Bienvenido a KMS’s De Colores Summer Camp. Through captivating and varied activities, your child will experience the Spanish Language through Latin culture using all of their senses. During their time at KMS campers will hear, speak, taste, create, draw, act, play, dance and more while learning about different countries in Central and South America. Our sunny Mission neighborhood is an extension of the De Colores classroom. Campers will go on several field trips (either walking or on SF Muni) in each session; some field trips from past summers have included to local la panadería, la biblioteca, el parque, taquerias, and more.
Each two-week session incorporates an integrated theme.
No two sessions are the same and we welcome campers to sign up for multiple sessions!
Session 2: Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 23: Mexico WAIT LIST
Session 3: Monday, June 26 – Friday, July 7: Peru
Session 4: Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 21: Guatemala WAIT LIST
Session 5: Monday, July 24 – Friday, August 4: Cuba ONE SPACE LEFT
Session 6: Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 18:
Latin Cuisine and Culture NEW WAIT LIST
This is a new crossover camp between the De Colores and YUM Chefs programs. Campers will learn and explore different latin foods and learn about their origins. ($920/session)
Maria Luna, Founder and Designer of De Colores Spanish Language and Latin Culture Program
Maria Luna has been with KMS since 1983, and is the parent of a KMS Graduate. She is a qualified teacher with over 25 years of experience and a BA in Humanities. Maria has been teaching children from Preschool to 8th grade in public and private schools in the Bay Area, she’s a professional dancer with Ballet Folklorico Ensembles. Over the years, she has developed creative, innovative programs and curriculums that have reached a large number of students.
Mrs. Luna has collaborated with educational organizations such as World Arts Wests and Young Audiences of Northern California. Maria will continue her history and connection with KMS as a mentor for the De Colores Summer Program.
Catalina Paz Tapia, De Colores Teacher
Catalina joined KMS Summer Camp in 2015 and is currently one of our wonderful KMS After School Teachers. She holds training in dance, physical theater, and circus arts. Catalina is a native Spanish speaker, born and raised in Chile, and has lived in Mexico where she attended the National Institute of Fine Arts. She moved to the US to pursue language studies, English and French, at City College of San Francisco. Catalina has taught theater, dance, yoga and languages to adults and children throughout Mexico, United States, and China. She uses movement as a universal language that reaches everyone, bringing understanding of the self and its surroundings. Through discipline and playfulness, she offers space for research and discovery. With emphasis on improvisation and creativity, she connects with the art of listening to the mind, body and soul. Catalina enjoys working with children from all backgrounds and ages. She currently works with Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Middleground Collective, and various dance companies throughout the Bay Area
Maria Carrillo, De Colores Teacher
Maria is a native spanish speaker, who was born and raised in the Central Valley from a small town of Corcoran, California. After graduating from Corcoran High School, she pursued her education at the California State University of Fresno, CA . She followed her passion which was painting and photography where she received her Bachelor’s Degree of Art in painting in 2011. She continued studying art with an emphasis in Photography and graduated with a Masters Degree 2014. During her time in grad school Maria had the opportunity to travel in the summer to Washington DC with a few classmates and her art crafts professor to the Smithsonian art Festival where she taught kids from all around the world how to make prints out of styrofoam and printmaking paint. After graduating from College, Maria moved back home and was a drama coach at the local John Muir Middle School for 2 years. Maria always finds kids entertaining; watching them develop creative ideas and being spontaneous individuals fascinates her. She believes that every child is an artist in various ways not just in visual form. Like Pablo Picasso once said, “ Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain, once we grow up.” Maria will also be a teacher with Art Maker camp at KMS this Summer.