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ART COLONY is an intergenerational studio arts program for everyone who would like to experience the fun of creating original art beyond the here's how method. We provide customized curricula and progressive hands on instructional methods that meet the expressive and adaptive needs of each participant. The innovative habitat for art workshops can offer students, youngsters and their families an opportunity to convert common materials, e.g., used furniture, into original decorative accessories of daily living. ART COLONY can offer the following motivational values:

Enhancement of emotional and sensory functions, to promote creative problem solving skills, in integrated learning.

Through artistic examination, the student can modify uncomfortable impulses into a socially congenial form of behavior to promote non-violence within the academic, family and community settings.

Each participant can discover that unconditional creativity in art making can broaden purposeful communication and self esteem within an emotionally supportive environment.






ABOUT LARRY CROST

Registered Art Therapist. Larry conducts inservices to train educational staff on innovative intervention methods through art, as well as provides outreach studio art workshops for students at risk within the Chicago Public School system. He worked as a studio art instructor and directed the undergraduate art therapy program of Chicago State University.

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Author of ARTSCOPE, a compilation of techniques incorporating the use of ordinary materials and found objects turned into imaginative works of art, emphasizing environmental awareness and sharing of visual ideas between young and adult participants.

Actively exhibits his multi media art at the New Century Arts Galley in the Chelsea District of New York City. He was interviewed about his environmentally friendly art in NBC 5 in Chicago as well as ABC TV Newsreel in New York City. His works were also cited in the Smithsonian Associate Magazine, New York Daily News and New York Newsday.