Star Wars Character Profile: Mara Jade

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By Jake M.

My favorite series of all-time is Star Wars. Beyond the orginal movies and the prequels more than 30 books and comics were written to expand the Star Wars universe. Many of those stories and characters have been forgotten due to the new movies released. Disney, who owns the rights to Lucas Films, decided to write their own storyline, which caused the orginal follow up books to Return of the Jedi to be cast away. Personally I like reading the older books. My favorite character is Mara Jade Skywalker.

Mara is my favorite because of the depth her character offers. She served as an assistant to Emperor Palpatine, a smuggler, and a Master Jedi.During her time as a servant in the galactic Empire she was sent on missions to purge rebels and any jedi who survived Order 66. Prior to the death of Palpatine, his parting words to her were kill Luke Skywalker. As soon as the Empire fell she no longer had the will to carry out her mission and ironically became Luke’s wife. After her marriage to Luke, Mara Jade Skywalker was trained in the ways of the Jedi, working her way to the rank of Jedi Master and was tasked with training other force sensitive people the ways of the Jedi. Her intriguing story came to an end after she was assassinated by her nephew Jacen Solo. She is a supporting character in the Book Survivor’s Quest which is about her marriage with Luke and their struggle to save the Jedi order.

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Darkest Hour Movie Review

By Jake M.

During winter break my family and I saw the movie Darkest Hour (2017). The star of the film, Gary Oldman portrays British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The film highlights key decisions Churchill must make, such as whether to go to war with Nazi Germany or negotiate, plus his handling of Dunkirk. The movie also focuses in on Churchill’s personality giving the audience a detailed look of who Churchill was outside of politics. It’s a history buff’s galore.

Churchill came into power during a tumultuous time with leaders like Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler carrying out ethnic genocide and European occupation. The prior Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s foreign policy of appeasement was failing and Winston Churchill was tasked with convincing parliament and the British citizens that a military campaign was the only way to win against European fascists. He also had to conduct a well organized rescue operation at Dunkirk.

Gary Oldman, the highly revered actor, is a household name with a vast variety of roles. Millennials know him best for his roles as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter Series and as Detective Gordon in the Dark Knight Trilogy. He also played a role in the 2014 film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, directed by Matt Reeves. Older fans might recognize him from iconic 1990s films. Roles include: Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (1991), title character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and Ivan Korshunov in Air Force One (1997). Oldman’s résumé speaks for itself and his role as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour won him the academy award for best actor.

Darkest Hour offers something different for everyone. If you’re a history enthusiast you’ll definitely feel right at home and if you are a fan of Gary Oldman you won’t be disappointed. My biggest takeaway was the beautifully executed portrayal of Churchill and the costume design. I’d give the movie 10 stars.

Featured Artist: Interview with Camille

Animals and Rainbows by Camille
“The drawing is really cool because it’s vibrant, creative, and cute.”  Brianna

Developing social skills is an important area of focus at SEEDs for Autism. One of the creative, yet practical ways we practice these skills is by conducting interviews. Participants make eye contact, utilize active listening and focus on the speaker to gain information. Brianna put these skills into ACTION by interviewing one of her peers about her love of drawing.

INTERVIEW WITH CAMILLE:

Question: What are your favorite things to draw?
Answer: Nature, landscapes, travels, and animals.
Question: How long have you been drawing?
Answer: I started when I was little.
Question: How did you learn to draw so well?
Answer: By looking at pictures, illustrations, cartoons and different shapes or something to get ideas.
Question: Why do you like drawing?
Answer: Because it’s fun, relaxing, it makes me happy, and it’s my hobby!

Interviewer: Brianna

Self Portrait by Camille
“I like this drawing because it’s pretty abstract.” Brianna

 

Jon’s Favorite Artist: Charles Thomson

Jon poses with his own artwork

At SEEDs for Autism, we recognize art as a powerful form of self-expression and we cultivate an environment where our participants can explore their talents and GROW.  Creating art reduces stress, develops fine motor skills and encourages personal growth. Through art, we can explore and interpret the world around us. It is a creative and meaningful way to engage and connect with others.

Jon has recently discovered his passion for art, finding his creative voice exploring shapes, line and color with pencils, colored markers and a growing collection of sketchbooks. Jon’s newfound interest in art led him to discover artist Charles Thomson. The work of Mr. Thomson really resonated with Jon. He found many of the artist’s paintings online and was inspired to share his thoughts on the pieces that inspired him. [Ed.]

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Top Hat by Charles Thomson

This painting in my opinion is the coolest thing I have ever seen! The amount of bright colors and dark colors work so well together. The different colors in the background leads your eyes to the figure in this painting. And the color choices work so well together, from the bright orange, green and pink in the center of the figure to the dark reds, browns, and grays of the background. It is a work of art that made me want to study this with my eyes and mind.

 

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Everyone Called Smith in the Barnet Phone Book 1998–1999 by Charles Thomson

What I love about this is that it looks like a hand-cut collage and it took me a while to figure out it wasn’t. It was a painting made by the hands of a human being. I was surprised to see such a detailed oil painting because it looks so real and tricked my mind into thinking it wasn’t a painting. The details in the ‘cutouts’ were amazing to me from the amount of simple details with the difficult oils that made it look so real and that is the main reason why I like this painting.

 

Creative Canvas Workshop: Making Vision Boards With Jeff and Camille

A creative, fun-filled Saturday morning 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 interacting with the community as they assist our staff during these educational and inspirational events!

At SEEDs, participants learn by DOING, so Camille and Jeff created their own Vision Boards in preparation for this workshop. By experiencing the process themselves, Jeff and Camille became familiar with the different techniques and understood how each step led to the next. Through this experience, they gained confidence and looked forward to sharing their knowledge with the community.  Jeff and Camille SHINED as they utilized their social skills – welcoming guests, using their words to encourage others and providing instruction to the workshop attendees.

“Jeff and Camille were very helpful and professional. This was a very organized event and I had a great time making my vision board!”

— Richard Bledsoe (Workshop attendee)

The event was a great success! Congratulations to Jeff and Camille on a job well done!

Camille stands by, offering encouragement and guidance

 

Jeff demonstrates how to add items to the vision board

 

Jeff and Camille standing by, ready to assist workshop attendees

 

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Workshop attendees and their beautiful Vision Boards!

For more information on this life-changing program, please visit our website: seedsforautism.org

Creative Canvas Workshop with Jeff and Camille

At SEEDs for Autism participants learn by DOING! Camille and Jeff create their own vision boards which empowers them to instruct others!

At SEEDs for Autism, our ongoing series of workshops provide new opportunities to empower our participants. These talented young adults gain confidence as they interact with the community to provide instruction as they assist our staff during these educational and inspirational events!

This month, Camille and Jeff will help guide you through the process of creating your own mixed media vision board!

Hi, My name is Camille and I am going to tell you about my experience making a vision board. I painted my canvas aqua colored. While the paint was drying I looked through magazines for pictures. I cut out pictures of animals, pop culture, travel, flowers, autism, Disney, Sedona, and other things. I also cut out words like Power and Good News. I glued them onto the canvas by using Mod Podge glue. I had fun making my vision board.

Please come to SEEDS for Autism and make your own vision board.

Camille

What is a Vision Board? A vision board is a collage representing things you would like to attract to your life and focus on for the New Year. Enjoy exploring a variety of mixed media techniques to create your own one of a kind canvas. You can incorporate inspirational phrases, include your own photos and utilize an assortment of art supplies and decorative elements which will be provided for the event. An artistic way to visualize your goals for 2018!

CREATIVE CANVAS: 2018 Vision Board

Saturday – January 27, 2018

SEEDs for Autism

3420 S. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040

Click HERE to reserve your spot today!

$30.00 (all supplies included)

BE CREATIVE! THINK! POWER! Jeff and Camille incorporate inspiring words into their vision boards.

Friendships Grow at SEEDs for Autism

 

Kyle, Jeff and Mallory share a smile during lunch break.

 

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’
― C.S. Lewis

SEEDs for Autism is a non-profit organization that provides education and vocational training for young adults on the autism spectrum. Participants learn a variety of job skills, social skills and life skills in a structured environment focused on the arts. At SEEDs, these talented individuals produce a wide variety of high quality home and garden products which are sold into the community.

It sounds pretty amazing,
and it is…

But it’s so much more than that.

Truly, SEEDs is a life-changing program.

I have watched shyness turn into confidence.
I have seen meltdowns fade as coping skills develop.
I have seen distraction evolve into focus..
but, perhaps best of all –
I have seen these wonderful people find friends.

MB / Newsletter Instructor, SEEDs for Autism

Jordan and Camille prepare for an epic game of Scrabble during Social Day.

 

Participants at SEEDs spend time together before morning meeting.

 

Jesse Dean and Daniel Ch.

 

Jessica and Jesse