Children and Youth

Artists-writers summer workshop for students begins Monday in SJB

Beginning on Monday, June 12, Crēdo Studio and the Carl M. Luck Memorial Library will host the Artists-Writers Summer Workshop. The three-week program focuses on literacy through art
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A public-private partnership in San Juan Bautista is using art as a vehicle to help students stay on the road to literacy.

Crēdo Studio and the Carl M. Luck Library are teaming up to host the Artists-Writers Summer Workshop, a three-week program based on, “Picture Writing: Fostering Literacy Through Art”—a curriculum that “utilizes simple crayon resist art techniques and quality literature in a progression of mini lessons that teach essential literacy skills to students with diverse learning styles,” according to the workshop’s flyer.

Open to 24 students, ages 7 to 12, the summer program, subsidized by the City of the San Juan, begins on Monday, June 12 and runs through Friday, June 30.

The registration fee is $75. There are a limited number of scholarships available.

Crēdo’s owner, Ramona Hill, stated in a telephone interview with BenitoLink that she and her staff will facilitate the workshop sessions. They will be assisted by Anzar High School students, completing their community-service hours.

Hill explained that each workshop day begins at 9 a.m. at Crēdo, where participants will create paintings to accompany their future picture-books.

After the artwork session, students will enter the studio’s dance space, participating in a variety of theater games that serve as “confidence-builders,” said Hill.

Attendees will then walk to the San Juan library, where they will take a respite before crafting their poems or stories until 12:30 p.m.

Students are scheduled to present their hand-bound works on the workshop’s final day.

More information:

Carl M. Luck Memorial Library
801 Second Street
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
Phone: (831) 623-4687

Crēdo Studio
1 Polk Street 
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
Phone: (831) 245-8470
Visit Crēdo Studio’s website


Frank Pérez

I’m a lifelong resident of San Benito County. I reside in Hollister with my wife, Brenda. I’m embarking on my 19th year at San Benito High School, where I teach world history and Mexican-American history. In addition, I'm moonlighting as a freelance journalist for BenitoLink. My passion is delving deeper into the nuances of the local, historical record, while including lesser-known stories of our past. My hope is that county residents will have a greater appreciation for the diversity and complexity of San Benito County, realizing that its uniqueness depends upon our responsibility as its stewards.