Project: Collage Portraits
Caregivers and children will work together to create mixed media portraits. Families will first explore shapes and elements of portraiture (creating an image of a person, often a face). Next, families will create a portrait of their own by arranging and layering paper. At the end of the session, families can share their portraits with each other!
This free virtual class encourages children to explore different art mediums through sensory experiences, music, and movement activities. Children build motor skills and self-regulated independence and social skills while connecting with siblings and caregivers.
- Plain paper or piece of recycled cardboard (larger is better!)
- Tempera paint (recommended: red, blue, yellow)
- Paper plates or other surface to use as paint palette
- 2-3 toilet paper or paper towel rolls
- Other recycled objects to use as art tools, such as:
- Paper towels or wet wipes if needed
- Clothes that can get paint on them
- Covered table or surface that is ok to paint on
What to Expect
- Approximately 60-minute interactive art class for children ages 8-16 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families led by CMA School and Community Programs Manager and Teaching Artist Mackie Saylor
- Curriculum is rooted in accessible art-making practices and CMA’s pedagogy Look, Make, Share
- Specialized lessons and engaging, hands-on projects are designed specifically for children with ASD and their families to do together
- Children are encouraged to express their ideas, activitate their imaginations, and connect with others through activities rooted in art and expression
- Small class sizes allow for interaction between families and with the instructor
- Children are welcome to take breaks as needed
- Families will need to provide their own materials (often basic art materials and recycled / found materials from home)
- Class times are listed in Eastern Time (ET)
About CMA’s Inclusive Saturday Classes
CMA’s Inclusive Saturday Classes provide a free opportunity for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their family and friends. CMA Teaching Artists are trained in facilitating structured workshops that are specifically designed to help children with Autism develop social skills, creative problem-solving, and expression through art. The program’s supportive environment also helps strengthen family ties and builds a sense of community for families affected by Autism. Class times are listed in Eastern Time (ET).