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Inclusive Saturday Classes for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

CMA’s award-winning inclusive art classes are back! Led by Early Childhood Arts Specialist Tom Burnett, these classes 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, music, and storytelling. The program’s supportive environment also strengthens family ties and builds a sense of community for families affected by Autism spectrum disorders.

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October 23, 2021 @ 11 AM ET
Let’s Draw!

Markers, crayon, pencils, and paper are all you will need as we get to know each other and embark on our art-making journey!

November 20, 2021 @ 11 AM ET
All About Painting

Dive into the wonderful world of painting with watercolor or tempera paint. Bring your favorite brush and let’s create!

December 18, 2021 @ 11 AM ET
Let’s Clay!

Create sculptures of your favorite winter creatures using modeling clay, playdough, or model magic clay.

January 22, 2022 @ 11 AM ET
Multimedia Collages

Empty out your drawers of knick-knacks and create something special using glue, cardboard, buttons, pompoms, and more!

February 19, 2022 @ 11 AM ET
Stickers! Stickers! Stickers!

Have plenty of stickers on hand for a fun session of collaging and creating!

March 19, 2022 @ 11 AM ET
Spring is Coming!

As the sun gets warmer and the flowers begin to bloom, create gardens of color to ring in the changing seasons.

What to Expect in Each Class

Each 60-minute live, interactive virtual class is led by Early Childhood Specialist Tom Burnett. 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 CMA’s pedagogy of Look, Make, Share.

Each session includes storytelling, music, 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.

From Our Families

“CMA opened the opportunity for us to visit other museums. Museums helped my son become the amazing person he is, and helped me to help him, and other people with disabilities to experience and be part of museums.”

“​Being able to participate in art activities is educational and fantastic for my daughter’s creativity. The activities are wonderful, the workshops are fantastic, and the Teaching Artists are amazing folks.”

Please Note

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, please cancel your ticket, which will allow another family to attend. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, and happy creating!

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.

This program is supported 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.



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