Allen Dixon first enrolled in Abrakadoodle after school art classes in Kindergarten. Five years later, Allen is now a bright, talented fourth grade student celebrating 90 after school classes for which he has unfailingly participated. Abrakadoodle Art Education is sponsored by the PTA of Worthington Elementary School in Ellicott City, Maryland.
“We initially chose Abrakadoodle for Allen because he loves art and drawing and it seemed like a perfect combination to further his skills,” commented Yolanda Sonnier & Sean Dixon, Allen’s parents. “Allen loves art, and so it was without question that he wanted to continue in Abrakadoodle,” Yolanda & Sean remarked. “In addition to Allen’s love for art, the instructors were warm, engaging and the atmosphere encouraged a young artist. Allen also loved the end of class, when each child shared their artwork and their vision.”
Allen’s art has a growing presence in his family home, with a wall dedicated to his creations in the family’s sunroom. His mom wanted Allen to know that his art is cherished. In addition to developing his skills in the visual arts, Allen’s parents say he has learned that “he has options.” His parents have appreciated how Allen has tapped his creative side, which has been further evidenced through such projects as writing and illustrating his own book (currently working on self publishing it).
“Allen is very talented,” remarked Lisa Marianelli, Program Director, Abrakadoodle of Central Maryland ~ Winner of Best After School Program by Maryland Family 2011 Readers’ Choice. “We have loved his bright, enthusiastic presence in our after school art program, and we were delighted to present his family with a loyalty discount for Allen’s ongoing participation.”
“As parents we are proud of Allen and his participation in Abrakadoodle,” said Yolanda & Sean. “Allen has honed his art skills through his participation in Abrakadoodle, which has boosted his confidence. The information about the different artists, types of art and the era of each artist taught in Abrakadoodle is amazing and information we didn’t learn ourselves until Art Appreciation classes in collage. Abrakadoodle has furthered Allen’s confidence and art knowledge beyond our expectations.”