- Megan Baker
Base Camp StudioDarlene Becker, Executive Director/Founder
Why is art training so important for kids?
Making art is a great way for young children to engage their senses, learn and explore their world. Our philosophy is to offer open-ended art experiences that enable children to be creative while gaining self-awareness, confidence and independence. The focus is on process over product. For older children and teens, art can offer a much-needed creative outlet, a healthy passion and a great way to connect with others.
Which activities do preschoolers and toddlers enjoy the most?
We make a variety of homemade doughs which toddlers and preschoolers love. They roll it, make shapes and stick little animals or items from nature in it. It's a great activity for young children and a perfect way for parents and their children to interact. Any type of painting is typically a hit. We like to use a variety of traditional and non-traditional painting tools, as well as different surfaces on which to paint. Young children also like to squeeze lots and lots of glue!
Why did you decide to create an art group for teens experiencing anxiety?
Coping with anxiety seems to be an issue that many of our teens are facing. Art therapy groups can offer coping skills, a way to express feelings, increased self-awareness and connection with other teens having similar experiences.
How does your Parent's Group class enable grownups to join the fun?
Creating a place where parents can connect with one another as well as their children is very important to us. Our hope is to create a culture where everyone wants to participate and play with materials. We often hear parents say that they would love to offer these opportunities at home but don't because of the prep and the cleanup. When we facilitate events for parent groups, families just need to be present with each other and we take care of the rest.