Imaginession 2022

Imaginession, May 31-June 2

Where students try out new interests, learn new skills, and immerse themselves in creativity!


  • Classes 9:00-12:30. Drop off after 8:30 AM and pick up no later than 1:00.


  • Current OSA students have registration priority and do not need to submit any paperwork.
  • All non-OSA students must complete Imaginession Registration Form to submit with payment.
  • Grades: Open to all students grades 6-12, and those entering 6th grade in the Fall. Students must be at least 10 years of age.
  • Students choose two classes per day in advance. First come, first served. Class size is limited.
  • Daily snack (more like a light early lunch!) is served between 10:30-11:00 all three days, and will include some healthy choices: fruits, nuts, cheese, yogurt, granola, hummus, pita, chips, veggies, etc.
  • To register, simply email your child’s preferred courses, then wait for confirmation. Payment may be made by check or an invoice can be sent to pay online via bank transfer or credit card (CC fees apply).


  • Total for three days is $170, including a substantial snack (daily) and all materials.
  • If coming only part time, individual class cost/s includes:
    • Supervision for early drop off or after program play until 1:00 PM
    • Snack on the days where students attend
    • All materials any class requires

Course Descriptions

Food Fascination: Snack Edition
After learning how to use the tools of the trade, our student chefs will break into teams to create delectable snacks. Foods may include freshly made chips, hummus, guacamole, sorbet, and granola.  These snacks will be served at “snack time” along with a delicious yogurt bar with all the fixings. Instructors: Laura Erlig, Sue Eaton, and Jenni Buchanan. Max: 9

Chain Mail
Chain mail is much like knitting, but with metal. You will enjoy this class if you need some bling for an upcoming Renaissance Fair, you are concerned about a possible zombie apocalypse, you admire the wardrobe of medieval knights, your favorite color is goth, and/or you’re interested in spending some quality time with friends (old and new). If any of these apply to you, then join us for a mellow crafty experience.  Instructor:Tim Handley. Max: 8

Play Evolution and create a creature with skills enough to outwit a wolf, or teeth enough to eat your friends! Play Blokus and build a dastardly geometric pattern to trap your enemies and conquer the world! Play Go Extinct! and collect a full set of dinosaur kin – including the nefarious chicken! (Always crossing roads and causing traffic jams.) Whether you win or lose the game, you’ll learn some science, make quality friends, and have a good time. Which means that everybody wins! Instructor: Tim Handley. Max. 8

Cross Stitching
We’ll start with beginner designs of counted cross stitch, how to read patterns, organize colors, and shading/outlining techniques.  Learn about the fabric, thread, needles, and types of stitches involved in this fun and easy sewing craft.  Students will sew designs in class to bring home, as well as develop skills that will allow them to make creative and beautiful artwork. Instructor: Lyra Porcasi. Max. 6

Are you looking for a decoration to fill that empty space on the wall? Or for something to protect you from bad dreams? Or just an everyday craft? Look no further! Students will learn the basic knots used in macramé and we will put them to use by creating our very own dreamcatchers or plant hangers. We will create unique patterns, adorned with beads, feathers, and whatever else we can find. Instructor: Melanie Ware. Max: 8

John Muir Trail
Welcome to the beautiful Sierra Nevada! During this course, Melanie will share her knowledge of the backpacking world as she takes students on a storytelling journey of the John Muir Trail, which Melanie hiked (all 211 miles of it!). Students will learn about John Muir, the history of the region, and play with all different types of gear, from various water purification methods and food to tents, sleeping bags and backpacks. Prepare to be inspired to get on the trails! Instructor: Melanie Ware. Max: 8

Hiking Club
Come join us on an awesome local trail (TBD, based on weather, group, and group size) and enjoy all that nature has to offer – views, vistas, flora, and fauna. Water, sunscreen, and hat needed. Moderate hiking level. Location for 8:30 drop off will be provided in advance. If students are taking an 11:00 class at the YMCA, transportation will be provided back with parent permission. Guides: Sue Eaton and Jenni Buchanan. Max: 12

Tour of India
Students will have an immersive, “special tour” of the country of India, including history, culture, food, music, and dance! Through stories, pictures, and the sharing of authentic Indian items, your tour guide for this class, Chitra Martin, will provide a wonderful insight into her beautiful native country. Parents of students attending may also participate at no charge. Max: 16

About Chitra Martin: Chitra moved to Beverly Hills, CA from Bombay, India in 2008. Her training started as a child, in Indian classical dance, and later led to a lifelong interest in every aspect of art, both Indian and global.  Her subjects of expertise span textiles, paintings, design, iconography, and mythology. She has an unquenchable thirst for a depth of meaning and a search for a universal interconnectedness. Chitra serves as a docent at the Getty Center, Los Angeles, where she guides school groups as part of the unique Getty initiative that gives LAUSD school children an opportunity to gain access to art via an eclectic art experience called “A Closer Look”.  Chitra also wrote cookbook titled “The Great Gift of Ghee”, available on Amazon, an introduction into the world of Indian cuisine for novices. Chitra’s “day job” is that of a realtor – working with both residential and investment properties.

Creating Succulent Gardens
Students will learn how to care for, propagate, and arrange a small succulent pot or bowl. There will also be mini lessons on native succulents, and why they are beneficial to the environment. Students take home what they create. Instructor: Melanie Ware and Jenni Buchanan. Max: 8

Sun Prints
Science and art come together with making sun prints.  Learn about solar energy and thehistory of photography.  Make sun prints with cyanotype paper and learn how to takephotos with Polaroid cameras.  Fun and informative. Instructor: Laura Erlig. Max: 10

Example of chain mail

Example of cross stitching

Example of sun prints