Thanks for attending the summer workshops! Please come back next year! Or consider signing up for KIDS-4 during the school year.  

SPMC Summer Workshops Restructured with New Offerings!

With the ever-changing timeline of reopening due to COVID-19, we have restructured our workshops to alleviate concerns and allow for the flexibility while still giving options for kids to get involved this summer! Some of our classes have been revamped into a hybrid format, which includes meeting virtually with staff, projects that can be done from home and meeting in-person at the studio on other days. Other changes include smaller class size minimums and adding an extra session of our popular movie-making workshop. 

See below for details on the changes.  

Sign up now! These workshops are designed for budding journalists, filmmakers and actors who want a fun and creative way to express themselves. Participants are introduced to media production in a fun, hands-on learning environment that is conveniently located – we are in the same building as the public library! These courses inspire kids in a creative atmosphere to learn communication skills they can use for a lifetime. Nothing is impossible when you have a camera, an idea and a group of friends!

Registration opens April 15
Registration deadline June 19
The link to register online will become active at 8:30am on April 15
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER WORKSHOPS
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*Please note that even with these changes there may still be updates due to COVID-19. We want to reassure you that refunds for the summer workshop fees will be honored before the registration deadline of June 19th (even if your summer plans change too!).

FULL – Adventures in Movie Making
Due to popularity we have opened another session of
Movie Making the afternoons of July 13-16.

Ready to make a summer blockbuster?  Learn how Hollywood shoots and edits movies while mastering basic movie-making techniques.  Create a story idea with a production team, and then turn that concept into a script and storyboard. Students can either rotate project roles (spending time as a director, camera operator or actor) or they can choose to focus on improving their skills in one particular role.  As a team students will create a movie from concept to completion while also adding fun special effects, use of the green screen and a short trailer.  Snacks will be provided.
Ages 11-14
Min 6 / Max 8
FULL Session 1, July 6-9, 9am-12pm
FULL Session 2, July 13-16, 2-5pm 
$75 Member / $100 Non-Member

 

NEW Adventures in Reporting – Hybrid (virtual and in-person)
We have revamped this workshop into a hybrid format which, includes meeting with staff virtually, projects that can be done from home and meeting in-person at the studio on other days.  

Do you have a nose for news? Would you like to sharpen you interview skills and camera techniques. On Monday, staff will meet virtually to give tips and tricks for interviewing and how to work with the camera equipment.  Each individual will be work on their own project for the rest of Monday and Tuesday. The following two days we will meet in the studio and computer lab to review the footage, write and film anchor introductions to the stories. By the end of the week we will have our own original mini newscast!
*Students will be given camera equipment to use at home.
Min 3 / Max 6
July 6-9, 2-5pm 
$50 Member / $75 Non-Member

 

FULL – Adventures in Animation
Making a cartoon has never been easier! Discover how animators create animated cartoons and movies.  Designed for students with a desire to learn, this workshop focuses on traditional stop-motion techniques and 2d animation techniques.  Learn how to bring art to life with animation.  Then add sound and special effects!  We will use cameras and iPad animation apps.  Snacks will be provided.
Ages 9-14
Min 6 / Max 8
July 13-16, 9am-12pm
$75 Member / $100 Non-Member

 

CANCELLED – Adventures in Sports Production
Unfortunately this new workshop has been cancelled due to
the lack of sports this summer.
Master all of the skills needed to create a live sports broadcast! Become the next Matt LePay by learning how to prepare story-lines and expertly describe the action. Plus work together to make sure all of the camera angels are covered to ensure viewers don’t miss a single play! Though preparations are still being finalized, please be aware that one class session will likely meet at a different time in order to broadcast a live game!
Ages 9-14
Min 4 / Max 6
July 13-16, 2-5pm
$75 Member / $100 Non-Member

 

FULL – Adventures in Photography – Hybrid (virtual and in-person)
We have revamped this workshop into a hybrid format, which includes meeting with staff virtually, projects that can be done from home and meeting in-person at the studio on other days.  

On Monday, staff will meet virtually to give tips and tricks on how to take photos and how to work with the camera equipment. Each individual will be work on their own from home to take pictures for their project on Monday and Tuesday. The following two days we will meet in the “digital darkroom” and use computers to edit our photos with Adobe Photoshop and learn basic digital art techniques and graphic design. By the end of the week, each student will have created their own original slideshow!
*Students will be given camera equipment to use at home.
Ages 9-14
Min 4 / Max 8
July 20-23, 9am-12pm
$50 Member / $75 Non-Member

 

FULL – Adventures in Music Videos
Are you a fan of pop music? Do you like to make your own music videos? You can be a beginner or an expert in this music video workshop where we guide the team through all the steps to creating an original music video for a real band! After meeting the band on the first day, we will be given have the assignment of creating a real music video for one of their original songs!
Ages 9-14
Min 4 / Max 6
Full July 20-23, 2-5pm
$75 Member / $100 Non-Member

 

CANCELLED – Adventures in Live Television
Nothing beats the excitement of performing live! Your child will feel that excitement firsthand by taking part in this one-of-a-kind workshop! From script ideas to directing, from audio to video, from casting to camera work, we will produce a LIVE television program from start to finish in one roller coaster of a day. The day will be filled with fun, creativity, and teamwork as we produce a show – what sort of show? That’s up to you! – on the fly and air it LIVE! Pizza will be provided!
Ages 11-14
Min 6 / Max 10
July 31, 9am-4pm (please note: this date has been changed from July 24 to July 31)
$40 Member / $60 Non-Member

 

Adventures in Internet Videos
Explore the art of expressing yourself online by creating, shooting, and editing your own up-loadable videos. Students should come to this class prepared with ideas and be ready to take those ideas from the page to in front of the camera to the final edit. This class is intended for older students working on individualized projects. Snacks will be provided.  
Ages 12-15
Min 6 / Max 8
July 27-30, 9am-12pm
$75 Member / $100 Non-Member

 

FULL – Adventures in Podcasting
Discover the thrill of radio in the 103.5 The Sun studio!  Learn how a real radio station works, practice on-air announcing, program your favorite songs and ask the questions that make great interviews. This workshop provides hands-on experience putting together radio productions in the studio and on location.  Projects include producing a radio drama, playing DJ and remote broadcasting away from the studio.  This course is a great opportunity for young people who want to gain confidence on the microphone.  Snacks will be provided.
Ages 9-14
Min 2 / Max 4
July 27-28, 2-5pm
$40 Member / $60 Non-Member

 

FULL – Adventures in Mobile Filmmaking
Make your videos with only one device! We will shoot, edit, add graphics and sound effects all within the tablet! This workshop is designed to give a better understanding of how to get the best out of the iPad for making home and school movies with family and friends. iPads will be provided for the week. Snacks will be provided.
Ages 9-14
Min 6 / Max 8
July 29-30, 2-5pm
$40 Member / $60 Non-Member