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!

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

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

My Wrestling Adventures

Pictured: Angel Mendoza -- Photo Courtesy of KMPH/KFRE/Fox26

Pictured: Angel Mendoza — Photo Courtesy of KMPH/KFRE/Fox26

Hi everyone,

Wrestling has been going great with Coach Blanco! I’ve gone to a lot of tournaments, and my brother “Itchy” is wrestling with me. I took 3rd place in my last tournament. I wrestled in four matches that day. I have a wrestling pal and he always stays by my side the whole time at the match. He gives me tips and helps me feel confident. Nick King from KMPH (a local station) did an interview with me and my family and came to one of my matches to videotape me. He put it all on TV. It made me feel great! Nick is a nice guy and it’s really good for him to acknowledge blind athletes.

I also bowled with my dad last week. It was his last game of the league. I call it his ‘night out’. Bowling and wrestling are the same because they require strength, but wrestling is a little more challenging. I like bowling as much as wrestling and I hope I get to go with my dad again soon!

See you later,
Angel

P.S. Here’s the link to the news story by Nick:

http://kmph-kfre.com/sports/local-sports/being-blind-cant-stop-this-young-wrestler

My First Blog

Pictured: Angel Mendoza - Photo courtesy of: Angel Mendoza

Pictured: Angel Mendoza – Photo courtesy of: Angel Mendoza

Hi! My name is Angel Mendoza. I’m in 5th grade at Mountain View Elementary in Clovis, CA. I like pizza, Legos, wrestling and Minecraft. Pizza has been my favorite food since I was 6 years old. I really like wrestling. It’s very exciting and I think it’s a good sport for me. The two people that inspired me to wrestle are my big brother and my dad. My dad wrestled when he was in school and he was really good. My older brother wrestled in elementary and he said he liked it and that I would probably like it as well. I wrestled this year and it was my first time ever, and I did pretty good. At the end of the season I got a medal called The King of the Hill at a tournament. I earned it by winning two out of three matches at the tournament. My goal right now is to get better and stronger for next season. I found a place to wrestle in the evenings and my little brother is going to wrestle with me. I’m also going to work hard at P.E. so that I can get in shape. I have enjoyed wrestling this year because it worked out really well for me and it’s fun. See you later, Angel