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Summer group programs offered at Arts for Healing

Published 6:07 pm, Monday, May 13, 2013
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Arts for Healing of New Canaan is offering summer group programs in art, music and dance movement for toddlers, children and teens with special needs. Six sessions will be offered Monday through Thursday beginning June 24 and running Aug. 8.

Programs allow participants to express their creative side while exploring music, art or movement in a relaxed setting.

DanceWorks: 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. (infant to toddler) and 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. (preschoolers). Forty-five minutes of movement, music and play encourage self-expression and social-emotional development within a nurturing relationship-centered framework.

ArtWorks: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Art projects and lessons will be customized to the class and may include use of watercolor, tempura and acrylic paint, modeling material, collage, markers, pencils and pastels. Creating art using non-traditional materials may also be explored.

MusicWorks: 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. MusicWorks provides an opportunity to participate in an interactive, creative music making group experience.

Adaptive Music Lessons: A discounted package is offered for instruction in piano, guitar, drums or clarinet. This package will provide an intensive hourly session meeting Monday through Thursday.

This form of instruction provides individuals the opportunity of "playing" their instrument and experiencing music making before they actually have learned how to play or read music.

The structured improvisations take black-and-white note patterns that easily fit into simple chord progressions to make any combination of sounds "work."

Classes take place Arts for Healing's center, 24 Grove St. Art, music and dance movement sessions will be led by AFH therapists.

Sessions for adults and private sessions in art therapy, music therapy and dance movement therapy are also available.

For information or to register, call 203-972-2982, email info@artsforhealing.org or visit www.artsforhealing.org.