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Summer Tips for Parents: Art for Kids to Keep them Busy

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With school out soon for the summer break, parents can benefit from these artful learning tips from ArtCenter/South Florida’s Education Director Tammy Key, including valuable advice on the best ways to choose an art camp for children (whether at home or abroad traveling with the family).

According to the National School Boards Association, children who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. Studies show that art helps kids earn higher report card grades because skills developed through art lead to better learning in other areas.

Art classes also help children develop their social skills and teamwork, fine motor skills, and their self-expression.

“Children who participate in art classes grow their self-confidence, learn valuable life skills and improve their communication, problem-solving skills and critical thinking,” said Key. “As ArtCenter begins our 27th year of Art Camp, we want to help parents use art to keep kids smart with these tips for summer. Through the years we have become the art camp destination for parents - both locals and visitors to Miami Beach.”

Tips on how to choose an art camp:

• Before signing up, ask about lesson plans. Are the art projects age-appropriate for your child?

• Ask about class-size and student-teacher ratios.

• Find out more about the instructor(s) and their art backgrounds.

• Ask how long the visual art program has existed.

• Speak to other parents that recommend this art camp.

• Find out what types of artistic mediums your child will work with (clay, paint, etc.).

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• Review all art camp policies and make sure your child understands what the camp rules are.

• Include your child when choosing an art camp. Review together the camp's brochures, websites and videos.

• If your child is unsure about participating, ask if you can visit one of the art classes together before signing up.

Tips on using art at home or on vacation this summer:

• Designate a special “creative zone.”

• Keep your zone always stocked with lots of art supplies.

• Make your "creative zone" mess-friendly and able to stand up well to spills and art-related fun.

• Focus on the fun process, not on the outcome.

• Create a special area to showcase your child’s artwork every day.

• Watch and encourage your children as they work on their art.

• Ask them questions to engage them while they create.

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