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Continuing Education's SMART Camp



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The second session of Newtown Continuing Education’s SMART (Summer Music And Arts) Camp began on July 21, and offered a range of classes for students.

The first session ran July 7-18.

“I hear positive things about all the classes,” SMART head intern Ashley Maturo said July 24, while students were outside playing on Head O’ Meadow’s campus for a recess.

By Thursday, Ashley said the program was going well and students were taking an interest, particularly, in two second session classes, “Where in the World” and “Discovering Great Artists.”

 Site Supervisor Stephanie Schwartz said the second session of SMART was quieter than the first session, with a lower enrollment, so students were getting more one-on-one time with the teachers. The students, she said, were also working on a range of projects in all of the classes by Thursday.

“They’re doing a wonderful job,” Ms Schwartz said about all of the students completing projects.

Many students, Ms Schwartz added, were students who chose to return for the second session following the first session.

Students in teacher Dena Riccio said her students in “Drawing the World” were working on art projects that focused on “everything under the sun.”

Other classes SMART offered this summer included “Jewelry Design,” “Character Fashion,” “Discovering Great Artists,” “Itty Bitty Interiors,” “STEM Explorers,” “Collage and 3-D Art” and “Poetry and Illustration.”

SMART Camp instructor Dena Riccio held up a board that students were about to turn into personalized chalk boards in one of her classes.
Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” students in the SMART Camp “Discovering Great Artists” created their own portraits.
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