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For Immediate Release Contact: Becki Gervin 408.961.

Nov. 30, 2009

Montalvo Expands Education Programming in 2010

Kids’ Camps Throughout the Year, After-School Programs and

Adult Classes Now Offered at Montalvo

SARATOGA, Calif. – Montalvo Arts Center, a nonprofit arts organization with a mission dedicated to fostering
community engagement through the creation and presentation of multidisciplinary art, announces a substantial
expansion of its arts education programs in 2010. Currently offering approximately 40 education programs per
year in children’s theatre performances, art workshops and summer camps, Montalvo has doubled its
programming in performing and visual arts camps during the school year (coinciding with school breaks), after
school art programs, and a wide variety of classes for adults.

For more than 30 years, Montalvo’s education department has offered master classes for students, children’s
performances from renowned theatre companies, performing arts camps during the summer season and, most
recently, a teen program where students work with an artist over a 10-week period, culminating in an event to
showcase their work. In 2010, Montalvo’s expanded programming will offer:

- Five innovative after-school and weekend arts classes

- Five themed winter and spring arts camps (as well as its regular schedule of summer camps)
- Eight new classes for adults ranging from poetry to yoga to formal arts instruction
- A multifaceted Open House, including Open Artists' Studios, Villa and Garden tours and a Student Arts
Showcase plus more
- The new Final Fridays, free monthly events that showcase the work of a resident artist from the Lucas
Artists Residency Program

“Bringing arts education to children is a vital part of Montalvo’s mission,” said Angela McConnell, executive
director at Montalvo. “Schools are tightening their budgets in this challenging economy and music and art
programs are being eliminated. We’re pleased to serve as an important resource for parents to introduce their
children to the arts. For adults, Montalvo has always been a destination for its wonderful concerts and
compelling arts programming. We are especially excited to offer new adult classes to encourage engagement
through a broad diversity of classes and events.”

Tickets for all events are available through the Montalvo Box Office; some are available through Ticket buyers can learn more at



WINTER CAMPS: February 16 – February 19, 2010

Storytelling through Dance & Movement

9:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 5-8
$150; Members $135
This four-day camp explores how literature can inspire movement as children’s stories are used to create a class-
choreographed dance. Students will use their imagination to experiment with movement as they are lead through various
activities. Class culminates in a performance for friends and family. No dance experience required.
Ages: 8-12 9:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 5-8 1pm - 4pm
$150; Members $135
This four-day camp introduces the process of stop motion animation through hands-on creation of a short film! Students
will storyboard, sculpt, build armatures, and transform clay into “living” objects, rotating as photographer, animator,
director and narrator. Camp culminates in a mini film-festival and students take home a DVD of their finished film.

Creative Construction
1pm - 4pm
Ages: 8-12
$150; Members $135
Build sculptural art pieces using recycled materials and traditional and non-traditional sculpture techniques in this four-day
camp. The relaxed atmosphere allows students to exercise their free-flowing creativity while learning the principals of art:
form, shape, balance, and proportion.

SPRING CAMPS: April 12 – April 16, 2010

Fun with Food!

Ages: 5-8 9:30am - 12:30pm

Ages: 8-12 1pm - 4pm
$185; Members $170
Got Food? Kids will make fun and delicious snacks and meals in this hands-on culinary camp. Students will eat their art
after learning the health benefits of their food.

Famous Artists
The Barn
Ages: 8-12 9:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 5-8 1pm - 4pm
$185; Members $170
Tear, draw, paint, and sculpt! Children explore world famous artists and learn how to use their techniques in your artwork.
Using “cool” art materials and engaging projects, students will discover a new appreciation for art.

SUMMER CAMPS: Details To Be Announced in Early February 2010

Registration for Summer Camps and Programs begins FEBRUARY 22 for Members and MARCH 3 for the public. Camps
sell out quickly! Interested patrons can visit after February 1 for details

Camp Dates: June 14-18, June 21-25, June 28-July 2, July 6-9, July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30, August 2-6,
August 9-12, 2010

Inspired by the Lucas Artists Residency Programs and housed throughout Montalvo’s buildings and grounds, the Summer
Arts Camps introduce young minds to diverse artistic disciplines in workshops taught by top Bay Area artists. Children
participate in process-oriented projects and activities in the visual, performing, new media, literary arts, and more!


Art Classes

After School Art: Casting About with Paper and Plastic

Tuesdays (5), January 12 – February 9, 4pm - 6pm
Ages: 7-11
$150; Members $135
Playfully incorporating recycled materials, children will make colorful handmade paper for a variety of 2D and 3D projects,
including paper insects, flowers, and cast wall hangings.

PLUS ART! Painting and Planting Workshop

Saturday, February 13, 10am - 3pm
All ages
$10, drop-in
Trees are truly spectacular and have the ability to transform arid places into desert oases! Guests will learn to paint and
plant trees in this fun workshop – and will be able to take home their planted seeds to nurture into a thriving tree! This
workshop coincides with The Man Who Planted Trees performance at 11 am and 1 pm in the Carriage House Theatre.

After School Art: Aqua Extravaganza

Tuesdays (6), February 23 – March 30, 4pm - 6pm
Ages: 7-11
$150; Members $135
Children will explore a variety of water-based mediums in this fun painting class with artist Ken Hay. Using watercolor,
acrylics and ink coupled with traditional and non-traditional methods, students will take an experimental approach to
creating works of art.

After School Art: Plein Air Drawing and Painting

Tuesdays (6), April 20 – May 25, 4pm - 6pm
Ages: 7-11
$150; Members $135
Inspired by Montalvo’s natural and manicured landscapes, kids can enjoy the great outdoors while learning elements of
perspective, composition, light and form. Students will learn about plein air painters and experiment with drawing and
painting techniques.

PLUS ART! Earth Day Birthday Workshop

Thursday, April 22, 4pm – 6:30pm
All ages
$10, drop-in
Happy 40 Birthday, Earth Day! Celebrate our beautiful world with earth-inspired art projects. This workshop coincides
with The Banana Slug String Band performance at 6:30 p.m. in the Carriage House.

Family Performing Arts Series

Performed in the historic Carriage House Theatre; all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Ticket prices: $20 adults; $10 children / Members $16 adults; $8 children

- Harry the Dirty Dog, Sunday, February 7, 1pm

- Stellaluna, Thursday, February 11, 6:30pm
- The Man Who Planted Trees, Saturday, February 13, 11am & 1pm, PLUS ART! Workshop, 10am – 3pm
- Dr. Seuss’s The Butter Battle Book, Sunday, March 7, 1pm & 3pm
- You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Sunday, March 21, 1pm & 3pm
- The Banana Slug String Band, Thursday, April 22, 6:30pm, PLUS ART! Workshop, 4 – 6:30pm
- Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Sunday, April 25, 1pm

Youth Action Coalition

Montalvo’s Youth Action Coalition is made up of motivated high school students who are creative thinkers, feel passionate
about the arts and contemporary social issues, and enjoy working with their peers from a diversity of backgrounds.

Community Events

Montalvo Open House

Saturday, April 17, 11am – 4pm
Free (parking information to be determined)
Guests are invited to a day at Montalvo for fun, food and more. We’ll have Open Studios, where visitors can see each
studio and interact with our current artists in residence; Villa and Garden Tours; hands-on workshops; Carriage House
performances and more.

Plus, Montalvo and the Santa Clara County Office of Education present the first annual Student Arts Festival,
showcasing original collaborative artworks by K-12 students. Encouraging students to reflect on our environment, this
festival includes all arts disciplines: poetry, dance, new media, and more!

Final Fridays
Free Admission
Held the last Friday of every month, except in Nov. and Dec., Final Fridays showcase the work of select artists-in-
residence at the Lucas Artists Residency Program in various venues at Montalvo.
7 Annual Starry, Starry Night: Art & Astronomy Slumber Party
Friday and Saturday, August 13 and 14, 8pm - 8am
Ages: 6+ (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)
$80 adult; $50 child; family (2 adults/2 children) $230
Members $70 adult; $40 child; family $200
Evening Only: $50 adult; $35 child / Members $40 adult; $28 child
Art and astronomy collide at Montalvo’s 7 annual Starry, Starry Night. Coinciding with the Perseid meteor showers,
guests learn about the vast night skies and the art it inspires. Enjoy keynote speakers, telescopes, Ranger-led hikes,
storytellers, hands-on art, interactive installations, movies, sleeping under the stars and a pancake breakfast!

Tours of the Historic Villa

Saturday, Feb 13, 10am – 12pm
Sundays, Jan 17, Mar 21, Apr 25, May 16, 1pm - 3pm
Recommended for ages 12+
$10; Members FREE
Learn about Senator Phelan’s country home, his life and his friends, the arts center then and now, and more. Tours led by
volunteer docents; space is limited and reservations are required two days in advance by calling 408.961.5858.

History Walks
First and Third Saturdays of each month, April through October
Two tours daily: 11am and 12pm
Recommended for ages 12+
Volunteer docents lead free 30-minute educational history walks of the grounds on the first and third Saturdays of each
month, April-October. For details, contact Volunteer Resources or call 408.961.5858.


Visual Art Classes

Drawing Montalvo: Classical Forms from Sculpture with Gabriel Coke

Thursdays (6), March 4 – April 8, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Field Trip: Sunday, March 28, 1pm - 5pm
$240; Members $215
Inspired by classical sculpture found in Montalvo’s gardens, this course provides a foundation for drawing the human
form. Students will hone their skills by studying and drawing plaster casts and nature forms. Topics include perspective,
artistic anatomy, and field studies. $20 materials fee.

Drawing Montalvo: Birds and Nesting with Edward Rooks

Thursdays (6), April 29 – June 3, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Field Trip: Saturday, May 22, 9am – noon
$225; Members $200
Spring abounds with new life! Explore our natural world through pen and ink. Study and draw plumage, courtship displays,
nesting and more. Students’ work will be inspired by the birds found in Silicon Valley: woodpeckers, bluebirds, herons,
swallows, and more! Students can also bring their binoculars to watch and draw birds in their natural environment. $20
materials fee.

Poetry Classes

Inspired by Nature: Poetry Workshop with Sally Ashton

Mondays (4), March 1 – March 22, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
$145; Members $130

Contemporary lifestyles can leave poets yearning for the slow lane, if not the nearest exit. Find renewal through this
course as you create new work using images of nature. Students will have the opportunity to explore Montalvo’s gardens
and trails for inspiration. Some writing experience suggested.

Artful Living Classes & Workshops

Yoga at the Villa

Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 5 – February 23, 9:15am - 10:30am
Drop-in $15; Members $12
Set in the historic Villa’s Grand Hall, this is the ideal yoga experience for beginner- to intermediate-levels. Classes are
taught by Linda Toeniskoetter, a seasoned instructor who imparts techniques for relaxation and deep breathing in the
intimate wood-paneled room with elegant views to the Italianate garden.

Winter Preserves with Culinary Fellow Michelle Fuerst

Saturday, January 30, 10am - 1pm
Adults; 12+
$30; Members $25
Dying for a moment of brightness this winter? Capture the bright flavors of citrus in this Winter Preserves workshop.
Michelle Fuerst demonstrates the lost art of home preserving, including preserved lemons, citrus marmalades, and lemon
curd. Receive a jar of preserves, and the know-how to can at home.

Art & Wine: Chocolate!

Sunday, February 21, 1pm - 4:30pm
Adults, must be 21+
$75; Members $65
Guests can enjoy a glass of wine as they learn the basics of chocolate truffle making. We will cover chocolate processing
and different types of chocolate. Class includes hand tempering as well as making and decorating ganaches. Students will
take home chocolates that they made in class.

Art & Wine: Whimsical Cocktail Hats

Thursday, May 6, 6pm - 9pm
Adults, must be 21+
$75; Members $65
Guest will set their inner fashionista loose! Create a mini-top hat or elegant cocktail hat using an array of materials such
as wallpaper sheets, netting, Japanese comics and silk ties. Using templates by artist Corinne Takara, guests can create
an elegant hat or even a bridal veil!

Blenheim Apricots with Culinary Fellow Michelle Fuerst

Sunday, June 13, 1pm - 4pm
Adults; 12+
$30; Members $25
Discover the beauty of royal Blenheim Apricots! Grown in the area since 1900 and prized for its sweet, tart flavors and
intense aroma, the Blenheim has been overlooked in favor of more transportable varieties. Learn the history of this kingly
fruit, and leave with the ability to preserve apricots at home.

About Montalvo Arts Center

Montalvo Arts Center is a nonprofit organization that fosters community engagement through the creation and presentation of
multidisciplinary art. By uniting the broadest possible audiences with a global community of artists, Montalvo expands the role of arts
and culture as an essential community resource. Montalvo’s programming includes: an annual theme-based arts program; music and
performance; education and public programs; new media and visual arts; and the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency. Located in
the Saratoga foothills in the midst of Silicon Valley, Montalvo Arts Center occupies a Mediterranean-style villa on 175 stunning acres,
which Senator James Phelan left to the people of California for the encouragement of promising students in the areas of art, music,
literature and architecture. In January 2005, the organization changed its name from "Villa Montalvo" to "Montalvo Arts Center" to better
communicate its mission to increasing local, national and international audiences. Montalvo celebrates its centennial in 2012. For more
information about Montalvo Arts Center, call 408.961.5800 or visit


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