Inclusive Saturday for Children with Autism: Movement and Making Inspired by Joan Mitchell

Saturday, May 21, 2022
9:30 AM to 11 AM
Online via Zoom
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Explore the expansive relationship between movement and making through the work of abstract painter Joan Mitchell.

Taking place on Saturday mornings, these live virtual classes led by veteran CMA Teaching Artist Emma Waldman provide a free opportunity for children of all ages with Autism spectrum disorders to participate in a variety of tactile art-making experiences. Classes are specifically designed to help children develop social skills, creative problem-solving strategies, and self-expression through art and storytelling. The program’s supportive environment also strengthens family ties and builds a sense of community for families affected by Autism spectrum disorders.

Due to the interactive (and fun!) nature of the class, class size is extremely limited. Please make every effort to attend the class if you reserve a ticket. If you can no longer attend the class, please cancel your ticket, which will allow another family to attend. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, and happy creating!

Materials List

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Paper towel or toilet paper rolls
  • Plastic cards that can get dirty
  • Plastic fork or knife
  • Paintbrushes of different sizes
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors

What to Expect in Each Class

  • Each 90-minute live, interactive virtual class is led by Teaching Artist Emma Waldman. Specialized lessons and engaging, hands-on projects are designed specifically for children with Autism spectrum disorders and their families to do together.
  • The program’s curriculum is rooted in accessible art-making practices and Children’s Museum of the Arts’ pedagogy of Look, Make, Share.
  • Each session includes art-making, storytelling, and plenty of interactive communication and fun! Children will have ample time to express their ideas and explore their creativity through sensory projects and materials.
  • New art-making materials will be introduced each week, with an emphasis on household materials and basic art supplies.
  • Small class sizes allow for interaction and feedback between families and with the instructor.

Meet Emma!

Emma Waldman is an artist and educator who is passionate about encouraging the creativity in us. She holds a B.A. with Honors in Studio Art and Psychology from Skidmore College and has experience teaching in District 75 schools.

Please Note: This class may be recorded for educational and promotional purposes. If you do not wish to have your image or name on screen, please join with audio only and rename yourself using the Zoom rename options.

Top Image: Joan Mitchell, Weeds, 1976; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn; © Estate of Joan Mitchell; Photo: Ian Lefebvre, Art Gallery of Ontario.

Our Inclusives Program is generously funded by the Rose M. Badgeley Charitable Trust. Additional support is provided by Liselotte and Robin Vince, the Barbara Hunt McLanahan Memorial Fund, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Jennifer & Jonathan Soros Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, the Louis Legacy Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.