Juan de Fuca Discovery Arts Camp

2017 Theme:  Art and the Human Machine v2.0

It’s a Steam Punk theme featuring  gadgets and gizmos, time travel and exploration of the past and into the future! 


Located at Jefferson Elementary School,  JFFA will be offering its week-long creative arts day camp from July 7 to 21 for ages 7 to 12.   Once again the curriculum will integrate drama, creative movement, and visual arts around a theme.  Parents, dropping off the kids for three and a half hours in the morning five days in a row, will enjoy a much-needed break while school is out!

The instructors and campers had so much fun with the steam punk theme last summer that  we’re bringing it back this year with all new activities.  Campers rotate through each instructor’s course with  a  brass, leather, lace, and gear common thread.  Campers will be learning and creating with direction from Cathy Haight (art), Sarah Tucker (drama), Anna Pederson (movement). Please read their biographies below!

On Friday (June 21) the campers put on a great show for their parents, siblings, friends and neighbors, which highlights what they’ve learned and what they’ve created in the fields of movement, visual arts and drama.  A slide show from last year’s  Friday show is posted above.

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Anna began dancing at the age of 3 in Exeter, CA where she studied in ballet, tap and jazz. Since moving to Port Angeles, WA in 2011 she has choreographed 6 musicals such as A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls and Forbidden Broadway for many of the theaters and performing arts groups on the Peninsula. This summer she will be the choreographer for Titanic the Musical through Ghost Light Productions.  She has taught for Hamilton Elementary Arts Club, the Olympic Peninsula YMCA Summer Youth Programs and she was the assistant teacher for the  Juan de Fuca Discovery Arts Camp in 2013 and 2014. She has also offered a variety of adult and child dance classes and private lessons in the community. She is currently teaching for Forte’ After School Clubs where she designed a Creative Dance curriculum that will take students through each element of dance. Anna has a passion for introducing the beauty of movement to dancers of all ages and artistic backgrounds.  She has produced and performed in many productions at The Alle’ Stage at Studio Bob and played Splenda, the Goodish Witch for the JFFA event, Sing-a-long with The Sound of Music.

Sarah Tucker enjoys helping to craft fun and creative environments where the arts and kids mix together and thrive. Currently running the Forte’ After School Clubs for ages 7-12 at the Campfire Clubhouse in Jessie Webster Woods in Port Angeles, and director of the Children’s Program for the Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, she’s been onstage as an actress with The Ballet Workshop and was instrumental in bringing the first Shakespeare in Webster Woods to the meadow in the sculpture park of The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. Sarah has taught drama classes for the Fine Arts Center and has appeared in musicals and shows at the Little Theater at Peninsula College as well as The Port Angeles Community Playhouse. She directed, produced and performed in many productions at The Alle’ Stage at Studio Bob and played Splenda, the Goodish Witch for the JFFA event, Sing-a-long with The Sound of Music.

VISUAL ARTS INSTRUCTOR, CATHY HAIGHT, a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, ran a design office for 20 years. She then left the business and transitioned to teaching art for K-8th grade at the Carden School of Fountain Valley.  While there she produced and art directed costuming and sets for the children’s production of “Wizard of Oz” and “Music Man”.

She art directed sets and costuming for the Huntington Beach Children’s Theater production of “Christmas In Oz”and delivered independent drawing courses before moving to Port Angeles in 2007.

Cathy has been with the YMCA for five years and is currently the Activities Director and art instructor for the YMCA program “After the Bell”. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors of the Juan de Fuca Festival of Arts. She is a founding member of the Port Angeles Arts Council, where she is a coordinator for the Young @Arts program.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: We are looking for volunteers to help with our summer camps.  Call the JFFA office at 360-457-5411 if you’d like to volunteer during the camp.