Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Parent to Parent: Arts Academy
Do you have a little drama queen or a budding artist in your house? A summer camp for kids in Hollywood may be the place to send them. In today's Parent to Parent, Seven's Lynn Martinez shows us this camp puts the spotlight on the fine arts.
WSVN -- At the Arts Academy of Hollywood, it's all about creativity, performance and fun. From learning how to strike the perfect pose in acting class to finding your inner Picasso in art class, it's total immersion in the arts.
Linda Strutz: "My mission is to cultivate creativity and bring out the artist in everybody no matter what their age."
Linda Strutz founded the Arts Academy in 2004. She believes that kids who study music, drama and dance learn all kinds of life skills like discipline, teamwork.
Linda Strutz: "They have to look, listen, look and learn the dance. They have to retain it. They have to work together with people. The skills go on and on and on forever."
Art classes help kids develop fine motor skills and eye hand coordination.
Tapping creativity is just a bonus.
Serious voice students enjoy the academy's recording studio. The sessions allow students to listen to themselves and really work on vocal technique.
It doesn't matter what your kid is into, there's a class for everyone.
Devyn Simon: "I'm not the best singer, but I like the dancing. Dancing is fun. After you've been dancing, it's just like I want to do it again. I want to do it again, and I just wish some of my friends could understand that."
And each child gets a chance to take center stage.
Max Hess: "I like the drama because you get the attention on you. You get the attention, and it makes you feel good."
Linda believes these kids will be more confident and poised because of their involvement in the arts.
Linda Strutz: "They're having a great time, and I have a great time watching them."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dr. Valerie Goode
The Arts Academy of Hollywood