One of the best things about working here is that we all have the opportunity to learn & teach new things to others. And when these guys are successful... man, it's exciting. So here are some of the recent accomplishments. There are, of course, tons of others, but these are the accomplishments that are easiest to photograph & explain!
This is a group success, for sure. Lindee has led a jewelry class for the past year, and the group has explored SO MANY different kinds of bead making techniques. And I might be biased towards super cheap materials that make incredibly beautiful end products, but these beads are my FAVORITE. Lindee got creative and came up with a new way to paint the beads so that everyone is able to do the work independently. They turned out beautifully--and you'll have to be here at the next gallery stroll to see the bracelets that were made. I have to keep something under wraps!
Monica and Kelsey are excellent beaders. Besides making the beads, each person has worked independently to choose their beads. Lindee only ties the knots on the ends! These guys to such a fantastic job--such impressive fine motor skills up in here!
Darin has made great strides since starting here. We have found that when we are patient, and allow the artists to work through their ideas and themes at their own pace, they grow into new ideas with excitement. Darin came in with a great love of zoos, and this love has definitely not gone away. However, he has moved into the themes of airplanes, birds, and flight. Beyond this, he has started really excelling at new techniques. In our Altered Books class, Darin is exploring colors. For the featured spread, Darin created a pink and purple collage using a transfer technique! He was able to do this with very little staff help, and his craftsmanship is definitely improving!
Ed tries very hard to be happy, and has recently discovered that meditations help him in this area. Staff started out leading Ed through the meditation set up on the iPad, and slowly found his favorite meditations (hint--it's all of the longest ones)! After a few trial runs, Ed is now navigating the app independently! It is very exciting to see him successfully working towards greater happiness!
TURN City Center for the Arts
Helping adults with disabilities to enrich their lives through the arts!