A grant from Crayola is providing funding to bring a guest artist, Roey Ebert of Roey’s Paintbox, to two of our popular Lehigh Valley Programs. Roey will conduct painting workshops one day a week during three sessions of Camp Lily-Lehigh Valley this summer. Similarly, participants in Hangin’ Out, our evening recreation program for teens and young adults, will be treated to four painting workshops with Roey during the fall session. We are thrilled that Crayola has provided the funds and donated the supplies to bring such a talented teacher and artist to our consumers.
According to Nancy Knoebel, Easterseals CEO, “Everyone has an inner artist, and at Easterseals, we are committed to helping children of all abilities experience the joy and satisfaction that comes from expressing yourself through the arts. In addition, the arts help develop cognitive and physical skills. Roey has conducted workshops for another one of our programs, and she has an excellent rapport with our consumers.”
Ebert’s workshops emphasize planning as part of the artistic process, as participants are led through a discussion about the ideas they want to incorporate into their work. She then provides a step-by-step framework for the main components and each individual embellishes it with their own additions and modifications.
Participating in the visual arts strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and nurtures social skills. It can benefit specific oral, tactile, visual, sensory and motor skills that may be areas of challenge for individuals with special needs.