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Sound Bites - Issue #8 / April 2014


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Michelle King, Director Community and Contract Ed Michelle King, Director
Career & Contract Ed.

From One Parent to Another: Our Summer Camps are Educational and Fun

Like most busy parents I'm familiar with the challenges of planning summer activities that are fun and infused with a dose of learning.

Many experts suggest that kids should engage in learning activities that will enhance or at least maintain all that was learned during the school year.  Others will argue that kids are under too much stress and should be allowed to just relax and play during the summer.  

summer campOne of the camps being offered this summer is “Filmmaking: From Script
to Premiere.”

So what is a harried parent to do? Get the best of both worlds at summer camps that combine fun and learning!

SMC’s Community Education Department is offering a variety of summer camp courses, including Tech and Digital Arts, Mixed-Media Printing and language courses in Chinese and Spanish. And if you sign up by May 16, you can get a 10 percent discount.

 Parents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their young ones will be engaged, creative and having a good time while learning. So register now at You can also call (310) 434-3400 or email
Michelle King
Director of Career & Contract Education



Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator, Community and Contract Ed Alice Meyering,
Program Coordinator
Community & Contract Education

What's New:  A Showcase for Student Art

The display case in the lobby of the Bundy Building was dark, filled with dust balls, and covered up by signs and flyers taped to it.

But no longer.

I’m happy to say that I saw an opportunity to turn that dingy display case into a brightly lit showcase of beautiful works created by our art students. We opened our mini-art gallery in mid-March, and I’m proud that SMC students and employees, as well as visitors to our building, are noticing how talented our art students are.

Bundy Student Art Display
The display case in the lobby
of the Bundy Building.

The variety of pieces includes mosaic art, photography, life drawing, glass fusing and Japanese calligraphy. Photos include images from our “Photography at an Art Museum” tour of the Getty Villa and the “Night Lights at Santa Monica Pier” outing. One of our Japanese calligraphy pieces is a haiku, “Crows,” by Banshi. One of our glass fusing students created an unusual and lovely Chanukah Menorah.

The exhibit may not be on the scale of a gallery showing, but it’s a great way to put a spotlight on the talents of our students. I am hoping to turn this into an ongoing exhibition, perhaps changing every semester to begin with.

mosaic guitarMosaic guitar created by student Susan Bernard.
I was very lucky that I have some friends and instructors who
were very willing to help me in realizing my vision.  SMC Art Gallery
Director Marian Winsryg was extremely generous in sharing her
knowledge and resources, and Brennan Wheeler of the SMC Art
Department and Community Ed photo instructor Ed Mangus
were also very helpful.

My dream is that one day we will have a Community Education Student Art Exhibit in the future.

Until then, please come by and visit our new display case, located just across the hall from our office. I assure you, you won’t regret it.


Register Now - Your Choice of 120 Summer Classes!

Adventure in Lake Arrowhead“Adventure in Arrowhead” lakeside tour and lunch is being offered this summer .

Cell phone photography. Italian for Travelers. Mini-mosaic jewelry. These
are just some of the new classes being offered this summer by Santa
Monica College Community Education.

Registration is now open for a selection of 120-plus classes, workshops
and tours for the summer session, which begins June 23.

In addition, Community Ed is offering a 10 percent Early Bird Discount
on a wide range of summer camps for youth and teenagers.

“We’re excited about our robust offerings this summer that will keep
adults, children and families engaged mentally, physically and
artistically,” said Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator of Community
& Contract Education.

New classes and tours include – aside from those mentioned above –
“Eat Well, Live Better: Women’s Health Workshop,” Hand Embroidery, Stamped-Metal Jewelry, Guitar and an “Adventure in Arrowhead” lakeside
tour and lunch.

summer campsA range of youth summer
camps are slated.

Six-week summer camps for youth (ages 12 and up) are Chinese and Spanish Boot Camps. New this year are the following one-week camps: “Tech Builder’s App Design,” “Filmmaking: From Script to Premiere,” and “Animation Creations: Computer Animation.” Camps are also being offered in mixed-media printing in which students will learn to print T-shirts, pendants, posters and other items from images they choose – even photos taken on smart phones.

Classes returning to the schedule are in health and fitness, computers and Internet, arts, writing, languages, music, business and more. Some courses are offered online.

In addition, Community Education is offering an extensive collection of Professional Development courses in many disciplines, including business and finance, health professions, social work, entrepreneurship, and more.

To register, call (310) 434-3400 or go to You can also email