Creative Labs




CalArts Community Arts Partnership Summer Arts (CAPSA) is officially a wrap! Thank you to our students and instructors who made it happen. Watch our highlight video below.


Have a question about CAPSA or hoping to participate next year? Please email our Program Manager Alma E. Catalán at


Read on for info on the program!


CAPSA offers free art classes for high school students in Los Angeles County. For Summer 2021, the program was conducted remotely on Zoom.


Each class took the form of a week-long Creative Lab where students experimented with different fields of art making. The six Creative Labs were: Visual Arts, Animation, Film, Theater, Music, and Creative Writing.

CAPSA was made possible by funding from

the Department of Cultural Affairs.


June 4, 2021

Priority Registration Deadline 

June 11, 2021

July 5, 2021 - July 30, 2021

Final Registration Deadline**

CAPSA: Creative Labs Program

**NOTE: Our Animation and Visual Art labs are now completely full. We are continuing to register students for a limited number of labs. Please check our Registration Form to see what is available! 



Register online using our easy form.


Students must be currently attending a high school in Los Angeles County. 

No prior experience in art required. We welcome all students regardless of artistic background.


We are proud to offer CAPSA free of cost.

The program is FREE and each student will receive a care package of basic art supplies from our team.


All instruction is in English.

Classes are conducted online using the ZOOM platform.*

*Internet access and a computer or smartphone is required. We've created a list of free Wi-Fi hotspots and low-cost connection resources here.






View our lab descriptions here.









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Carolina Hicks


Carolina Hicks is a Colombian-American visual artist, writer, and teacher born and raised in Los Angeles. She works heavily in illustration, comics, zine-making, and visual culture & media studies and criticism. She has taught at CalArts, Otis College of Art & Design, and most recently as a co-lead instructor for CAP. She holds a BA in Anthropology from SFSU and an MFA from CalArts. 


Emmet Prieto Webster


Emmet Prieto Webster is a multimedia artist who grew up in and works in Los Angeles. He began making art by making flyers and cassette covers in the backyard punk scene, and now uses free digital tools to make art about the interaction of subculture and identity. Webster studied Visual Art and Music at UC San Diego and California Institute of the Arts between 2015 and 2019 and is currently an artist in residence at the Level Ground Collective.

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Natalie Ferguson


Natalie Ferguson is an interdisciplinary Canadian artist whose practice includes installation, set design, sculpture, video, puppetry and animation. Taking inspiration from her community art experience and love of collaboration, Natalie’s work focuses on the emotional core of relationships and what makes people connect. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Scene Design at California Institute of the Arts.  

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Maddie Keyes-Levine


Maddie Keyes-Levine is an photographer from Southern California. Their practice includes photo diary, character studies, and self-portraiture. They play soccer and do a lot of crafts. 



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Zaina Bseiso


Zaina Bseiso is a film director, producer and curator working primarily in documentary and experimental cinema. Her work explores the relationship between the materialities of place and issues of memory, surveillance, corporeality and nationalism. She received her Master’s Degree in Film and Video from the California Institute of the Arts. Zaina is based in Los Angeles and was raised in Egypt by Palestinian parents. Her practice mainly traverses between Egypt, Palestine, Latin America and the US.

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Jorge Ravalo


Jorge Ravelo is an Artist, Experimental-Documentary Filmmaker, Educator and Magic Enthusiast. He received his BFA in Film/ Video at the California Institute of the Arts, and has since been programming an ongoing drive-in screening series at his house, has exhibited work in artist-run spaces, and works on set in film and television productions. Originally from Miami, FL, he now resides in Val Verde with his partner & stray cats.

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Cody Edison


Cody Edison works with film, video, and photography to explore the possibilities of authorship, collaboration, and text in documentary practices. Edison investigates issues of farming, rural culture, racial & gender equality, historical amnesia, and climate crisis. In 2021, his work was added to the permanent collections of the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM, and the Library of Congress (American Folklife Center) in Washington, D.C.

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Rafael López


Rafael Alejandro López is a Swiss-Latino visual artist. He is pursuing a BFA in Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts. His work as a narrative filmmaker plays with the notions of belonging and the duality of his heritage while often setting his stories in bleak fictional realities and oneiric universes. Aside from screenwriting, directing and editing, he holds an odd passion for sandwich making and might open a bodega in Washington Heights.

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Erica Sheu

Erica is an experimental filmmaker who works with abstract images about memory and belonging. Her art practice is greatly inspired by artist-run film labs and DIY microcinema scenes. Sheu has taught filmmaking workshops with non-profit organizations, such as Mono No Aware (NY), Third World Newsreel (NY), etc.




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Andrew Bedows

Andrew Bedows is a producer, pianist, composer, and arranger currently studying at CalArts. Born and raised in Chicago, Andrew has produced for and/or performed with artists such as Elton Aura, Omar Apollo, KAINA, Lila Drew, Ric Wilson, Burns Twins, Nafets, Andrea Turk, and many others. In addition to playing at venues and music festivals across the country, Andrew has amassed over 9 and a half million plays on Spotify under the name “Bedows” through his collaborations. A number of songs Andrew has produced or co-produced have been featured on HBO’s The Chi, Selah and the Spades, Insecure, and others. 



Zachary is jazz bassist who is currently working towards his BFA at CalArts. He has done scores for animated shorts that have received acceptance and awards at many film and animation festivals, and has played at music festivals like the Bucktown Music and Arts Festival and the Chicago Jazz Festival. He is originally from Chicago, IL.


Zachary Rosenstiehl




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Ian Stahl


Ian Stahl is a multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer, producer and educator based in Los Angeles, CA. He is currently a house engineer at Kingsize Soundlabs, performs with his band, Cilience, and was adopted by two stray cats named Patches and Cheeto. He received his MFA from the Performer-Composer program at CalArts in 2018, and since then has participated in the REDCAT N.O.W Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and SXSW.

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Charles Burns is a saxophonist, composer, and educator. Born in Florida, raised in New Jersey, he lived in England for two years, and now loves living in Southern California. As a saxophonist and a composer, he has been a regular feature on stages, in concert halls, at festivals, and in clubs throughout the world. As an educator, he loves to empower his students and to help them find confidence and courage within themselves. 


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Ari Davis Giancaterino


Ari is a composer, arranger, educator, and bass player in the Los Angeles area. Ari primarily plays jazz and classical music, but loves hip-hop and punk music too! He studied jazz bass at the University of Southern California and CALARTS and cannot wait to create great music with you!

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Alex Lopez Ahr


Alex Lopez Ahr is an animation director working between Los Angeles and Texas. A former Sundance fellow, their work focuses on comedy, coming of age, and fantasy. They have taught at the University of Texas and Calarts Community Arts Partnership. When not animating or teaching, you can find them looking for interesting dogs around LA.

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Devin Crockett


Devin Crockett is a non-binary animator from Orange County and in the Fall, they will enter the third year of the BFA Experimental Animation program. Lately, they prefer to work with non-fiction animation on a multiplane or hand-stitch embroidery for fun. After completing a few CAP classes in high school, Devin started attending CalArts and working for the last couple of years as a Student Instructor. They are so excited to be one of your Co-Lead Instructors for the CAPSA Animation program this Summer!

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Mia Hernandez


Mia is a multimedia animator, teaching artist, and East LA native. Mia recently graduated from CalArts where she received her BFA in Experimental Animation. Mia’s animated works primarily focus on her city and identity as a Latina in Los Angeles. As a former CAP and CAPSA student, Mia is so happy to be a part of CAPSA again as a teaching artist. She is especially looking forward to seeing all the exciting work her students will create!

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Rachel Shin


Rachel Shin is an illustrator, and visual development artist based in Los Angeles, California. Currently, she is pursuing a BFA in Character Animation at the California Institute of the Arts. Rachel is a lover of ramen and occasionally a parent to foster puppies!



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Sarah Yanni

Creative Writing

Sarah is a writer, editor, and educator from the San Fernando Valley. She holds a BA in Narrative Studies from USC and an MFA in Creative Writing from CalArts. Her work has been published both digitally and in print, and she's displayed her zines at art shows and book fairs across the city. Her favorite things to write about are nostalgia, sisterhood, and language. 

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Matthew Bussa

Creative Writing

Matthew Bussa is a poet and educator from Berkeley, CA. His writing explores the overlap between poetry, performance, and literary citation. As a creative writing instructor, he relishes any opportunity to collaborate, improvise, and go out into the world with a notebook, writing "away from the desk.”

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Caroline Laganas

Creative Writing

Caroline Laganas recently earned an MFA in Creative Writing at California Institute of the Arts. She previously received a BA in Journalism from Pepperdine University. Her poems have appeared in the City of Santa Clarita’s Sidewalk Poetry Project, Expressionists, FishFood Magazine, and others. Her articles have been published in the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper The Colorado Springs Gazette, Malibu Magazine, and others.

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Courtney Loi

Creative Writing

Courtney is a zinester, illustrator, and writer completing their MA in Aesthetics and Politics at CalArts. Their main studies center intimate labor, queer theory, and ethnic studies. They love children's books, Animal Crossing, and trying out nail art designs. 



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Hao Feng


Hao Feng is an actor hailing from Atlanta, GA. He recently completed his M.F.A. in Acting at CalArts, and received his B.S. in Neuroscience and B.A. in Piano Performance from Emory University, and MPhil in Music and Science from the University of Cambridge. Hao has previously been a teaching artist for the Alliance Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, as well as CalArts. Aside from acting and teaching, Hao enjoys martial arts, piano, and photography, but most important of all, eating. 

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Tom Zhang


Tom Zhang is an LA-based teaching artist who uses humor to explore race, history, and his Chinese American identity. This mostly means that he makes theater performances with a lot of jokes about growing up Asian in Florida. He, like his mother, likes to share embarrassing stories from his childhood because the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Tom is excited to head the theater team at CAPSA this summer, and looks forward to seeing all the stories and talent this year’s students will bring.

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Kenzie Caulfield


Kenzie Caulfield is a theater technician currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Lighting Design and Technical Direction. One of her favorite aspects of technical theater is prop design and creation. She loves working in community theater, and did so often in her home state of New Hampshire. Kenzie hopes to teach technical theater at a K-12 or college level sometime in the future.

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Angela Rosado


Angela Rosado is a multidisciplinary chicana artist, recently graduated from the CalArts School of theater. With experience and interest in directing, writing, visual arts, and performance, they dream of creating work in all mediums and hopes their work will inspire others to work towards a more conscious and accepting world. 

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Sarahjeen François


Sarahjeen is a Haitian-American actress and playwright based in LA whose work is inspired by the marriage of arts and activism. She is an alum of CalArts’ School of Theater and has taught theater studies courses at Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts (Atlanta, GA), M.D. Robert’s School of the Arts (Atlanta, GA), Broadway Performing Arts Center (Atlanta, GA), Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum (Topanga, CA), and CalArts (Valencia, CA). As an actress, Sarahjeen has worked with renowned directors such as Stan Lai, Monty Cole, Travis Preston, Jorge A. Vargas, Ellen Geer, and more. 

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Noelle Armstrong

Creative Writing

Noelle Armstrong is a poet and teacher in California. She is invested in collaboration, learning in community, and creativity as a form of care. She received an MFA in interdisciplinary Creative Writing from California Institute of the Arts in 2019 and has recently been published in The Iowa Review, Oddville Press, DoubleBlind Magazine, rivulet & others. 







View a video recap from last year featuring student artwork made in all six creative labs. 

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