ADAPTIVE ART CAMPS FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
SESSION: Art projects are adapted to each camper's abilities. Creating with various types of clay, wood & art materials offers an
opportunity for sensory play, creative curiosity and to develop engineering skills. Projects are designed to challenge the imagination, stimulate speech,
encourage social interaction with peers, build on personal strengths and discover prevocational skills.
The goal is for campers to experience these benefits while creating functional art projects, and participating in recreational activities
Camps are held for 2 hours a day, 5 days a week for a one-week sessions. A day at camp begins with opening circle to introduce the
"theme of the day" & encourage appropriate greeting skills with peers. "Brain Gym" activities are then performed to awaken the body &
the brain improving alertness & attention. Art projects are next, combining individual projects as well as group projects for cooperative
play. Snack & Story Time provides a time to rest & refuel. Both the snack & story are related to the day's theme. The camp day
ends with outdoor sensorimotor, gross motor play & recreational activities, followed by a closing circle.
A.R.T.S. - Camp is run by Cindy Best, a pediatric physical therapist turned ceramic artist. She is assisted by Carol MacDonald, a retired teacher
and "Snack & Story Lady Extraordinaire". Other health care professionals and artists are
subcontracted to assist, and junior & senior apprentices serve as both mentors to the children & camp assistants. Older campers are created paid summer
employment positions. Summer camps are ideally designed for children & teens with special needs ages 4 to 17 years old. Exceptions are considered.
At A.R.T.S., we offer a caring and comfortable environment for the children to enjoy, and the parents/caregivers are assured that their child is in a loving
Camps are run throughout the summer months. Each session runs for 1 week with camp held on Monday through Friday. There is a morning session
from 9:30 AM-11:30 AM and an afternoon session from 1-3 PM.
Following is the Summer 2019 schedule:
June 24-28, 2019
AM Session: for Older campers
PM Session: for Younger campers
COST: $250 for the session. Cost includes all art project materials, firing of clay projects, instruction, recreational activities & snack.
Returning Campers; Optional Sleepover (for older campers) on Fri, June 29, 2018 and please add $25 if you will be participating in the sleepover.
Please contact us for more information on Summer Camps. You may register
download a form and mail to us.