For more than a decade, Abrakadoodle?a national mobile art-education program that has earned praise from Nickelodeon and other kid-centric organizations?continues to host children's art classes, camps, and parties that help young ones along their learning paths. Bringing art education wherever it?s needed, Abrakadoodle?s team of instructors transforms local spaces, such as community centers, into informative classrooms where students aged 20 months?12 years learn to expand their creativity and imagination. Each age-appropriate class focuses not only on teaching a range of techniques such as painting, foil embossing, and mosaics but is also is designed to help kids build confidence and sharpen academic skills. With those goals in mind, the program determines each child's progress not by what the child creates but rather by what they've learned, which the team calls Process Art.
When not actively inspiring youngsters during art classes, Abrakadoodle?s team offers camps that engage young minds with educational field trips and musical games. The program?s art parties also offer an artistic way to celebrate birthdays, kindergarten graduations, and baby's first time saying the alphabet in pig Latin.
InsideOutBooth makes its name capturing natural images of people, whether they're smiling at a wedding or half-blinking as they do in all photos. A photobooth without the booth structure, the company's open-air photography area lets many people pose together in a single shot. To help things run smoothly, attendants come along for every event and set up, run the booth, and clean up when the party's done. Packages streamline the many additional options available to party hosts, with some adding custom backdrop colors or even green screens to set images against any custom scenes. Red carpet-style set ups, wood or plastic frames for prints, and customized posters commemorating the event can also be added on.
In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs, and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
At Westwood Gallery, owners Mike and Lore Fitzsimmons celebrate their love for beautiful artwork with museum-quality preservation and framing of paintings and pictures. Everyone on staff boasts a background in art, allowing them to match a painting's style and period with the perfect frame and also consider the decor back at the customer's house. They can create original oil paintings from photographs, restore weathered paintings and photos, and brighten up bathroom vanities and bedroom walls with custom-framed mirrors. As longtime residents of Westwood, the owners promote the local creative community by hosting gallery parties, setting up photography exhibits, and challenging passersby to define "art" in one sentence or less.
A whimsical sculpture of chefs tossing a 3-D pie sits above Old Tappan Pizza's range and pizza ovens, which bake its signature Rothlisberger pie, topped with sausage, cheesesteak, lettuce, tomato, and a secret-recipe dressing. The pizza factory also prepares ready-to-go slices, and a pasta station lets customers top linguini, rigatoni, and other noodles with tomato sauce and garlic. From the café's green-checkered tables, one can dine while keeping an eye on the large wall-mounted television, ideal for watching the big game or an Azerbaijani reality show.