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Constable’s Landscape- Recreated!

kids and adults sitting on floor looking up at landscape painting
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.

Kids with baggies of landscape inspried art materials
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.



All About Boats!

Large painting of chaos, ships on fire, smoke, waves and men
Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg’s oil painting, The Glorious Defeat of the Spanish Armada.

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 looked at paintings from the Center’s Special Exhibition Spreading Canvas: Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting and used what we learned to build and decorate our own model boats.

First, everyone met in the Docent Room to look at pictures of different types of boats.  Participants shared stories and experiences they have had on sailboats, canoes, rowboats and motorboats. We also discussed what other things one might find on a large boat, like cannons and flags!

woman and children sitting on floor looking up at large oil painting of ships of fire

Looking at de Loutherbourg’s large oil painting

Next we went upstairs to look at Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg’s oil painting, The Glorious Defeat of the Spanish Armada.  In this painting, we saw a number of large ships very close together, lots of people on smaller rowboats and a large fire!  Using what we saw in the painting, we discussed the different reasons two ships might sail that close to one another, and why one of the ships was on fire.  We also talked about the meaning of the flags we saw at the top of the ships and how important it is for ships to use those flags to tell other ships where they’re from.

Creating a sequence of events from the painting.
Creating a sequence of events from the painting.

After looking at the painting, we went downstairs to build our own boats!  Using small wooden pieces that fit into one another, participants were able to create boats that could then “sail” around the sea we had drawn on the table.

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We look forward to seeing you at our Oct. 15 Exploring Artism!!!





Come sail with us on Sat., Sept. 17!

Gray tone oil painting of two ships with smoke and fire
Willem van de Velde the Younger, Sea Battle of the Anglo-Dutch Wars, ca. 1700, Oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art

This weekend’s Exploring Artism at the Center will focus on creating your own “vessel” inspired by the naval and marine paintings on view in the third floor installation, Spreading Canvas: 18th-century British Marine Painting. There are still a few spots available so register now: contact Education (  | +1 203 432 2858) with your name, number, and a good time to reach you.

While the needs of individuals with autism are taken into account for the design of this program, it is also intended to be fun for parents, siblings, and other relatives too! Preregistration is required.





Cretan Cats, Goats, and Flower Pots

parents and childrens painting flower pots around a table.
Parents and children painting flower pots around a table.

The June 18 Exploring Artism focused on a new art form –  designing and painting a flower pot! Participants learned about the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual Chelsea Flower Show and saw a lot of pictures of flower creations. Next we learned that the flower show inspired an art gallery owner to ask 58 artists to paint a flower pot. The Center has the flower pot that John Craxton painted and we looked at it together in the galleries.

Boy designing his flower pot.
Participant designing his flower pot.

First, everyone looked at John Craxton’s Goats and Flowers painting and discussed the colors and shapes. We then looked at Craxton’s Cretan Cats Flower Pot where they found and learned about kri-kri, cretan cats, and the island of Crete, the island where Craxton was living at the time he painted the flower pot.

Inspired by Crete’s wildlife as seen in Craxton’s works, everyone painted their very own flowerpot.

Kri-kri is a type of wild goat that lives on the island of Crete.
Kri-kri is a type of wild goat that lives on the island of Crete.
Cretan wildcats live on the island of Crete.
Cretan wildcats live on the island and are not friendly with people.

As well as where Crete is located and what plants grow there:

Map of Crete
Map of Crete

The next Exploring Artism at the YCBA is schedule for Saturday, Sept. 17. We hope everyone has a fun and relaxing summer!



Congratulations to the Artworxx artists for the success of their first showing of original artwork at the Yale Center for British Art’s Docent Room from May 15 -22. Over 250 people visited their “exhibition” throughout the week and the opening reception saw hundreds of friends, family, and museum visitors.


Everyone is looking forward to creating more original artwork inspired by the Center’s collections later this summer and fall. To learn more about the Initiative for Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Yale Child Study Center, supported by a gift from Marilyn and Jim Simons, click here. The program flyer can be found in the link below.


May 15 ARTWORXX: Teens with ASD Exhibition


Come join us at the Center for An Exhibition & Collaboration: ARTWORXX: Teens with ASD. The exhibition will be on view in the Center’s Docent Room from Sunday, May 15, 2016 – Sunday, May 22, 2016

Opening Reception in the YCBA Docent Room will be Sunday, May 15,  1:00 – 3:00pm 

Artworks made by teens as part of the Initiative for Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders at Yale’s Child Study Center in concert with the Yale Center for British Art Department of Education will be on view in the Center’s Docent Room.

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We look forward to seeing you there.

Chihuly, but in Plastic!

Ode to Joy2002
Ode To Joy, 2002.
Blue and Beyond Blue, 2006. Dale Chihuly (b. 1941). Glass. 107 x 82 x 77 in.
Blue and Beyond Blue, 2006.

April’s Exploring Artism took inspiration from Dale Chihuly and his “Chandelier” artworks in Connecticut. Participants looked at Chilhuly’s pieces and focused on his “Ode to Joy” at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and “Blue and Beyond Blue” at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Detail: Ode to Joy2002.
Detail: Ode to Joy, 2002.

After learning about Chihuly’s process and looking at details of his works, participants began to make their own “Chihuly Chandelier.” There was one major difference from Chihuly’s process– we made our artwork from plastic not glass!

Coloring our bottles with permanent marker.

Participants and family members colored disposable plastic bottles with permanent markers. Next, each person cut their colored bottle, some in swirl shapes and others in straight shapes.

Cutting the colored plastic bottles.

We connected the bottles to a hole-punched, cardboard, paper towel roll with thin gauge craft wire.

Alex helps measure the craft wire for each piece.

After connecting all of our pieces together, we admired our work. The final piece will be on display in the Center’s Docent Room during opening week events.

Taking a moment to enjoy our finished            Chihuly-inspired artwork.

The April 16 Exploring Artism session was the last session to be held at Chapel Haven. We want to send a big “Thank you” to Tina and the Chapel Haven community for hosting our program during the Center’s building conservation. Our next session of Exploring Artism will be Saturday, May 21 and we will meet at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, Downtown New Haven. We can’t wait to see you there.