Let’s Create Art Studio in Denville has generously gifted our students an opportunity to experience a special, unique art technique called paint pour. Owner and Artist, Annie Felice recognized that this very trendy and popular art form was a good fit for students with sensory and development challenges, and thought of Celebrate the Children school, right down the road in Denville.
As a community-conscious business, Let’s Create Art Studio is providing this experience for absolutely no charge; supplying all the materials and staff so our students can fully participate. Let’s Create has given back to the local community by not only offering free art lessons, but by creating a wonderful Community-Based Instruction opportunity for our students.
Let’s Create Studio is a cheery, art and light-filled space, and our young artists immediately feel welcome and comfortable. Annie works one-on-one with each student artist explaining and facilitating an authentically created personal work. Students select and pour beautiful colors and then manipulate the canvas watching their colors turn into fantastic one-of-a-kind art.
Many of my students have not had the opportunity to work with other art teachers. I am delighted to have met such a knowledgeable professional in my field who cares so deeply about children of all abilities and is open to all kinds of making. I am happy and grateful to share my students with a teacher who puts theory into practice and understands the power of art by making it accessible for all. Pride and self-esteem come from real, genuine experiences, and we realized that at Let’s Create.
What’s Paint Pour?
I always tell my students that artists have to know a little bit (sometimes a lot) of chemistry to be successful. The first chemistry fact in art is that water is the universal solvent. The second chemistry fact is that oil (and wax) and water don’t mix. Artists use this fact to a great advantage. Our students exploit that rule in many, many of the works we create at CTC.
Paint pour is an example of the third art chemistry fact or term in my class ...viscosity. Viscosity is the stickiness or density of a substance. We use this to great advantage in printmaking and is the theory behind Paint Pour.
So how does Paint Pour work?
The same paint of varying colors is altered with some simple additions that change the density and or stickiness of each individual color. These colors are then layered in a cup, like a cake, or a lovely cappuccino in a glass cup. With a few tricky twists, the colors spill out onto the canvas. Instead of the colors mixing together, they repel each other… creating color “cells” that don’t mix with the other cells - similar to oil and water. So you get beautiful pure colors next to each other in psychedelic swirls. You get to move them around a bit, but the pure color pops back up instead of being a big mushy mess. Paint Pour!
How does Paint Pour benefit our students?
Paint Pour seems like an “easy A” - BUT, you have to invest in the process - make choices, control your body, follow instructions, and stay with the process to its fruition. For students with autism and special needs, this can sometimes be challenging.
This experience provides our students with opportunities to develop their hand-eye coordination, ideation, motor planning, and execution. It helps to enhance their communication, self-expression, and best of all, self-esteem.
Thanks to Let’s Create Studio, and the fact that they recognize how much our students can benefit from this technique, our kids have an opportunity to create a work of art just like the ones folks are selling on Etsy and works featured on YouTube. The whole experience is a win, win, win!
We got to leave school to go to a local business. Met a new teacher and neighbor. Learned a new way to make art. Practiced manners and social skills. And make a REALLY COOL work of art.
Thank You, Annie, for your generous thoughtful gift that allows our students to have an art adventure in our local community with a new teacher, and produce a work that will be treasured for years to come.
Mary Beth Scheerer, Art Teacher, Celebrate the Children
About Let's Create Art Studio
Their goal is to share our appreciation and love of art with all that are drawn to express and improve themselves in creating their own form of visual expression, and to give all the opportunity to explore the art world in a safe and nurturing environment.
For more information please visit https://letscreate.com/
Denville, NJ- Celebrate the Children School, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the development of children and young adults with autism and special needs, is proud to honor distinguished individuals whose contributions to the school and to the autism community warrant recognition: Elizabeth B. Torres, Ph.D., Director of the New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence; Andre Chabanel, Board President of Celebrate the Children; and Karen Austin and the Garden State H.O.G. Chapter. The awards, which recognize individuals for their passion, support, and dedication to the autism community, will be presented at Celebrate the Children’s upcoming event, Let’s Play Gala, at the Rockaway River Country Club in Denville, NJ on Saturday, March 28, 2020.
Dr. Elizabeth Torres is a Computational Neuroscientist who has been working on theoretical and empirical aspects of sensory-motor integration and human cognition since the late ’90s. She joined the Rutgers Psychology faculty, the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science and the Center for Computational Biomedicine Imaging and Modelling of the Computer Science Department in 2008. There she initiated the path of interdisciplinary collaboration and attained tenure. Since 2009, her lab has brought Rutgers over 8 million research dollars from Federal, State, and Private funds and multiple patents in the areas of digital biomarkers with applications to personalized mobile-smart health. She has written two books on autism and biometrics and currently serves as the Principal Investigator and Director of the New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence leading major initiatives to help transform autism medical research and treatments across the state.
Andre Chabanel is a CPA by training and a partner at RSM. He has over 25 years of finance and accounting experience with public and private companies, specializing in the transportation and logistics industry sectors, and joined RSM as part of a strategic plan to grow the firm’s presence in the New Jersey market. As a truly dedicated volunteer, Andre has been one of Celebrate the Children’s Board Members for the past eight years and currently serves as the Board President. He also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America and is the Scoutmaster of a Troop in Randolph. Andre once wanted to be a chef and loves cooking in his spare time, particularly with Les Marmitons - an international culinary society, where he serves as Vice President of the New Jersey Chapter.
Always supportive of Celebrate the Children’s students and programs, Karen Austin and the Garden State H.O.G. Chapter #3373 Members share a passion for riding and raising funds for charitable causes. The Garden State H.O.G. Chapter’s level of passion and dedication to the community is truly an inspiration, and Celebrate the Children is proud to honor them with The Simon Alexander Award.
The Simon Alexander Award was established in 2012 by one of CTC’s first students, Simon Alexander, who graduated from the program. Simon is a very generous, very thoughtful young man who is dedicated to the community, giving back, and educating others. Simon created “The Simon Fund” with the help of family and friends as a way of giving back to his Alma Mater, Celebrate the Children School. His focus is to help students as they prepare for adult life.
At our Gala, The Simon Alexander Award is given to one person or organization that shares a similar vision to make a meaningful and impactful change against societal challenges and make an immense difference in people’s lives.
The gala raises critical funds and awareness about learning differences while recognizing students’ abilities to live healthy, happy, secure, creative, and meaningful lives.
The gala is open to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $150 to $500; sponsorships range from $500 to $25,000; and a tricky tray, casino-style gambling, a live and silent auction will be held. Digital journals and congratulatory ad opportunities are also available. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available online now. All proceeds benefit Celebrate the Children School and will help us expand programs and improve amenities that help our students reach their fullest potential, and give them the confidence to become more successful, independent, and fulfilled in their lives.
For more information, visit www.celebratethechildren.org, www.letsplaygala.org or contact Jenna Hammond at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kristin Polster at email@example.com.
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