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

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