YPI Creative Arts Camp Photography

Finding the Perfect Place

Editor’s note: This week’s blog post comes to you courtesy of Tessa, a camper at YPI 2013. I’m in a permanent YPI state of mind. To me, being in a YPI state of mind is the state of feeling a warm spot in your tummy, a facial expression of happiness or contemplation, and being inspired. When I think about the people …

Drawing and Painting 2013

Explore various media to improve your understanding of the various techniques used in visual arts. Explore charcoal, acrylic paint, pen and ink, and other materials while working on your observation and composition skills. Explorations in both 2D and 3D design. Advanced students often focus on a theme of interest or work on portfolios. We will help students of any level …

“Loose Ends” by Anaisja

Editor’s note: This week’s blog post comes to you courtesy of Helena, Songwriting Master Teacher at YPI. This year in our Songwriting workshop, I basically prohibited our students from mindlessly assigning titles to their songs. No simply copying the hook and naming the song that (unless the song demands it). A song title is more space to be creative, to get …

Acting Prepares for Big Night

As the actresses prepare for their opening night of “Where the Wild Things Are” I had an opportunity to speak with each of them about their experience. “This show gave me more experience with acting. I perform mostly musicals, so it was nice to have more of a focus on acting by itself.” – Stefanie Greer “This was amazing because …

Songwriting Symposium

We have so much exciting variety in our Week 1 Songwriting class this year.  Our songwriters’ unique sounds, from simply serene acoustic to slam-jam rock, echo the likes of Ben Folds and Ingrid Michaelson to Megadeath and Soundgarden. We’re working on the writing process, the essence of performing, and lastly, the production and recording aspects of music.  In all, it’s …

The Writing Process

Written by Parker Wallis   No other activity brings me such excitement and, adversely, pig-headedness, than writing does. To me, writing is a battle against the ocean current. More often than not, a bountiful stream of ideas flows from my mind to my fingers and onto the page. On the other hand, the page is blank for the longest time …

Small Photos

Written by Laura Bressler I take small photos to remind people who gaze at a meadow that every meadow starts with one blade of grass, and each day there’s one more blade of grass, and that’s what makes it a meadow. A nation’s not just a nation, but a nation of people, of unique individuals.  The tallest redwood oak started …