Summer Artsy-fartsy....

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The ArtCenter/South Florida is a really cool place on South Beach. It not only is home to resident artists and their studios, it also has art classes. I took one a few years ago and it was really fun.

If you live or are traveling to SoFla this summer, you may be interested in their art camp.Their art camp is for kids ages 6 to 12 and the classes are held on the fabulous Lincoln Road where you can certainly find something to do while they are creating. Go to for more information. 

All parents know that summer reading is required in most schools. The thought is that it continues the education process if the kids keep reading during the summer. My kids have to read a ton of books this summer. My middle schooler has to read 4 and write reports. He can chose from a list of books so it is not the worst sentence.  My high schooler has to read two books, one of which is Jane Erye.   He has an exam on it when he gets back which leads to a dilemma, does he read it now and forget the details or while he is at sleepaway camp (which he will conveniently forget to do) OR read it the week before school.   I hate summer reading and I love reading for pleasure.  

I digress, the ArtCenter/South Florida feels that art during the summer is important. They back this up by quoting  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.

Regardless, art is way more fun than reading Jane Erye, especially if you are a teenage boy.


NanaDiana said...

That art center sounds wonderful. What a great thing to have available to you. Maybe he could paint his version of Jane Erye for a book report?;>) On the road and having fun here- xo Diana

Susie said...

Japolina, Once Beaver Cleaver was suppose to read the 3 muskateers and he watched a movie instead. Big trouble the movie was a comedy, not really like the book. The are plenty of Jane Erye movies out there.:):) I am like you...why torment a kid's summer vacation with homework. If they read early and make a report...tehy can go over the report before school starts again. I wish you luck...cause I know being the mom we have to make sure it's done. Hope you are still feeling better with your feet. xoxo,Susie

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