Summer Camp 2017
June 12 – September 1
Monday – Friday
10 am – 2 pm
Ages 3 – 12

Mentoring opportunities available for children over 12
Contact us at or 323-449-5355 for more information.

Pricing and Registration 

We have an easy, flexible 2 step registration process. You can purchase passes for classes at any time, and apply them when you choose. As long as space remains, registration will remain open until one hour before class time.

And passes are not deducted until actual attendance is taken for the day, so you never end up paying for a class that you do not attend.

Signing up is a simple 2 step process:

Step 1: Choose the package the fits best, and purchase passes online:

Order now and register when you want.

Drop-in single session: $65
5 classes: $300
10 classes: $ 550
20 classes: $935

Step 2: Register for classes. Simply choose the day and click. No log-in is necessary.

Space for Summer is limited. Once we reach capacity, we will stop selling new passes. Purchase passes now and get ≈10% off until the end of March. *

What to Bring to Class Each Day

1. Lunches, snacks, and water bottle
2. Change of clothes
3. Sunscreen

All items should be clearly marked with child’s name.

The Muses

Each week Summer Camp activities will be inspired by a different “Muse,” an artistic or historical figure whose life and work has impacted our world in bold, imaginative, inventive, and surprising new ways.

This Summer, we have taken our list of Muses from two amazing books about truly amazing people: Rad American Women, by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl, and Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Francesca Cavallo. Extend the Lab experience by reading up on our Muses before the Summer!

June 12-16: Ashley Fiolek: A champion motorcross racer, didn’t let her hearing impairment get in her way to compete in this fast paced, exciting sport. This week we will be exploring our senses, learning some sign language as well as having fun with vehicles by putting wheels on whatever we can find!

June 19-23: Coco Chanel: This is clothing design week. We will also explore the world of scents and perfumes with, and expose ourselves to music and dance from this exciting era when Coco broke down barriers to start her fashion business.

June 26-30: Amelia Earhart: This aviator will inspire is to make things that fly! Paper airplanes, and have fun with figuring out what recyclables will take flight. We will also be exploring maps of our planet and work on making maps of our local area.

July 3-7: Yoko Ono: A woman that brings to mind a special era in history. We will use a variety of media to explore self expression and revisit some of the music from the 1960’s. This week writing music, making video and creating mixed media art will all be explored.

July 10-14: Mary Kom: This female boxer trained hard and became a champion at a time and in a place where this was not expected of a woman. She eventually became a hero for her family and village in India. This week we will play with the idea of battle and learn tricks of the trade for pretend fight moves.

July 17-21: Wang Zheng: An early astronomer was able to establish how a lunar eclipse occurs in the 1700’s! Lets learn about space, space flight and space craft, and make some planetary magic of our own.

July 24-28: Temple Grandin: This animal whisperer will guide us to learn about animal behavior. We will even have a visit from our chickens and observe what helps them to feel calm, one of the gifts that Temple offered to famers everywhere.

July 31-August 4: Julia Child: Lets Cook! Julia not only elevated the home cook to the place of honor we now know, she did it on tv. We will cook this week, create recipes and at the end of the week, film our own cooking show!

August 7-11: Nanny of the Maroons: This Queen from Jamaica helped those escaping slavery to survive in the forest. We will do some seed planting this week and explore foraging of local plants and what it would take to live in our own natural environment

August 14-18: Patti Smith: This week we will play with poetry, music and the punk aesthetic by making pins, modifying our clothing, and experimenting with makeup. Patti’s ability to use music as both a voice for those who go unheard and a persona release will bring instruments, a poetry wall and a small stage into The LAB.

August 21-25: RuPaul: He is a fashion icon, TV personality and trailblazer! This week we will explore our own personal fashion with clothing design and character design, writing and producing our own TV game shows and learning the art of the lip-synch.

August 28-September 1: Jacquotte Delahaye: “Back from the Dead Red” a pirate with flaming red hair will close out our year. We will make up our treasure maps, hold treasure hunts, make and race pirate ships that float, and make up our own sea shanties. (Some days may meet at Eagle Rock Recreation Center for treasure hunts).

Check out what we did in previous years!

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Basquiat once said, “I like kids’ work more than work by real artists any day.” We like to think, then, that he would thoroughly enjoy this week long exploration of story telling through mixed media art. We will work in 2D on fabric and paper, and with found objects for individual 3D pieces,a s well as a large scale collaboration.


David Bowie: This year, the world lost one of the most creative, energetic and iconic figures in pop culture. This week, we draw upon his endless talents for self expression with costume making, make-up arts, making live and recorded music, live performances of all kinds, and beginning to end photo documentation by the children themselves.


Rube Goldberg:Professor Butts walks in his sleep, strolls through a cactus field in his bare feet, and screams out an idea for a self-operating napkin.” Rube Goldberg’s anti-logic is a perfect foil for the kinds of stories, machines and contraptions that young people can make when their imagination is allowed to run free. And that is precisely what this week is all about, crazy, improbable, convoluted machines, drawings and tall tales.

Jules Verne: From the surface of the moon, to breezing through the sky, to the depths of the ocean and even the insides of the earth itself, Jules Verne was able to imagine worlds as close as home and as far as we can dream. This week will be about world building in different media and moving machines to take us to them.


Jamie Oliver: He has been on a campaign to provide healthier meals to children and students around the world with books, television programs and direct interventions. This week, we follow his lead to discover the ways that foods affect our bodies and our health, and inventive ways to make healthy and devious snacks and meals.


grahamMartha Graham: Martha Graham viewed dance as a passionate expression of that part of us that is unutterable, the soul, the self, and our larger connection to the world. She also spoke to the intrinsic fun of dance when she said, “just get up and dance!” We will play with both of these ideas as we celebrate our passion in movement of all kinds.


Maya Angelou: Her life and her works speak to us of struggle and triumph, trial and acclaim. The time that we spend with Maya Angelou will be reflective of the poetry of life, and how she lived can inform us about the choices we can make for ourselves and the word we live in. We will be working on poetry, writing, story telling to examine the questions of fairness, justice and truth.


krugerBarbra Kruger: Barbara Kruger’s work is bold, energetic, often controversial, and always provocative and evocative. This week we will blend text with image to make bold statements about ourselves. All the work by Barbara Kruger to be displayed or discussed will be age appropriate.


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Jane Goodall: Her Life and work establish an example of what can be learned and achieved when we live in harmony with the environment and the word around us. This week we will utelize experiments about the natural world immediately around us to better understand our place in it, and how we can help to keep it healthy and safe. May involve field trips to Eagle Rock Recreation Center.


Waters bwAlice Waters: She has been an outspoken activist for organic, locally sourced foods for over 40 years. This week we explore the ways that we can follow her lead by cooking with seasonal vegetables, discovering local edible plants and herbs and looking at ways we can begin a seasonal garden.


Yourself: We finish off the Summer with a look at how we can be an inspiration to ourselves and others. We will be playing with self portraits in different mediums, exploring the language of autobiography with personal zines, and sharing our stories with each other.


image1Alexander Calder: We agree with Calder when he said that “above all . . . art should be happy.” Using Calder’s whimsical designs as our guide, we will explore concepts of balance, counter-weight, gravity and principals of design by using and creating simple machines and lively kinetic art.


frida_kahloFrida Kahlo: “I am the subject I know best,” is how Kahlo explained her many self portraits. This week, we will also use self portraits, dream images, story telling, pantomime and costumes to explore the idea of identity and learn more about that subject closest to us, ourselves.


azimov1Isaac Asimov: Isaac Asimov knew that, “the true delight is in the finding out, rather than in the knowing.” This week we will see what we can find out about robots, practical flight and basic physics using simple electronic and mechanical designs, and making our own motion toys.


julia_lab.jpgJulia Child: “No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” This week, we will take our first steps towards becoming cooks together with simple recipes, bread baking in a solar oven, making our own spice mixes and some tasty experimentation.


bruce lee_labBruce Lee: Remembering, as Bruce Lee said, that “art lives where absolute freedom is,” we will free ourselves with lots of movement and action. We will explore choreography, contact improvisation, Tai Chi, tumbling and the movement of the natural elements.


Jackson Pollack:This week, like Jackson Pollack, we will play with different ways to make “energy and motion…visible.” We will use physical movements to make kinaesthetic art, explore different ways we can make paint splatter and convert Pollacks style to 3d art with string and and other materials.

Ravi Shankar: Ravi Shankar has said that the Raga form has thousands of examples, and each of them is connected to a different time of the day. This week, we will use the diurnal cycle as inspiration as we explore stringed instruments and drums, batik fabric, making incense and henna, yoga and of course the music of Ravi himself.

Caledonia Dance Curry (A.K.A Swoon): Swoon is a living artists whose work could be seen most recently in Los Angeles at the Maifest Justice gallery in May. She has created street, gallery and performance art all over the world, and has called her art “participation in the creation of your urban environment.” This week will will play with the idea of public art with Graffiti style, wheat pasting, stencils and installation art.