There’s Summer Yet for Art Camps

By on 10 July, 2018 in Art, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

We don’t have children, so sometimes we forget to write about the many activities that Montgomery has available for young ones, particularly in the summer. (Note: If you are interested in covering the array of child-friendly events around Midtown, check out last week’s post about how to write for our site).

That’s why we wanted to make sure to write about the Abrakadoodle Pop-Up Art Studio that’s opened out at East Chase and its offerings of summer art camps for young ones. But there’s still lots of summer left, and they’ve got plenty of offerings for people looking for fun activities to pass the hot days. We spoke to Margaret Cornwell, Abrakadoodle’s Art Education Director, about the pop-up and what’s on offer for the summer.

Abrakadoodle has been providing mobile art education for more than a decade around town, teaching in schools, community centers and other locations. But this summer they decided to settle down, and Cornwell says that partnering with the Shoppes at Eastchase has allowed more local families to participate in their programs.

“We have had a great response to our summer camps because they are customizable for each family’s unique schedules and educational needs,” she said.

The new shop offers full and half-day camp sessions Monday through Friday, as well as early drop-off and extended pick up. Morning sessions go from 9-12, there is a “Lunch & Learn” from 12-2, and an afternoon session from 2 to 5. Those are full days of art. If families can’t commit to a full week, Abrakadoodle offers daily session rates. For more information, you can visit their Facebook page or website.

Upcoming themes for art camps include “Under the Big Top,” “Fun in the Sun,” “How Sweet it Is,” “Wild, Wild West,” “Zoo Doodle Safari,” and several more. Even the very young can get in on the art with the “Mommy/Daddy and me” classes held every Saturday morning. Upcoming topics for that class include “Pineapples” and “Warhol Handprints.”

Events at the studio aren’t only for kids. Adults can register for a Girls’ Night out painting experience on Tuesdays or an Art Splash night. You can browse the upcoming evening events online here. Cornwell says that even folks who are not artistically inclined will have a good experience getting into paints. You can also reserve a spot for an evening event by emailing MCornwell@abrakadoodle.com.

The studio classes aren’t the only experiences that Abrakadoodle has cooking this summer. Children can book an “Arty Party” at the studio for a special celebration, and the Abrakadoodle crew has a staff of expert facepainters that you can book for an event. You may have even seen some of their work around town.

Art education has a ton of benefits, particularly for creative young minds. Abrakadoodle’s offering dynamic hands on opportunities that combine play and learning for the young people of Montgomery, and it’s nice to see that they settled in for the summer. Come fall, they will be back at schools offering classes again. Cornwell says that their most popular after-school classes fill up quickly, so anyone looking toward the school year might want to get a jump on registration now.

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with two cats, a dog, ten fish, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.

 

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