Painting/Block-Printing Workshop at SEEDS for Autism

At SEEDs for Autism, our ongoing series of workshops provide new opportunities to empower our participants and encourage them to GROW! These talented young adults gain confidence as they share their skills with others, engage with the community and assist our staff during these inspiring interactive events. Last month, SEEDs participants Camille and Jake co-facilitated our Painting and Block Printing Side by Side workshop which was open to the community.

CAMILLE 
My name is Camille and I helped teach a painting workshop at SEEDS. On that day, I passed out the canvases to each person and I also designed the project everybody was working on. I designed a bird in its nest and everybody drew and painted it. I made sure everybody had clean water, helped them pick their paint and offered suggestions to make their drawings and paintings look better. I felt quite happy, confident and I look forward to teaching another painting class at SEEDS.

JAKE M. 
On Saturday, January 26th I led a block printing workshop at Seeds for Autism. The theme was birdhouses. The students had the opportunity to learn from scratch. After the students made their birdhouse designs they printed them on greeting cards. I felt really good about the workshop because I got to pass on a skill to others.

SONJA
On Saturday the 26th of January Seeds hosted a whimsical Bird painting class open to the community. The Instructors for the class were Michele, who is also the Newsroom instructor, Richard and Camille. The process was first drawing out your idea on a piece of paper using a template as a guide in creating the bird. Next we began to sketch our drawings onto the canvas. Then we picked out the colors we wanted for our paintings. I did the bird first then the background and finally the little details to make it my own. It was a fun day and I can’t wait for the next painting class at Seeds.

CHRIS M.
I had a nice experience working at the Printmaking Workshop last Saturday. This was my very first time doing physical print designs that we put on cards. I was a little unsure about making prints at first, but I tired it out anyway. I learned how to carve out a design on an art plate called linoleum, then I learned how to paint the linoleum design with a roller and lastly I stamped the design onto some cards to finish and take home. I designed a greeting card with video game character Crash Bandicoot in it. I would like to try new things in future workshops.

 Painting workshop participants pose with their beautiful artwork!

Print-making participants and their wonderful handmade greeting cards!

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Lindsey Vonn Retirement

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By

Jake M.

Lindsey Vonn was an American skier who spent 19 seasons on the World Cup Tour. She is also a decorated Olympian who competed for the U.S. Olympic team. She finished her Career on February 11th 2019 after receiving a bronze medal in the World Ski Championships downhill time trials discipline. Lindsey Vonn’s career, which was the most dominant all-time, was also riddled by injuries.

Two major Injuries late in her career caused her to miss most of the 2013 season and the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Lindsey Vonn’s resilience is a true inspiration.

List of major accomplishments:

  1. Four Olympic appearances (2002, 2006, 2010, 2018)
  2. Thee Olympic medals (including a gold medal in 2010)
  3. 82 World Cup wins
  4. 137 podiums
  5. Four overall titles
  6. 16 discipline titles

Celebrity Spotlight: Rihanna

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By

Jake M.

Growing up a favorite singer of mine was Rihanna. She is originally from Barbados. She is the seventh most successful artist worldwide. The other groups on the list include: The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Elvis, Elton John, Madonna, and Led Zeppelin.

 

List of major accomplishments

  • Nine Grammys
  • Six Guinness World Records
  • Twelve Billboard Music Awards
  • Thirty-one top ten singles on the Billboard 100
  • Fourteen number one singles on the Billboard 100
  • 2016 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Team Building Clinics at SEEDS for Autism

At SEEDs for Autism, our mission is to provide opportunities for those on the autism spectrum to engage with the community, develop job skills and reach their goals of finding employment! To help cultivate these important relationships and connections, SEEDs is now offering team building clinics for corporations, local businesses and the general public. Our team building clinics provide autism awareness education and engage dialog to discuss challenges and potential employment opportunities for our autism population. Built into these inspirational and educational clinics are mindfulness and collaboration with problem solving activities and creative projects.

Last month, we held our first Healthy Balance and Stress Management Workshop for the Life Care Center of Scottsdale. This team building clinic was co-facilitated by SEEDs participants Jake and Keri who were asked to share their experiences with us.

JAKE
On January 11th I helped lead a corporate workshop at Seeds for Autism. Corporate workshops are going to be a new feature for Seeds this year. The purpose of these workshops will be establishing team building. Friday’s workshop included activities led by Seeds staff that included yoga, tea tasting, figuring out how to keep a good state of mind, and making therapeutic zen packs. I co-led a student led tour of the facility and provided a student testimony. I think these workshops will be great for companies and corporations to get a better understanding of adults on the Autism Spectrum and how to effectively communicate with those individuals in a work environment.

KERI
Last month at Seeds we had a Find Your Corporate Zen Workshop for the Life Care Center of Scottsdale. We tasted three types of tea that we make at Seeds. Also, we did chair yoga and made a therapeutic Zen Pack. I helped with sewing. Then we had lunch from Mad Greens.  I was a little anxious at the beginning, then not so anxious at the end. I’m looking forward to being part of more corporate events.

 

“Such an amazing experience to learn and participate in. It makes me want to come be a part of the classes and gives me a new perspective on how to approach my patients with patience.”
Testimonial from Workshop Participant

The team LOVED their experience and has talked about how the insights gained from the session will help them in their approach with not only their patients, but also team-mates. They also talked about how amazing the campus is as well as your team. They were so impressed with it!

Victoria L. Furst,
Executive Director
Life Care Center of Scottsdale

All workshops include autism awareness, a facility tour, refreshments and a “make and take” project. If you are interested in booking a Find Your Corporate Zen Workshop for your team, co-workers, family or friends please contact admin@seedsforautism.org

Gifts from the Heart at SEEDs for Autism

“During this month of love, put a little more purpose into what you buy for your Valentine.”

At SEEDs for Autism we are thrilled to be featured in the February edition of PHOENIX Magazine! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, our wonderful selection of heart-themed products make the perfect “Gifts from the Heart” for the special people in your life!

Visit our website to start shopping today!
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Ethan’s Experience with Video Media

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Before I start editing videos, I’ve been learning about different camera shots, other types of equipment that filmmakers use, and some do’s and don’ts when you’re a Director or a Video Editor.  All of this information is provided in the Presentations by Scott.

After we learn all of that, we got a Refurbished Dell Desktop Tower Computer, install updates, and install third-party applications from Adobe including Adobe Premiere Pro.  Jake manage to record a lot of clips from Find Your Corporate Zen and now Jake, other students, and I were experiencing editing the clips and combining them into one video file by using Adobe Premiere Pro and it’s powerful features.

That’s not the only thing we did in Video Media however.  We also did some Stop-Motion Animation by using LEGO figures and some building sets, even though I’ve never done Stop-Motion Animation in Video Media before.

 

-Ethan L.

Seeds for Autism Student