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Clay, Art, & Cooking Camp

July 8 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Date: Monday, July 8th – Friday, July 12th
 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Julie Calhoun & Gerardo Diaz
Assistants: Katie Giller & Ana Rios
Location: Room 110 & Rotary Kitchen
7 – 11
Registration Cost:

About the camp

Join us for a week of fun in this hands-on arts camp. 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. Students will learn culinary skills and prepare their delicious lunches each day with Chef Gerardo Diaz! The art projects will center around food to incorporate the lessons with Chef Gerardo. 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. 

Gerardo Diaz


Gerardo Diaz is a passionate individual with a love for the great outdoors, culinary arts, and family connections. Born and raised in Mazatlan Sinaloa Gerardo’s affinity for nature was fostered from a young age. His earliest memories are filled with the sights and sounds of the ocean waves  sparking a lifelong passion for exploration and adventure.
Beyond his love for fishing, Gerardo is also a skilled culinary enthusiast. He delights in the art of cooking, using fresh ingredients and innovative techniques to create mouthwatering dishes that tantalize the taste buds. From sizzling seafood caught on his own fishing excursions to hearty meals prepared with love for his family, Gerardo’s kitchen is always brimming with creativity and flavor.
Above all else, Gerardo treasures time spent with his family. Whether they’re gathered around the dinner table sharing stories and laughter or embarking on outdoor escapades together, the bond they share is unbreakable. He believes that family is the cornerstone of happiness and finds true joy in nurturing those relationships through shared experiences and cherished moments.

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