Understanding autism through art
Western Michigan University art professor Bill Davis directs a drawing and sound-effect workshop with Kalamazoo RESA students for the “All for One” Autism and Visual Art (AVA) Project, a collaboration with WMU’s Frostic School of Art. WMU undergrads worked in visual arts workshops with students from the Young Adult Program (YAP) and WoodsEdge for an ongoing project studying how visual art made by people with autism contributes to the understanding of their cognitive and communication skills.
“Autism is anyone of us magnified,” says Laura Wolfe-Eversole of Kalamazoo RESA’s Young Adult Program. “It has been amazing to watch the Autism and Visual Art Project go from an idea to a full blown, detailed and insightful project. … It has been a joy to be a part in this process.” AVA director Davis says the most rewarding aspect of the venture is that insights gained through the workshops can be integrated into curriculum exercises for the students with autism. An “All for One” documentary film will air on Michigan Public Television stations. Learn more, view a rough edit of the film and see students’ work at WMU:
Gallery Hours: Dec. 2–6 at the Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Student Art Gallery; Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fri.10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Panel and Lecture: Thurs., Dec. 5; RCVA 2008; 5:30-7 p.m. A public conversation about autism spectrum disorder.
Closing Reception: Fri., Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m.