Category: Resources

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.



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Trees à la Gustav Klimt

Participants sitting around a table.
Intro to the first Exploring Artism of the fall.

Sept. 19 welcomed family and friends back to Chapel Haven for the YCBA’s Exploring Artism program. The topic of this month’s lesson was Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt and his trees.

Boy standing and looking at Klimt painting of tree.
Participants looking at a painting of a tree made by Klimt.

Participants looked closely at a few different trees painted by Klimt then used the iPad app PlayART (for purchase here). Each participant was able to create their own digital Klimt “painting.”

Boy and mom using ipad while docent watches.
Using the PlayArt app on the ipad.

After composing Klimt compositions on the ipad, participants looked to their handout to inspire their own large, gold tree paintings.

Kids use foam brushes to paint gold trees.
Participants begin painting their trees.

After painting the tree trunk and branches, participants bedazzled their trees with gems, sequins, and foil shapes for their very own Klimt-inspired tree.

Girls share shapes to glue to their tree compositoin.
Girls sharing additions to bedazzle their tree.

Fun was had by all and we look forward to our next meeting on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Reminder About Exploring Artism New Location!

We hope everyone had a happy holidays and a wonderful New Year!

While the building at 1080 Chapel Street is closed for conservation in 2015, the Exploring Artism program will continue to meet at the campus of Chapel Haven, 1040 Whalley Avenue, New Haven. We will meet for our first session of the New Year on February 21st at this temporary location.

We look forward to seeing you in February! Don’t forget to pre-register at or call 203-432-2858 with your name and contact information.

New Haven Register Article

Check out this article (linked here) discussing the unique partnership between the Yale Center for British Art and Chapel Haven, a school and residence for adults on the autism spectrum.

“‘It’s a place they’ve been so welcome in an environment filled with brilliant, educated people,’ Menchetti [Chapel Haven art instructor] said. ‘They love the way they feel here.'”

The Education Department at the YCBA is excited to continue the Out to Art and Exploring Artism programs in the coming year at the Chapel Haven facilities.

New iPads!

The Center’s Education Department has received a donation of 12 iPads to be used for our Exploring Artism program from Yale’s Instructional Technology Group in partnership with the Bass Library.

In the past, we have used one iPad in our Artism sessions. Realizing the difference that 1 iPad made with 12 participants with ASD, we began a search to acquire more electronic tablets. This fall, the stars aligned, Instructional Technology Group and the Bass Library iPad Borrower program came to the rescue. Now, Exploring Artism participants can each use an iPad, and we are excited to adapt our teaching and develop lessons more fully utilizing apps and the iPads for participants.

We’ve been in the prep stage where we are downloading apps in preparation of our next Exploring Artism on Oct. 18.

Autism Apps and Real Chalkboard are two apps we are working with. Autism Apps is a great resource which compiles a list of apps that work well with children and adults with autism or developmental disorders. Real Chalkboard takes the place of paper and pencil and participants will be able to draw in the gallery. We also were able to download our social story into iBook and the kids can read it on the iPad rather than a hardcopy printout – it is easier to swipe for those with fine motor control challenges than turn a paper page. We also have purchased Proloque2, a communication app that allows participants to use customizable buttons to communicate. We will add images relevant to the lesson.

We are very excited to start using our iPads in the galleries with our Exploring Artism participants. We hope this addition will enhance the museum experience and provide new avenues of learning!

My Name is David

My Name is David is an animated short film from one of the animators of Robot Chicken, Matt Manning, that depicts a young student’s speech to his fellow classmates about his autism. The film features the actual words and voice of the author of the speech,14-year-old David Shapiro Sharif. Sharif’s speech aims not only to educate children and adults about autism but also to give a voice to the more than one million young men and women with autism in schools throughout the country.