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Valley Village Art Camp Blog | Keep up to date with all the happenings of the Valley Village Art Camp!
Keep up to date with all the happenings of the Valley Village Art Camp!

2017 Valley Art Camp Summer Schedules are up!

2017 Valley Art Camp Summer Schedules are up!



Our summer 2017 schedules are up and we are excited for you to check them out! 
Please check out our website at www.summerartacademy.com  and click on ART CAMP (7-11 year olds), TEEN CAMP (11-15 year olds) or ART CAMP 101 (5-6 year olds & 6 1/2- 7 year old DaVinCheese groups) to see all of our exciting groups, workshops and fabulous instructors!

2017 Session Dates:
Session 1- June 12th- July 7th
Session 2- July 10th- Aug 4th

Temple Beth Hillel
12326 Riverside Drive
Valley Village, California 91607

This summer, the enrollment process will once again be automatic and online. You have the option to pay with a check or credit card this year.

RETURNING CAMPERS  is on Sat, Feb 11th at 9:00am.
*Returning families are those families that attended our program LAST summer (2016).
OPEN REGISTRATION- is on Sat, Feb 18th at 9:00am.
(Friends of returning campers, former campers, and new families!


Feel free to call us with any questions! (818) 386-1108 (office line)
Or Call Elizabeth the Director on her cell at (323) 459-5877 or email her at goddesseliza@yahoo.com

Big News from Elizabeth and The Big Cheese!

Big News from Elizabeth and The Big Cheese!

Dear Art Camp Families,
David Wohlstadter (aka “The Big Cheese”) and I have some exciting news for you all! Please read the email below from David regarding Art Camp 2016!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at anytime.
Thank you so much.  I promise to continue to provide a quality program that is creative, unique, positive and FUN for your kids as we always have!
See you at camp!
Elizabeth Paravicini
Director,  Summer Art Academy

Dear Art Camp Families,
I have some exciting news and wanted you to be among the first to know!  After 15 wonderful years of running the Summer Art Academy, 10 of those years at Temple Beth Hillel, I am transferring ownership of my summer camp program to Elizabeth who, as you know, has been running camp with me now for 12 years!

I know that our loyal camper community is in capable hands with Elizabeth. On the surface not much will change, camp will still be the same great program you have come to expect each summer and once camp does start I will still be around, after all the Big Cheese cannot just disappear!

Running a successful summer at camp has never been an issue for Elizabeth, as you know she runs a tight ship and I am positive she and her wonderful staff, many of whom you know, will continue to do so over the years ahead.

So as I look toward retiring from the camp business, please welcome Elizabeth as she steps into her new role as owner of the Summer Art Academy and her bright future as a business owner. I am so excited for her.

We all can’t wait to see you again this summer at Art Camp!

David Wohlstadter
Founder, Summer Art Academy

Art Camp 2016 Schedules are up!

Art Camp 2016 Schedules are up!

Valley Art Camp Enrollment Information 2016!

Valley Art Camp Enrollment Information 2016!


Please mark your calendars now with dates for camp registration for Valley Village!

RETURNING FAMILIES registration: Saturday, February 6th at 9am.
FRIENDS OF RETURNING FAMILIES* registration: Saturday, Feb 13th  at 9am.
OPEN ENROLLMENT registrations: Saturday, February 20th  at 9am.

*NOTE*-“Friends of Returning Families” must attend camp on the same session & days as the Returning Camper! You don’t have to take the same workshops, but you must attend the same days.

Meet Elsa, our new Art Camp 101 Director!

Meet Elsa, our new Art Camp 101 Director!

I am so thrilled to have Elsa join our team of directors this summer! Elsa, has been working with us for six years, leading the Cheddar Cheese group, and she is definitely ready for this role of Art Camp 101 director! Learn a little bit more about Elsa below.


Elsa will be graduating from Cal State Northridge this upcoming Spring 2016, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Anthropology. She currently works as a Program Supervisor for the L.A.’s B.E.S.T After-School Enrichment Program where she provides a safe environment for children from Kinder through Fifth grade. She loves being able to provide an opportunity to inspire little minds and hearts to do their greatest. Elsa has been working with kids of all age groups for seven years and with the Summer Art Academy for 6 years. She loves the way that the Summer Art Academy provides different outlets for children to be inspired, and is an advocate for children to find their passion early in life. Elsa is ecstatic to be leading the Art Camp 101 program this year and can’t wait to lead a safe, fun and memorable environment for our 5-7 year old campers!

Getting ready for Summer 2016!

Getting ready for Summer 2016!

At the end of every summer, I often get asked, “Elizabeth, what do you the rest of the year when you’re not running Art Camp?”

And my answer always is, “I prepare for Art Camp all year long, and I get right back to work to come up with new and exciting classes for the next summer!”

Organizing and running a great Summer Camp program takes a lot of work and many hours of planning and scheduling and I LOVE IT! I’m thrilled to let you know that I’ve been busy working away at our 2016 Schedule of Workshops and can’t wait to share it with you January 2016.

For now, I’ll be updating our Camp Blog every week, sharing events we’ll be volunteering around our community , flashback camp photos from this summer, and cool fun facts about our wonderful and caring staff.

THANK YOU to all of you who have joined us this past summer. Every summer just gets bigger and better, and it’s all because of you!

With that said, I’d like to announce our Camp Dates for Summer 2016:

Session One: June 20th-July 15th, 2016 (4 weeks)
Session Two: July 18th-Aug 12th, 2016 (4 weeks)

*Don’t forget to write these dates down in your calendar.* 

If you have any questions, or comments please don’t hesitate to reach out via cell or email me at my new email address below.


Elizabeth Paravicini
Valley Village Director
(323) 459-5877 cell

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Session One Performance Days

Session One Performance Days

We’ve finally arrived at our last week of camp! But we can’t be too sad because the last week of camp means PERFORMANCE WEEK! Thursday (7/9) and Friday (7/10) are our Performance Days! Performance Days are the final showcases of our performance classes.They are days of singing, dancing, fencing, tae kwon do, magic, and SO MUCH MORE! And, of course, parents, families, and friends are welcome to come to camp and enjoy the shows that these campers have been working so hard on. The campers and staff are going to be hard at work this week perfecting the shows and practicing, practicing, practicing!

To see what time your camper is performing, check the schedules below with the class names and performance times! We can’t wait to see you there!

Monday/Wednesday/Friday Performance Schedule (Friday July 10)

Tuesday/Thursday Performance Schedule (Thursday July 9)

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Art Camp & Ciclavia 2015!

Art Camp & Ciclavia 2015!

Hi there ART CAMP Families!

The Art Camp Staff is participating in CICLAVIA, TODAY, Sunday here in the Valley on the corner of COLFAX AND VENTURA from 9am-4pm!

If you don’t know about CICLAVIA, it’s a day where they close about 5.5 miles of the streets, from the NOHO station on Chandler and Lankershim, all the way down to Lankershim and Ventura, and then from Ventura and Lankershim all the way down to Coldwater Canyon. The streets will be CAR FREE from 9am-4pm, so you can come out and enjoy the day with your family and friends, bring your bicycles, skates, skateboards, walking shoes, etc, and have a great time! There will be different activities throughout the route and cool things to see, so come on out if you’re free!

Art Camp will have 2 booths on Ventura and Colfax, and we’ll be rotating activities throughout the day. We’ll be doing face painting, a fun photo booth, a cool art project, and Mystery Mike will be doing a cool show with showing kids how to make balloon animals around 12-1:30pm.

If you decide to come out, I would come down from MOORPARK STREET, since you won’t be able to drive on Ventura, and come onto Colfax, or any of the other side streets, and find parking in the neighborhood. Or start from any of the other streets, Tujunga, Coldwater Canyon, or Lankershim too.

For the new Art Camp families, it’s a great time for you to come and meet us as well and for your kids to enjoy a fun day!

I’m attaching the MAP of the event if you’d like to come down and hang with us! ciclavia_route_bus_map




We are so excited to be ADOPTING AN INTERSECTION for this years CICLAVIA VALLEY EDITION! Stop by our booth and have some fun!

We are also looking for volunteers who want to come and help us out too on March 22nd 9am-4pm. There’s different shifts: 8:30am-11:30am, 11am-2pm, and 1:30pm-4:30pm.

If you’re available and want to rock out with THE ART CAMP TEAM, email me at goddesseliza@yahoo.com or call or text me at (323) 459-5877. We can’t wait!

2015 VALLEY Registration RESUMES at 6PM TONIGHT for Returning Families!

2015 VALLEY Registration RESUMES at 6PM TONIGHT for Returning Families!