Avoiding the Elementary Creativity Slump

By about age 10, children’s creativity tends to fall off as they move increasingly toward conformity to achieve peer acceptance and to realize school success measured largely by testing and grading of projects and papers based upon adult standards. This trend was first documented over 40 years ago by educational psychologist E. Paul Torrance, who…

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Originality Elusive with Age

What happens to our ability to demonstrate creativity as we age? Outcomes from a study to determine originality in children and adults reveal dramatic drops. According to findings from testing conducted to determine original thinking, which was presented at a NOVA University program in April 2009, • 90% of 4-year olds showed originality • 70%…

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PTA Reflections Contest Celebrates Student Creativity

Abrakadoodle artist “WoWs” judges, captures 2nd place in statewide contest Collin Smith a kindergartener and Abrakadoodle student received the Award of  Excellence in the Visual Arts category (Primary level) for his entry entitled, “Trains are Going Fast!” at the 2009 Reflections Awards Ceremony held May 3, 2009. The theme for 2008-2009 was “WoW!” Collin, a…

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Abrakadoodle Honored with “Go Green” Award

Abrakadoodle Honored with “Go Green” Award Art for kids is a wonderful way to introduce recycling activities! Abrakadoodle remarkable art education was recognized for its innovative “Green” company philosophy and art programs with a 2009 award presented by S&S® Worldwide. Abrakadoodle has developed recycling alliances with fellow franchise suppliers Fast Frames, Signs by Tomorrow. More…

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New thinking about doodling

Research has long shown that art benefits children in many ways. Art education opens children’s minds and helps them become more tolerant. It also improves student’s academic performance and helps them develop the skills needed for the 21st century workplace – critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication, teamwork and more. New research published February…

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Creative Children’s Art Welcomes President Obama

Art is a wonderful tool for children’s self-expression, and art students at participating Abrakadoodle locations nationwide shared their patriotism and visions for America as part of a colorful welcome for President Barack Obama. Some students learned about the art of Jasper Johns as an inspiration for their art. They learned about Pop Art, encaustic painting…

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Art and History Prove to be a Powerful Combination

Art education has a special place at the Barrier Islands Center, an historic site on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Abrakadoodle offers special workshops, after school classes, art enrichment programs and summer camps for children. In some cases, Abrakadoodle customizes its visual arts lessons that teach children to use their imaginations as they render creative works that…

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