree. Her bachelor's degree was in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Ethnic Studies. She currently works as a Behavior Intervention Assistant for students with Autism. She loves the challenges and patience that working with kids with Autism provide. Marissa has been working with students of all age groups for eight years and with the Summer Art Academy. She loves art in all of its forms, especially photography, and always looks forward to her summers with the Summer Art Academy. Marissa is ecstatic to be returning and leading the Art Camp 101 program this summer to ensure a fun and memorable environment for our 5-7 year old campers!

Marie Washington
JCIT/CIT Director

Marie will be graduating with a Bachelor's in Business from LaVerne University in 2018. She recieved her AA degree from LAVC in Art History. She is no stranger to teaching and working with kids of all ages. For the past 12 years, Marie has been a valued member of our Art Camp staff which taught her the importance of patience, organization, communication and teamwork. Maries varied background as a supervisor for young teens in LA's B.E.S.T.program and knowing many of the JCIT's and CIT's at Art Camp from the past, provides her a wonderful starting point as our new Teen Director. Passionate about her new position and its possibilities, Marie can provide a variety of resources that will help our JCIT's and CIT's to excel in their training as future counselors and respected staff members at camp!

Matthew Rivera
Office Manager

Matthew is currently working on finishing up
his credits to transfer from Los Angeles
Valley College to Cal State University
Northridge with a Liberal Studies major. His
goal is to receive his BA and credentials to
be an elementary school teacher. Matthew
has a strong passion for teaching and has
worked at an after school program called
Enrichement Educational Experience (E-3)
for two years. He has taught classes such
as geometry, film science, game board
designing, art, volleyball and basketball.
Towards the end of last year Matthew was
hired as an teacher/yard aid at Carpenter
Community Charter Elemenentary where he
assists children with disabilites, handles
teachers' office duties, and provides
supervision for recess/lunch. This is
Matthew's 4th year as Office Manager with
the Art Camp and he can't wait to see
everyone again!

“When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day
what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to
teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said,
'You mean they forget?'”
- Howard Ikemoto

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