Abrakadoodle Art Welcomes New Owners to Franchise System

August 21, 2012 // Franchising.com // Reston, VA - Abrakadoodle Remarkable Art Education is expanding its reach as it welcomes two new franchise owners from Maryland and Florida. Children in the Washington Metropolitan area will now benefit from access to creative art programs at Abrakadoodle's newest location in Montgomery County, Maryland. Maryland native Nancy Delasos of Rockville, with a bachelor's degree in Art History from GW University and an impressive resume spanning IT, Telecom and politics, will be bringing art programs to schools and community sites that serve children in Bethesda, Cabin John, Chevy Chase, Glen Echo, Kensington, Potomac, and Rockville. Abrakadoodle is also pleased to welcome Maria Parlade Gonzalez of Coral Gables, who is transitioning from Abrakadoodle-Miami art instructor to director of the location. Ms. Gonzalez discovered this company because her young children wanted to participate in Abrakadoodle art classes at their school. "They loved it," she explains. With a bachelor's degree in computer animation and a minor in graphic design, Gonzalez was intrigued by Abrakadoodle and taught for the previous owner for a year before making the decision to take the reins.

"We are delighted to welcome Nancy and Maria to our award-winning Abrakadoodle franchise system," said Rosemarie Hartnett, CFE, President and Co-Founder of Abrakadoodle, Inc. "They both bring a winning combination of business, education and visual arts expertise, which I am confident will help ensure success in their respective communities that embrace the benefits of art education with an emphasis on developing creative thinkers."

Having worked on the National Council on Education Standards and Testing, Ms. Delasos recognizes the quality curriculum Abrakadoodle offers, which not only meets but exceeds the National Standards for Visual Arts Education. "I believe that Abrakadoodle can really make a positive difference in the lives of children. It is a dynamic, fun program, and it does so much more than entertain. My third grade son Christopher test drove an Abrakadoodle art class, and he thought it was fantastic!"

"I love to see the kids' faces," Ms. Gonzalez remarked regarding her experiences in working with Abrakadoodle art students. "I am very enthusiastic to continue our after school and enrichment programs and to further expand with Abrakadoodle's well-regarded whole art programs designed for integration in charter and private schools, as well as to roll out comprehensive program offerings at community venues that serve children and families." Abrakadoodle-Miami is presently enrolling students for creativity-boosting art programs at the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center to include Twoosy Doodler for children ages 20-36 months; Mini Doodlers for children ages 3 to 5, and Doodlers for children ages 6 to 12. Each of these classes provides children with hands-on creative art education that include a variety of such art forms as painting, drawing, sculpting and collage. Children also discover artists, art history, art vocabulary, and technique. To learn more about specific classes, please contact Maria: mgonzalez@abrakadoodle.com.

Abrakadoodle was the first American franchise company to bring a comprehensive, standards-based art education program to children in the U.S. More than just a drawing program, Abrakadoodle embraces art in its broadest scope - from public art to all types of painting, sculpture, animation, paper and fabric art, digital photography and more. Abrakadoodle students develop a fine arts vocabulary as they learn about the styles and techniques of such artists as Michelangelo, Monet, Picasso, Ansel Adams, as well as contemporary artists through its Artist of Distinction program. Abrakadoodle students use an abundance of creative materials (bamboo brushes, sculpting materials, fabric, watercolor, acrylics, and more) to explore the visual arts. Students often take home framed, labeled original creations that extend the learning at home, as well as boost self-confidence. Abrakadoodle classes employ a "process art" methodology.

These classes not only inspire a child's imagination, but they also build motor, language and cognitive skills. Abrakadoodle students develop an appreciation for art and a sense of craftsmanship. Research suggests that getting an early start in the arts can make a real difference in the lives of children, not only in terms of increased academic achievement but also greater problem solving, leadership capabilities, and confidence.

About Abrakadoodle

Abrakadoodle was co-founded in 2002 by award-winning educator/franchise developer Mary Rogers, CFE, MA.Ed, and children's services franchising expert Rosemarie Hartnett, CFE. Abrakadoodle is the most comprehensive creativity and art education company of its kind, offering extensive visual arts classes, camps and parties for children ages 20 months to 12 years old. Abrakadoodle has received seven First Place Awards from Nickelodeon's Parent Picks Awards for "Best Art Program to inspire your child's inner Picasso." Recently Abrakadoodle also received seven additional nominations for "Best Kids Party Entertainer" and "Best Kids Party Place." Abrakadoodle publishes an informative blog, "Art for Creative Kids," which is dedicated to children's creativity. Find us on Facebook; Follow us on Twitter.


Rosemarie Hartnett, President

Karin Machusic, Director of Public Relations



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