Our objective is to ensure a fun and life-enriching experience for each participant.
The following practices outline our approach:
Our class instructors are professionals in their fields who have a deep interest in and compassion for people with developmental disabilities.
All of our programs and events are inclusive. Members of the general population are encouraged to take our programs, volunteer, and attend our events. We believe in the importance and positive impact of including and valuing people with developmental disabilities in our communities.
We have small class sizes to make sure that each student receives maximum individual attention.
Our instructors work closely with family members and agency staff to customize teaching approaches and best meet the needs of each student.
Students learn a specific process of acrylic painting as they work on the same piece from blank canvas to completion. Along the way, instructors will introduce aspects of color theory, perspective, and various approaches to paint application, always mindful of each student’s capabilities.
At the conclusion of the course, the finished paintings will be presented in a public group show or an online art critique for family, friends, and the general community.
In past years we have offered various additional workshops, including sketch comedy, singing, songwriting, and film. Going forward we are excited to revisit these art forms from the past, while expanding our creative offerings to include classes that focus on the writing and acting process.
The artistic category of workshops we offer is driven by the needs of our students and accessibility to professional instructors who meet our high standards and bring expertise in a specific area of creativity.