Columbia College, summer destination

Columbia College will hold day camps and workshops for art, at-risk and sports-minded students.

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The Grand Canyon is too far, Niagara Falls too wet and Gulf beaches are out. So why not have your kids stay home this summer and learn with Columbia College and other top experts in their field?

Summer art workshop
High school students can study with top regional artists, designers and professionals from Columbia College and the vibrant Columbia, Mo., art scene at Columbia College's third annual summer art workshop. The workshop starts on July 12 and runs through July 16, then resumes July 19 and runs through July 23.

"Students at last year's workshop indicated they wanted more instruction, so we added an extra week," said Mike Sleadd, Columbia College Art Department chair and professor, who is also scheduled to teach graphic design. “Last year was an incredible experience for us and for them – some kids didn't want to leave at the end of the day!"

During a typical seven-hour day, students will learn new techniques, receive input on their art and learn more about the Columbia art scene. Classes include:
  • Beginning and advanced painting
  • Beginning and advanced drawing
  • Printmaking (etching and relief)
  • Graphic design
  • Digital filmmaking. This workshop will use editing software, which is provided, but students must provide their own cameras.
  • Book arts (fine art bookmaking). Students will be introduced to the accordion, pamphlet, tacketted (ancient Venetian), Japanese and chainstich techniques.
  • Animation, using stop-motion software
  • Illustration
  • Jewelry. Students will work with sterling silver: soldering, carving and finishing.
Scheduled instructors include award-winning Columbia artist David Spear, painting; master illustrator and Columbia College Art Department Chair and Professor Mike Sleadd, graphic design; James Downey of Legacy Bookbindery, book arts; and jeweler and artist Tom Watson, Columbia College art professor, jewelry.

The cost of the workshop is $275 and includes all lunches and art materials unless otherwise noted.

To register, contact Elaine Warn, Art Department coordinator, at (573) 875-7517 or – soon!

Sports camps
Cougar Basketball Academy, running from June 14 – 17, June 28 - July 1 and July 5 – 8, is in its 21st season as one of the finest youth camps in Missouri. Head men's basketball coach Bob Burchard and his staff stress fundamentals and team concepts integral to successfully playing basketball. This is the same coach, by the way, who nearly won a national title last season.

Cougar Softball Camp, June 14 – 17 and July 12 – 15, is designed to teach and enhance the fundamental skills of fast-pitch softball for girls grades two through eight. Emphasis is on developing correct mechanics and techniques for the skills necessary in fast pitch softball: throwing, fielding, hitting, bunting, base running, sliding, position play and defensive situations. The camp director is coach Wendy Spratt, a former Columbia College All-American in her 16th season as head coach who has consistently led her teams to the championship – this year, too.
Cougar Soccer Camp, June 21 – 25 and July 19 – 23, seeks to instill fundamentals in budding soccer stars under coach John Klein. Klein finished his 10th year as men’s soccer coach at Columbia College in the fall of 2009, the winningest coach in CC soccer history. In 2009 more than 300 participants enrolled in the Cougar Soccer Camps. Coach Klein stresses quality instruction in the sessions, and he will be joined by a skilled staff of collegiate soccer players, college and high school coaches from mid-Missouri. The player-to-coach ratio is kept at approximately 12-to-1 to maximize the camp experience. Klein has led the Cougars to two NAIA National Tournaments – thus far.

To register for any of the sports camps, go to

Cougar Club and Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament
The 10th annual Cougar Club and Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament will be held at the Columbia Country Club in Columbia, Mo., June 7. The tournament raises funds for student-athlete scholarships and to improve facilities and provide operational funding for Cougar Athletics. Last year’s tournament saw 176 golfers in 44 teams compete during two shotgun starts, win oodles of prizes and raise nearly $20,000 during the one-day event. And even those who won’t win gift certificates for best long drive, closest-to-the-pin or best overall play will still have a great time and raise money for scholarships.
So come out swinging!

Contact Ryan McDannold, assistant director of Athletics, at or (573) 875-7419 to register or for more information.

Day Star
Columbia College has a long history of partnering with Columbia (Mo.) Public Schools (CPS) to further CPS teachers' education and to provide Columbia College student training; a prime example is the 23-year partnership with Field Elementary School that ended recently because Field closed and the students relocated. Columbia College staff, faculty and students supplied the school with textbooks, pen pals, threw ice cream socials and basketball game parties, among other things.

The Day Star camp is another such initiative, a two-week program for promising junior high students at risk of slipping between the cracks of the school system. The 20 or so junior high students who have registered thus far will be attending afternoon sessions at Columbia College June 21-28. This on-campus session will be preceded by a week at a CPS school.

"We want all of Columbia's youth to achieve their potential," said Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for academic affairs, "and this camp is another means to do so. They will also be exposed to a college environment, and hopefully be inspired to attend college themselves in a few years."

Last year Dr. Chris Belcher, Columbia School District superintendent, and Dr. Gerald Brouder, Columbia College president, signed an agreement partnering CPS and the college. Columbia College teacher education students are placed in elementary and middle school classrooms to both teach and learn; and Columbia College waives tuition for one graduate course for qualifying Columbia Public Schools faculty. Both parties also collaborate on an after-school program.


Anonymous said...

This is so cool! I wish I could do the Art Workshop, but unfortunately, I'm not in high school. What an awesome opportunity to work with some talented artists!