In the Spring of 2015, the Brookline Arts Center (BAC) developed, in conjunction with the Autism Higher Education Foundation (AHEF), a unique program serving young adults with Autism and related disabilities ages 18-22. The program began in the fall of 2015. It offers two separate weekly classes (9-week session), limited to 5 students each, and explore drawing, painting, and mixed media. Goals for each student are developed individually and based on each student’s interests, learning style, and experience with art. The program focuses on building skills, techniques, vocabulary and personal expression using a variety of medium. The overarching goal is to support each students’ lifelong engagement and enjoyment in the arts.
1. Introduction to Drawing and Painting for Young Adults with Autism and Related Disabilities
Meets Tuesdays 12-2
This class is for students new to drawing and painting and those with more experience. The class introduces drawing and painting and allows students to strengthen their skills. Students explore different drawing materials, techniques, and vocabulary. The class is designed to allow each student to progress and practice at their own pace with curriculum designed for each student’s unique learning style.
2. Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media for Young Adults with Autism and Related Disabilities.
Meets Thursdays 12-2
This class allows students to explore various mediums including drawing, painting, and collage. Students’ progression is based on their individual interests and experience exploring art. Skill building is developed in relation to the individual student’s learning styles and works to support long-term enjoyment of art. The teachers foster independent exploration and works to build knowledge of the many components of creating meaningful artwork.
To receive more information or to apply, please contact Sarah Fujiwara, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the BAC at 617-566-5715.