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Introducing Children to the Wonderful World of Art

By Elisha Neubauer

There have been many studies showing that the arts impact children's development in exponential ways. In fact, having an adequate arts education is said to be one of the most beneficial tools a child can have in their youth. Ensuring children have open access to the arts is the driving goal behind Beck's Art Express- a nurturing, safe environment in which children can be engaged through art classes, workshops, and camps.

"Art has an impact on several areas of child development," states Rebecca Fredrickson, Owner of Beck's Art Express. "Having the opportunity to be creative promotes children's problem solving skills, teaches perseverance, and allows children's imagination to flourish." It is for this reason that Fredrickson decided to open Beck's Arts Express. She focuses on introducing students to art history, formal knowledge and techniques, encouraging creative thinking, and problem solving. The space offers children's classes, but also summer programs, camps, workshops, children's parties, and paint events designed for adults.

"Art has social and emotional benefits to children as well, enabling them to communicate feeling and ideas that they may not yet be able to verbalized," Fredrickson affirms. "Modeling, cutting, building, drawing, measuring, coloring, and painting are creative activities which provide benefits to fine and gross motor skills."

According to Fredrickson, the most popular of her programs currently seems to be the small group classes. "Children work on a series of projects starting with the elements of art and then moving on to exploring materials and art history," she details. "Students work on a variety of two dimensional and three dimensional works of art and use fun materials like, ink, plaster, and acrylic paints."

While her small group classes may be the most popular choice, Fredrickson's summer camps are a force to be reckoned with- they're art intensive, creative, and exciting for children of all ages. Her summer agenda includes camps like Passion for Fashion, Pinterest Interest, Artperiments, Up Cycled, Canvas Paint Party, Fanciful Creatures and Wonderful Stories, and Art for Tweens and Teens.

"Art can be observed everywhere and everything around them can be used for inspiration for art," states Fredrickson. "I encourage students to attend museums and exhibits and to carry a sketchbook with them. It gives children many opportunities to explore and learn wherever they go."

Feel free to check out their website at www.artsexpressnh.com.

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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