Summer Art Camp

Each summer the Mariposa Arts Council is pleased partner with Mariposa Parks and Recreation to offer music and visual arts classes to youth enrolled in the Parks & Recreation Summer Day Camp.

 Mariposa High School Drama and English teacher and published playwright, Bryan Starchman, led a Theatre Workshop where Camp kids explored traditional stage theatre, puppetry, improvisation, and acting essentials.

2017 Summer Art Camp Press Release

Summer Art Camp is made possible by the California Arts Council’s Arts Education – Extension program: The Extension program supports arts education programs for PreK-12 students that operate after school and during the summer, on school sites, in artistic venues, and in community settings. The intention of this program is to offer young people sequential, hands-on training in artistic disciplines, including dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

Work from past years

Adam Burns of Bootstrap Circus and The Beat Harvest, provided a Music Workshop where Art Camp kids wrote, sang, and recorded their own original song with musical instruments made from recycled materials and trash. Their song, “What’s Waiting For Me?” is available for download here, with all proceeds aiding the Mariposa Community Foundation for Detwiler wildfire victims.

skeleton composition
Photography with Cara Goger 2016
Music class with Adam Burns 2015

The Day Camp Daily, an online newspaper created by talented young photojournalists, ages 7 to 12 years of age, focused on documenting the first week of day camp at Mariposa Parks and Recreation.


For two weeks in 2016 summer, children at Summer Art Camp had the opportunity to learn basic acting skills with Fred Friedland, a retired theatre arts professor. He taught classes using scenes from his original children’s play, The Planet of Zargwarp. This play explores the themes of family responsibility, social behavior, and the importance of using one’s imagination.

The two week workshop culminated in a live performance in front of family and friends

Give a listen to these two sound recordings, covering the Lumineer’s song “Hey Ho,” made by our campers.

Here is the recording made by the 7-9 year olds.

And, here is the recording made by the 10-12 year olds.

Stop motion shorts:

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