|2007 Special Programs|
Instructor: Sarah Kayler
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Your heart beats faster and faster, your eyes start to dilate, your mind is racing, every hair on your body is erect, you begin to sweat…fear is taking hold of your brain. This program will bring students face to face with activities that challenge them to confront their fears. Students will gain confidence and do things that they never thought they could. Activities will include a four-hour spelunking tour of California Cavern, the sky swing at Great America, night time hiking, camping, scary movies, bungee jumping, a visit to the Exploratorium's Tactile dome, and others. All activities, while being scary, will also be safe. This program is open to all students who are willing to take risks, not just the daredevil students. Take advantage of this opportunity to experience powerful new adventures as we explore Fear. Several days of overnight camping in northern California will be required. The remaining time will be spent in and around the Bay Area.
|Machu Picchu, Peru|
Instructors: Trevor Cralle and Thaddeus Lisowski
Cost: $1650, passport required
This adventure traveling trip will journey south, beyond the equator, to the cloud-shrouded mountains of Peru. Slightly smaller than Alaska but the 19th largest country in the world, Peru has a spectacular and varied landscape, as well as a multifaceted cultural inheritance from the great Inca Empire. Without a doubt, a major highlight of this trip will be hiking one of the greatest walks on the planet—the Inca Trail to the archeological ruins of “the Lost City” of Machu Picchu.
“Something hidden. Go and Find it.
[The Explorer inspired Hiram Bingham,
|Spain, Land of Contrasts|
Instructors: Michael Ditmore and Paco Montfort
Cost: $2,200, passport required
With its deep and varied history, its contrasts in terrain and coastline, its vibrant and friendly people, and its fascinating cities, Spain is an education and a thrill. Paco Montfort and Michael Ditmore will lead a special program tour of Spain this year. Both teachers have a long relationship with the country: Paco, a native of Spain, took a student group there three years ago; and Michael spent part of his childhood there and most recently returned to Spain this past summer.
Instructor: Anne Marszalek
A reassuring thought for some of us: in this age of unrelenting technology, book arts are flourishing and handmade books are everywhere. In this program, students will first learn the craft of bookbinding—some basic techniques as well as some nontraditional ones. We will experiment with different papers and materials and expand the notion of the book to include unusual structures.In the second part of the program, the emphasis will be on the book as a one-of-a-kind object. Participants will make one or two personal books, applying their skills to express their imagination and creativity in book form. Being precise and meticulous is a plus to get a highly polished final product, but creativity can usually make up for deficiencies in dexterity. Students are welcome to use their own writing provided that it is short; we will discuss ways to incorporate words into the design, but there will not be time for writing in this program. Readings and one or two visits to local institutions such as the Rare Books Room of the San Francisco Public Library, the Mills College Artists’ Books Collection, or the Center for the Book in San Francisco will provide historical background for bookmaking as well as inspiration.
Instructor: Dave Ramin
During these two weeks we will learn and practice numerous photographic techniques, look at the work of eminent photographers, visit a few local galleries with a critical eye, but most of all get out and take some noteworthy pictures ourselves. Emphasis is on grooming visual perception, exercising imagination, and getting it down skillfully in pixels. We will be out daily to sites both urban and wild, all nearby in the East Bay, in San Francisco, and in Marin. We will seek to digitally capture vivid portraits, landscapes, humor, wildlife, action, surrealism, magical realism, and social commentary. We’ll explore the use of special effects, computers, papers, and printers. At the end of the course we’ll produce a CD of our collected portfolios and mount an exhibition of our best work at school.
Instructor: Dave Kinstle
The catch word for this program is “dual-line.” Dual-line kites are also called stunt kites, sport kites, and two-string kites. The central idea is two control lines that allow steering the kite through maneuvers. Kite programs are not new to Maybeck. The late 70’s through early 80’s was Maybeck’s Golden Age of Kites. Large was the adjective, 10 to 16 feet. Visqueen, aluminum, and wood were the media. New materials call for new creations and new designs. The 90’s introduced ultra light carbon fiber, adding strength and flex with minimum weight. Thank the ultra wealthy support to the America’s Cup for spurring innovations in racing sail fabrics. Slippery dyneema/spectra flight lines allow dual line control even when badly twisted together. Thus, new technology begets new capabilities.
Each student will build two dual-line kites and the flight lines, handle straps, transport bags and accessories. If you do not know how to use the sewing machine now, you will learn. We will build each morning and fly every afternoon.
Instructor: Sue Matthews
Since the early eighties, Maybeck students have been painting murals in the hallways to reflect their ideas and times. The murals are one of Maybeck’s unique traditions, and students who paint them have an exciting opportunity to contribute to the school.