July 16, 2013
End Date: August 15, 2013
Start Time: Morning session 9:30-12; Afternoon session: 1-4
Location: John F. Kennedy Student Center
Phone: Register using this brochure or call 814-472-3922
The stART Something! art camp will “Make art fun for kids with Autism & special needs!” Students will participate in storytelling and mosaic art projects taught by professional artists in small, informal groups to foster each child’s creativity, personal growth, and interest in the arts.
The free art camp is a collaboration between members of the Autism Task Force at Saint Francis and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto. Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay and participate. Casein- and gluten-free snacks will be provided.
Meet the Artists
Jan Kinney (photo left) is a professional storyteller. She believes that storytelling is a combination of a good story, imagination, music, rhythm, creativity, and fun, which makes storytelling the perfect teaching tool. She says that storytelling in education makes miracles happen because it crosses all racial, age, social, and gender lines. Jan’s storytelling emphasizes having fun, building communication skills, and teaching valuable life lessons.
Tom McCarty (photo right) is a self-taught and self-employed sculptor. His greatest joy comes from seeing students light their creative fires through hands-on work on their own art projects. He encourages his students to express their own creativity through art. He instructs students in the “hands-on” approach to the creative process so that they can express their own individuality. Students will be creating mosaics using natural materials such as seeds and dried beans. Students will be participating in a large group activity as well as individual projects.
Why Art Camp?
According to autism.lovetoknow.com, “Although art activities are typically complex and ideological, art classes or lessons for autistic children is often beneficial. Children with disabilities may have the capacity to relate to these kinds of abstract activities because they parallel the nature of their disabilities. Such activities also provide autistic children with opportunities to put their keen focusing ability to good use. Because art lessons come in a wide variety of formats, it’s usually easy to find something that appeals to all ages and cognitive levels.”
Some of the benefits of engaging in art include:
• An increase in social interaction
• An increase in range of interests and activities
• Building the concept of self
• Building independence
• Building confidence
• Creating a sense of responsibility
About the Autism Task Force
The Autism Task Force was created to provide persons with autism and their families/caregivers with provision of services, community outreach, educational sessions, social opportunities, and advocacy.
Saint Francis University aims to be as accessible as possible. Please contact our Accessibility Services Coordinator, April Fry, with specific inquiries at 814-472-3176 or complete our online request form at