Art is a universal language with the ability to unite people. As a vehicle for communicating even the most complicated message, the arts are an outlet for creative expression and unlimited possibilities. For individuals with developmental disabilities, art is a way to show emotions and thoughts that they may otherwise have trouble expressing. In addition, CFL offers an opportunity to explore the visual arts.
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Research shows that art enhances learning. Art based instruction develops thinking skills which improve comprehension, interpretation and problem solving. The opportunity to make decisions regarding meaningful work creates a positive sense of self, increasing the student’s motivation and willingness to try new things. Studies have also shown that art-based instruction improves social development. Students develop communication and cooperation skills, learning to express themselves more effectively and to collaborate with others.
In 2006, Life Styles expanded its CFL offerings to include a wide variety of opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to explore the visual arts.
Professional artists serve as instructors, assisting individuals with a variety of mediums such as painting, ceramics, paper mache, mosaics, sewing, jewelry weaving and collage.
The art gallery and store is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm located in the Blair Center for Visual Arts at 5200 South Thompson Avenue in Springdale, the art program has everything from beautiful hand crafted jewelry to paintings, hand embroidered items to unique plush toys, and mixed media to collage and sculptural work.