April Exploring Artism: Castles

The theme of our April Exploring Artism was castles! After learning about castles in Great Britain, participants explored the YCBA’s current exhibition, Art in Focus: The British Castle – A Symbol in Stone in the museum’s Long Gallery:

Next, participants returned to the Docent Room and created their own castles!

March Exploring Artism

During our March 18th Exploring Artism at the YCBA, we looked at work by Mrs. Delaney.  After looking at her botanical collages and thinking about the different shapes and sizes she used, we moved to the Docent Room and created our own paper mosaics:



Join Autism Speaks New England for an Adult Services Town Hall!

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Join Autism Speaks New England for an Adult Services Town Hall!

Monday, March 20, 2017
6pm Resource Fair | 7pm Panel Discussion

University of Hartford, Gray Conference Center
Resource Fair: 1877 Club | Panel discussion: Wilde Auditorium
200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117

This Town Hall will focus on the services and resources available to adults on the autism spectrum. Panelists will provide you with options to think about and explore as you or your family seek out adult services.

Who should come? Young adults preparing for the transition to adulthood, adults with autism, family members, school staff, adult service system professionals, and policy makers.

The event is free; registration is required. RSVP today!




The Great Pagoda at Kew

Students Create Their Own Pagodas

On Saturday, February 18th, we learned about the Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens, and its architect, Sir William Chambers.

After learning about Chambers’ Great Pagoda, students made their own miniature pagodas.

It was a fun day at the YCBA! We look forward to next time, March 18th!

Constable’s Landscape- Recreated!

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Looking at Constable’s Stratford Mill

On Sat., Nov. 19, we spent the morning looking at John Constable’s 6-foot painting of Stratford Mill in the gallery.

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Constable’s Stratford Mill

We looked at how he painted the sky and foliage as well as how he moved  his brush with paint in his “Cloud Studies” before making our own 3D creation while sitting in front of the artwork.

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Multi-sensory landscape fun

Next, we made our own landscape paintings in the class room. We used brushes and aluminum foil to create marks on our paper.

Exploring Artism Nov 19

Fun was had by all.

Happy holidays to all and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, Feb. 18 for the first Exploring Artism of 2017.