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.



Life at Sea!


For the Oct. 15 Exploring Artism, The Center’s September 17 Exploring Artism focused on all types of boats and how they interact with each other on the high seas.  We returned to the Center’s Special Exhibition Spreading Canvas: Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting in order to see how boats interacted on the high seas.


First, everyone met in the Docent Room to look at pictures of different types of boats.  Participants shared stories and create our very own sea-scape.  We used sponges to cover a very large piece of paper with blue paint, then set it aside to dry so we could use it later.


After painting, we used wooden pieces to make boats.  We decorated our boats using markers and stickers. Some boats had wires and strings coming off of them so that they could catch fish while out at sea.


Then we took our boats upstairs to look at Willem Van De Velde the Younger’s Sea Battle of the Anglo-Dutch Wars.  We discussed what we saw going on in the painting.  We saw that there was a lot of smoke and flags, so we thought about what the smoke could be coming from and why the flags were important.  After that, we placed our wooden boats on top of the big blue piece of paper we had painted earlier, which had dried and been laid out on the gallery floor by our great volunteers.  While the volunteers used iPads to play ocean and cannon noises, we added cut-outs of other ships to the scene and moved our own wooden boats around.


Finally, we went back down to the Docent Room to present our boats to everyone else.  After that we cleaned up and went home!


The next Exploring Artism will be on November 19, 2016.