Exit Interview – Avery Crivello

Pictured: A smiling Avery Crivello with four of her paintings - Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Pictured: A smiling Avery Crivello with four of her paintings – Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Q: How did you feel when you want to scholarship?
AC: It was amazing. Very excited. I was filled with joy.

Q: What did you use the scholarship money for this year?
AC: Art supplies! I got lots of new canvases, paintbrushes, and paint. I also got art supplies and craft projects for my birthday slumber party. My friends and I did art projects and treasure box projects for my birthday.

Q: What did you learn and why was it important to take these lessons?
AC: I learned within art, you can get really creative. I learned there are many different forms of art. And example is when we went to the Monterey Bay aquarium, and I saw all the art projects that were made from trash out of the oceans.

Q: How do you feel now that your scholarship year is over?
AC: Year later, I feel more creative than I used to. Each month I would try to think of new ideas on how to make new art projects for my blogs.

Q: What three words can you use to describe this experience?
AC: That’s a great question. To describe my experience, I would use the words: totally new, fun and cool.

Q: What was your highlight about this year?
AC: The best thing about this year is that my mom and dad both started painting with me and they found their own creative arts as well.

Q: What did you learn about yourself since receiving your scholarship?
AC: One thing is that I can achieve my goal which is to open an art studio. I don’t know where that will be; I’ll have to find a spot.

Q: What advice would you give to future scholarship recipients?
AC: Some advice I would give them would be to get creative and follow your dream. To me, this means that you should never give up on your dreams.

Q: What will you miss the most about the blog?
AC: The thing I will miss most about the blog is writing to people about my art projects. I’ll also miss talking to people at the banquet.

Q: What do you want people to know about you?
AC: I would like people to know that just because I am visually impaired doesn’t mean I can’t be a great artist.

Q: Anything else you would like to share?
AC: I would like to say a few things. The first is thank you for the art scholarship. I will continue to use it as I have a lot of supplies. I would also like to say a big thank you to all of the braille writers and TVIs. You help myself and other visually impaired students every day to help get us through school. We couldn’t do it without your help, and I really want you to know how much we appreciate it. Thank you for helping me to follow my dream of becoming an artist.

Pictured: A smiling Avery Crivello with one of her paintings - Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Pictured: A smiling Avery Crivello with one of her paintings – Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Pictured: A smiling Avery Crivello in front of some art work - Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Pictured: A smiling Avery Crivello in front of some art work – Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

 

Congratulations and a special thank you to Avery for an exciting year as one of the 2017 Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship recipients! -CTEBVI

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Birthday Art Party

Pictured: Avery and her friends with their art at her birthday party — Photo courtesy of: Nora Crivello

Pictured: Avery and her friends with their art at her birthday party — Photo courtesy of: Nora Crivello

A couple of weeks ago it was my birthday. I turned eight years old. My mom and dad let me have a mermaid slumber party with some of my friends. I wanted to share my love of art with them, so we did to art stations at my party.

The first art station was traditional painting on canvas with acrylic paint. My parents put plastic down on the floor and we all got our own station and pallet of pinks. All of my friends got to draw whatever they wanted. My friend Mira made a self-portrait of herself. My friend Paige drew a abstract rainbow with inspirational words built into it. Riley Drew hearts with vines growing out of it. Both Amelia and I drew mermaids. Amelia gave me her painting as a gift, because she knows I love mermaids. I am going to hang it up in my bedroom.

The other art project was decorating treasure boxes. My mom painted them gold and put some goodies inside of them. My friends and I got to decorate them with jewels and glitter glue and make them into our own individual art creations.

It was very cool for me to be able to share my love of art with my friends. And I also appreciate the opportunity to share my heart with you.

That’s all for now. We are starting to plan my art gallery for the spring.

Bye!
Avery

Pictured: Avery and her friends creating art at her birthday party — Photo courtesy of: Nora Crivello

Pictured: Avery and her friends creating art at her birthday party — Photo courtesy of: Nora Crivello

Spring Updates

February

We visited the junior high that I will attend. We met with the counselors and talked about the classes that we will be taking.  I am getting excited about football season. I have to start work on getting in shape for football, in the fall and then wrestling, in the winter.

March

Easter break was fun but crazy.  We had an extravaganza at church and then a lot of family came to my house for Easter.  We had a bbq!  We went swimming.  The weather was warm, but the pool was cold. We came back to school and now only have 9 week until summer vacation.

New School

On January  22, I started at a new school. It was hard at first, but I was excited to move because it is closer to my home.  I feel like it was a good move because I got a head start of making friends that I will go to junior high with.  I made some good friends that helped me adjust to my new school.  I did know one of the teachers so that made me feel better.  My new teachers were helpful, but it was different from the school that I was used to so it has been an adjustment.

Middle School

Pictured: Angel Mendoza wrestling — Photo Courtesy of: Angel MendozaHello again, I am doing another blog. Today, I want to talk about how I’m going to get around in middle school and how it is different. These are the things that keep me going in life. My plans for middle school are playing on the Football team, Wrestling once again, and making a lot of new friends. I am going to ask my brother Eddie if he would get me a football paper. The reason why I would ask him to get me a form is because I would not be at Rayburn just yet. The middle school will be handing out some forms for anyone interested in football and any other fall sports. I heard that they will be handing papers out in late June. If I plan on doing football, I would have to get things done and do my work so that I can play sports. I would have to decide quickly because camp is coming up soon. I will get a Wrestling paper after that.

The biggest challenge that that I am thinking about right now is the school work that I would have to do and get used to. The other things that I would have to think about is keeping up with my school work. If they have a place to go for homework, I would try to get into it if it is not during after school so that I would have time for sports and other after school activities. If I do all of those things, I would be able to do the sports I plan to. Whenever I am thinking about things in middle school I would go to my brother Eddie for some advice.

Avery’s Holiday Art

Hello CTEBVI friends!

Merry Christmas! Over the last holiday, Thanksgiving, my mom put me in charge of decorating the table. This is a good chance to show off some of my artwork and have the rest of my family join in an art project as well.

Pictured: Dining table set for Thanksgiving dinner by Avery Crivello — Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Pictured: Dining table set for Thanksgiving dinner with art work drawn by Avery Crivello — Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

I decided to put paper all over the table in long strips. This works as a tablecloth and also as a canvas. I put everyone’s name on where they were sitting using markers. After that I took all of the markers and did a drawing for each seat. At each sheet I wrote “what are you thankful for?”

Pictured: Avery Crivello seated at the dining table with butcher paper and various colors of markers to decorate for Thanksgiving dinner — Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Pictured: Avery Crivello seated at the dining table with butcher paper and various colors of markers to decorate for Thanksgiving dinner — Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

During our meal, while everybody was eating, they grabbed markers and started drawing too. It was really fun to see what everybody was thankful for and what they were drawing. This was a really fun project to do with my family and we left the paper out for a couple more days and filled up the whole table canvas.

Pictured: Avery Crivello seated at the dining table with butcher paper and various colors of markers to decorate for Thanksgiving dinner — Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Pictured: Avery Crivello seated at the dining table with butcher paper and various colors of markers to decorate for Thanksgiving dinner — Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

I drew a heart to represent my family. I also drew Batman for my dad, a heart for myself, an emoji for Grandpa Bob, and doodles for my brother. I also drew a banana for my Nana because I call her Nana banana.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a merry Christmas!

Avery (Bravery) Crivello

Mia & Taz

Pictured: (l-r) Mia; Taz, a black guide dog and Angel — Photo Courtesy of Angel Mendoza

Pictured: (l-r) Mia; Taz, a black guide dog and Angel — Photo Courtesy of Angel Mendoza

 

Well hello! I am doing this blog on a guide dog named Taz. Taz is a guide dog from a guide dog school in San Rafael. Mia got Taz in June 2017. Taz guides Mia with a special kind of harness for guide dogs. Mia has a way of dealing with her dog while at college and other places. For example, when Mia gives Taz a command such as down, hop up, or stay, he will do that command. Mia also showed me what she does with him in the car during mobility lessons. For instance, if she tells him to hop up, he would get in the car and sit down where you would put your feet.

If Taz is off duty, I will get to pet him as long as it is okay with Mia. Taz and I love it when I get to pet him. I also know that Mia loves, to be guided with a dog as much as a person. If I were able to have a guide dog, I would have to think about how it would work with him or her. I have a lot of pros and cons about it as well.