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BAVC Youth Photo Summer Camp

Photography and Video Summer Camp

Ages 10+

Does your child have a passion for photography and video? This weeklong camp will give your child the opportunity to explore their own personal vision, and create a portfolio of original photographs and videos. Topics covered include: digital camera functions, composition and lighting, photographic printing, Adobe Lightroom and Premiere. We will study famous photographers and video artists for inspiration, and have several shooting field trips during the week.

Each day your child will be exposed to new image making concepts to stimulate their creativity through two to three different activities. Camp is a maximum of 12 students, so there will be significant individual attention given to your child’s interests and abilities. The camp is suitable for beginners to more advanced students, and taught by professional and experienced instructors.

Your child will be stimulated, challenged and have a lot of fun exploring photography and video!


Materials: A digital camera of any quality is required. Video cameras and photo printing materials will be provided.



Hours: Camp meets Monday through Friday from 9 AM-4 PM. On Friday, we welcome families and allies to BAVC for a reception and exhibition of student work from 4-5:30 PM.

Location: 2727 Mariposa Street between Florida and Bryant Streets. Staff will be available to support curbside drop-off.

Tuition: $475 per week

Cancellation policy:

Withdrawal and refund requests must be made in writing to Youth Programs at BAVC. Email us:

  • Last day for 100% refund (minus $20 processing fee): Four weeks prior to the course start date
  • Last day for 80% refund (minus $20 processing fee): Two weeks before the course start date

Nonattendance: BAVC does not automatically drop students who do not attend following registration. Nonattendance does not constitute an official drop. Charges will remain in effect. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.


Instructor Biographies

Stephanie Williamson is a Bay Area photographer, artist and writer. She received a BA in Literature from Tufts University and an MA in Photography/Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State University. Stephanie has expertise in both traditional analog and digital photography. Her work has been shown in many exhibitions around the Bay Area and nationally. She has curated photography shows at Jingletown Art Studios in Oakland and has served as juror for several local exhibitions. She is a member of the Photography Department faculty at City College of San Francisco where she has been teaching since 1996, and is an adjunct professor at Solano College. She has taught classes and workshops at Rayko Photo Center, ASUC Art Studio at UC Berkeley, College of Marin, the Randall Museum, Walnut Creek Civic Arts, and the Harvey Milk Photography Center. 

Shiloh Burton has been actively engaged in the practice of photography for 27 years and has exhibiting nationally since 2000.  She "makes" rather than "takes" photographs of the people she frames with her camera, in various forms of community engagement. She teaches digital photography, storytelling, and video arts as well as AP 2-D Studio Art and analog photography at Irvington High School during the school year.  Ms. B. believes in equipping students with the skills necessary to be sought after media artists who choose their own paths and speak their authentic truths.  She earned her BA from Bard College and her MFA from San Jose State University.

Victoria Mara Heilweil is a nationally exhibited photographic artist, curator and educator. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in 1995. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the de Young Museum, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, Intersection for the Arts, Southern Exposure, California Academy of Sciences, Art Works Downtown, PHOTO Fine Art, Pro Arts and Rayko Photo Gallery in the Bay Area, wall space gallery and Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum in Southern California, University Art Gallery at California State Chico, Minneapolis Photo Center, Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, VA and Washington Square Art Galleries in New York City. She has also created public and community based art works in conjunction with the ZERO1 Biennial in San Jose, CA, Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA and the Bayview Opera House in San Francisco, CA. In 2014 Victoria was awarded a grant from the Puffin Foundation.

Victoria is an independent curator who has mounted exhibitions at Root Division, PHOTO Gallery and Art Works Downtown.  She was also a founding member of MicroClimate Collective, an artist created curatorial project, which produced twelve exhibitions over eight years.

In addition to her exhibition and curatorial history, Victoria has taught for the past 20 years at colleges and community centers, and is a mom to a funny and inquisitive 10-year-old daughter.



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