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Sing Along for Autism Awareness Month

Youth in Arts new CD

Youth in Arts new CD

April is Autism Awareness Month.  Youth in Arts is the only arts education provider to special day and severely handicapped classrooms in Marin. We also provide arts programming at Oak Hill School which is focused on students with autism from 5-22 years old.

Check out this CD C’mon Everybody! which was produced with support from FirstFive Marin as part of a special workshop for families with children on the autistic spectrum.

C’mon Everybody! features original music composed by Youth in Arts Mentor Artist Miguel Martinez and featuring performances by additional YIA Mentor Artists Nydia Gonzalez and Hannah Dworkin. Songs encouraging response to direction, social behavior and language acquisition. It is fun and accessible for developmentally typical PreK children, as well as children with cognitive or developmental delays.

Come into our YIA shop on 917 C Street to buy the CD, or you can get a free download of a couple of the songs here Good Morning My Love, and  King of the Beat.

Thank you to the Buck Family Fund of the MCF for supporting our programs reaching children of all abilities.

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“Rising Stars” at Youth in Arts

Youth in Arts is currently hosting “Rising Stars,” the 24th Annual Marin County High School Art Show at our gallery at 917 Street in downtown San Rafael. The opening reception for artists and their families on Sunday, March 8, attracted over one hundred young artists and gallery visitors.

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Check out photos from the March 8 opening reception here

Speaking to the assembled crowd of teens and their families, Youth in Arts Executive Director Miko Lee expressed her gratitude to all the exhibiting students.  “Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us,” Lee said. “You inspire us all with your creativity.”

Lee presented students with awards and honorable mentions selected by a panel of local arts professionals, Kay Carlson, Jay Daniels and Katie Rice Jones, from among over 150 student works selected by Marin art teachers at 16 schools to represent their programs.

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Best in Show

The Best of Show award went to Ben Lyons, a student at Marin Academy in San Rafael, for his work “Industrial Revolution,” a high-concept ceramic tea set. Two other Marin Academy students also received major awards: Melanie Blue for Best Drawing and Seiichiro Nakai for Best Decorative Arts. Other major award-winners were Jenna Tooley of San Marin High School (Best Painting); Sophia Schwartz-Cutler of Marin School of the Arts (Best Sculpture); Abby Tarantino of Marin Catholic (Best Photo); Hagen Wehde from Redwood High School (Best Altered Image); and Cali Hetfield from The Marin School (Best Mixed Media).

Thirty additional students received Merit Awards, Honorable Mentions or Juror or Sponsor Awards. A full-list of winners is included below

The exhibit will be open to the public through March 27, with regular hours Monday-Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. “Rising Stars” is sponsored by Perry’s Art Supplies & Framing in San Anselmo, the San Anselmo Arts Commission, Marin Open Studios, Uchiwa Ramen and Il Davide Restaurant in San Rafael.

Best of Show – Industrial Revolution – Ben Lyons – Marin Academy
Best Painting – Introspection – Jenna Tooley – San Marin HS
Best Drawing – Self Portrait – Melanie Blue – Marin Academy
Best Decorative Arts – Tee Time – Seiichiro Nakai – Marin Academy
Best Sculpture – Treasurer – Sophia Schwartz-Cutler – Marin School of the Arts
Best Photo – Best Friends – Abby Tarantino – Marin Catholic
Best Altered Image – Untitled – Hagen Wehde – Redwood HS
Best Mixed Media – Untitled – Cali Hetfield – The Marin School

Merit Awards
Reflective Objects – Raissa Boysen – Marin School of the Arts
Awe – Tara Henry – Marin Catholic
Birds in a Tree – TeamWorks Art Mentoring Program (Treyvonn, Mario, Adam, Angela, Javier, Oliver, Alyssa) – Loma Alta School
Flying Buttresses – Gabriel Hamilton – Sir Francis Drake HS
Chained For Five Rupees – Leigh Pomerantz – Marin Academy
Geometry in Color – Kasha LaRoche – Sir Francis Drake HS
Hobo Botanical Garden – Emily Villavicencio – San Rafael HS
Pour – Max Sigerman – The Branson School
Raven Inkwood – Yezi Li – San Marin HS
Self Portrait – Ciara Post – Marin Academy
Toadstool – Olivia Harvell – San Domenico School
Untitled – Tara Sola – San Domenico School
Untitled – Holly Parkin – Tamalpais HS

Honorable Mentions
Children of the Moon – Alia Anderson May – Marin Catholic
Distortion – Dominic DiPaola – San Andreas HS
Drakes Beach – Andres Gomez – Tomales HS
Husky – Caeli Gallagher – San Rafael HS
Jean Jacket – Anna Taylor – Sir Francis Drake HS
Learning Equals Education – TeamWorks Art Mentoring Program
Light at the End of the Tunnel – Zoe Carrell
Mel Goes Bananas – Kate Claman – Marin Academy
Porcelain Head – John Iwaszewicz – Oak Hill School
Painting Silver Lining – Blake Patterson – The Branson School
Self-Portrait – Willow Jones – The Marin School
Untitled – Merryta Liu – San Domenico School
Untitled – Angela Chen – San Domenico School
Young Sanity – Alondra Vazquez – Terra Linda HS

Black Cat Prizes
Digital Art – Makai: Towards the Sea – Jana Viets – Marin Catholic
Manipulated photography – Untitled – Hagen Wehde – Redwood HS
Unmanipulated Photography – Untitled – Olivia Runnfeldt – Redwood HS

Perry’s Awards
Untitled – Anna-Sofie Whalen – Tamalpais HS
Wings to Fly – TeamWorks Art Mentoring Program – Loma Alta

Exhibiting Students

Loma Alta School/TeamWorks Art Mentoring: Teacher Katya McCulloch
Treyvonn, Mario, Adam, Angela, Javier, Oliver, Alyssa

Marin Academy: Teacher Anne Maurice, Katharine Boyd & Jenny Rosenberg
Seiichiro Nakai, Melanie Blue, Ben Lyons, Kate Claman, Ciara Post, Leigh Pomerantz, Rebecca Strull, Erika Page, Luke Raddue, Anjali Bodony, Lindsay Levine

Marin Catholic: Teachers Laurie Reemsnyder & Mark Jaeger
Abby Tarantino, Jana Viets, Alia Anderson May, Tara Henry, Juliette Hvistendahl, Meghan Rooney, Jack Burnham, Kristen Rolstad, Dino Kalfos

Marin School of the Arts: Teachers Sabrina Kalleen & Mary Grehan
Sophia Schwartz-Cutler, Raissa Boysen, Ciel Pierlot, Jensen Neff, Emely Lemus

Oak Hill School: Teachers Michelle Barbera & Sophie Cooper
John Iwaszewicz, Hannah Sherwood, Ben Willbrand, Ryan Heller, Harrison Mahler, Megan Busby, Luke Meng, Matthew Seiberling, Braden O’Connell, Strider Barker, Katie Tysinger

Redwood High School: Teachers Susanne Maxwell & Karen Meadows
Hagen Wehde, Olivia Runnfeldt, Kenzie Johnson, Megan Wilford, Ryan Stiles, Haley Turner, Bridget Wait

San Andreas High School: Teacher Gray Douglas
Dominic DiPaola, Patrick Cook, Meryl Fe Klein, Altimont Bolton, Samantha McEvoy

San Domenico School: Teachers Logan Wood, Jill Hoefgen & Carina Ybarra
Merryta Liu, Angela Chen, Tara Sola, Olivia Harvell, Erika Johnson, Bella Gosman, Kathryn Volovski, Ellen Zhu, Vicky Lin, Camille Ayanruoh, Mia Ma, Moment Li

San Marin High School: Teachers Mariah Fisher & Denise Mozzetti
Jenna Tooley, Yezi Li, Olivia Lamont, Liam Gavin, Lauren Frank, Yezi Li

San Rafael High School: Teachers Johanna Herrera & Trenton Smith
Zoe Carrell, Caeli Gallagher, Emily Villavicencio, Roxana Velasquez, Daylor Giron, Kailey Brown, Marissa Mullins, Duriel Meisner, Sonia Sondheim, Kien Lam, Brenda Arellano, Julia Jackson-Clark

Sir Francis Drake High School: Teachers Martha Cederstrom & Beth Cederstrom
Anna Taylor, Gabriel Hamilton, Kasha LaRoche, Ashmoore, Sarah McAmis, Michael Kest, Matt Richman, Annika Williams

Tamalpais High School: Teachers Zach Gilmour, Lisa Ouse Hicks & Mary Krawczyk
Holly Parkin, Scarlett Costello, Anna-Sofie Whalen, Natanya Glatt, Ryan Turner, Jordan Sherman, Anna Baldwin, Hannah Saltonstall, Jessica Hudson, Izzy Parlamis, Nicole Cochary, Genevieve Tremblay

Terra Linda High School: Teachers Katy Bernheim, Elizabeth Galbreath & Allison Oropallo
Alondra Vazquez, Cielo de la Rosa, Marcus Perkins, Daniel Swanson, Brisia Reales, Annabelle Vinokur, Tifani Sosa, Majken Hanson, Taren Bouwman, Jasmin Salgado, Chris Perani

The Branson School: Teachers Eric Oldmixon & Allyson Seal
Blake Patterson, Max Sigerman, Zoe Moynihan, Grace Roberts Burbank, Frankie Gerraty, Sam Reinertsen, Megan Gillfillan, Bix Hirigoyen, Sophie Rosenbaum-Jones, Jack Verhille, Hunt Wyman

The Marin School: Teacher Alison Murray
Cali Hetfield, Willow Jones, KC Seligman, Moiya Morgan, Jeffrey Kolthoff, Michelle Chan, Crash DesRosiers, Tess Hecht, Cali Hetfield, Jacob Weber

Tomales High School: Teacher Rachel Somerville
Andres Gomez, Clara Wright, Mario Passantino, Abrielle Spaletta, Ashley Weir, Litia Bowater

Weaving and Printmaking at Oak Hill

by Mentor Artist Gabrielle Gamboa

The young artists I have been working with at Oak Hill, a school for students with Autism and other learning differences, have been learning weaving and printmaking techniques with our last few sessions of the year.

Student work in progress.

Student work in progress.

Student weaving.

Student weaving.

A finished student weaving.

A finished student weaving.

Each student had a small personal loom. I brought a selection of richly textures yarn for students to chose from to weave bold patterns. We finished the weavings off with tassels we made, and mounted the weavings on sticks gathered on a walk. Weaving was just one option for the older group of students. Some chose to finish previous art projects.

One student weaves, another finishes a kaleidocycle, and a third sketches a personal logo.

One student weaves, another finishes a kaleidocycle, and a third sketches a personal logo.

A student draws a pattern on a kaleidocycle.

A student draws a pattern on a kaleidocycle.

The next group of projects involved printmaking. First we rolled ink on sheets of acrylic to make monotypes. We drew on some of our paper with oil pastel before printing for a layered result. Next, we made simple block prints, drawing on foam scratch sheets to make printing plates. We printed on top of some of our monotypes for more texture. The final project for the younger students was to combine both types of printing into a monoprint. They had developed strong printmaking skills by this time, and made bold color choices! The older students branched out even more for their final project, silkscreen printing. They made abstract designs using tape stencils, and made runs of colorful prints on beautiful Japanese printmaking paper.

Student printmaking.

Student printmaking.

Student monotype prints.

Student monotype prints.

Student monotypes and mono prints.

Student monotypes and mono prints.

Student monotypes and monoprints.

Student monotypes and monoprints.

Student pulling a screen print.

Student pulling a screen print.

I had a great semester at Oak Hill, and I am going to miss these dynamic young artists very much!

Figurative Sculpture at Oak Hill School

In this project, The Buckeyes, a 6-8th grade class at Oak Hill School, made figurative sculptures. These students have autism and related developmental differences, so the key to a successful project is breaking everything down into small steps.

Session 1: Our young artists modeled human figures out of pipe cleaners, and then covered the wire with aluminum foil. They then posed the figures and attached them to small cardboard boxes.

Session 2&3: The artists covered their figures in two layers of paper mache, letting each layer dry completely before adding another.

Session 4: We practiced mixing several different color combinations to make skin tones. The artists then chose their favorite mix, and painted their figure with that all-over color.

Session 5: The artists “dressed” their figures by tearing decorative and crepe papers, and then gluing the pieces on.

The artists used a variety of skills and new techniques, working their fine motor skills.This fun project resulted in very expressive, unique sculptures!
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Oak Hill, Weeks 1-4

I have recently started working with two classes at Oak Hill School in San Anselmo, a wonderful program for children with autism and other developmental differences.

The first project with the Buckeye Class of middle-school boys was a sculptural project we called a Sun Column. We used fine motor skills create a vibrant, wild layered assemblage of paper and found materials that had been painted with texture rollers and stamps dipped in gold ink. It was then adorned with texture rubbings and drawings, fringe-cut paper, cut and glued ribbons, and twisted gold pipe cleaners. This project helped me assess each artist’s needs and abilities, but most of all, it was fun.

We are now sculpting figures.The first step was making an armature out of pipe cleaners, and covering that with a foil skin. The next step will be paper mache.

The first project with Oak Hill Prep was a collaborative group project to exhibit at their school art show. I gessoed a wood puzzle and gave each student several random puzzle pieces. After discussing and looking at line art patterns, we each drew our own patterns on these pieces. Next, we traded pieces back and both adding our own touches so that most pieces became the creation of multiple artists. We also stamped (and one artist even added his fingerprints) to the pieces. Finally, the artists reassembled the puzzle, and we were able to see our collaborative drawing for the first time, with surprising results. I then glued the puzzle permanently together.

We have now begun looking at the work of M.C. Esher. We discussed how his tessellation images fit together like puzzle pieces, and we colored some of his tessellation designs using complementary colors schemes. Very soon we will be making our very own tessellation designs!

Figure sculptures in aluminum foil over a pipe cleaner armature.

Figure sculptures in aluminum foil over a pipe cleaner armature.

 

Adventures in Art: Oak Hill Students Explore Color, Line and Shape

Students at Oak Hill worked with mentor artist Julia James. Students explored color, textures, papers, brushwork and a combination of art materials. They gained confidence and learned to joyfully express themselves, building on skills and personal discovery.

Oak Hill School serves students aged 5-22 with autism and related developmental differences, and their program is guided by the principle that relationships are central to building skills in relating, communicating and thinking. Students experience a comprehensive academic program with integrated speech, psychological and occupational therapies, as well as visual and performing arts provided by Youth in Arts Mentor Artists.

Julia’s personal goal was to enhance confidence and expression. She wanted to create an environment where students could feel listened to and individually known. When she began the residency, students could only sit for a few minutes at a time. By the end, most enjoyed their art-making experiences for 20 minutes and more!

Regeneration – Teaching Recycled Art

Artwork from the Regeneration Show

Recently we hosted our first free gallery tour of “Regeneration – Teaching Recycled Art” with a group of students from Oak Hill School.  Six students from Oak Hill ages 13-19, all on the Autism Spectrum, enjoyed the sights, sounds and textures of our gallery and workshop.

We started in the gallery, observing the artwork that has been made by everyday “garbage” or items that would be trashed or recycled after use, such as material, plastic bags, old toys, sticks and paper scraps.  Then, Musician Nydia Gonzalez helped the youngsters explore the sounds that we could make re-using materials such as food containers and boxes by turning them into drums and guitars!  Finally, students worked with visual artist Suzanne Joyal and created 3-D sculptural art using scraps of foam core and matt board, connecting them, gluing them and covering them with vibrant colors.

The “Regeneration” show will be up until January 25th, so please stop by to check it out, or make an appointment for a free group tour for students. yia@youthinarts.org