Tag: Art

  • April’s FAST Saturday at @DenverArtMuseum #TactileTables

    April’s FAST Saturday at @DenverArtMuseum #TactileTables

    Join us for the April Fun Activities and Skills Training (FAST) on Saturday, April 13 at the Denver Art Museum. We’ll be exploring “Treasures of British Art” at DAM’s Tactile Tables. It’s art that is accessible to everyone, except that there is room for only fifteen in our group! Admission to the museum is free.

    We will take a van from CCB to DAM, or you can meet us there. Please RSVP and let us know if you will need a ride from CCB or meet us at the Hamilton Building. Here’s a quick schedule for the day:

    9:45 Meet at CCB
    10:00 Van leaves for the Denver Art Museum
    10:45 Gather at the Hamilton Building, which is the south building, between 12th and 13th Avenues (the north building is closed for construction)
    11:00 to 1:00 tour of the Tactile Tables with our docent
    1:15 depart for CCB
    1:45 – 2:00 Pick up students at CCB

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  • The First Week of Summer Means Lots of Firsts

    The First Week of Summer Means Lots of Firsts

    Amber turns dirt over in the garden with Annette and Master Gardener Barb

    No matter what the calendar says, it’s the first week of summer. The temps are in the 90s, the garden is being planted and summer staff are shadowing their ITP staff counterparts. Friday 25 teenagers (summer students) begin arriving and on Monday the elementary Confidence Camp kids start too.

    So here’s another first or two. Above, Amber uses a spade for the first time out in the garden. When asked if she’d dug with a shovel before she promptly answered, “I’m about to.” And then she proceeded to do it. In the process she and classmate Annette planted this years pumpkin and zucchini hills.… Read the rest “The First Week of Summer Means Lots of Firsts”

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  • #Accessible #TactileArt with @ArtACunningham at @DenverArtMuseum on “@_EyesOnSuccess

    #Accessible #TactileArt with @ArtACunningham at @DenverArtMuseum on “@_EyesOnSuccess

    Ann explores tactile art with a group of blind students at the Denver Art MuseumOur long-time art instructor and national leader in tactile access to art and science Ann Cunningham was in the artists’ make-a-space at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) in February. A group from the Colorado Center for the Blind visited DAM and Ann’s exhibit and art-making on February 9. The collaboration between DAM and Ann caught the attention of others, resulting in this episode of the popular podcast, “Eyes on Success” – and interview by podcasters Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey of Ann and folks at DAM.

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  • One Whole Day for Holiday Art & Ornaments #sharelittleton

    One Whole Day for Holiday Art & Ornaments #sharelittleton

    Art teacher Ann Cunningham works with seniors and ITP students

    Tuesday is art day anyway, but this week it was art day all day long. Every student and staff member worked in the art room with Ann Cunningham and Jenny Callahan making ornaments, holiday cards or what ever else suited their fancy. Without a doubt , everyone enjoyed the break from regular classes and the chance to get into the holiday spirit!

    Marqus glazes the clay on a lazy suzan for a votive candle holder he is making
    Showe holds up a clay ornament she made that spells out Trela with a heart underneath

     

    Michael holds up a couple of Braille Christmas Cards he made
    Justin holds up a clay dog ornament he made from memory in the likeness of a favorite dog that is no longer with us

     

    Mickey just finished decorating a clay gingerbread man ornament with gumdrops sequens and glitter
    Jen is working on making a clay ornament of Thomas the Train for her son

     

    Judi fits a tall white candle into a clay base she is shaping into a candle holder
    Ann shows Holly and Tyler how to use the pasta machine to flatten out clay to make ornaments

    Ann works with the Travel staff, Steve, David, Daniel and Martin on decorating cinnamon baked modeling clay ornaments - samples of the finished pieces are inset above.jpg

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  • Eagle Scout Project Enhances Art Room

    Eagle Scout Project Enhances Art Room

    Alex LaBarre stands next to one of the newly completed work benches showing how a rolling art supply cart fits underneath

    With many students and the results of their projects, supplies ranging from clay to wax to stone and of course the tools to work with each, an art room can quickly succumb to forces best summed up in the statement:

    “All things tend toward disorder.”

    This may be a paraphrase and we certainly don’t recall who might have made it, unless it was Spock or Data on their respective iterations of Star Trek. But that statement sums up the state of things when Alex laBarre, a candidate for Eagle Scout and a member of Troop 457, asked if we had a project he could do as part of his final requirements.… Read the rest “Eagle Scout Project Enhances Art Room”

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  • A Peek at Hands-on with the “Shared Visions” 2017 Exhibit @ArapahoeCC #TactileAccess

    A Peek at Hands-on with the “Shared Visions” 2017 Exhibit @ArapahoeCC #TactileAccess

    Adia, Mason M. and Cezar look at the Old Man Wincing while Ravi reads the description provided in Braille

    Here are a few photos from the Shared Visions reception at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts at Arapahoe Community College on Thursday night. Everyone got hands on with pieces from Nathan Abels’ painting and drawing classes. CCB students also had laser-cuts of drawings they made in Ann Cunningham’s art class with accompanying Haiku, and CCB alum Jenny Callahan had a number of stone carvings and a bronze in the show. The Seniors art class had bowls thrown on the wheel in Katie Caron’s ceramics studio. Katie brought her daughter, who insisted on wearing sleepshades so she could try to identify the art tactilely.… Read the rest “A Peek at Hands-on with the “Shared Visions” 2017 Exhibit @ArapahoeCC #TactileAccess”

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  • Shared Visions #TactileArt Exhibit Opens Nov. 9: @ArapahoeCC @ArtACunningham

    Shared Visions #TactileArt Exhibit Opens Nov. 9: @ArapahoeCC @ArtACunningham

    CCB students take turns exploring numerous tactile art pieces on the walls

    Editor’s Note: Here’s the announcement from ACC for this year’s “Shared Visions” tactile art exhibit. It’s the fourth year we collaborated on this event, and a highlight of the fall for our students and staff. The show will include work by CCB students and perhaps from one or two staff members as well. Worth checking out!(Photos by Mike Thompson.)

    Arapahoe Community College to host Shared Visions tactile art exhibit

    LITTLETON, Colo. (Oct. 24, 2017) – Students from Arapahoe Community College and the Colorado Center for the Blind will present a collaborative and fully-accessible exhibit of multi-sensory and tactile art entitled “Shared Visions” from Nov.… Read the rest “Shared Visions #TactileArt Exhibit Opens Nov. 9: @ArapahoeCC @ArtACunningham”

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  • Checking in on Art Class: Peter Slatin Pays a Visit

    Checking in on Art Class: Peter Slatin Pays a Visit

    We were delighted to have a visit from 2016 alum Peter Slatin, who is also now on our Board of Directors. Peter was in Colorado for Ski for Light and spent a few days in Denver afterward. He dropped in on art class and took up the Sensational Blackboard to do some experimenting with paper textures. That was Tuesday afternoon, and on Wednesday he returned to the Center to conduct Philosophy Class.

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  • Belted Kingfisher, Orange Belts and Yoga’s Doggie Down: A Typical Tuesday at CCB

    Belted Kingfisher, Orange Belts and Yoga’s Doggie Down:  A Typical Tuesday at CCB

    So this is how Tuesday goes at CCB sometimes.

    First thing this morning Alie Mays came for our “Birdying by Ear” class. Seven of us reviewed recordings of local bird songs, then walked over to Sterne Park, where we heard mallards, doves, goldfinches and of course Canada geese. Today’s mascot was the belted kingfisher, an unexpected find. He just kept calling and calling as he circled over the pond.

    Allie Blanca C.G Dan and Mike walking around the pond at Sterne Park during Birding Class
    A Mallard drake and two hens swim in the pond at Sterne Park
    Alie quizzes the class on local bird sounds

    In the Senior Resource Room something was happening called sugar scrub. Jenny Callahan led Seniors in making sugar scrub, using sugar (surprise) and oil and scents like lavender and almond. Whatever it is, it sure sounded fun to make, judging by the giggles and cackles.… Read the rest “Belted Kingfisher, Orange Belts and Yoga’s Doggie Down: A Typical Tuesday at CCB”

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  • Sharing art before next week’s Shared Visions @artacunningham @ArapahoeCC

    Sharing art before next week’s Shared Visions @artacunningham @ArapahoeCC

    Wearing sleepshades, Jackson and Blanca work with 2 ACC students on arranging items for thermaform sculpturesWith just a week to go before the third annual exhibit, “Shared Visions Collaborative Artworks”, some Center art students traveled to Arapahoe Community College to make some art and to offer some feedback to painting students on their tactile works.

    A black plastic sheet impressed with an apple atop one open and one closed bookFor their very first class with Ann Cunningham, the newest group of CCB art students composed objects on a flat plane and then used a thermoform machine put together by Ceramics Instructor Katie Caron. Some of the results are shown in the photo above – plastic sheets that, using a combination of heat and a vacuum, conform to the shapes of the objects.… Read the rest “Sharing art before next week’s Shared Visions @artacunningham @ArapahoeCC”

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