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This program is for people of all ages and abilities who have an interest in art!
→ Artists and budding artists 2 and up!
→ “Neurotypical” people (i.e., individuals without any developmental or neurological disabilities)
→ People with developmental or neurological diagnoses
→ People with learning classifications
→ People with physical disabilities
→ People who need to be accompanied by an aide, therapist, etc.
→ People (period)
As a life philosophy, we want to help foster a culture and a world where all members of a community are given equal opportunity to participate, contribute, succeed, and thrive…and to do so in a supportive, collaborative environment that celebrates our diversity.
As an educational philosophy, we are firm believers in the benefits of peer modeling and peer leadership, and classes that are comprised of children of different ages and different abilities provide each of our students with the opportunity to learn from and teach to other children in this regard. (That said, we do our very best to make sure that students have one or more age-similar peer(s) in their class. And, of course, each project is individualized to be appropriate for students’ respective ages, interests, and abilities.)
It is extraordinarily rare that we feel our program isn’t a good fit for a child, but there are a few scenarios that may prompt us to encourage you to seek a different option:
→ If your child is seeking highly technical instruction, our program may not be the best fit for them. While our structured classes strive to provide a fine-arts experience, our primary goal isn’t to teach technical mastery but rather to expose our students to different techniques in a fun, social, extracurricular setting.
→ If your child consistently bullies others while in our studio, we will ask him/her to leave the program.
→ If your child consistently engages in unmanageable or dangerous problem behavior while in our studio (e.g., severe aggression toward self/others, elopement (running away from caregiver) that endangers self/others, severe property damage), we may need to ask them to leave the program.
ArtisticallyAbled is not an ABA program. However, one of our program directors/teachers is a BCBA and is prepared to utilize ABA techniques with students who may benefit from those types of teaching modifications, whether they have an Autism Spectrum Disorder or otherwise. (Click here for more information.)
We are an inclusive program with an inclusive space, so if you or your child requires clinical ABA programming (or any other 1:1 assistance) to participate, we absolutely welcome and encourage aides/therapists/co-creators to attend and implement any necessary programming during class. Our BCBA is also happy to discuss your ABA-specific concerns and to strategize an approach to our class that will allow you or your child to have a full and gratifying experience here.
We do not provide 1:1 instruction. There are always 2-3 instructors present in every class (all of which have no more than 10 students), and our BCBA participates in most of our classes.
Absolutely! We welcome and encourage it for all who thrive in a 1:1 environment.
Our multi-session courses follow a similar formula each week: once our artists are “smocked-up” and settled in, we open class with a short and interactive chat about the art movement and artist that have inspired the week’s project, we provide a model and step-by-step instructions for the project they’ll be engaging with, and then the children get creative making the projects their own — with assistance if necessary — all while listening to music from and/or inspired by the art era and artists we’re studying.
However, what’s important to us is that our studio remains a free and open place for expression. If a child has trouble sticking to that “formula” — if they need to make noise or move around the studio, if they require some intervention from us or an aide, and/or if a particular project isn’t quite resonating — it’s okay! We’re adaptable!
While we’ll try to keep kids engaged with the project at hand so that they get the most out of their art experience, we realize that things don’t always go according to plan.What does that mean? You may see students having a dance party, lounging in our chill-out zone, having a snack, singing or making noise, or engaging in some free-art time.
It is our goal for this to be a rewarding and fun art experience for each artist who joins us in our studio, and our inclusive environment allows us to make the modifications necessary to do just that.
Nope! ArtisticallyAbled supplies 100% of what our artists need to create beautiful works of art! However, we do recommend coming to class in clothing that can get “colorful.” We do a lot of painting!
We find the best way for kids to get a taste of our program and to learn about who we are is to sign up for one of our Saturday art à la carte classes, which are available September through June. These “one-off” sessions follow the same curriculum as our structured courses and are a great opportunity to feel things out and decide whether our program and space is a good match for your kiddo. We offer these classes nearly every weekend during the school year, so feel free to sign up for a session that’s convenient for you. (Please note: these are not drop-in classes; however, in most cases you can sign up for a session on the same day you wish to attend. Registration closes 24 hours before the scheduled class time.)
Of course! We realize there may be times when students need to miss a scheduled class. Likewise, there may be times when ArtisticallyAbled’s staff needs to cancel a session (due to weather, staff illness, etc.).
Each student is entitled to two make-up classes per semester. If you or your child needs to miss a class, please do your best to give us advance notice. Class make-ups must be scheduled directly with our staff and are subject to availability in any given week.
If ArtisticallyAbled needs to cancel class for any reason, we will schedule a make-up session that does not count against your two make-ups.
In short, yes. While we will make the occasional exception (particularly for siblings of enrolled students), we typically cannot accommodate drop-ins. Materials are purchased and prepared in advance of classes, and we have a strict 6-child maximum to ensure the best experience possible for our registered students. Feel free to call us with questions: 201-529-1500.
If you’re looking for a “one-class-at-a-time” experience, please check out our art à la carte option.
We ask that all parents/guardians of children 6 and under (and children and teens 6+ who may need 1:1 assistance at any point throughout the class) remain on premises for the duration of class. For those who stay, we invite you to relax in our lounge while our kiddos explore their creativity in our studio!
We do! Check out the details of our ArtisticallyAbled birthday pARTies!
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Please contact us to inquire about late enrollment, as our ability to accommodate you may vary during any given semester. As a general rule we make every effort to accept late enrollments through the midway point of a semester, and we prorate accordingly.
If you decide to leave the program BEFORE the midway point of the semester, we will refund you 50% of your enrollment tuition. (We buy project-specific materials for each student who enrolls in our program, and we will be out that cost if you choose to discontinue the program — hence the partial refund.)
If we need to ask your child to leave the program for any reason, we will refund all classes he/she will not be attending.
Apologies, but we are not able to offer refunds for drop-in packages or gift cards.
Starting February 2018, we’re excited to be offering weekday classes and monthly evening workshops for adults. Check out the details here. If these options don’t suit your particular needs or interests, we’d be happy to recommend other adult programs in the area.
We request that our guests refrain from bringing food or beverages that contain nuts into our studio. However, as we rely on the “honor system,” we suggest you treat our space like any other public space you enter and remain vigilant and cautious.
We do! We love to bring what we do in our studio to local schools and programs. Please contact us at 201.529.1500 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about options.