Re: Oakland All Day Summer Camp for under $300 week?
Summer camp was a big sticker shock for us, too, not to mention the transportation logistics. The city parks & rec departments are the way to go. In Oakland, our kids have really enjoyed Studio One summer camp, which has 9am-5pm days for -- brace yourself -- $150/week for city residents. Throw in a couple of weeks of that, and you can still afford some Monkey Business or another more expensive camp if you want, if your kid has friends are going there, etc.
Hi all, I am looking at sending my 6 year old daughter to Studio One's Summer Art Camp for part of the summer. I was wondering if anyone out there has sent their child there and what your experience with it was. I didn't see anything in the Archives about this. Mostly I am concerned that the kids are well supervised and that the teachers/counselors actually pay attention to the kids rather than spending more time chatting with themselves. (My sister works in Parks and Rec in SoCal and I've heard some stories...) Also, I want to make sure that there is structure/discipline because I can see the potential for a bit of chaos. Claire
We did a week two years ago. It was fine -- not outstanding, not horrible. It was a little chaotic at dropoff. I wasn't there during the day so don't know how much the staff socialized with each other vs. focussing on the kids. I kind of felt like I got what I paid for (at that great price) but not particularly more. I felt like my just-finished-K daughter was perfectly safe there all day, and she liked it all right but didn't love it. I wouldn't want to sign my kid up for a whole summer, but for a week or few it's fine. reasonably satisfied customer
My daughter attended one week of Studio One summer camp last year, and we all loved it so much that we've had her in their after school program (they pick up from several Oakland schools) during the school year. The art activities with the artists are engaging, and the Oakland Parks and Rec staff are enthusiastic, positive and seem well-trained. They lead the kids in games when they're not doing ceramics or cooking or print-making, and thus no one seems to get bored or get into trouble. We'll definitely send our child there again! Happy with Studio One
Re: Collage class for an adult
Try Studio One on 45th in Oakland (Temescal). It's such a cool place with great teachers. good luck
Re: Painting and Drawing class for an adult (Sept 1999)
I'd recommend Margaret Chavigny's class at Studio One in Oakland. I've sent many people to her class and they've all enjoyed it and gotten a lot out of it (one even ended up marrying her!). I'm an artist and get asked for recs fairly often. Also UC extension has some good classes though I'm not sure who to recommend. A muralist who teaches in the area is Juana Alicia but I'm not sure where she teaches. Perhaps you could reach her through the Museum of children's Art (510. 465-8770). Also Dan Fontes is a local muralist (he did the giraffes on the underpasses) and he may teach. He's probably listed in Oakland since his studio is there. Happy Painting! Leah
Studio One in Oakland has an interesting variety of art classes - jewelmaking, photography, painting, etc. They are taught by good artists. Most classes are mixed aged groups with special discount for teens. They also have a few art classes that are specifically for teens. They are in the phone book and located around 42nd St., between Broadway and Telegraph. Lisa
art classes: Studio One on 45th St. between Broadway and Shafter in Oakland has wonderful variety of art classes for kids and adults. It's part of Oakland Rec, so prices are right (kids' afterschool classes are generally $15 for 8 weeks), and my kid has enjoyed these classes a lot. Staff are helpful and friendly. There is also an aftercare program. New schedule is out now. Classes fill quickly sometimes, so call soon. One caveat: building is unreinforced masonry and not earthquake safe.
Re parent-child pottery classes: Studio One in Oakland has a great parent-child pottery class on Sat. mornings. It tends to fill up, so check right away. The next session starts soon.
From: Franny (3/99)
one of the great secrets/bargains is Studio One, an art studio, in north Oakland. It's run by the city of Oakland, which means it is cheap. The art classes are excellent, taught by very talented artists. There are classes for both children and adults. The only drawback is that it is in an unreinforced masonry building, which they warn you about when you enter. The entrance is on 45th Street near Shafter.
Studio One in Oakland has an after school program for kids from age 6. One of the classes is a martial arts class with instructor Bill Owens. He also has a private studio, but has been employed by Oakland Parks and Recreation for a number of years. The class is from 3:30-5, and includes a snack break. An 8 week session only costs $15 for Oakland residents and perhaps a few more dollars for non-residents. He has a performance at the end of the session on a Saturday for the students to show off their new talents. My daughter took the class a few times and really enjoyed learning the routines. Bill Owens is a patient teacher and works well with the kids, teaching them when it is appropriate to use the moves as well as when it is not. Leslie