Monday, 26 Jun 2017 9:00 AM
We’re offering a summer camp with Artist Rita Soyfertis! Full-day and half-day options are available. We have an Early Bird Rate for parents who register by March 31.
June 2017 Story Writing & Illustration Camp, Ages 7-11
Extraordinary Heroes & Dastardly Villains:
Create Your Own Pop-Up Illustrated Storybooks!
Beyond the Box Learning
Generously hosted by parent Bryony Autumn in her Palo Alto home (near Barron Park).
Monday-Friday, June 26 – 30, 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm: Story Writing
12:00 – 1:00pm: Supervised Lunch (Please bring bagged lunches.)
1:00 – 4:00pm: Illustration Workshop
Maximum 12 students, minimum 6 students.
Story Writing Workshop taught by Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho & Royd Hatta:
What happens when everyday heroes must face their greatest enemies? Will they run away and hide, or stand up and speak out? Legends tell us of epic battles, the partnership of unlikely friends, and the unexpected tricksters that surprise us. We’ll provide a highly interactive, playful environment to inspire students to brainstorm ideas from their imagination, create first drafts, revise, and edit their own adventure tales.
Pop-Up Illustration Workshop taught by Rita Soyfertis:
Ms. Soyfertis will show students how to bring their stories to life through illustrations. We’ll experiment with pencil, ink, colored pencils, markers, collages, and 3-D pop-up pages. The drawing lessons will culminate in pop-up storybooks created by the students. All young writers will be invited to share story readings on the last day of our camp.
Reviews for our Writing Programs:
Thank you for being such an inspiration for my daughter! Isabella looks forward to Fridays because creative writing is her favorite class. She plans to continue with your classes.
~ Parent of Isabella, Grade 3, Heroes & Villains Story Writing Workshop
We are eternally grateful to you both for helping our boys so very much. Julian was not at all stressed with his creative writing final. This is because of all his work with you both – he told me! Miles’ library persuasive essay was handed in and VERY well received! We’re very blessed, thank you! ~ Bryony Autumn, Sons ages 12 & 16, Palo Alto
Full-Day Program: $725 per student
Half-Day Program: $400 per student
Early Bird Tuition if parents register before March 31, 2017:
Full-Day Program: $625 per student (includes all instruction, materials & lunch supervision)
Half-Day Program: $350 per student
To reserve a seat and register:
PART 1: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org:
Your child’s full name
Age as of June 26
Parents’ daytime phone numbers
PART 2: Please send $350 per student via PayPal to email@example.com
mail a deposit check to Beyond the Box Learning:
Beyond the Box Learning
530 Showers Drive, #7
UPS Box 256
Mountain View, CA 94040
We will send an email confirmation with the address upon receipt of your deposit. There are no refunds after April 20.
Questions? Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to working with your children!
Writing Coaches Shu-Hsien Ho and Royd Hatta are passionate about teaching youth and teens how to organize their thoughts and write with power, clarity and ease. Since 1996, their students have learned to write essays, research reports, poems, short stories, and even their first novels. After working with Ms. Ho, one teen writer independently published her 400-page fantasy novel. Their students have earned acceptance into top colleges and universities, such as UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, MIT, NYU, and Brown University. Ms. Ho has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. from Lesley University. Mr. Hatta has a B.A. from the California State University at Long Beach, with specialties in history, theater, and philosophy. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta teach small group workshops for homeschooling groups and at the Chinese American International School in San Francisco. They run two thriving writers clubs with over 600 families: Bay Area Young Writers and Bay Area Teen Writers. Since 2011, Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta have published six anthologies of their students’ fiction: Strokes of Lightning, Real Heroes Wear Sneakers, Bones of Mystery, Encroaching Ink, Special Worlds, and Piercing the Unknown. The latter two books are available on Amazon.com. Ms. Ho and Mr. Hatta are currently compiling and editing submissions for their upcoming Story Anthologies.
Rita Soyfertis is a longtime artist and art teacher based in San Francisco. She has taught and inspired children, teens, and adults for over 25 years at many Bay Area organizations, including the Community School of Music and Art in Mountain View, the Montalvo Villa Arts Center in Saratoga, and West Valley College. Her workshops have ranged from story illustrations to pop-up books to mosaic sculptures to marionette puppets. Ms. Soyfertis specializes in collaborative art projects with school communities, theater set design, and public art commissions. She studied at the Institute of Fine Arts and Industrial Arts in Kiev, Ukraine.