6-8 Programs

The Middle School programs offer students entering grades six, seven and eight a wide variety of courses.

We offer one-week half-day intensive workshops from June 15-19 and July 27-31, 2020.

Our core program of classes run five weeks from June 22 through July 24, 2020, with several classes offering a three-week option from June 22 through July 10, 2020.

Classes meet on Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday with some afternoon programs meeting Monday-Friday.

Students may choose one class or several to build a full-day program, or create a flexible schedule.

All middle school classes are offered as enrichment. Grades, grade reports and transcripts are not issued for middle school students.

Most classes are only offered once. Prior to enrolling online, we suggest printing the Grid Schedule of Classes to use as a guide for selecting the desired student schedule.

Middle School programs and courses are held at our 21st Street Campus, except for basketball, swim and volleyball. Students on campus are transported by school bus to attend these classes. Pick up for these classes is at the Sport Center on the Norton Campus.
 
School will be closed on closed Friday, July 3. 
 

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Dance

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  • Dance Intensive, grades 2-6

    This dance intensive is a training and performance program that emphasizes the technical rigor of dance, while participating in the choreographic process. Throughout our training, rehearsal and performance experiences we stress creative values, rehearsal ethics and collaborative support among performers. 
     
    Dancers take class and learn choreography in Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary dance styles, with a visual art component. Each day begins and ends as a large group, engaging in community-based warm-ups, council and games. The week culminates in a performance on Friday.
     
    Sample Daily Schedule:
    8:30 Drop Off 
    9:00 Bus from Norton to 21st Street Campus
    9:10 Welcome & Warm-Up
    9:30-10:25 Jazz Dance
    10:25-10:40 Snack
    10:40-11:40 Acrobatics
    11:40-12:20 Lunch 
    12:20-12:35 Community Building 
    12:35-1:15 Art class
    1:15-2:15 Contemporary Dance
    2:15-2:45 Community Sharing 
    2:45-3:00pm-Bus from 21st Street to Norton Campus
    3:00-3:15pm-Dismissal and Carpool at the Norton Campus 
     
    Drop-off and pick-up are at our Norton Campus. *After drop-off and before pick-up, students will be bussed to and from the 21st Street Campus.
     
    Extended Care is available at Norton beginning at 8:00a.m.to 9:00a.m. and from 3:00p.m.to 5:45p.m.
     
    The week culminates in a performance on Friday.
     
    Instructor: Bryanna Brock, Crossroads Dance Faculty
     
    Course #: 310

    Section 48: 7/6-7/10/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $595
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, June 8.

    Class sizes are limited.
    Enroll today.

Drama/Theater

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  • Acting Boot Camp, One-Week, grades 6-9 [NEW]

    A lively, focused theater workshop to explore acting fundamentals such as: Objectives and Actions, overcoming obstacles, creating clear characters and Stage Fighting (“slap, kick, punch!” your acting partner). Audition Techniques will also be taught; each student will have a monologue (selected especially for them) that can be used for future play auditions (including Crossroads Upper School Tour for 9th graders). Improvisation skills will be explored through classic, fun favorites such as “Yes, And…,” “Freeze,” “Taxi,” and “Translator.” Acting Boot Camp is suitable for ALL levels of experience.
     
    Instructor: Zoey Zimmerman, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #770
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
  • From the Page to the Stage: An Acting and Devising Workshop, One-Week, grades 7-12 [NEW]

    Adaptation and Devising Workshop For Young Theatre Makers - In this fun, fast paced performance and writing intensive, you will work as a company to create an original play over the course of four sessions with a live performance on session five. This course will include improv, theater games, scene work, creative writing, and movement and devising techniques from the Tony Award Winning UK based physical theatre company, Frantic Assembly (movement direction for the hit Broadway play, The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Nighttime). Drawing from a variety of sources ranging from current events, to mythology and fairy tales, we will write, act, choreograph and rehearse every day to create an original work that is unique to the interests of our ensemble. If you love to act, dance or write, this course is for you! Be prepared for an intense week of creativity, challenge and fun. 
     
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #772
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
  • Musical Theater Production, grades 6-12

    Our Summer 2020 Production is TBD

    A theatrical performance and skill building experience, the class is open to student singers, dancers, actors, and comedians of all ages and levels of experience from novice to professional. An extremely challenging and rewarding process, this course incorporates practical hands-on performance experience, as well as training in acting, singing, dancing, stage-craft, set design, costume design, characterization, staging, and so much more! Students participating in this five-week program work daily learning scenes, songs, and choreography for the production. In addition, performers help design, construct, and decorate their own costumes and portable sets.
     
    Auditions are not required for enrollment.  Students will audition for casting during the first week of class.
     
    Students participate in performances on July 23, 24 and 25, 2020. A detailed rehearsal and performance schedule will be distributed in early July.
    The program also includes an overnight trip to perform at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times in Idyllwild, CA. Travel dates are still to be determined.
    Enrollment is limited.  Enroll now to secure a space.
     
    Instructor: Ronnie Anderson, Crossroads Faculty
    Instructor: Fred Pinto, Crossroads Summer Faculty
    Accompanist: Caitlin Tortorici, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 702
    Section 53: 6/22-7/25/2020 M-F 1:00-5:00 $2200
    1-year elective arts-credit for students entering grades 9-12
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     
     
  • Summer One-Act Festival, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Explore the creative and collaborative elements of theatre-making with the first ever Summer at Crossroads Teen One-Acts Festival.  You will have the option to write, direct, design or perform in a series of One-Act plays that will be produced by the teen company with mentorship by Crossroads faculty and guest artists.  Are you interested in directing? Curious about production design? Are you an actor who would like to know more about what goes into producing a show?  Take the summer to stretch your skill set and imagination and join us this summer.
     
    Instructor: Claire Larson, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 709 
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF  8:30 – 10:15  $550
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Technical Theater, grades 7-12

    This class is a great way to learn some of the many backstage techniques such as carpentry, scenic painting, stage lighting, and sound. In addition to class work, students will serve as the building and running crew for the three summer productions before and after class and during evenings and on some weekends. Students should be prepared to work hard and get messy!
     
    Instructor: Nick Santiago, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 704
    Section 32: 6/22-7/24/2020* MWF 10:40-12:30 $600
    1 semester of arts credit for students entering grades 9-12
     
    *Productions run through Saturday, July 25, 2020.
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Visual Effects Through Cinema History, grades 6-8

    Students find humor and amazement in discussing the evolution of practical visual effects through cinema history. After Georges Méliès’s landmark A Trip to the Moon (1902) launches discussions into Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954), The Dark Crystal (1982) and Gremlins (1984), students learn about and discuss the suspension of disbelief and the filmmaking techniques that compel it.
     
    But that’s just to get started; in tandem with the viewings, students conceive of and build their own creatures, make-up effects, props, puppets or any number of tangible artifacts. In stepping away from their laptops and devices, students enter a world of possibility and explore the hands-on use of craft supplies, paints, liquid latex, sculpture compounds, miniatures, scale-models and, most of all, pure imagination. In this fast-paced, course, students engage in the design process from start to finish, and hone their reasoning, planning, and problem-solving skills to engineer their own piece of movie magic.
     
    This course is recommended for students interested in film, sculpture, fashion & design, architecture, and visual arts & crafts.
     
    Additional class discussions may surround excerpts from Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Little Shop of Horrors, King Kong, Jurassic Park, E.T. and The Forbidden Planet.
     
    Instructor: Julian Laurent, Crossroads Faculty
     
     
    Course #: 511
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $500
    Section 35: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $350
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.

Film

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  • Digital Filmmaking Workshops, grades 6-12

    The videos that you’ve always thought about making are possible to create! Join us in this class to experience every facet of the digital filmmaking process. Learn how to take your idea from concept, to developing your story, to writing out dialogue for your characters, to shooting and editing your own movie. Understand the process like never before, and have fun doing it! You can shoot with your own film camera or use our DSLR’s or mini camcorders. All levels of filmmakers from beginning to advanced are welcome, as this program is tailor-made to your abilities.
     
    About the class:
    Students use CELTX, a web-based screenwriting software as they learn how to tell their individual stories by developing characters and writing their own screenplays. Students also learn to edit and score their films using Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and iMovie editing software. 
     
    In addition, students watch and analyze films that demonstrate dynamic and creative filmmaking. They view award-winning films produced by both the big studios and the independent filmmaker and learn to critique them by having in-depth conversations about character and story.
     
    Finally, industry professionals from all areas will visit to share their knowledge and experience with the students. 
     
    Components Include:
     
    Production: concept to shooting, editing, viewing and discussion
    Screenwriting: creating your story, and writing the script
    Field trips: visiting major film studios and independent production studios like YouTube Space LA
    Film Theory and Discussion: discuss your own films and popular clips from movies, television, and the web
     
    Sample Weekly Schedule 
    Monday: 1-2pm film theory. 2-4pm writing.
    Tuesday: 1-2pm writing. 2-4pm film production. 
    Wed: 1-3pm. film production 3-4pm editing. (Or Field Trip)
    Thursday: 1-2pm guest speaker 2-4pm editing.
    Friday: 1-2pm watch weekly student projects. 2-4pm watch and analyze a Feature Film. 
     
     
    Course #: 714   - Two weeks
    Section 02: 6/22-7/2/2020 M-F 1:00-4:00 $800
    Instructor: Molly Hansen, Crossroads Faculty
    Enrichment
     
     
    Course #: 714  - Three weeks
    Section 03: 7/6-7/24/2020 M-F 1:00-4:00 $1000
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Make a Movie: Guerrilla Filmmaking, One-Week, grades 7-12

    Come partake and celebrate filmmaking in this exciting, one-week Summer School video production class at Crossroads. Students, in five days, will learn how to write a screenplay using CELTX, a web-based professional screenwriting software, film a movie with digital film cameras and learn how to edit using iMovie or Final Cut editing software. In this fun and fast paced class, students will "draw" key cinematic elements, like a specific prop, a line of dialogue or the genre for their film, from "a hat." These elements must be a part of their film as they create and then screen their films at the end of the week. Learn film from the get-go, in this hands-on approach to digital gorilla filmmaking. Cinematic technique will be discussed on the first day and then the students will immediately be plunged into the world of creative movie making. An industry professional will watch and critique the films with the students to help provide insight and offer valuable insider information. 
     
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 790 
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
    Enrichment

Languages

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  • American Sign Language, An Intro to, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Students will learn basic vocabulary, grammar, history, fingerspelling, numbers, terminology, and Deaf culture through active communication. This class will focus on the language skills: sight comprehension, hand formation, body language, and knowledge of signs. No prior knowledge of ASL is required to join this class.
     
    Instructor: Sanaz Whetter, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 553 
    Section 24: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 3:15-5:00 $350
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.

Math

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  • Mathematical Marvels, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    How can you calculate your latitude from anywhere in the world and with no electrical device? How can you determine your bearing on a map? How did ancient cultures construct megaliths, such as the great temples in Chichen Itza, that were perfectly aligned with the cosmos? How can you determine the odds of winning a game and decide if it is fair? How do Newton’s Laws of motion help us better understand the physical universe? How can you estimate the population of a certain species within a given region?
     
    The answer to all of the above problems requires certain mathematical abilities. Within this course we will investigate these questions and more. The purpose of this applied math course is to enrich the mathematical understanding and abilities of the student through interactive investigations and discussion. In short this course will be a mathematical journey and adventure. Students will learn grade level to advanced math concepts and will apply them to solve real world problems from a variety of STEM fields. The course consists of several units, each with its own theme and culminating project.
     
    Instructor: Daniel Figueroa, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 599
    Grades 6,7 Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $350
    Grades 7,8 Section 22: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350
    Enrichment
  • Pre-Algebra, grade 6

    This course offers a review of key fifth grade concepts such as order of operations, adding and subtracting fractions, area and volume, and evaluating word problems in addition to previewing important sixth grade concepts such as evaluating expressions with variables and using formulas to solve problems.  
     
    In addition to practice 
     problems, the curriculum uses visual models and real-life contexts to help the students solidify their understanding of the concepts. Students complete the problem sets in small groups so that they can deepen their understanding by learning from one another while honing their mathematical communication skills.  
     
    Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate on long-term, hands-on projects that bring math to life! Projects could include designing mathematical board games, developing a technology project such as stop-motion animation, or creating mathematically inspired visual art. 
     
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 601 
    Section 32: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 10:40-12:30 $550 
    Section 36: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 10:40-12:30 $350 
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.  
  • Pre-Algebra, grade 7

    This course offers a review of key sixth grade concepts such as order of operations, multiplying and dividing fractions, comparing portions, and solving equations and inequalities in addition to previewing important seventh grade concepts such as integers, algebraic expressions, and probability.
     
    In addition to practice problems, the curriculum uses visual models and real-life contexts to help the students solidify their understanding of the concepts. Students complete the problem sets in small groups so that they can deepen their understanding by learning from one another while honing their mathematical communication skills.
     
    Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate on long-term, hands-on projects that bring math to life! Projects could include designing mathematical board games, developing a technology project such as stop-motion animation, or creating mathematically inspired visual art.
     
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 605
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $550
    Section 35: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $350
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Pre-Algebra, grade 8

    This course offers a review of key seventh grade concepts such as integers, operations with fractions, decimals, and percent’s, solving proportions and equations, and slope in addition to previewing important eighth grade concepts such as scientific notation, exponent rules, and graphing linear equations.
     
    In addition to practice problems, the curriculum uses visual models and real-life contexts to help the students solidify their understanding of the concepts. Students complete the problem sets in small groups so that they can deepen their understanding by learning from one another while honing their mathematical communication skills.
     
    Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate on long-term, hands-on projects that bring math to life! Projects could include designing mathematical board games, developing a technology project such as stop-motion animation, or creating mathematically inspired visual art.
     
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 603
    Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $350
    Section 25: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $200
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.

Media & Technology

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  • Audio Engineering Fundamentals, grades 6-12

    The objective of this class is to teach students the principles of sound recording and live sound reinforcement. In this class, students learn about acoustics, transducers, microphone techniques, cables and connectors, amplification, digital recording, music production software (Pro Tools, Garage Band, Logic), sound editing, equalization, dynamics processors, effects, mixing boards, mixing and mastering. Students are asked to record a new project every week to reinforce the topics covered. At the end of the program, the class will go to a local professional recording studio to record an original piece as a group. We welcome newcomers and experienced musicians. All students are supported to learn at their own pace. 
     
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 720 
    Section 22: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $450
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Beat Making - Music Production, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    The objective of this class is to teach students how to create their own original beats. Using Ableton Live or Pro Tools (other DAWs welcome), students will learn how to create professional sounding beats in a variety of genres. The class will explore MIDI basics, quantization, drum machines, sampling, chord progressions, synthesis, sound design and more. Students will be asked to create a new beat every week, thus building their own repertoires. The class will culminate with a visit to a professional recording studio, where students will have a opportunity to add a vocal or an instrument to a beat they have created. This course encourages students to progress at their own pace. All levels of experience are welcome.
     
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #:723
    Section 32: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 10:40 – 12:30 $600
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Beats and Docs for a Cause, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    Students will have the opportunity to listen to inspiring music and watch uplifting, award-winning documentary short films that address issues of equity and justice, cultivate global awareness, and encourage a sense of activism. We will listen to songs from a variety of musical genres, analyze lyrics and orchestrations, and discuss how the music calls us to see the world through multiple perspectives. We will screen several documentary short films and reflect on how these movies motivate us to affect social change. Students will have opportunities to journal, discuss, collaborate, and reflect on the beats and the docs.
     
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 527 
    Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350
    Section 25: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Broadcast Journalism, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    This class will allow students to make video news segments based on their interests. Students will learn how to identify whether a story is informative versus news. The class will also learn how to plan, write and film a news segment for broadcast.
     
    Instructor: Brendan Whitt, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 525 
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF  8:30 – 10:15  $550
    Section 35: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF  8:30 – 10:15  $350
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • DJ Workshop, One-Week, grades 6-8 and 9-12

    Learn the fundamentals of DJing along with its history, culture, and theory in this 5-day class. Students format and organize their music library and create playlists in preparation for mixing using Pioneer’s CDJs and Rekordbox software, the industry standard. Students learn the origins of DJing and the genres/sub-genres of dance music, with each student researching and presenting one for the class. We also cover basic music theory and beatmatching, utilizing their math and critical thinking skills. Students develop their performance skills as they compile and practice mixing a DJ set, culminating in a final “show” performed for their classmates and recorded. Students work at their own pace and all levels of experience in music are welcome.
     
    Students must bring their own headphones (wired, no bluetooth), laptop preferred.
     
    Instructor: Bianca Bracho-Perez '02, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 789
     
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00 - 12:00 $350; grades 6-8
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30 - 3:30 $350; grades 9-12
  • Make a Movie: Guerrilla Filmmaking, One-Week, grades 7-12

    Come partake and celebrate filmmaking in this exciting, one-week Summer School video production class at Crossroads. Students, in five days, will learn how to write a screenplay using CELTX, a web-based professional screenwriting software, film a movie with digital film cameras and learn how to edit using iMovie or Final Cut editing software. In this fun and fast paced class, students will "draw" key cinematic elements, like a specific prop, a line of dialogue or the genre for their film, from "a hat." These elements must be a part of their film as they create and then screen their films at the end of the week. Learn film from the get-go, in this hands-on approach to digital gorilla filmmaking. Cinematic technique will be discussed on the first day and then the students will immediately be plunged into the world of creative movie making. An industry professional will watch and critique the films with the students to help provide insight and offer valuable insider information. 
     
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 790 
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
    Enrichment

Music

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  • Audio Engineering Fundamentals, grades 6-12

    The objective of this class is to teach students the principles of sound recording and live sound reinforcement. In this class, students learn about acoustics, transducers, microphone techniques, cables and connectors, amplification, digital recording, music production software (Pro Tools, Garage Band, Logic), sound editing, equalization, dynamics processors, effects, mixing boards, mixing and mastering. Students are asked to record a new project every week to reinforce the topics covered. At the end of the program, the class will go to a local professional recording studio to record an original piece as a group. We welcome newcomers and experienced musicians. All students are supported to learn at their own pace. 
     
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 720 
    Section 22: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $450
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Beat Making - Music Production, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    The objective of this class is to teach students how to create their own original beats. Using Ableton Live or Pro Tools (other DAWs welcome), students will learn how to create professional sounding beats in a variety of genres. The class will explore MIDI basics, quantization, drum machines, sampling, chord progressions, synthesis, sound design and more. Students will be asked to create a new beat every week, thus building their own repertoires. The class will culminate with a visit to a professional recording studio, where students will have a opportunity to add a vocal or an instrument to a beat they have created. This course encourages students to progress at their own pace. All levels of experience are welcome.
     
    Instructor: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #:723
    Section 32: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 10:40 – 12:30 $600
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Beats and Docs for a Cause, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    Students will have the opportunity to listen to inspiring music and watch uplifting, award-winning documentary short films that address issues of equity and justice, cultivate global awareness, and encourage a sense of activism. We will listen to songs from a variety of musical genres, analyze lyrics and orchestrations, and discuss how the music calls us to see the world through multiple perspectives. We will screen several documentary short films and reflect on how these movies motivate us to affect social change. Students will have opportunities to journal, discuss, collaborate, and reflect on the beats and the docs.
     
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 527 
    Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350
    Section 25: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • DJ Workshop, One-Week, grades 6-8 and 9-12

    Learn the fundamentals of DJing along with its history, culture, and theory in this 5-day class. Students format and organize their music library and create playlists in preparation for mixing using Pioneer’s CDJs and Rekordbox software, the industry standard. Students learn the origins of DJing and the genres/sub-genres of dance music, with each student researching and presenting one for the class. We also cover basic music theory and beatmatching, utilizing their math and critical thinking skills. Students develop their performance skills as they compile and practice mixing a DJ set, culminating in a final “show” performed for their classmates and recorded. Students work at their own pace and all levels of experience in music are welcome.
     
    Students must bring their own headphones (wired, no bluetooth), laptop preferred.
     
    Instructor: Bianca Bracho-Perez '02, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 789
     
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00 - 12:00 $350; grades 6-8
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30 - 3:30 $350; grades 9-12
  • Guitar, Rock and Blues, grades 6-12

    Learn rock and pop tunes in the style of Eric Clapton, The Beatles, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac and more! This course will include learning to read TAB, chords, strumming patterns, blues and pentatonic scales, finger-picking and other styles. 
     
    Instructor: Jory Schulman, Crossroads Summer Faculty 
     
    Course #: 721
     
    Section 22: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $400 
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Hip-Hop History and Appreciation, grades 6-12

    Description coming.
     
    Instructor: Brendan Whitt, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 520 
    Section 32: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF  10:40-12:30  $550
    Section 33: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF  10:40-12:30  $350
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Jazz Music Workshop, grades 6-12

    This is our twentieth year of the Crossroads Jazz Workshop and it is bigger and better than ever! Our experienced jazz instructors have developed a five-week program designed to enhance the young musician’s knowledge and skills in the area of jazz music.  
     
    This program covers everything that jazz students need to learn including improvisation, style blending in an ensemble, sight-reading, ear-training, jazz theory, and jazz history. Students play in jazz combos and have instrument-specific sectionals.
     
    The ensembles perform at Third Street Promenade, at Disneyland's California Adventure and on campus at Crossroads. In addition, professional jazz artists are invited to hold master classes for our students. Previous clinicians have included Marcus Miller, Danny Gottlieb, Jeff Berlin, Peter Erskine, Tom Ranier, and Abe Laborial. 
     
    While the full-five-week program is recommended, we understand the summertime can be a busy time for a young musician. Three- and two-week options are now available. See below for dates and pricing.
     
    Jazz is alive and well at Crossroads, so come and be a part of it!
     
    Students should have at least one full year of playing experience on their given instrument and should have basic technical performance skills. No audition is necessary.
     
    Call Evan Avery at 310-582-4505 for specific questions regarding your child’s placement.
     
    Sample Week
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday
    1:00-1:15 warm-up and tune up
    1:15-2:15 rehearsal
    2:15-3:00 improvisation/theory workshop, Friday- sight-reading
    3:00-3:30 hang out with musicians
    3:30-4:00 recording analysis/video footage
    4:00-5:00 rehearsal
     
    Tuesday, Thursday
    1:00-1:15 warm-up and tune up
    1:15-2:15 rehearsal
    2:15-3:00 wind/rhythm section workshops
    3:00-3:30 hang out with musicians
    3:30-4:00 Tuesday- video footage, Thursday- Artist Showcase
    4:00-5:00 rehearsal
     
    Coordinator: Evan Avery, Crossroads Faculty
    Instructor(s): Crossroads Music Faculty and other professional musicians from the Los Angeles area.
     
    Course #: 725
    Section 05: 6/22-7/24/2020* M-F 1:00-5:00 $2200
    Five-weeks includes performance trips to 3rd Street Promenade and Disneyland's California Adventure.
    *1-year of elective art credit for students entering grades 9-12
     
    Section 02: 6/22-7/2/2020 M-F    1:00-5:00 $900
    Two-weeks includes the 3rd Street Promenade performance.
     
    Section 03: 7/6-7/24/2020 M-F   1:00-5:00 $1500
    Three-weeks includes Disneyland's California Adventure performance.
     
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Singer/Songwriter Workshop, One-Week, grades 6-10 [NEW]

    Do you love to sing? Are you interested in writing your own songs? Then this is the course for you! This workshop focuses on vocal performance - as soloists and members of an ensemble - and on the craft of songwriting. We'll study music from various genres and eras - from standards to top 40 hits, from musical theater to rap to country to parodies - to help you find a style that's uniquely you. Express yourself through song in a fun, easygoing, nonjudgmental environment. Bring an instrument or just bring yourself. All experience levels welcome.
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #804
    Section 72: 7/27-7/31/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
  • Songwriting, grades 6-12

    End the summer with your very own original song (or even album)! In this course we learn about song style and structure, while looking at music across different genres and eras - from standards to top 40 hits; from musical theater to rap to country to parodies - to help you find a style that's uniquely you! Sadness, joy, humor, frustration - whatever you have to express, we can help you do it through song in a fun, easygoing, nonjudgmental environment. Bring an instrument or just bring yourself. All experience levels welcome. We provide beat-making and music production software, and at the end of the course we’ll go to a recording studio and make a professional recording of your song!
     
    Instructors: Daniel Jimenez-Afanador, Crossroads Faculty and Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 722
    Section 33: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00 $550
    Section 37: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00 $350
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Strings Players, grades 2-6 [NEW]

    Join us as we kick off this new one-week, only, all-day summer enrichment program for the string player who has 1 to 5 years’ experience playing their instrument.

    This program is open to students who play violin, viola, cello, and upright bass.

    Students supply their own instruments for the program. If a student is in need of an instrument for the week, please contact K-12 Strings Director Emily Stewart at estewart@xrds.org for information on short-term instrument rentals.
     
    This week includes:
     
    Semi- or Private lessons: Personalized lessons with a semi- or private teacher, focusing on skill development and musical understanding.
     
    Group Classes
    Daily group classes focus on playing as an ensemble, incorporating games, and teamwork activities.
     
    Fiddling
    These Fiddling workshops focus on traditional American and Celtic folk music, and the string techniques used to play in a non-classical style.
     
    Rhythm and Movement
    In these classes, the focus is on our natural instrument: your own body. Feel the rhythm and move to the beat, while concentrating on the corporal integration of the groove.  
     
    Music Theory
    Music literacy is developed through basic theoretical concepts. Note reading and rhythmic notation are among the skills covered in these classes. 
     
    Videos
    The Internet is full of inspiring videos of string players taking their music to new heights. Discover the cutting edge of string playing through a well-curated video playlist. 
     
    Crafts
    Integrating the concepts learned in the other camp classes, let your music inspire your art, and your art inspire your music! 
     
    Recitals
    Faculty and guest artists perform throughout the week, culminating with a student recital at the end of our week together. 
     
    Sample Daily Schedule 
    9:00-9:45 Group Class
    9:45-10:00 Snack
    10:00-10:45 Music Theory/Private Lessons
    10:45-11:30 Fiddling 
    11:30-12:00 Lunch and Outside Play
    12:00-12:45 Rhythm and Movement 
    12:45-1:30 Crafts/Videos
    1:30- 1:45 Outside Play Break
    1:45-2:55 RECITAL (Guest artist, Faculty, Student)
    3:00-3:15- Pick up or Extended Care

    A minimum enrollment is necessary for this program to run. Enroll now.
     
    Instructors: Emily Stewart, Crossroads, EMMI Director and Crossroads Strings Faculty
     
    Course #: 301

    Section 18: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $675
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, May 18.

    Class sizes are limited.
    Enroll today.
  • Vocal Arts, grades 6-12

    In this fun class students learn vocal technique, how to sing in different styles (pop, R&B, rock, jazz, folk, musical theatre, soul, country - or whatever else interests you), harmonizing, stage presence, music history, song writing and more. Our class culminates with a performance at the end of the session. Join us and sing, sing, sing!  
     
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty 
     
    Course #: 732 
    Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $350 
    Section 25: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $200 
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed on Friday, July 3.

One Week Camps

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  • Acting Boot Camp, One-Week, grades 6-9 [NEW]

    A lively, focused theater workshop to explore acting fundamentals such as: Objectives and Actions, overcoming obstacles, creating clear characters and Stage Fighting (“slap, kick, punch!” your acting partner). Audition Techniques will also be taught; each student will have a monologue (selected especially for them) that can be used for future play auditions (including Crossroads Upper School Tour for 9th graders). Improvisation skills will be explored through classic, fun favorites such as “Yes, And…,” “Freeze,” “Taxi,” and “Translator.” Acting Boot Camp is suitable for ALL levels of experience.
     
    Instructor: Zoey Zimmerman, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #770
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
  • Cycle and Stretch, One-Week, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    In this 1-week intensive course, students will experience the dynamics of a 45-minute indoor-cycling class followed by a yoga-based flexibility session with mindfulness and meditation. We will end the session each day with a wellness discussion about healthy eating choices, and students will have the opportunity to make and sample nutritious smoothies and juices. Participants will have the chance to get some good exercise, curate their own music playlists, co-facilitate the class, and enjoy some fun and relaxing yoga techniques. No biking or yoga experience necessary -- just come ready to have a great time!
     
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #803
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
  • DJ Workshop, One-Week, grades 6-8 and 9-12

    Learn the fundamentals of DJing along with its history, culture, and theory in this 5-day class. Students format and organize their music library and create playlists in preparation for mixing using Pioneer’s CDJs and Rekordbox software, the industry standard. Students learn the origins of DJing and the genres/sub-genres of dance music, with each student researching and presenting one for the class. We also cover basic music theory and beatmatching, utilizing their math and critical thinking skills. Students develop their performance skills as they compile and practice mixing a DJ set, culminating in a final “show” performed for their classmates and recorded. Students work at their own pace and all levels of experience in music are welcome.
     
    Students must bring their own headphones (wired, no bluetooth), laptop preferred.
     
    Instructor: Bianca Bracho-Perez '02, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 789
     
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00 - 12:00 $350; grades 6-8
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30 - 3:30 $350; grades 9-12
  • Drawing Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12

    Drawing is a way of showing and developing visual thinking, and is the most direct means of expression in art. In this 5-day intensive class we will focus on the Western observational tradition of drawing as well as explore approaches from other world cultures, past and present. It is a studio class in which each day we will delve into different methods of drawing and different media. Students will also spend time looking at their own, and each other’s work in a critical, but nurturing manner; with the goal to create a confident vocabulary for evaluating their creations.
     
    All skill levels are welcome. Come excited to learn, experiment, share, and to see!
     
    Day 1: Pencil. Line drawing. Portraiture
     
    Day 2: Charcoal. Tonal work with still-lifes
     
    Day 3: Ink and white paint- a painterly approach to drawing. Still-life and landscape
     
    Day 4 :Collage and experimental tools. Discussion of conceptual work, art from non-Western traditions, personal expression.
     
    Day 5: Final Project: artist’s choice of materials and subject matter. Larger scale work.
    Final Critique
     
     
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 793
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
     
    Enrichment
  • From the Page to the Stage: An Acting and Devising Workshop, One-Week, grades 7-12 [NEW]

    Adaptation and Devising Workshop For Young Theatre Makers - In this fun, fast paced performance and writing intensive, you will work as a company to create an original play over the course of four sessions with a live performance on session five. This course will include improv, theater games, scene work, creative writing, and movement and devising techniques from the Tony Award Winning UK based physical theatre company, Frantic Assembly (movement direction for the hit Broadway play, The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Nighttime). Drawing from a variety of sources ranging from current events, to mythology and fairy tales, we will write, act, choreograph and rehearse every day to create an original work that is unique to the interests of our ensemble. If you love to act, dance or write, this course is for you! Be prepared for an intense week of creativity, challenge and fun. 
     
    Instructor: Claire Larsen, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #772
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
  • Gardening and Planters, One-Week, grades 6-9 [NEW]

    Description coming soon.
     
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #776
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
  • Less is More: The Art of Concise Creative Writing, One-Week, grades 6-9 [NEW]

    In this 1-week intensive course, students will master the art of writing creatively with very few words. Students will learn the art of the haiku and compose their own poetry, supplemented by imaginative visual, tactile and kinesthetic exploration. Students will also read, discuss and compose 6-word stories and memoirs that can be published and shared.
     
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #802
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
  • Make a Movie: Guerrilla Filmmaking, One-Week, grades 7-12

    Come partake and celebrate filmmaking in this exciting, one-week Summer School video production class at Crossroads. Students, in five days, will learn how to write a screenplay using CELTX, a web-based professional screenwriting software, film a movie with digital film cameras and learn how to edit using iMovie or Final Cut editing software. In this fun and fast paced class, students will "draw" key cinematic elements, like a specific prop, a line of dialogue or the genre for their film, from "a hat." These elements must be a part of their film as they create and then screen their films at the end of the week. Learn film from the get-go, in this hands-on approach to digital gorilla filmmaking. Cinematic technique will be discussed on the first day and then the students will immediately be plunged into the world of creative movie making. An industry professional will watch and critique the films with the students to help provide insight and offer valuable insider information. 
     
    Instructor: Gary Ellenberg, Crossroads Faculty 
     
    Course #: 790 
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
    Enrichment
  • Sculpture Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12

    How do we build objects that convey meaning? In this class we will break down three different approaches to sculpture. Learn the basis of building large but simple hollow structures using cardboard; and discuss the differences and overlaps between minimalists like Donald Judd versus the monumental works of Richard Serra. Then consider the importance if line in three dimensional space, working with wire as our main material, learn about the soft minimalism of Ruth Asawa. Finally we will consider the role of figurative sculpture, and how it differs and converges with larger conversations of historic and contemporary sculpture, by making plaster casts of our own faces! Our goal is to finish three pieces during the week. This class is suitable for any student excited by art, and ready to roll up their sleeves, dive in and explore new techniques.
     
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #794
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $400
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $400
  • Singer/Songwriter Workshop, One-Week, grades 6-10 [NEW]

    Do you love to sing? Are you interested in writing your own songs? Then this is the course for you! This workshop focuses on vocal performance - as soloists and members of an ensemble - and on the craft of songwriting. We'll study music from various genres and eras - from standards to top 40 hits, from musical theater to rap to country to parodies - to help you find a style that's uniquely you. Express yourself through song in a fun, easygoing, nonjudgmental environment. Bring an instrument or just bring yourself. All experience levels welcome.
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #804
    Section 72: 7/27-7/31/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350
  • Strings Players, grades 2-6 [NEW]

    Join us as we kick off this new one-week, only, all-day summer enrichment program for the string player who has 1 to 5 years’ experience playing their instrument.

    This program is open to students who play violin, viola, cello, and upright bass.

    Students supply their own instruments for the program. If a student is in need of an instrument for the week, please contact K-12 Strings Director Emily Stewart at estewart@xrds.org for information on short-term instrument rentals.
     
    This week includes:
     
    Semi- or Private lessons: Personalized lessons with a semi- or private teacher, focusing on skill development and musical understanding.
     
    Group Classes
    Daily group classes focus on playing as an ensemble, incorporating games, and teamwork activities.
     
    Fiddling
    These Fiddling workshops focus on traditional American and Celtic folk music, and the string techniques used to play in a non-classical style.
     
    Rhythm and Movement
    In these classes, the focus is on our natural instrument: your own body. Feel the rhythm and move to the beat, while concentrating on the corporal integration of the groove.  
     
    Music Theory
    Music literacy is developed through basic theoretical concepts. Note reading and rhythmic notation are among the skills covered in these classes. 
     
    Videos
    The Internet is full of inspiring videos of string players taking their music to new heights. Discover the cutting edge of string playing through a well-curated video playlist. 
     
    Crafts
    Integrating the concepts learned in the other camp classes, let your music inspire your art, and your art inspire your music! 
     
    Recitals
    Faculty and guest artists perform throughout the week, culminating with a student recital at the end of our week together. 
     
    Sample Daily Schedule 
    9:00-9:45 Group Class
    9:45-10:00 Snack
    10:00-10:45 Music Theory/Private Lessons
    10:45-11:30 Fiddling 
    11:30-12:00 Lunch and Outside Play
    12:00-12:45 Rhythm and Movement 
    12:45-1:30 Crafts/Videos
    1:30- 1:45 Outside Play Break
    1:45-2:55 RECITAL (Guest artist, Faculty, Student)
    3:00-3:15- Pick up or Extended Care

    A minimum enrollment is necessary for this program to run. Enroll now.
     
    Instructors: Emily Stewart, Crossroads, EMMI Director and Crossroads Strings Faculty
     
    Course #: 301

    Section 18: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $675
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, May 18.

    Class sizes are limited.
    Enroll today.
  • Swim, Aquatics Fun, grades 2-7

    In our one-week, all-day swim program that is offered at the beginning and end of our summer season, children are provided the opportunity to learn and enhance their aquatics skills and develop fitness through a variety pool and dryland activities including swimming for fitness, stroke/swim race development, modified water polo, synchronized swimming, and other pool games. Swimmers are tested and grouped according to their skill level. Swimmers participate in pool practice and out of water activities.
     
    Requirements
    Swimmers must have the minimum ability to swim 1 length of pool (25yards) unassisted and tread water for 30seconds.
    Children who are unable to meet the above requirements should consider enrolling in our Swim, Splash and Play One-Week programs or our Private Swim lessons.
     
    Water Activities Include:
    Swimming Skills
    Swim technique
    Stroke refinement
    Drills
    Treading water
    Flip turns (for the more advanced)
    Start/racing dives (for the more advanced)
    Pool Games & Competitions
     
    Dryland Activities Include:
    Stretching
    Workouts
    Viewing swim meet and competition recordings
    Nutrition
    Games
     
    Lunch and Snack
    Each day includes a snack and lunch break.
     
    Daily Schedule
    The specific schedule of activities for each week may vary depending on enrollment.
    Typically, swimmers will spend approximately four hours in the water with breaks for snack and lunch, as well as time out of the water for both indoor and outdoor dryland activities each day.
     
    What to Bring
    Swimmers should attend each day with a swimsuit (one-piece suit for girls) and two dry towels. Goggles and Rash Guards are not required but they are strongly encouraged. Unitards (full body swimsuits) are not required but may be preferable for some children who are more sensitive to sun exposure. Swimmers with hair length below the bottom of the neckline should also bring a hair tie or swim cap. Additionally, swimmers should bring comfortable clothes/shoes for dryland exercises and activities. All other pool toys and supplies are provided. Children should not bring personal toys or floatation devices.
     
    Sunscreen
    Sunscreen is provided. We use gluten free Rocky Mountain Sunscreen SPF 50 with no Oxybenzone and no Octinoxate. Children may bring their own personal sunscreen. Our staff will supervise children when applying and re-applying sunscreen throughout the day. We set aside specific times throughout each day ensure sunscreen is properly applied by the campers.
     
    Coordinator: Larry Zubrin, Crossroads Aquatics
     
    Course: # 326

    Section 18: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $650
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, May 18.
     
    Section 78: 7/27-7/31/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $650
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, June 29.
     
    Class sizes are limited.
    Enroll today.
  • Watercolor Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Have you wanted to learn about watercolor painting, but been intimidated because it seems too unforgiving? In this workshop, we will explore the beauty and the possibilities of this exciting painting medium.
     
    In this 5-day intensive class, we will explore some of the basics of watercolor painting; which include basic color theory, composition, tonal structure, and mark-making, using still-life and portraiture as modes of investigation. The goal will be for students to use what we have learned to find the freedom to tap into their own personal expression as artists.
     
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #780
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350

Reading, Writing, Skills & More

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  • Exploring Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction, grades 7-8 [NEW]

    Imagine - you are a stowaway on an intergalactic spaceship travelling to a far-off world. Imagine - you are the Chosen One battling a fire-breathing dragon with magical powers as your only defense. Imagine - you wake up inside your favorite video game to discover that you are the hero destined to save that world from total annihilation. Welcome to the world of sci-fi/fantasy fiction.
     
    In this fun and lively course, students will learn the essential elements of sci-fi/fantasy fiction storytelling from creating authentic and believable worlds to exploring different types of magic, their uses and limitations, and how all magic comes at a cost.
     
    Drawing inspiration from short stories, graphic novels, and passages of literature, we explore the foundations of the sci-fi/fantasy genre of storytelling. Literary works include excerpts from The Hobbit/Lord of The Rings, Ender’s Game, and the Harry Potter series, among others.
     
    As we stretch our imaginations through a variety of creative activities, students will learn how strong word choices and sentence structures are critical to drawing readers into and leading them through our imaginary worlds. Other skills developed include pacing and writing effective dialogue. Join this class and learn how to write your own sci-fi/fantasy epic!
     
    Instructor: Jennifer Sagiao, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 521 
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF  8:30 – 10:15  $550
    Section 35: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF  8:30 – 10:15  $350
     
    Enrichment.
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Reading and Writing, "A Strange, Fantastic Journey", grade 8

    What do Narnia, The Odyssey, and Gilgamesh all have in common with a town of cats? They share a strange, fantastic journey! 
     
    Drawing inspiration from short stories, poems, and passages of literature, we explore the foundations of storytelling: character, setting and plot. While examining the framework of The Hero’s Journey, we focus on the basics of how to construct a compelling story. 
     
    Literary works we read include excerpts from Gulliver’s Travels, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Journey to the Center of the Earth, among others. 
     
    As we engage with creative activities, students learn how to peer and self-edit; analyze and use evidence to support opinions; compose strong, concise sentences and paragraphs; and expand vocabulary both through exposure to new works and implementation in their own writing. 
     
    Join this class and learn how to read and write your own fantastic journey! 
     
    Instructor: Sarah Eleid, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #:501 
    Section 22: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350 
    Section 26: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Reading and Writing, "Me, Myself, and I", grade 6

    This Sixth-Grade section of Reading and Writing Fundamentals introduces students to the idea of the power of the individual through reading, writing, and encouragement of critical thought and discussion. 
     
    Texts read for this class center on self-discovery and empowerment, and have included Cinderella by The Grimm Brothers, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, The Giver and Gathering Blue by Lois Lowery. We also read and discuss poetry. Poems have included The Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, and Mulberry Street and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.   
     
    Students closely examine the elements of storytelling like setting, plot, protagonist, character, events, climax and theme. In examining poetry, we discuss alliteration, assonance, simile, metaphor and hyperbole, repetition, rhythm and rhyme. As we read and study these works, they make connections to their own lives and the world while developing reading comprehension and vocabulary.  
     
    Through the writing process students learn to brainstorm, pre-write, write, and revise and edit paragraphs and short essays. Students are introduced to and encouraged to write in the narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive forms. English grammar and writing mechanics are also components of instruction. Each student works to produce a writing portfolio by the end of the session. Finally, students gain confidence as they practice their discussion skills and engage in collaborative projects. 
     
    This class is taught with a supportive child-centered approach to mastering written language and reading skills. 
     
    Instructor: tba
     
    Course #: 500
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $550
    Section 35: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $350
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July, 3.
  • Reading and Writing, “The Other”, grade 7

    The curriculum includes an emphasis on reading, writing, critical thinking, and discussion. Students investigate works of fiction and poetry that center on the idea of “the marginalized character.”  We explore what it means to be “the other” through various literary perspectives, with a special focus on the teenage experience. 
     
    Past texts have included The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton and Feed by M.T. Anderson. We have also studied selections from The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie and The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins. Poetry selections have included those by Edgar Allen Poe and from Thirteen Stories about the Agony and Ecstasy of Being 13 by James Howe. 
     
    As students read and study these texts, they develop their reading comprehension and vocabulary. They write frequently, focusing on developing ideas, organizing outlines, writing essays, and practicing good grammar and usage. Special attention is paid to organization and writing mechanics.  
     
    Students also enhance their discussion skills and formulate strong arguments during these thought-provoking book talks. Students become more aware of their learning styles and work to formulate successful study habits as they explore the elements of a novel (character, point of view, setting, theme, plot, and language). 
     
    This class is taught with a supportive child-centered approach to mastering written language and reading skills. 
     
    Instructor: Sarah Eleid, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 505 
    Section 32: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 10:40-12:30 $550 
    Section 36: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 10:40-12:30 $350 
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.  
  • Speak Up and Leadership, grades 6-8

    Achieve your goals by assertively expressing yourself while using intelligence, clarity, and confidence. This course consists of public speaking based on writing, organizing, opinions, researching topics of interest, and learning how to effectively back up arguments with supporting evidence. Vocal skills stressed will include relaxation techniques, visualization, breath control, enunciation, projection, timing and how to read an audience for individual goals. Students participate in games, discussions, speeches, timed debates, and learn to communicate more effectively. 
     
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty 
     
    Course #: 548 
    Section 32: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 10:40-12:30 $500
    Section 36: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 10:40-12:30 $350
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Study Skills, grades 6-8

    NEW THEME Coming Soon
     
    Students learn how to take notes, organize information and materials, annotate readings, prepare slideshow presentations, study for quizzes and tests, and practice memorization and learning strategies.
     
    While much of class-time is dedicated to expanding student familiarity with various study strategies, the summer session concludes with a research project and visual presentation to the class. Students learn how to navigate the immense amount of information that can be found on the internet, as well as how to cite sources and create a visual presentation.
     
    This course is designed for students entering six, seventh, or eighth grades.
     
    Instructor: Cooper Bergdahl, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 545
    Section 22: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350
    Section 26: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Telling Your Story, grades 6-8

    You have a unique take on this thing called life and a story worth telling! By sharing your experiences honestly - whether humorous or heartbreaking, epic or every day - you give the gift of your inner world and help others feel less alone. In this class, students write and share autobiographical stories, receive constructive feedback, learn tips for overcoming writer's block and choose a story to polish and perform at the end of the session for parents and friends.
     
    Instructor: Caitlin Tortorici '05, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 549
    Section 22: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350
    Section 26: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.

Science

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  • Astronomy and Space Science, grades 6-8

    In this class, we immerse ourselves in the study of Astronomy and Space Science. We investigate planets, comets, asteroids, and other celestial bodies through multimedia experiences and hands-on activities. The question, “What are constellations used for?” is explored to understand the deep history of the night sky. Student driven topics are also examined, like Extraterrestrial Life, Black holes, Celestial Navigation, Space Food, and the daily implications of the Night Sky on earth’s living organisms. We spend time looking at early space missions, the space race, and the current and future state of space exploration. Finally, we investigate current events like the Blood Moon, Solar and Lunar Eclipses, and Saturn’s closeness to Earth this July and other Solar Events this summer!
     
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #642 
    Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh  8:30-10:15 $350
    Section 25: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh  8:30-10:15 $200
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.  
  • Biology: Here, There and Everywhere, grades 6-8

    This course examines how Biology surrounds us every second of every day and demonstrates how humans rely on living things for all aspects of life.. Do you ever wonder about what lurks at the microscopic level on your body and even in the places where you eat? In this class, we investigate this question about germs and bacteria and others like “what is an E.coli Outbreak and how does it affect us?” We also learn how biology is used to create medicines we need, grow and care for the food that we eat, and make every day materials like paper, ink and paints. Plastics and their impact are examined, and students are asked how we can begin to solve the problem of plastic pollution while seeing how we can make items from recycling materials. Finally, we explore how to create art and make household items like soap and candles that we can enjoy.
     
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 641 
    Section 22: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $350
    Section 26: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $200
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Deep Sea, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    Jump into the ocean for an exciting exploration of the most unexplored area of our planet: the deep sea. In this course, students will explore what kinds of mysteries our oceans hold at their deepest points, what kinds of creatures live in its depths, the expeditions that have gone where nobody had gone before, and understand the challenges that are faced in the depths of our oceans. From bioluminescent jellies to nearly invisible fish, students will learn what it takes to live in the deep sea and have a chance to create their own deep sea creatures. With all of the unknowns of our deep seas that we have yet to uncover, students will open their eyes to a mostly unexplored world.
     
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 644 
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF  8:30 – 10:15  $550
    Section 35: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF  8:30 – 10:15  $350
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Engineering Challenge, grades 6-8

    Engineering challenge, is designed to be an engaging, inspiring, and challenging class for all ranges of student engineers. Through fun hands-on and minds-on challenges, students will investigate important science, architectural and engineering concepts. During the various challenges, the engineering design process: ask, imagine, plan, create, test, and improve, are an integral part of the experience. By working together to develop creative solutions to the given “problems,” students learn about a variety of engineering fields (environmental, aeronautical, civil, mechanical, structural), while also strengthening their 21st century skills. Join our community of “Engineering Challenge” budding engineers.
     
    Instructor: Daniel Figueroa, Crossroads Summer Faculty
     
    Course #: 629
    Section 23: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 1:00-3:00 $400
    Section 27: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 1:00-3:00 $250
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3. 
  • Film Photography and Darkroom Studies, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    This course is going to take students back to a time before phones and digital cameras, where the world of photography was dominated by film. We’ll start at the basics of how film cameras are different than the digital cameras that most students are used to, and start practicing the art of how to take pictures without seeing immediate results. After we learn how to take pictures with this technique, we’ll head into the darkroom to learn the skills to develop our own film every step of the way- from unloading your film from your camera, to mixing the right chemicals for each stage of the developing process.  No experience or camera equipment is needed to sign up for this course.
     
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 739 
    Section 33: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF  1:00 – 3:00  $550
    Section 37: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF  1:00 – 3:00  $350
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Gardening and Planters, One-Week, grades 6-9 [NEW]

    Description coming soon.
     
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #776
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
  • Marine Field Studies, grades 6-8

    Join us as natural curiosity leads to exploration of the world of marine biology and how we impact that environment on a daily basis. Students are introduced to the diversity of the marine environment from the distant formation of high energy ocean waves and swirling currents, to the cryptic creatures of the tide pools, and the migration of marine mammals and then back to the waves in which we play. Student projects, labs, research activities, and field trips are geared to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of our local marine environment. Emphasis will be placed on understanding ecological concepts and the various threats facing the oceans.  
     
    Field trips strengthen concepts covered in class lectures, investigations, and readings to support students' understanding. Possible trips include tide-pool exploration, collecting ocean data from local beaches, marine mammal observations, visiting aquariums and water treatment facilities. 
     
    Students will be swim tested in the pool on the first day of class and must bring their swimming gear on the first day of class. 
     
    Instructor: Ian Culbertson, Crossroads Summer Faculty 
     
    Course #: 640 
    Section 33: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00* $650
    Section 37: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00* $450
    Enrichment
     
    *Class will end at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays for field trips.
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Ohm, Ohm: Get Electrified!, grades 6-8

    Whether you are an aspiring electrical engineer, a do-it-yourselfer, or just someone who wants to understand one of the most useful topics in science, join us in this class as we explore the past, present and future of electricity, how electricity “works” and why it is considered the most versatile energy source.
     
    We build a variety of circuits and devices that demonstrate the fundamental concepts of electrical circuitry, basic electronic principles, and physical principles involved in this type of energy. We experiment and tinker to acquire knowledge and experience with electromagnetism, tesla coils, nanotechnology, and other student driven topics. As the weeks progress, there is continued, thoughtful and intentional testing of our own circuits to meet challenges that get more complex as we gain a greater understanding of electricity. Lastly, the students have a final electrical inventor engineering challenge, to demonstrate and showcase their scientific understanding of electricity.
     
    Instructor: tba
     
    Course #: 636
    Section 33: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00 $550
    Section 37: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00 $350
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
     

Sports & Physical Activities

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  • Basketball Clinic, grades 6-9

    In clinic format, this class instructs students in shooting, passing, and dribbling. Offensive and defensive skills for game situations are also part of the curriculum. This program is open to boys and girls at all levels of play.   
     
    Basketball will meet in the Grisanti Gymnasium at the Norton Campus. Students enrolled in an afternoon program at Crossroads 21st Street Campus will be transported by bus at 3:00pm.  
     
    End-of-day pick-up for this class is in front of the gymnasium at 1634 - 18th Street. 
     
    Instructor: tba
     
    Course #: 821 
    Section 24: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 3:15-5:00 $350
    Section 28: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 3:15-5:00 $200
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Cycle and Stretch, One-Week, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    In this 1-week intensive course, students will experience the dynamics of a 45-minute indoor-cycling class followed by a yoga-based flexibility session with mindfulness and meditation. We will end the session each day with a wellness discussion about healthy eating choices, and students will have the opportunity to make and sample nutritious smoothies and juices. Participants will have the chance to get some good exercise, curate their own music playlists, co-facilitate the class, and enjoy some fun and relaxing yoga techniques. No biking or yoga experience necessary -- just come ready to have a great time!
     
    Instructor: Josh Adler, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #803
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
  • Sports and Recreation, grades 6-8

    Are you looking to spend a few hours a week having fun? Then join us in this afternoon class that includes traditional recreational games, activities, and sports such as soccer, ping-pong, flag football, and basketball. Several field trips are scheduled and may include bike riding, ultimate Frisbee, bowling, and beach games.
     
    Instructor: tba
     
    Course #: 824
    Section 23: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 1:00-3:00 $500
    Section 27: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 1:00-3:00 $300
    Enrichment
     
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Volleyball Clinic, grades 6-12

    The purpose of this course is to help students gain proficient skills and knowledge of the game of volleyball. This is a coed class and welcomes all levels of play. Instruction will include techniques for passing, setting, serving, serve receive, hitting, blocking, digging, and transition. The course is arranged to familiarize students with the rules, terminology, offensive and defensive strategies, team organization, communication, game play, and conditioning for volleyball. Students will have the opportunity to develop individual skills as well as team play through drills and scrimmages. Upon completion of this course, students are better able to demonstrate the fundamental skills in volleyball. 
     
    Athletic attire and shoes, such as volleyball, cross training or other indoor shoes are required. Volleyball will meet in the Grisanti Gymnasium at the Norton Campus. Students enrolled in an afternoon program at Crossroads 21st Street Campus will be transported by bus at 3:00 p.m. End-of-day pick-up for this class is in front of the gymnasium at 1634 18th Street. 
     
    Instructor: Marla Ricketts, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 825
    Section 34: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 3:15-5:00 $500
    Section 38: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 3:15-5:00 $350
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.

Swim Programs

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  • Swim – Fitness and Stroke Development, grades 2-12

    Join this multi-level swim fitness stroke and development class designed to combine stroke refinement with endurance building workouts. Swimmers learn and refine all techniques and skills needed to swim at a competitive level in a low-key, supportive, and fun atmosphere. Skills include: dives, relay-starts, flip-turns, and finishes with special attention to proper stroke technique. Bring a swim cap, goggles, suit, and towel to each practice. Swimmers may bring non-slip flip-flops for the locker room.
         
    Swimmers should have a basic knowledge of all four competitive swim strokes and be able to swim minimally one lap of each stroke at a competitive level.
         
    This program is held at our swim facility at the Norton Campus. Students enrolled in an afternoon program at the 21st Street Campus are transported by bus. Bus transportation to the pool is provided at 3:00pm for those students already enrolled in afternoon courses. End-of-day pick-up is at the Pool at the Norton Campus.
         
    Instructors: Tara Shima, Crossroads, Head Coach, Varsity Swimming
        
    Middle & Upper
    Grade 6-12
        Course #: 831
        Section 24: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 3:15-5:00 $450
        Section 28: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 3:15-5:00 $200
     
     
    ES – grade 1-5
    Course #328 
    Section 24: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 3:15-5:00 $450
    (this is a five week session)
     
  • Swim, Aquatics Fun, grades 2-7

    In our one-week, all-day swim program that is offered at the beginning and end of our summer season, children are provided the opportunity to learn and enhance their aquatics skills and develop fitness through a variety pool and dryland activities including swimming for fitness, stroke/swim race development, modified water polo, synchronized swimming, and other pool games. Swimmers are tested and grouped according to their skill level. Swimmers participate in pool practice and out of water activities.
     
    Requirements
    Swimmers must have the minimum ability to swim 1 length of pool (25yards) unassisted and tread water for 30seconds.
    Children who are unable to meet the above requirements should consider enrolling in our Swim, Splash and Play One-Week programs or our Private Swim lessons.
     
    Water Activities Include:
    Swimming Skills
    Swim technique
    Stroke refinement
    Drills
    Treading water
    Flip turns (for the more advanced)
    Start/racing dives (for the more advanced)
    Pool Games & Competitions
     
    Dryland Activities Include:
    Stretching
    Workouts
    Viewing swim meet and competition recordings
    Nutrition
    Games
     
    Lunch and Snack
    Each day includes a snack and lunch break.
     
    Daily Schedule
    The specific schedule of activities for each week may vary depending on enrollment.
    Typically, swimmers will spend approximately four hours in the water with breaks for snack and lunch, as well as time out of the water for both indoor and outdoor dryland activities each day.
     
    What to Bring
    Swimmers should attend each day with a swimsuit (one-piece suit for girls) and two dry towels. Goggles and Rash Guards are not required but they are strongly encouraged. Unitards (full body swimsuits) are not required but may be preferable for some children who are more sensitive to sun exposure. Swimmers with hair length below the bottom of the neckline should also bring a hair tie or swim cap. Additionally, swimmers should bring comfortable clothes/shoes for dryland exercises and activities. All other pool toys and supplies are provided. Children should not bring personal toys or floatation devices.
     
    Sunscreen
    Sunscreen is provided. We use gluten free Rocky Mountain Sunscreen SPF 50 with no Oxybenzone and no Octinoxate. Children may bring their own personal sunscreen. Our staff will supervise children when applying and re-applying sunscreen throughout the day. We set aside specific times throughout each day ensure sunscreen is properly applied by the campers.
     
    Coordinator: Larry Zubrin, Crossroads Aquatics
     
    Course: # 326

    Section 18: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $650
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, May 18.
     
    Section 78: 7/27-7/31/2020 M-F 9:00-3:00 $650
    Enrollment deadline is Monday, June 29.
     
    Class sizes are limited.
    Enroll today.

Visual Arts

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  • Ceramics and Wheel Throwing, grades 6-12

    In this class, students are taught the basic techniques of using the pottery wheel. Students learn to create rounded forms like cups, bowls, vases, pitchers, and candlesticks out of clay and learn techniques to decorate the surfaces of their pieces using stamps, carvings, and glazes.  
     
    This class is limited to 14 students. 
     
    Instructor: Rich Mudge, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 749 
    Section 32: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 10:40-12:30 $650 
    Section 33: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00 $650 
    Section 22: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $450 
    Section 23: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 1:00-3:00 $450
    Enrichment 
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3. 
  • Character Drawing, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    In this course, students will research one of the world’s favorite past-times: board games. We will explore and research many of the timeless classics we know and love, and what makes those games so addicting. Throughout the course, we’ll breakdown different aspects of the games to eventually create our own games to test out. By having the opportunity to use the school's "Maker Space,” students will stretch their creative skills while trying to design and build something that they truly want to keep and share.
     
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 735 
    Section 23: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 1:00-3:00 $400
    Section 27: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 1:00-3:00 $250
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Drawing Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12

    Drawing is a way of showing and developing visual thinking, and is the most direct means of expression in art. In this 5-day intensive class we will focus on the Western observational tradition of drawing as well as explore approaches from other world cultures, past and present. It is a studio class in which each day we will delve into different methods of drawing and different media. Students will also spend time looking at their own, and each other’s work in a critical, but nurturing manner; with the goal to create a confident vocabulary for evaluating their creations.
     
    All skill levels are welcome. Come excited to learn, experiment, share, and to see!
     
    Day 1: Pencil. Line drawing. Portraiture
     
    Day 2: Charcoal. Tonal work with still-lifes
     
    Day 3: Ink and white paint- a painterly approach to drawing. Still-life and landscape
     
    Day 4 :Collage and experimental tools. Discussion of conceptual work, art from non-Western traditions, personal expression.
     
    Day 5: Final Project: artist’s choice of materials and subject matter. Larger scale work.
    Final Critique
     
     
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 793
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $350
     
    Enrichment
  • Film Photography and Darkroom Studies, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    This course is going to take students back to a time before phones and digital cameras, where the world of photography was dominated by film. We’ll start at the basics of how film cameras are different than the digital cameras that most students are used to, and start practicing the art of how to take pictures without seeing immediate results. After we learn how to take pictures with this technique, we’ll head into the darkroom to learn the skills to develop our own film every step of the way- from unloading your film from your camera, to mixing the right chemicals for each stage of the developing process.  No experience or camera equipment is needed to sign up for this course.
     
    Instructor: Andy Putnam, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 739 
    Section 33: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF  1:00 – 3:00  $550
    Section 37: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF  1:00 – 3:00  $350
     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Good Morning Art Studio, grades 6-8 [NEW]

    Wake up and greet the day by getting your creative juices flowing! In this class students will be in the drivers seat. The studio will be open for multiple projects simultaneously. Students will work with the teacher to create their own pieces and build a personal practice. Each day will start with a warm up activity in their sketchbook; followed by time to work on individual pieces. The morning ends with a brief critique, and group check in. This class is perfect for every student; from those looking to elevate their doodles to the next level, or even the student looking for a calm and creative way to begin their day. 
     
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 741 
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $550
    Section 35: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $350
    Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $350
    Section 25: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 8:30-10:15 $200

     
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Line and Color: Foundational Drawing, grades 6-12

    Students in this course learn foundational drawing skills, and how to incorporate them into painting. Oftentimes drawing and painting are taught exclusively, and while there are important distinctions, this class focuses on the relationship between them; the ways in which drawing can strengthen painting, and vice versa. The beginning of class focuses on such techniques as blind contour, still life drawing, and gesture drawing in the aim of teaching students to loosen up, get comfortable, discover their line, and experiment. Students make works with charcoal, graphite, and ink. From there, students learn foundational color theory, and proceed to work with watercolor before transitioning to acrylics, finishing out the class with painting on canvas.
     
     
    Instructor:  Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #: 748
     
    Section 32: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 10:40am-12:30pm $550
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Painting, grades 6-12

    Students in this painting class enjoy learning the foundational secrets of the Old Masters when it comes to greater observation skills, controlling paint, drawing with a brush, color theory and successful composition design.  
     
    Each week, students explore their artistic skills through a variety of modern painting methods including illustration, abstract expressionism, impressionism, plein-air landscapes, and realistic still life studies. Students learn the best practices for developing a painting, while working with a variety of paint mediums, including watercolor, acrylic and oil paint.  
     
    For the final week, students can apply their own painting styles by studying from life with a costumed figure model.  Students with basic artistic skill levels explore new levels of confidence in painting. 
     
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty  
     
    Course #: 744 
    Section 33: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00 $550
    Section 37: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 1:00-3:00 $350
    Section 21: 6/23-7/23/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $400
    Section 25: 6/23-7/9/2020 TTh 10:40-12:30 $250
    Enrichment
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Sculpture Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12

    How do we build objects that convey meaning? In this class we will break down three different approaches to sculpture. Learn the basis of building large but simple hollow structures using cardboard; and discuss the differences and overlaps between minimalists like Donald Judd versus the monumental works of Richard Serra. Then consider the importance if line in three dimensional space, working with wire as our main material, learn about the soft minimalism of Ruth Asawa. Finally we will consider the role of figurative sculpture, and how it differs and converges with larger conversations of historic and contemporary sculpture, by making plaster casts of our own faces! Our goal is to finish three pieces during the week. This class is suitable for any student excited by art, and ready to roll up their sleeves, dive in and explore new techniques.
     
    Instructor: Elyse Jung-Vrymoed '06, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #794
    Section 11: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 9:00-12:00 $400
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $400
  • Visual Effects Through Cinema History, grades 6-8

    Students find humor and amazement in discussing the evolution of practical visual effects through cinema history. After Georges Méliès’s landmark A Trip to the Moon (1902) launches discussions into Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954), The Dark Crystal (1982) and Gremlins (1984), students learn about and discuss the suspension of disbelief and the filmmaking techniques that compel it.
     
    But that’s just to get started; in tandem with the viewings, students conceive of and build their own creatures, make-up effects, props, puppets or any number of tangible artifacts. In stepping away from their laptops and devices, students enter a world of possibility and explore the hands-on use of craft supplies, paints, liquid latex, sculpture compounds, miniatures, scale-models and, most of all, pure imagination. In this fast-paced, course, students engage in the design process from start to finish, and hone their reasoning, planning, and problem-solving skills to engineer their own piece of movie magic.
     
    This course is recommended for students interested in film, sculpture, fashion & design, architecture, and visual arts & crafts.
     
    Additional class discussions may surround excerpts from Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Little Shop of Horrors, King Kong, Jurassic Park, E.T. and The Forbidden Planet.
     
    Instructor: Julian Laurent, Crossroads Faculty
     
     
    Course #: 511
    Section 31: 6/22-7/24/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $500
    Section 35: 6/22-7/10/2020 MWF 8:30-10:15 $350
     
    School is closed Friday, July 3.
  • Watercolor Intensive, One-Week, grades 6-12 [NEW]

    Have you wanted to learn about watercolor painting, but been intimidated because it seems too unforgiving? In this workshop, we will explore the beauty and the possibilities of this exciting painting medium.
     
    In this 5-day intensive class, we will explore some of the basics of watercolor painting; which include basic color theory, composition, tonal structure, and mark-making, using still-life and portraiture as modes of investigation. The goal will be for students to use what we have learned to find the freedom to tap into their own personal expression as artists.
     
    Instructor: Susan Arena, Crossroads Faculty
     
    Course #780
    Section 12: 6/15-6/19/2020 M-F 12:30-3:30 $350

Daily Program Schedule

The daily schedule includes snack and lunch breaks. Classes may also take a recess break at the teachers discretion. Course descriptions include details on days of the week and times for each class.

Period 1     8:30-10:15
Snack        10:15-10:35
Period 2     10:40-12:30
Lunch        12:30-12:55
Period 3     1:00-3:00
Period 4     3:15-5:00

Important Information

Fees & Materials
Summer course fees include all class materials, supplies, field trip expenses and a t-shirt. Books are not provided for Upper School courses. A book list will be provided in May. Students in grades 6-12 are expected to bring notebooks, paper, pencils and pens to class on the first day.  

Lunch/Snack
Food is available for purchase at the 21st Street Campus during snack and lunch. Students can pay with cash or XCards. A menu will be posted in June.

Extended Care
There is no extended care on the 21st Street Campus, however, several classes meet from 1-4 p.m., 1-5 p.m. and 3:15-5 p.m. The Paul Cummins Library is open until 5 p.m. for students.
Middle and Upper School: 21st Street Campus | 1714 21st St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 829-7391
Elementary School: Norton Campus | 1715 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404 | Phone: (310) 828-1196
Summer at Crossroads is open to the public and provides progressive and fun K-12 summer camps, classes and programs.