Connecting students and artists. Camp Tannery Arts is located at the Tannery Arts Center on the banks of the San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz, California. Small classes of students work together with experienced artists, to explore a wide variety of hands-on art disciplines that make this spot the creative hub for the Santa Cruz area. Students take away a deeper understanding of the many kinds of art in the world and get to know artists that share with students their inspirations and skills that give voice to thoughts and enrich our lives.

"The important thing we must do is make the world beautiful for the children to come."

                                                                                                                                                             ~Dr. Daryl Babe

A Little Bit About Our Artists

Below, you will find some artists that have taught at camp in the past! We try to feature both new and repeat artists every year to give campers a broad view of the different types of art that are possible. 

Linda Cover

Founder and Teacher

Linda Cover has worked with students throughout Santa Cruz county as a SPECTRA artists for over 10 years. In that time she has directed several Art and Nature based camps for summer students. When the Tannery Lofts opened it’s doors in 2009, with wild and wondrous artists of every persuasion, Camp Tannery Arts was born. Artists open their studios and homes to young artists, who see how artists live and work, learn what inspires them and learn along side them to create their own works of art.

Eva Johnstone

Eva is a writer, teacher and dancer. She currently works in the travel, wedding, honeymoon, and technical copywriting spheres. She has won awards for her poetry and creative writing. With over 12 years of teaching experience, Eva has worked with students across the US, China, and Thailand. In addition to her administrative role, Eva has led umbrella painting workshops in past camps. In this workshop, she shares her extensive travel experience, love of textiles and knowledge of Southeast Asian motifs.

Daniel Johnstone

Daniel is a longtime educator and web designer. He currently works full-time for a chain of tutoring centers designing curriculum to teach students how to code. One of Daniel's passions is dancing. In addition to his administrative role, Daniel has taught tinikling workshops at past camps. This traditional Filipino folk dance was passed on to him from his mother and grandmother.

Oumou Diamanka

Senegalese Dance
Senegalese and West African Dance, and Singer, Oumou demonstrates and leads students in Senegalese and West African dance. She has taught dance at workshops and camps in African and across the US. She brings smiles to dancing.

Johanna Atkinson


Teacher, Print Maker, owner of Proper Native Clothing, and member of PATT (Printmakers at the at the Tannery). 


Jasmine Schlafke

National Spoken Word Artist
Spoken word artist.

Miggy Verar

Caricature and Portrait Artist

Miggy is a fixture at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. He has created caricatures for thousands of tourists and locals alike.    www.facebook.com/miggy.verar

Mohamad & Misty Aoulou

Moroccan Music

Mohamed Aoualou and his wife Misty, (not pictured) are teaching artists of Morocan music and culture.

Ibou Ngom

African Drumming

Ibou facilitates community drumming and dancing with adults and students of all ages. He is a SPECTRA artist and has worked with and performed for elementary though university schools. Born into a Griot family of traditional musicians in Senegal, West Africa, he has been carrying on his family’s musical lineage since childhood.

Sarah Bianco

Abstract Impressionism
Abstract, Faux Finishes and Mural Artist.

Asha Tobing

Upcycle Fabric Artist

Recycle/upcycle fabric artist. Asha makes beautiful clothes from salvaged fabrics.

Abigail Elizabeth

Potter and educator.

Crystal Contreras

Linoprint Artist
Crystal is a linoprint artist drawing inspiration from food and nature. 

Heejin Lee

Painter/ Mixed Media Artist
Painter and Open Studios artist.
Art is my life- that’s why I flew across the Pacific Ocean from my country, Korea”


More artists coming soon!

Beca Escobedo

Upcycle Seamstress and Painter
Beca likes to experiment with whatever mediums she can get her hands on.

Some Schedules From Past Camps

While our camp schedule is usually not finalized until just before the camp, these schedules from past camps will give you an idea of what to expect! We can promise that each camp is unique and packed with wonderful artists from the Santa Cruz Tannery community. Each session will feature different artists, meaning that students who sign up for only one session (morning or afternoon) will not complete every project– that’s ok! We end every camp with a special art exhibit for the families of campers. 

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