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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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.

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.

 

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!

Football

Pictured: Angel Mendoza in football jersey and helmet - Photo Courtesy of Angel Mendoza

Pictured: Angel Mendoza in football jersey and helmet – Photo Courtesy of Angel Mendoza

I am here with another blog.  I have been doing a lot this year.  I’m doing football this year.  I will tell you how it feels to be in this sport.  Cross country runs with their own weight, but football players carry their own weight plus pads.  I have played in the Varsity team game against the Ravens.  I truly believe I don’t belong in J.V.  The reason why I think that is because I work very hard and make every second count.  If the coach asked me to play on Varsity, I would say yes to his offer.  I am the center for my team.  The center is the guy who hikes the ball.  The things that are good about football is that it is the most popular sport between my friends and I.  Another thing I like is that you can be in contact with each other.  The last thing I like is that you get a bright yellow jersey with a number and the name of your mascot in blue.

Angel

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