Art Classes with a professional artist

A landscape mural from drawing class

We continue to have art classes twice a month for our teens.  Jamie, our instructor, brings a wealth of knowledge about art and artists to us, through demonstrations, depictions of beautiful art of all genres and styles. We often talk about a particular artist or period in art history, and what was created at that time and why. We have used acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, mixed media, and oil and chalk pastels to create our art work. The class will continue monthly - and attendance has been growing. We plan to have an exhibition of our work in the Spring of 2016 at the Yale Center for British Art, shortly after the grand re-opening of the Center in April.  Linda Friedlaender, the Curator of Education at the YCBA, will be organizing our exhibition.   

Horseback riding

Horseback riding at Hidden Acres Therapeutic Riding Center in Naugatuck has been an ongoing experience. After our initial lessons in the summer of 2014, a group of our teens have continued to ride every Saturday. This has been a great experience for all, and we encourage anyone interested to contact Kathy (kathy.koenig@yale.edu) to learn more about how to get involved. Hidden Acres is a therapeutic riding center owned by Mary and Theron Simon. They are devoted to making riding a wonderful experience for children and adults of all ages. 

Movie night for Teens

We really enjoyed "Girl Rising" shown 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. 

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