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Sold Out – Clay & Art Camp

July 15 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Date: Monday, July 15th – Friday, July 19th
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Meret Piderman & Julie Calhoun
Assistants: Katie Giller
Location: Room 110
7 – 11
Registration Cost:

About the camp

Join two incredibly creative instructors for a week of fun in this hands-on arts camp. This camp experience offers a truly unique opportunity for students to work in professional art studios with professional artists.  Participants will actively imagine, explore and create using clay, fiber, and printmaking. Through experiential learning, students will gain confidence and connection with the material and each other.  In clay camp, campers will learn how to build with clay. We will work on a large piece, (castle, fairy house) over several days in addition to a mobile sculpture. Pieces will be fired and glazed and or painted with watercolors. Students, be prepared to have fun and get messy!

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when register or by emailing Sean at

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructors

Julie Calhoun

Instructor / Artist

Julie received her BS in Family and Consumer Sciences with her focus on Fashion Design and Merchandising.  Julie interned and worked in a costume house for a few years and fell in love with the collaborative, on the spot problem solving and imaginative environment within costuming. She worked in design, pattern making and production for several years post graduation.

After having children Julie found her passion in working and inspiring children to find and explore their imagination through different mediums.  Volunteering for years in the classroom at her children’s schools, collaborating with the classroom teacher to work on various art projects, including puppet making, props for performances, stage backdrops, upcycling projects and more. 

Julie loves the world of upcycling and was a part of the inaugural Trashion Fashion Show at The Community Center and participated in it for many years.

Finding so much joy teaching children, Julie landed the job of Arts Director and Visual Arts teacher at Sonoma Charter School in 2017, teaching students in grades TK – 8th.  Having such a wide range of age in students allows for a broad range of projects as well as inspiration from her students.  Julie loves to explore different mediums with kids, helping bring out their creativity as they explore the different mediums.  Her motto is Every child is an Artist and her job is to foster the love of creation, imagination and encourage every step of the way. 

Meret Piderman

Instructor / Artist

Meret received a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, with a specialty in Fashion Design. While living in Italy for five years she taught Fine Arts, Textile Arts and Ceramics at the International School of Venice.
Since arriving in Sonoma County 10 years ago, she has been teaching Handwork and Ceramics at Waldorf schools and various programs in Sonoma County. This will be her third year teaching at the Sonoma Community Center.

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