CONNECTING WITH OUR COMMUNITIES

 We highly respect and value the purpose, benefit and need for art education.  Art is a cultural necessity and huge part of our humanity. Like music and dance, art is also a means of communication for those who feel free in a visual format. At Artisan, we do all we can to develop creative thinking, self-expression and technical knowledge. We take pride in helping our students succeed to meet (and most often exceed) their goals: personal enjoyment, relaxation and stress relief, or specific skills for employment or education.

During the past several years we have reached out to extend our services to both children and adults with special needs .We welcome and are pleased to include children and adults with Down syndrome, autism, ADHD, dyslexia, visual perceptual and visual motor deficits. When possible they are included in our weekly classes, otherwise they can attend private classes where they can receive more assistance and guidance. Art can be extremely therapeutic for strengthening fingers and hands, enhance hand-eye coordination, attention to details, increasing patience through step by step processes and more. We often receive comments from parents noticing improved handwriting and neatness in homework. Most importantly we make art a very positive experience which helps increase confidence and self-esteem.

Some of our students are young adults, ages 20 and up, who have aged out of the school systems and are looking for an enrichment activity. We are able to connect with our students, keeping kindness, patience and understanding of the various personalities and level of functionality in mind. Our private lesson programs can be tailored to add or combine academic related subjects such as spelling, math and creative writing using various artistic mediums. The results are very positive because they are created in a very inspiring and stress-free atmosphere. We vary the projects and materials to keep things interesting and challenging, yet avoiding frustration because help and encouragement are always there, along with hugs and thumbs up!

 GREAT NEWS!!!

SATURDAY ARTS SOCIAL

(FOR ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS)

WILL BEGIN IN OCTOBER!

I am so excited to offer our newest venue sure to create more smiles. We have been in communication with parents and caretakers who expressed their interest in our programs. Many parents are unable to bring their child to our studio during the week, so Saturday afternoon can be the perfect solution (2:00 - 5:00pm). Socials will be offered twice a month, dates to be posted on this site. Attend as many as you wish, registrations and payments are processed online. Registration will close on the Wednesday prior to the event. Minimum of 10 attendees required for each event. Limited to 25 attendees per event, first come, first served.

DETAILS

Nut-free snacks and beverages will be provided by parents, chosen from food list to avoid duplication. If attendee requires a restricted diet, please provide the suitable items. We will send out a survey to establish a base list of items such as munchies, dips, veggies, cookies, etc. to be enjoyed by our attendees. The list will be emailed to all and returned to all with the suggestions .

Table cover, plates, cups, napkins, utensils and bottled water will be provided by Artisan.

Cost $35 Includes all supplies, creative instruction by professional artists and 3 hours of fun and socializing

Social will happily conclude with a finished fine art or craft project to be taken home and proudly displayed!

Many of our adults with developmental disabilities connect to providers where they access personalized and self-directed services that are funded through New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). We are certified providers participating in this and other programs for the past 6 years.

We offer many options for our senior adult students: small classes for those who are able to attend weekly group classes in our studio or private lessons. For those living in an assisted-living, senior  housing facility, nursing home, including memory care units, we will travel to the facility. We will instruct, encourage, and guide the residents including those with memory and vision impairments. Our positive outlook and enthusiasm work very well to engage the residents, even if they are apprehensive. The facilities often t

 There is a amazing program at Young Chef's Academy where students participate in daily activities which include art. Each day there gives the "young chefs" the opportunity to acquire cooking skills, learn about food safety and enhance social skills through other additions of dance, yoga, music and more. It has been our pleasure to work there with more than 75 students over the past six years. We look forward to continue inspiring and connecting with the wonderful students and staff at Young Chefs. 

During the past several years we have reached out to extend our services to both children and adult with special needs. We welcome and are pleased to include children and teens with Down syndrome, autism,
ADHD, dyslexia, visual perceptual and visual motor deficits. When possible they are included in our
weekly classes, otherwise they can attend private classes where they can receive more assistance and
guidance. Art can be extremely therapeutic for strengthening fingers and hands, enhance hand-eye
coordination, attention to details, increasing patience through step by step processes and more. We often receive comments from parents noticing improved handwriting and neatness in homework. Most importantly we make art a very positive experience which helps increase confidence and self esteem.

We have been able to connect with the disconnected of all ages through art, whether drawing, painting,  working with mosaics, clay or paper collage. Colors, textures and shapes can be very inviting to most and can lead to a joyful experience for the elderly even when impaired (hearing, vision, and memory loss), leading to a sense of accomplishment. As teachers, there is nothing we cherish more than the look of pride and joy on a student’s face, regardless of age or ability.

Please feel free to contact us  at 732-294-0234.  We look forward to speaking with you!

Most Sincerely, 

Marlene Bohnyak, Owner/Instructor

 

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