November Update!

Hello CTEBVI!

I am super sorry for not doing a blog in a while. I would like to tell you about my Halloween adventures as well as some art that I have made recently.

For Halloween my VI teacher invited me and my family over to her house for a party and trick-or-treating. She was so nice to invite us over! We played a few games. One of them was that you had to put your hand into a box and feel objects and then guess what the objects were. My mom won that one. Another game was that you got a list of words that you couldn’t say. If someone else said one of the words on the list you got to take their clothes pin, and the goal was to get as many clothes pins as you could. I won that game! My VI teacher gave me a huge caramel apple as a prize. I also won best costume and I gave that caramel apple to Miss Lindy.

Speaking of best costume, I was Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. My dad has been reading Harry Potter books to me every night. We are on the third book, the Prisoner of Azkaban. Hermione he is my favorite because she is the smartest person in her class and she is super cool.

Pictured: (l-r) Avery’s brother and Avery dressed as Hermione Granger — Photo Courtesy of Nora Crivello

Pictured: (l-r) Avery’s brother and Avery dressed as Hermione Granger — Photo Courtesy of Nora Crivello

Back to Halloween, I also got to go trick-or-treating with my brother, my mom and dad, and my O&M instructor, Mr. Nick. It was super fun to do trick-or-treating with my O&M teacher.

I would like to share with you to paintings that I have done recently. The first one is called Flowers Blowing in the Night. This picture shows flowers blowing in the wind at night. I decided to draw it because it’s fall and the leaves are falling off the trees and blowing all over the place.

Pictured: Avery Crivelo and her painting, “Flowers Blowing in the Night” — Photo Courtesy of Nora Crivello

Pictured: Avery Crivelo and her painting, “Flowers Blowing in the Night” — Photo Courtesy of Nora Crivello

My next one is called Castle on the Hill. The castle has a couple of flags, a moat and a bridge. I drew a moat because all castles have moats. I was inspired to draw this because my dad‘s favorite singer is Ed Sheeran, and he sings the song “Castle on the Hill”. My dad and I always dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking out Loud” song.

Pictured: Avery Crivelo and her painting, “Castle on the Hill” — Photo Courtesy of Nora Crivello

Pictured: Avery Crivelo and her painting, “Castle on the Hill” — Photo Courtesy of Nora Crivello

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

 

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Yosemite

Dear CTEBVI Friends,

Happy fall! I’m happy to bring you my next blog which shows some artwork from when I went to the other side of California last month.

At the beginning of October my family drove from our home near the ocean all the way across the entire state. We got to drive through Yosemite which was really amazing. We stayed in a cabin on a lake for four days and watched the trees turn from green to yellow. It was really beautiful.

Pictured: Avery Crivello in the lake with her arms outstretched — Photo Courtesy of: Nora Crivello

Pictured: Avery Crivello in the lake with her arms outstretched — Photo Courtesy of: Nora Crivello

One day my brother and I wanted to go fishing, even though we have never done that before. We got to rent a little boat with our parents and go out on a lake and go fishing. We caught four fish! My mom said they were rainbow trout, and I accidentally called them rainbow trousers. It was super fun.

Pictured: (l-r) Nora & Avery Crivello on the lake — Photo Courtesy of: Nora Crivello

Pictured: (l-r) Nora & Avery Crivello on the lake — Photo Courtesy of: Nora Crivello

While staying at the cabin my mom brought all my art supplies and I got to paint a couple pictures. One of the paintings is a picture of the sunset. In the painting there is a lake and lots of grass. I drew lots of little flowers in pink and blue. I really like the sunset because it reminds me of the sunset that I saw at June Lake which was pink and orange.

Pictured: Avery Crivello holding up her painting of a sunset — Photo Courtesy of: Nora Crivello

Pictured: Avery Crivello holding up her painting of a sunset — Photo Courtesy of: Nora Crivello

My next painting is a picture of my mother in a hot air balloon. The balloon has a large pink “A” on it, which stands for Avery. In the painting my mom is flying over a little farm. I added little details like pigs and cows. The farm has a little neighbor to look after some of the farm animals. These are the two paintings that I drew while we were in the eastern part of California.

Pictured: Avery Crivello holding up her painting of a hot air balloon — Photo Courtesy of: Nora Crivello

Pictured: Avery Crivello holding up her painting of a hot air balloon — Photo Courtesy of: Nora Crivello

I hope your fall has been fun too!

Art Work

Dear CTEBVI friends,

I am sorry I didn’t do a blog recently, but here it is.

I have created a lot of art work recently and I’ve been giving it away to people to use it to decorate their rooms.

Pictured: (l-r) Avery and her grandma with her artwork -- Photo courtesy of: Avery Crivello

Pictured: (l-r) Avery and her grandma with her artwork — Photo courtesy of: Avery Crivello

One person I gave some artwork to my grandma. She moved to a new place recently, and I made her some artwork to brighten her new home. This artwork has a field of beautiful flowers like I usually do. It also has a bluish purple-ish sky and a big sun.  I made this for her because she was moving to a new home, and I wanted to make her a housewarming gift.

Another person I made art for the summer was my great uncle. He got into a really bad car accident and he will be in the hospital for many months recovering. Since he loves to garden and loves flowers, I created artwork of flowers to make him feel better. My Papa gave it to him because he lives far away.  This was fun because I also got my mom involved. We painted a lot of artwork together for our uncle. He really loves it, and so do all his nurses.

Pictured: (l-r) Avery's artwork on the walls of a hospital room -- Photo courtesy of: Avery Crivello

Pictured:  Avery’s artwork on the walls of a hospital room — Photo courtesy of: Avery Crivello

My mom even bought a bunch of her own art supplies because she enjoyed it so much. It was fun teaching my mom how to do art and share that time together.

This summer I spent five days at my Nana’s house. On one of those days, we ran a bunch of errands and one of those errands was for me. We went to a little art store and bought the supplies to make a little treasure box, which my Nana recommended. We found all the supplies I needed. The box was fun to make, but I needed help with the little decorations because they were hard to see. My Nana helped me a little bit with the designing of the treasure box. I keep a few jewels in here, including the Dragon tear that I got from the Scottish Highland games.

Pictured: Avery at the Scottish Festival -- Photo courtesy of: Avery Crivello

Pictured: Avery at the Scottish Festival — Photo courtesy of: Avery Crivello

Right now my art project is painting a skateboard. My mom told me she would build me a swing in the backyard made from an old skateboard, so I wanted to draw a picture to match it. Hopefully she gets my swing done soon.

Well, that’s all for now!

Avery

Tactile Art

Pictured: Avery Crivello with her tactile art -- Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Pictured: Avery Crivello with her tactile art — Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Hello CTEBVI Friends!

This month I made tactile art. I had a lot of fun making it. Tactile art is when there are cool items popping up from the page or canvas. At my TVI Sonja Biggs’s house she has tactile art with strings of beads that were glued to the canvas and painted over. I did three types of tactile art this month. One was for my mom which was some cool puffy stickers and a blue ribbon on the page. The second was when I went with my friend Mira to an art class. We first painted the canvas blue and then we put grass onto the canvas. We got to choose colors and make 3-D flowers. Mine were yellow, purple and pink. I also added a little detail which was the sun.

Today I made the third. It was my mom’s idea. We made the solar system. First we painted the canvas black; it took two layers. We then added puffy, glittery flowers onto it to represent the planets and the solar system. It may not have any stars, but if you hang it in the light, it has small white spots that represent stars. I like that the planets are represented with flowers. We even added the moons around it. Did you know that Jupiter has 67 moons!

I like tactile art because the cool items on the page puff up and you can feel them. Tactile art is important for people with very low to no vision because they can experience the art if they can touch it.

Over the next month, I’d like to practice with more types of art before I open my gallery this summer. I’d like to practice art using different types and colors of paper. My mom said this is called a collage. I could cut them out and make them into different shapes and flowers. When school gets out my mom said she’ll buy more supplies for me to practice with.

Thank you again for the scholarship!
Avery Crivello

The Start of My Art

Pictured: (l-r) Avery Crivello with Lisa Okikawa, DCYS Chairperson at the San Francisco Airport Marriott -- Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Pictured: (l-r) Avery Crivello with Lisa Okikawa, DCYS Chairperson at the San Francisco Airport Marriott — Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Dear CTEBVI Friends,

My name is Avery Crivello. Thank you for giving me the $500 scholarship. I can’t wait to use it to get better art supplies and start making art. I am really excited!

I got to go to the CTEBVI conference brunch on Sunday, March 12th and sit with Lisa Okikawa. She gave me the Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship with my TVI Dr. Sonja Biggs in front of a lot of people! Lisa was really nice!

Pictured: (l-r) Dr. Sonja Biggs, Avery Crivello with Lisa Okikawa, DCYS Chairperson at the San Francisco Airport Marriott -- Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Pictured: (l-r) Dr. Sonja Biggs, Avery Crivello with Lisa Okikawa, DCYS Chairperson at the San Francisco Airport Marriott — Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

My mom bought me some art supplies to start practicing with. I was trying new techniques and painting with spoons instead of brushes. I got the idea from Jeff Hansen who is a blind artist and uses spoons with his acrylic paints. I used spoons instead of forks because forks would probably tear the canvas. My painting had lots of fun stuff on it and I liked it so much that I named it “Surprise Party”. I asked my mom to hang it in the living room. I think next I want to try painting with bricks.

When I went to my teacher – Dr. Sonja Biggs’s- house, she had a painting that her friend made her that was called ‘tactile art’. Tactile art means that you can use three dimensional objects into the art so that you can feel it. I think I want to try and make some tactile art as well and put it in my art studio.

Over the next month I want to practice painting with different techniques. I might try to put paint into a water balloon and throw it against the canvas to make a big splat of paint. Then I can make the splat into something, or maybe leave it alone because it might look cool.

I want to thank my mom for buying me art supplies to practice and my teacher, Sonja, for the art table. I would like to thank the CTEBVI for the Donna Coffee Scholarship. See you next month!

Avery

Introducing 2017 DCYS Recipients!!!

This year we received some incredible applicants for the Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship that we AGAIN awarded TWO students scholarships! We’d like to introduce you to Avery Crivello and Angel Mendoza our 2017 recipients. Please give them a warm welcome to our CTEBVI blogosphere!  Below are the essays both Avery and Angel submitted as part of of their application process.

 

Pictured: Avery Crivello, 2017 Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship recipient -- Photography by Mike Steelman

Pictured: Avery Crivello, 2017 Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship recipient — Photography by Mike Steelman

My name is Avery Hope Crivello and I want to be an artist when I grow up.  I would also like to open an art studio.  The school I go to is Hollister Prep and I’m in first grade, almost second grade.  My braille teacher is Ms. Sonja (Biggs), she is very fun.  My orientation and mobility teacher is Ms. Madi (Sipe).  I like to do martial arts.  I have an amazing family which is my mom, her name is Nora and my dad, his name is James.  And my wonderful, awesome, sweet brother is Michael.  He is in second grade.  I am learning braille but it’s really hard.  My nickname is Avery Braavery.

If I were to win the scholarship, I would use the money to create art and start an art studio.  Some of my art would be made from braille so that I can teach my friends about braille using art.  I would do paintings, sketches, coloring and some crafts.  My mom said I could do an art showing at our house and invite everyone over.  My dad would make pizza in our pizza oven and my brother would serve the pizza like he usually does.

I want to do this project because I love art and want to be an artist when I grow up.  Anyone can be an artist, even if they are blind because anything is possible.  I learned about Jeff Hanson who is a really, really, really great artist and he is also blind.  I adore his artwork and I think it’s fantastic.

The scholarship would go to buying art supplies such as paper, crafts, paints, paintbrushes and frames.  this would allow me to create my first gallery and put on an art show.

I want to win the scholarship because I can do this project and teach people about visual impairments.  I want them to know that it doesn’t mean I have to live a different life.

 

Thank you!

Avery Hope Crivello


Pictured: Angel Mendoza, 2017 Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship recipient -- Photo courtesy of: Angel Mendoza

Pictured: Angel Mendoza, 2017 Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship recipient — Photo courtesy of: Angel Mendoza

Hi, my name is Angel Mendoza.  I would really like to be considered for the Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship.  I am 11 years old, and I’m in the 5th grade at Mountain View School in Fresno, Ca.  I like Minecraft, pizza, legos, and wrestling.  This year I asked if I could go out for wrestling.  Some people thought I could not do it, but by the end of the season I proved that I could.  By the end of the season I had 3 certificates, a medal, and a plaque.

If I get this scholarship I would use it for private wrestling lessons so I can get better and better.  I also want to bowl with my dad and his team.  I like to stay active because I would like to stay fit and healthy.  I also think it helps me be more disciplined in school.

Thank you for considering me for this scholarship.

Sincerely,

Angel Mendoza