Summer 2011 Newsletter

Dear Friends, Families, Artists and Colleagues,

We are gearing up for a fun summer with many exciting classes and events to look forward to. Check out some of these wonderful opportunities for both students and parents alike!


Upcoming Performances

Camelot Kids Preschool

2880 Rowena Ave., LA 90039  (323) 662-2663

Tues.May 31, 2011-Instrument-Making and Percussion-3:45pm

Thursday, June 2, 2011 – Ballet-3:45-4:45PM

Franklin Ave Elementary
Franklin Kids After School Program

1910 N. Commonwealth Ave., LA 90027   (323) 663-0320


Friday, June 3, 2011-“The Velveteen Rabbit”-4:30PM
Tuesday, June 7, 2011-“The Secret Garden”-5:00PM
Monday, June 13, 2011 – Painting with Scissors – 3:15pm

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 – Ballet – 3:00pm

Wednesday, June 22, 2011-5th Grade Culmination-2:00PM

Mt. Washington Elementary

3981 San Rafael Ave., LA 90065   (323) 225-8320

Sunday, June 12, 2011-Spring Music Recitals-“A Sharing of Musical Gifts” 2:00 and 4:00PM

Thursday, June 16, 2011-Dance Recital Dress Rehearsal-


Sunday, June 19, 2011-Dance Recital with Studio A Dancers-4:00PM


Stone Soup Child Care

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 – Music

Aeolian Elementary 1:30pm

Ada Nelson Elementary 3:45pm

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 – International Dance

Jersey Elementary – 2:00pm and 3:00pm

Thursday, June 9, 2011 – Jazz Dance

Durfee Elementary – 2:45pm

Frank Wright Elementary – 4:30pm

Thursday, June 16, 2011 – Acting

Twin Lakes Elementary – 3:00pm

La Primaria Elementary – 4:30pm


Summer at Marlborough


This summer we will be setting up shop with Marlborough Summer School.  Many of our Teaching Artists and Ms. Aimee will be there with a variety of exciting courses.

Marlborough Summer School

250 South Rossmore Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90004


June 27 – July 29, 2010*

Monday – Friday

Prices range from $350 – $420

Jessi Beach

Zumba  @ 10:30 – 11:25am – Grades 5-adult

Zumba @ 11:30 – 12:25pm – Grades 2-4


Amanda Johnson

Rock Band for Young Musicians @ 9:15-10:10am – Grades 2-5

Creative Writing for Young Writers @11:30-12:25pm- Grades2-5

Rock Band @ 1:15 – 2:45pm – Grades 6-12


Aimee Young Hopkins

Little Composers @ 11:30 – 12:25pm – Grades 2-3

Camp Mustang Music – Grades K-1

@ 8:15-9:10am

@ 9:15-10:10am

@ 10:30-11:25am


Susan Linville

Bohemian Ballet  @ 8:15 – 9:10am – Grades 3-6

Cirque du Dance @ 9:15 – 10:10am – Grades 3-8

Polynesian Rhythm and Steps @10:30-11:25am -Grades 5-adult


Ali Mandelbaum

Sound of Music @ 9:15 – 10:10am – Grades 2-3

Wizard of Oz @ 10:30 – 11:25am – Grades 4-6

Create an Original Musical @ 11:30 – 12:25pm – Grades 4-8

Mulan The Musical @ 1:15 – 2:45pm – Grades K-8


Dee Dee McNeil

Haiku in My Neighborhood @ 10:30 – 11:25am – Grades 4-6


Mrs. Jasmine

Private ESL (1 student per ½ hour) – Grades 1 – 12

Private ESL @ 8:15 – 9:10am

Private ESL @ 9:15 – 10:10am

Private ESL @ 10:30 – 11:25am

Private ESL @ 11:30 – 12:25pm

DM Osborne

Yoga Ed @ 8:15 – 9:10am – Grades 5-7

Counter Culture Yoga @ 9:15 – 10:10am – Grades 8-12


Madeleine Zygarewicz

Printmaking Revolution @ 8:15 – 9:10am – Grades 6-12

Zines and Blogs @ 9:15 – 10:10am – Grades 6-12

Dear Diary @ 10:30 – 11:25am – Grades 6-12

Paper Art Pop Ups @ 11:30 – 12:25pm

Summer Series: Music and Dance
Ballet/Tap at Studio A

with Ms. Aimee

Saturdays July 9 – August 27th


Studio A Dance

2306 Hyperion Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90027


10:00 – 10:45am (ages 5-8)

10:50 – 11:45am (ages 2-3)

11:50 – 12:45am (ages 3-4)


Informal dance recital Saturday, August 27, 2011


Summer Music!

Ongoing private music lessons in your home in all instruments.

Language Garden Summer Concert Series

Sunday, June 12th at 2pm – World Percussion Workshop with Mrs. Jasmine


Sunday, July 17th at 2pm – Indie Kids and Original Music with Alina Hevia


Sunday, August 7th at 2pm – World Citizen Baby Music with Sarah Peters


Sunday August 21st at 2pm – Family Music Time with Aimee Young Hopkins


Located at

Language Garden Preschool

1067 S Fairfax Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90019


$2 tickets for Adults

$1 tickets for children

Theater Summer Camp
Aimee Art Productions and Franklin Kids Summer Theater Camp

“On a Painted Fence” a Tom Sawyer Script

Silverlake Community Church
2930 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Dates: 1st week – July 18th-July 22nd
2nd week – July 25th – 29th/30th
Times: 9:00am – 1:00pm (except for performance days & nights)
Days: Mondays through Fridays
Costs: $250.00 per week per child (Sibling discount $50.00 a child)
Applicants: Amount of participants will be limited to 35 students of all ages.
Performance Dates: July 29th & July 30th @ 6:00pm

Program Led by…
Aimee Young-Hopkins: Theater/Artistic Director
Sandi Picazo: Program Director
Megan Gaspar: Production Manager
Ruzanna Khudeta: Coordinator

Special Features:
Set Design
Painting Set Backdrops
Dramatic Word Play
Dance Workshop
Music Theater Workshop
Theater Workshop

Son of an Otter, Son of a Wolf

Daily Work Plan:
July: 1st week
Monday 18th
9-10am – Set up & Discussions
10-11am – Painting Workshop
11-11:30 – Snack/Lunch
11:30-1pm – Practice Lines
Tuesday 19th
9-10am – Set up & Discussions
10-11am – Painting & Set Design Workshop
11-11:30 – Snack/Lunch
11:30-1pm – Practice Lines
Wednesday 20th
9-10am – Set up & Discussions
10-11am – Choreographing dance routines
11-11:30 – Snack/Lunch
11:30-1pm – Practice Lines
Thursday 21st
9-10am – Set up & Discussions
10-11am – Music/Song Direction
11-11:30 – Snack/Lunch
11:30-1pm – Practice Lines
Friday 22nd
9-10am – Set up & Discussions
10-11am -Dramatic Wordplay
11-11:30 – Snack/Lunch
11:30-1pm – Practice Lines
Daily Work Plan:
July: 2nd week
Monday 25th
9-10am – Set up & Discussions
10-11am – Costume Workshop
11-11:30 – Snack/Lunch
11:30-1pm – Practice Lines
Tuesday 26th
9-10am – Set up & Discussions
10-11am – Set Design Workshop
11-11:30 – Snack/Lunch
11:30-1pm – Practice Lines
Wednesday 27th
9-10am – Set up & Discussions
10-11am – Choreographing dance routines
11-11:30 – Snack/Lunch
11:30-1pm – Practice Lines
Thursday 28th
9-10am – Set up & Discussions
10-11am – Music/Song Direction
11-11:30 – Snack/Lunch
11:30-1pm – Practice Lines
Friday 29th – Performance Night
9-10am – Set up & Discussions
10-11am -Choreographing dance routines
11-11:30 – Snack/Lunch
11:30-1pm – Practice Lines
1-2pm Break
2-4pm Theater run through
4-5pm DInner break
5-6pm Costuming/prep for performance
Saturday 30th – Performance
2-4pm Theater run through
4-5pm Dinner Break
5-6pm Costuming & prep for performance

*Scholarships will be offered according to sign-ups.
*Lunch will be brought in daily by the applicants and a small snack will be given to the students (fruit and crackers) by the staff.


Aimee’s Corner
Aimee Art Productions: A Lean, Mean Art-Making Machine!
Son of an Otter, Son of a Wolf

In these times of budget cuts and economic crisis, there is one thing we can depend on: change.  At Aimee Art Productions, we are changing with the times and adjusting our practices to the current situation, working with Booster Clubs, PTA’s and small parent groups to provide high quality arts instruction to students from diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings.  But one thing that has not changed is the quality of our service:  We deliver TRANSFORMATION of students’ lives.  Students are grounded in a level of self-esteem through their work with us that becomes the foundation for a life-time of creative problem-solving, teamwork, joy, and productivity, which applies to every subject, project, or job they will have in the future.  There is no price-tag you can put on this service.  It has immense value, and parents and administrators know that.


At the same time, we all feel the crunch of our budgets, whether we are a school, a family, a non-profit, or a district.  And that is why at Aimee Art Productions, we are committed to delivering a high quality service at honest prices which are affordable for ALL families.  Through our work with the Music Center and Stone Soup Child Care, we are able to bring the highest quality of arts education to students at-risk and to low-income students because we are funded through grants and partnerships, at no cost to the students.  We have provided everything from International Dance to Woodworking to Capeoira to Musical Theatre at these schools in El Monte, Whittier, Redondo Beach, Valencia, Santa Fe Springs, and more for the last several years.


At schools like Franklin Avenue Elementary, King Middle School, Glenfeliz Elementary, Delevan Drive Elementary, and Hancock Park Elementary, we are funded through the Booster Clubs, PTA’s and small parent groups where, for a small ticket price, students can participate in incredible high-energy after-school programs such as Zumba Hiphop, Irish Dance Drama, Pre-K Music Therapy, High School Musical, Beatles Art and Murals and more.


At studios and preschools such as Camelot Kids Preschool, Children’s Playhouse, Language Garden Preschool and Paintbox Kids, we have offered enrichment classes such as Indie Kids, Ladybug Picnic, Instrument Making and Percussion, and more, to families for a reasonable price at the highest level with top artists in their field.


Through our private music lessons in all instruments, artists drive to families homes and provide affordable private lessons which teach to each child’s strengths whether they are visual, auditory, or kinesthetic.  Children learn to read music, play their instrument, and perform in recitals in a nurturing, loving and supportive environment.


We are able to do this because our overhead is low and we have a strong mission of service and gratitude.  I work out of my home office with my DBA and have a part-time bookkeeper and an assistant. We are not a large corporation with a lot of expenses or payroll.  Our Teaching Artists are Independent Contractors who are TB-tested and Livescanned and who are educators and artists in their own rights, and are doing this work for a variety of companies and non-profits throughout the city.  We are able to pay them competitive rates for what they do, and keep our costs low, covering supplies and travel and our administrative costs, without a lot of padding.  For several years, even in the current economy, I have been able to pay all my artists, staff, and myself, provide jobs for others, and provide great service to schools and families due to our strong work ethic and simple business plan.


Thank you for being a part of what we do.  We are a grassroots small business, person-to-person, on the ground running, guitars on our backs, drums and art supplies in our cars, and sheet music in our totebags.  We are passionate arts providers and we are grateful for your partnership in this important work with our young artists!  Thank you for all you do!


Lady Bug Picnic and !Viva La Musica! this summer at Camelot and Paintbox Kids

Paintbox Kids

Aimee Art Productions presents…

A Mommy & Me Class

Tuesdays Only for 5 weeks

Beginning: May 17th through June 14th

Times:  10:30a – 11:30a

Ages:  18mos to 5 yrs old.

Location: Paintbox Kids

1383 East Washington Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91104- 2533

Fee:  $98.00


Lady Bug Picnic

with Teaching Artist, Angela Perino

Come play at the Lady Bug Picnic!! Together we will create our very own ladybug picnic! Projects will include making “crazy-color-ladybugs”, ants, grasshoppers and more using simple geometric shapes, painting your own picnic blanket, and making “nature prints” using leaves and flowers. We will also complete a few group projects: we will create a giant tree to shade our picnic and design a menu for the picnic as well! Start each class with aladybug song and dance, explore the insect world and read some classic stories about ladybugs, caterpillars and grasshoppers!!


Caregivers welcomed!


Ladybug Picnic

Camelot Kids


July and August

Wednesdays and Thursdays

Lady Bug Picnic – with Angela Perino

as seen above


Mondays and Tuesdays

!Viva la Musica!:  Around the World with Music and Movement –

with Ms. Aimee

Come experience the joy of music and dance from aroundthe world with your child!  Book-ending each class with a multicultural hello and goodbye song in English, Spanish, French, Tagalog and Armenian (and more!), each week represents a journey to a different part of the globe.  We will travel to Ghana and South Africa to drum, dance and sing to “Obwisana,” “Jambo,” “Sobanan Kasasa,” “Shosholoza,” and “Funga Alafia.”   We will also use egg-shakers and hand drums and learn some traditional African folk dances.  Then we will fly to Latin America to sing, move, and use rhythm sticks with “Palo Palo” from the Dominican Republic, “Vamos a la Playa” and “La Bamba” from Mexico, “Vengan a Ver” from Argentina, and “Boa Viagem” from Brazil.  We will travel down under to Australia and New Zealand with “Kookaburra,” “Down Under,” “Koala Chant” and more as we use a variety of rhythm instruments and dance.  We will spend some time in France with “Sur le Pont d’Avignon,” “Frere Jacques,” “J’ai Perdu,” “Je Suis un Pizza,” and “Donne-moi la Main,” using scarves, finger puppets, and hand gestures.  We will also sing songs from the good ol’ U.S.A. during 4th of July week, and visit Scotland, Japan, China, and Israel.  Ms. Aimee will sing, play guitar, and guide parents and little ones in simple dances, free movement, and a wonderful variety of percussion instruments which can be enjoyed by all.


Megan Fong and J. Lawson

Featured Artists
Elizabeth Fong and J. Lawson
In 2010 J. Lawson and Elizabeth Fong joined forces to bring a unique blend of new sounds.  Both J. and Elizabeth show their proficiency (J. Lawson as a percussionist/guitarist and Elizabeth Fong as a string player) as performers, composers and generators of new thought through a collaborative effort to create a unique balance of melody and rhythm. They show a clear relationship of different popular American music influenced by world music.  Through their blend of acoustic and electronic elements they offer a sonic interpretation unique to the American and world music. Their Non-Western European methods of weaving improvisation and composition give the listener a genuine sense of connection to different artistic and cultural perspectives and to human relationships, through which they hope to share, the beauty of a communal musical experience.
Elizabeth Fong promotes diversity and personal expression through collaboration with creative people from different artistic and cultural backgrounds in the US and abroad.  The basis of her work exists around the American improvisation music forms.  She is a talented and dedicated educator.  She has spent seven years teaching privately and in the classroom in New York, NY and in Los Angeles, CA with Education Through Music, Inc. (ETM) and Education Through Music – Los Angeles (ETM-LA). During graduate school and while working for ETM-LA she organized several educational and artistic festivals and workshops. Her educational focus involves engaging younger and older audiences to experience art and creativity on communal and multi-cultural levels that encompass the American identity.  THrough her experience a s a teacher she has developed the skills to not just improve students’ musical technique, but to engage their creative and artistic processes through the organization of musical performances.
BFA Graduate 2005, Sarah Lawrence College
MFA Graduate 2009, California Institute of the Arts
J. Lawson, Truth sincerity and music directly from the spirit. J. Lawson’s music is made to uplift and inspire all people to do better than they are and unite under the shared beauty of the human experience. Besides a composer, Lawson is also a talented multi-instrumentalist, singer and educator for over a decade.  As a professional musician for the last 15 years his experiences collaborating with other artists of different backgrounds on a national level has given him a strong musical foundation and a variety of experiences to bring to the classroom.  Lawson moved to Los Angeles in 2009 and has taught drums, guitar, keyboard and recorder for ETM-LA and Aimee Art Productions.  His eclectic musical background stems from the strong influences of musicians in his family. As a credentialed classroom teacher Lawson has experience teaching students of all backgrounds in large group classes, small groups and individual lessons.
BS Graduate 2004, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University



Sacred Fools Musical Theater Camp
Explore Musical Theater with us this summer!
Kids ages 8-13 will have a chance to sing, dance, act, write, and see what happens backstage in a musical. Our weeklong program culminates in an original musical production for our family and friends! All classes are held at Sacred Fools Theater (winner of 2009 Franklin R. Levy award for Musical Theatre) and taught by working actors who have performed on Broadway and in Regional theaters around the country.
For more information, call the number below, email us, or visit:
Aug 1-5, 2011
daily: 9:00am-1:00pm
Only $199 for 5 days of classes!
660 N. Heliotrope Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90004
(310) 281-8337
Sacred Fools Musical Theater Summer Camp

One teacher with Two new great services for young actors from Aimee Art Productions:


1) Young Actors, Get your audition recorded on VIDEO, then edited and formatted ready to email to your agent or CD.
Increasingly, young actors get the opportunity and request from their agents and Casting Directors to put their auditions on video. Now Karl is available help you with this process in his Barham Blvd studio, or at your home within 10 miles of 90068.
This session includes a practice read through, redirection and some coaching if desired,
then a number of takes, including the slate or personality sections if needed.
Then Karl also edits and uploads the finished product. You recieve the completed video usually the same night, in the form of an email-ready file size, and a link to a download, depending on what you or the agent may prefer.
Karl has a relaxed, quiet, great location for recording.
He is also an excellent coach both for young actors, and musical theater performers.
Often he is available on short notice, which is of course often how these auditions are given to us!  Karl just recently sent off video auditions for two young actors, one for  Adam Sandlers next film “I hate You Dad”, shooting in Boston, and for a Disney Project based in Florida. The Young actors both had their projects redy to send off to their agents within a few hours of their request to Karl!


The 45 minutes session costs $45.
for more information see….


2) Audition Coach for musical theater. film, commercials and television.
30 minutes for $30.
45 minutes for $45.



Karl is also a pianist / accompanist.
and also offers Piano lessons and Saxaphone through Aimee Art Productions.
At the Independent Shakespeare Co.

We’ve got a new place to hang our hats.

After years of sub-letting rehearsal and studio space, and calling a corner of a garage our office, we have found a beautiful new work space in Atwater Crossing, beautifully renovated former industrial buildings that are now a thriving arts complex. Close to our Griffith Park summer home, it’s an inspiring, creative place that allows us to grow in new ways. It’s going to be a pretty amazing transitional time for us, and this space will allow us to better serve you with a variety of programming.

And there are some new programs offered too.


Introducing the….
Shakespeare Studio for Young People
We’ve created a unique, eight-week program that focuses on one play. Students will work like Independent Shakespeare Co. actors: accessing their creative imaginations as well as learning basic verse-speaking technique, dynamic movement for the stage, and the essentials of dramatic analysis. At the end of the session, they’ll get to share what they’ve learned by presenting a studio version of the play for friends and family. This session, we’ll be focusing on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Throughout the eight weeks, students can expect visits from other ISC company members for break-out sessions in specialized areas.
There are two sections, each for a different age group. Each group meets once a week for three hours.
The fee is $400 for all eight weeks, competitively priced with similar programs.
Shakespeare Studio for Young People:
Saturdays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
April 30 – June 18
Ages 8-12

Sundays, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

May 1 – June 19

Ages 13 – 17

Visit the website to sign up at, or contact Studio Leader Andre Martin for more information or call (818) 710-6306.

Classes will be held at the ISC Studio in Atwater Crossing, centrally located off the I-5  just east of Los Feliz and Silverlake.
Studio leaders are Luis Galindo and Andre Martin, both seen last season in Othello and Much Ado About Nothing. 

And for adults: Lyrical Verse Speaking

Learn the basics of Shakespearean acting with Independent Shakespeare Co.’s co-founder David Melville.


The four three-hour workshops will explore:

–the elements of lyrical and dynamic verse and prose speaking

–how to connect Shakespeare’s tragedy and comedy to a modern audience

–the principles of Renaissance acting

–how to physicalize Shakespeare’s text


This course is for anyone with a serious interest in classical works, both professional actors and others. You will learn a newShakespeare monologue or scene over the course of the training. You can also bring in familiar material about which you want to gain a new perspective.


Every Monday evening, 6:30 – 9:30 beginning May 2.
The fee is $200 for four weeks.
Visit our website to sign up, or contact David Melville with any questions, or call (818) 710-6306.
Classes will be held at the ISC Studio in Atwater Crossing, centrally located off the I-5, just east of Los Feliz and Silverlake.


Thank you for building self-esteem and literacy through the arts!


Aimee Hopkins
Aimee Art Productions:
Building Self-Esteem and Literacy Through the Arts



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