Page 8 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • June 17, 2009 Summer art camp is an environment where children grow in confidence and ability. It is a non-competitive atmosphere that promotes creative thinking and the development of problem solving skills while participants learn art techniques and explore new materials. This supportive and relaxed atmosphere promotes the continued development of social, fine motor, cognitive, and language skills through instruction and experimentation. Art history and multiculturalism are infused to provide the campers with a greater understanding of the evolution of art and its role in society. The curriculum includes multicultural themes and an exploration of the lives of famous artists in combination with art lessons for a rewarding SCHOOLS & CAMPS Art camp is a cool choice for the summer experience for students at any age and skill level. Personalized instruction by experienced teachers allows students to feel confident. When students’ work is admired by their peers, they feel good about themselves and realize the value of their talents. Creating art fosters whole brain development and helps develop problem-solving skills. In addition, art projects develop fine motor skills and eye/hand coordination through activities such as cutting, pasting, clay building, painting, and drawing. Art is a gift, but much can be learned through practice. With proper instruction and guidance, a student can learn techniques that can be practiced. For example, pencil drawing students learn basic skills such as holding the pencil properly and angling it to create shading. Learning these skills leads the way to working in color with pastel, oil, watercolor, charcoal, and colored pencils. Students also create three dimensional works of art in clay, plasterkraft, papier-mâché, wire, and found objects. These projects are offered to students at every age and skill level. Special needs children, especially those in need of help with language skills and those who need to improve fine motor skills benefit greatly from art classes, which put them on the same level as their peers. There are no disabilities in art: only abilities. Some students recognize at an early age that they would like to pursue art as a career, but schools cut back on art classes and time dedicated to art. Summertime classes are an opportunity to focus on developing art skills and to create pieces for a portfolio. Planning a portfolio before senior year allows a student to focus on college applications and essays and standardized tests. Summer art camps also include outdoor workshops. Working outdoors allows students to see objects in nature in three dimensions. Students see that the branches on a tree grow all around the tree, not just off the left and right sides as many students render them. Memories from art camp will include tangible creations that can be framed, viewed, and enjoyed for many years. This article written by The Drawing Room instructors Nancy Diehl, Kymm Zak, and Christine Zaccardi. For additional information about summer opportunities, visit or call (201) 447-7272. The Drawing Room is located at 27 Central Avenue, Second Floor, in Midland Park. #1 BASEBALL CAMP IN AMERICA Mahwah. Campers 7-17. Select one or more weeks June 22 thru Aug. 9. Overnight, Day Camp or Extended Day Camp. Major League Stars. College coaches. A/C dorm and campers lounge. Batting cages, indoor BASEBALL CAMPpool. All-you-can-eat meals. Free COACHES AND YOUTH video games. Daily instruction LEADERS and games. Ramapo College Call about our money HEAD BASEBALL COACH making program Rich Martin, Director. Located on the beautiful campus SINCE 1961 OVER 24,000 ALUMNI of Ramapo College of N.J. in ALL STAR ��������������������� ���������������� ��������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������� ������������������ ��������������������� CALL TODAY FOR A FREE BROCHURE 1-800-828-7414 OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.ALLSTARBASEBALLCAMP .COM ������������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������������������� ����������������������� ������������������ ����������������������� ���������������������������� School of The �������������������������� ������������ ������������ Fine Arts Drawing Room L.L.C. 4-1-09 Joan/Janine AllStarBaseballCamp2x2.5 2 x 2.5” �������� ������� ���������� ����� ���������������� ��������� �� YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSPAPER �����������������