Autistry Newsletter – July 10, 2012

| July 10, 2012

Summertime and the studio is busy! The Autistry Summer Day Camp is in full swing with mornings filled with creative art projects and afternoons spent exploring the many wonders of Marin – parks, museums, hikes! The camp runs Monday through Friday from July 9th to July 20th.

Staff News: We are very happy to announce that our resident artist, mentor, and Aspie extraordinaire, Courtenay Bell has moved up to Creative Director. Courtenay will not only lead creative workshops but help Autistry Studios maintain a high artistic standard. Courtenay’s passion for art and her unique ability to connect with students make her a key player at Autistry.

We also welcome Jack Pesso to Autistry. Jack joins us as Director of Robotics and Engineering. He brings years of software development and management experience to the Studio. He also loves to restore motorcycles, build radio controlled vehicles and create gadgets of all shapes and sizes. He jumped right in helping students prepare for the Drake High School Engineering Academy. You can read the student blogs about their robots here: Student Blogs.

HairJinx: Just when we think we have tried everything, another challenge comes along. It all started when Anna wanted to add a little more color to her hair. Then Theresa wanted a hair style that was a bit more radical. And Amelia wanted a just a trim on the sides. Seeing the results, Daniel stepped up for a new do to help his presentation at job interviews. Where will this end? Who knows, perhaps the next step for us is the Autistry Salon!

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Join the Autistry Community: We are starting to think about the Fall semester which will begin on August 25th. We are meeting lots of new families and setting up intake interviews. If you would like to learn more about our program please give us a call: (415) 454-1037.

Upcoming events: The Autistry ASD Parent Support Group will meet on Thursday, July 11th, 7pm – 8:30pm. This is a great place to share resources, get support from others who totally ‘get it’ and meet more families in the ASD community. Please email to RSVP.

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Hope you are all having a wonderful summer!

The Autistry Team

April’s Stuart tank

| July 4, 2012

The M3 Stuart light tank was developed by the U.S. Army in the 1930’s. It had many mechanical features found on later U.S. Tanks, especially the M4 Sherman medium tank: aircraft style air-cooled rotary engine, VVS suspension. By World War II, although the Stuart was fast and reliable it was under-gunned and lightly armored. Unfortunately these were problems the later M4 Sherman also shared.

We started with Tamiya’s old but still good kit of a US M3

This was April’s first plastic model but the kit assembles easily and the fit is very good. Within a couple sessions April had completed construction and I helped with a basic coat of paint.

April and her tank

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We applied a gloss coat and April added decals. She took considerable creative license with the markings.

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Next April started weathering and this was her favorite part since she could use her good hand painting skills.

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She is very happy with the results.

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April enjoyed her first tank project and has moved on to a Russian WWII T-34/76 which we will write about soon.