Audience: Children ages 8-15 years old with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families
This free class uses art-making to build peer-to-peer relationships in a virtual setting. Families will look closely at artwork as inspiration for creating individual pieces while exploring with household art materials.
Dates: February 6, 2021
Time: 11 AM to 12 PM ET
Location: Online via Zoom
Project: Paper Bag Puppets Inspired by Sam Eiler
Caregivers and children will work together to create paper bag puppets. Participants will use paper lunch bags, paper, and a variety of sensory materials to create a puppet of a favorite character or something from their imagination. At the end of the session, families will share their creations with each other.
To connect to CMA’s theme of leadership, Inclusive 8+ classes will be inspired by leaders in the art community who have been diagnosed with Autism. Sam Eiler is a multi-disciplinary artist who is inspired by illustrated characters and works in a wide variety of mediums, such as drawing, ceramics, and puppet-making. Sam’s puppet artwork has evolved from a simple sock Kermit to fully-realized felt and wire personalities. Sam collaborates with Sage Studio, a studio and gallery supporting artists with disabilities, in Austin, Texas.
- Lunch-size paper bags
- Liquid glue (can apply with a Q-tip if needed)
- Masking or clear tape
- Colorful paper (any kind)
- Markers or crayons
- Optional: stapler, one-hole punch, googly eyes, plus any sensory materials you would like to include such as cotton balls, pom poms, feathers, etc.
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