The Do’s & Don’ts of finding a SUMMER CAMP

Well, it’s that time of year again! Summer camp shopping time 🙂 It can be pretty overwhelming, you want the right place for the right price. Online is a great place to start, so you have already made the first step! From there, it can get complicated. Here are a few things to keep in mind before choosing where your child will spend their cherished summer break.


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DO keep in mind your child’s specific interests. Are they more outdoorsy, artsy, or both? This will make a world of difference, like they say… Time flies when you are having fun!

DON’T wait until the last minute to sign up. Most camps offer an “early bird special” to those who sign up in advance. This benefits you, and the camp. The camp can better prepare for the specific group attending and you save money! (FYI: FEELartistic offers a camp early bird special)

DO research on the camp and their staff. Do they have a BBB review? What are the credentials of the camp employees? It’s important to know who will be interacting with your child and  if they have experience. You wouldn’t want your child at an art camp run by high schoolers, or someone unqualified to teach art.

DON’T forget to read all of the information about the camp program. Can they wear open toed shoes? Should they wear clothes that can get messy? Do they need to bring a full lunch or just a snack? All of this will depend on your location, camp, and duration.

**Once you have figured out your camp and have taken care of all the Do’s & Don’ts, you are ready to do what summer is made for…RELAX 🙂


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Collaborative Art Project with Special Needs Students @FEELartistic

20160430_160715“Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work.” -Andres Tapia

Education is essential to a functioning society, its main objective is to prepare students for the real world. One thing we can guarantee to students about the real world is that everyone is different and different doesn’t mean bad.


Last Saturday @FEELartistic Studio, we held an event that encouraged special needs inclusiveness. Students from our different community came together to work on one large canvas and make a painting representing the Tree of Life. They used both paint brushes and handprints in order to accommodate all skill and ability levels.

We started off by letting everyone get to know each other and mingle for a bit. Once everyone had a paintbrush, we had volunteers squirt paint directly on the canvas. Every student participated in painting the background with long linear strokes giving a surprisingly uniform look. Next, we added yellow to the blue where we wanted grass and blended it until we had a nice hill for the tree.

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Once the tree was up with branches, out came the finger paints. Everyone dipped their hands in paint and covered the branches making the most beautiful, colorful and diverse leaves. We had a little face painting fun at the end, but laughter equals success! It was a good sign that at the end of the project the students were comfortable enough with each other to let loose and have fun.

In essence, that was the motive of this event. The purpose of our project is to reach out to the special needs community and embrace it with the spirit of inclusiveness and improve our awareness and knowledge of and deliver that message to the community.

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