Local Artists Lead Arts Intensive Camps at the Quick

Local Artists Lead Arts Intensive Camps at the Quick

Melissa Matuska, mmatuska@fairfield.edu, 203-254-4000 ext. 2979

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (June 20, 2017) – The Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University is once again offering cutting-edge Summer Camp Intensives in Hip Hop Dance, Graffiti, Fashion, and Singing for the Stage this summer.

The Summer Intensives give campers the opportunity to work with professional local artists who are highly regarded in their fields, from accomplished performers who have graced the stage at Carnegie Hall, to visual artists who have had their work featured throughout Connecticut and beyond. Sessions will run Monday - Thursday from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. and are $180 per week.

FASHION DESIGN (ALMOST SOLD OUT) - July 10 – 13 – From first sketch to wearable finished pieces, participants will learn about color and texture, patternmaking, draping, and sewing to create their own custom garments. Led by a Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) alumna with industry success, campers learn the ins-and-outs of fashion design and take their self-expression to the next level. Ages 10-14.

Instructor: Sooo-z Mastropietro

Sooo-z Mastropietro holds a BFA in Fashion and Textile Design from FIT. After starting off as an art director, she conceived Mastropiece, a silk painting business which utilizes her own wearable designs. She has continued to develop paintings in oil, illustrations of estates, and has designed a line of stationery. She has judged art shows, curated more than 60 themed shows, and currently serves as ArtSmart chairperson at the Elementary school level.

HIP HOP - July 17 – 20 - In one of our most popular Summer Intensives, campers will get to pop, lock, and move to the beat in this expressive and energetic session. Ages 9 and up.

Instructor: Brian Herman

Part of the dance duo, Double Up, Brian Herman has performed at Carnegie Hall, Yankee Stadium, and many stages around the world. He has collaborated as a dancer and choreographer with artists such as Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Sean Paul, and many more.

GRAFFITI July 24-27 - Campers will learn about graffiti culture and the process of creating compelling spray paint masterpieces. Ages 10 and up.

Instructor: Julius Tkid170 Cavero

Tkid grew up in the South Bronx. In an urban culture dominated by street gangs, Tkid learned to survive using graffiti art as a tool to get away from the world of drugs and crime. Today he travels the world giving workshops on the power of positive expression and graffiti art. In sharing his experience, he speaks of how art and culture can be used to further your aspirations.

SINGING FOR THE STAGE July 30-August 3 and August 7-10 – Led by a local Juilliard-trained soprano, whose debut at Carnegie Hall was critically acclaimed, campers will discover how to develop their voice to project and perform, explore song choices in a variety of styles, including musical theatre, opera, standards, pop, cabaret and jazz. Ages 11 and up.

Instructor: Lucia Palmieri

A soprano opera singer and trained at Juilliard, Palmieri has sung internationally before televised performances and huge audiences at the world's biggest concert halls.

Bass Camp 2017 - Monday, August 28, 2017, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Rising up from the back of the section, the double bass takes center stage in Bass Camp emitting its rich, deep tones.

The caboose of the train line, the anchor of the ship, the buttercream in the brownie: the double bass has so many capabilities. Bass Camp is a unique opportunity to celebrate the bass — for players at all levels — by creating opportunities to play in small double bass ensembles exploring a variety of genres. Get ready for a one-day intensive of double bass mania with some of the area's most active bass players. Ages 10 - 17.

Price: BYOB (Bring your own bass), $100 includes t-shirt, music, and folder.


Sooo-z Mastropietro has 30 years playing experience. Once she defected from the violins at age 13, she found herself in the middle of the bass section and quickly embraced the low register as well as the versatility and physicality of this large instrument. She has played with NYU, Greenwich Village Orchestra, a number of pits, and has been actively playing with the American Chamber Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of New Haven.

Rich Zurkowski has provided the low notes for more than 20 years in a wide variety of groups spanning all styles of music. He has been fortunate enough to have toured extensively across the U.S. and Europe backing up well known artists such as Martin Sexton and Blues Grammy Award winner Joe Louis Walker. He is also a member of the bands Jen Durkin and the Business and Caravan of Thieves and the American Chamber Orchestra, Fairfield County String Society, and Connecticut Little Symphony.

Registration is available online at quickcenter.com/education , in person at our box office Monday through Friday 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and prior to performances, or call (203) 254-4010.

Posted On: 06-20-2017 11:06 AM

Volume: 49 Number: 179

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