Drawing Classes with a professional artist
The drawing class has been fantastic! Most recently we created a mural that allowed everyone to contribute their own ideas to the project. Here's our great teacher Jamie Ursic helping us learn to let our creativity go!
Jaime Ursic is an Artist and Assistant Curator of Education at the Yale Center for British Art. She worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Villa and presented at the Guggenheim Hermitage, Las Vegas Art Museums, and Yale University Art Gallery. She taught studio courses at Yale, Wesleyan University and UCLA. Ms. Ursic has a BFA in Art and BS in Education from the Pennsylvania State University, a MFA from Yale University School of Art, and an “Educating and Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders” certificate from UCLA. She exhibits her work in New Haven with Kehler Liddell Gallery.
Horseback riding at Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center in Naugatuck went really well! We loved the horses and the chance to learn about them and ride! A few young women may have found a new passion!
Movie night for Teens: Oct 17th!
We really enjoyed "Girl Rising" shown on October 17th, at 6:30 at the Child Study Center. The movie is the story of nine girls who confront incredible challenges in their lives, and triumph. It's an inspiring story that reminds us how powerful and amazing girls and young women can be when they gather their resources and their courage to deal with issues in their lives. One of our friends said "if you feel strongly about something, I think you should be absolutely stubborn [about it] !" One girl from the film thought of herself as a superhero and this helped her to feel better about a terrible experience she had to cope with. We talked about the qualities these girls showed: brave, optimistic, cool, determined and hard-working.
Another friend said:
"maybe I should stand up and put myself out there...."
There's so much to think about with this movie. It's going to have a lasting impression.
First Meeting for Teens
The first meeting for teens was held on April 5th at the Child Study Center. Following introductions we talked as a group about the purpose of the Initiative, and what kinds of activities we’d like to do together. Some things mentioned were science activities, learning computer coding, Geo-caching/Letterboxing, art classes, movie nights, baking and shopping for books and clothes. Everyone agreed dining out would be a great option anytime!
We discussed whether a new name for our Initiative would make sense, rather than Initiative for Girls and Women with autism spectrum disorders. Some of the ideas were:
- Puzzle Pieces
- Rainbow animals
- Stella Bellas
- La Belle E’toile
- Hoshi NoOnnanoko
- Project Grow
We will keep brainstorming and get input from the Leadership Working Group and the Advisory Board for the Initiative.