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I am a working parent that needs to have a place for my children to go after school. There are a number of options in Long Beach but Art Smart's program is a stand-out. They pick your kids up from their school, have them do their homework at the studio, they check the homework and help the kids if they need help or have them redo their work if it's incorrect or messy, let the kids play outside and have a snack and then do a fun art project daily.
What I especially love is that manners, good behavior, kindness and consideration of others is taught.
My two chidren's creativity has gone up since attending art smart and I have noticed this translate into other areas of their academics.
Two teachers at Fremont Elementary commented to me that there were noticebale improvements in some of the students in their class after they started attending Art Smart.
I know they pick up from Fremont and Lowell elementaries. You'll need to call to find out if they pick up at your kid's school if they attend somewhere else.
They also have monthly Art Workshops for kids that explore various mediums (e.g. mosaics, ceramics, drawing, claymation, felt, recycled materials, etc.), Saturday workshops, Adult workshops, etc.
The adult workshops are very well done. They don't occur often but they are advertised on the web site well in advance.
They have two summer programs that both my kids have attended. They have Art Camps that are one week long with so many themes it is mind boggling. The summer camps get posted on the website a month or so before school lets out for the summer.
They also have an all day art camp designed for working parents. The take the kids on field trips, to swim classes, farmers markets, movies, swimming at the Seal Beach salt water pool, to the beach, etc. It's really active and they do some art but art is not the focus. The all day summer program is designed to keep the kids active and entertained. The art is an added benefit of having an all day summer program whose home base happens to be an art studio for kids.