What’s New at KindTree

Events

Support groups, Art Guild Meetings, Second Friday Socials are getting together via Zoom or socially distanced. Some STiLE classes are in-person. Check them out…

More info and updates here.

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Jan
24
Mon
Jewelry Design with Amanda Finegold @ Via ZOOM
Jan 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Jewelry Design with Amanda Finegold
Winter Term 2022 – Amanda will be back for 5 sessions from January 10 – February 7.

Due to the Omicron Variant of Covid, Amanda has requested this class be via Zoom for this term.
Learn to design and make individualized beaded jewelry bracelets and more. This class is designed to be a fun introduction to a few of the many ways to make jewelry.  We’ll start with bead stringing, move on to some simple macramé, and we’ll end the class by learning about some ancient chain making techniques. These lessons and techniques will help participants become part of a continuum of craftspeople throughout the ages, as we still use basically the same ancient techniques to make our crafts.

$135.45 per 5 week Session or Agency Rate

Go HERE to register for all classes.  

 

 Amanda Finegold at the Eugene Saturday Market, June 22, 2013

Jan
25
Tue
Art Exploration with WheelHaus Arts @ Wheelhaus Arts
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Art Exploration with WheelHaus ArtsExpanded class time for Winter 2022
Winter Term 2022: January 11 – February 15, 6 sessions.

Tuesdays from 2:00 – 3:30pm at Wheelhaus Arts, 160 E Broadway, Eugene

These art sessions seek to match a person’s skills or expertise through exploration. Our goal is to create a thriving arts platform for kids and adults 11 years and older with autism and other intellectual disabilities. This community gathering will allow you to learn skills that will expand upon your creative journey. This class is designed for any aspiring artist with any skill level.

$162.54 per 6 week Session or Agency Rate

Go HERE to register for all classes.   

Join the Autism Rocks Artist Guild HERE.

More about David Placencia, WheelHaus Arts owner:

Professional Experience:
2019- Present Founder/Director of WheelHaus Arts
2017-2018 Administrator of Youth Art Works @ Emerald Art Center
2015-2017 Lane Arts Council Mentor-ship Program
Awards:
2013 UO Athletics/Nike “Duck Knows Art” winner
2013 UO Alumni Association Fringe Festival: 1st Place Digital Remix
2012 ArtSlant Showcase winner
Exhibitions:
2019 Lincoln Gallery
2018 Broadway Commerce Center 2016
2018 Pacific University: Eugene First Friday Art Walk Exhibition
2018 Pink Prom: Hotel Hilton Ballroom
2018 Artful Dead Fund-raiser: Emerald Art Center
2016 & 2018 Pacific University: Eugene First Friday Art Walk Exhibition
2017 Light up the Night: Cultural Services, City of Eugene
2017 Teaching Artist Showcase at Shadowfox Gallery
2016 & 2017 Fiesta Cultural: Lane Arts Council
2017 Teaching Artist Showcase at Shadowfox Gallery
2015 & 2016 Solo Exhibition: Gilt+Gossamer
2013 LaVerne Krause Gallery
2012 Solo Exhibition: Woodpecker’s Muse Art Gallery

Make and Take Crafts with Nancy Berge @ Hilyard Community Center
Jan 25 @ 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Make and Take Crafts with Nancy Berge

Winter Term 2022: January 11 – February 15, 6 sessions
Tuesdays 2:45-4:00pm
 

For this class, we will be making something awesome…

Join us on Tuesdays to create a customized tumbler with your name and/or picture on it. Let your imagination run wild as we work together to get the colors and the theme for your tumbler just as you want. Looking forward to seeing you.

Photo below.

 

$135.45 for 6 sessions or agency rate

GO HERE to register.

More about Nancy

Hello. My name is Nancy Berge and I am a mother of three and grandmother of six. I have lived here in Eugene/Springfield most of my life. I love the beach, the trees, and the rain so I am glad to call the Pacific Northwest home.  I have worked with the IDD community for 30+ years, in classrooms and am a foster parent of 20+ years. Currently I run a program through the Arc Lane County called Families Connected.

When I am not working I enjoy time with my family, DIY projects and arts and crafts. I enjoy working with all types of art mediums and have many fun ideas to share. For this class, we will be making a Porch Sign craft to either take home, enjoy yourself, or give away as a holiday gift.

Jan
26
Wed
Adult Exercise with Jordan Wheeler @ Via ZOOM
Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Adult (18+) Exercise with Jordan Wheeler 

Coming:
Winter Term 2022: January 12 – February 16, 6 sessions
Wednesdays from noon – 1:00pm via Zoom.

Hi there! My name is Jordan Wheeler and I am a third-year student studying Kinesiology (the study of movement). My passions are exercise, art, and helping others 🙂 I have a special place in my heart for adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. I am devoted to helping people with autism stay active and feel welcome in the community.

I will be holding an exercise program for adults diagnosed with autism from January 12 – February 16. This program will contain sport related exercise moves and have a new sports theme each week. The class will be broken into four parts: a warm up, sports themed workout, group game, and cool down. Each week will have fun, new, and challenging exercises for every member of the class to crush. There is no equipment needed, just a positive attitude is recommended 🙂

Go HERE for full class outline.

$108.36 per 6 week Session or Agency Rate

Go HERE to register for all classes. Zoom access provided after complete registration.

 

Beginning Art with Frank L Allen @ Via ZOOM
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Beginning Art with Frank Louis Allen
Winter Term 2022: January 12 – February 16, 6 sessions
Wednesdays from 1:00 – 2:00pm via ZOOM

Frank Louis Allen is a well know artist who also happens to be on the Autism Spectrum. He hopes to teach a relaxed approach to improving your art practice and overcoming personal challenges to this.

Frank will be using materials and art supplies common in many households: Pencil, crayon, or Pen, Paper or pad, so get them ready! Zoom access information will be provided upon completed registration.

Despite being a successful artist Frank is also legally blind having just 20 degrees of vision. He hopes to show through these lessons that art is a force for growth in us all, and he hopes to help us overcome any anxiety about doing so, whilst also teaching good, solid drawing techniques.

$108.36 per 6 week Session or Agency Rate

Go HERE to register for all classes   Zoom access provided after complete registration.

Join the Autism Rocks Artist Guild HERE.

This video was recorded for an art event in Fort Wayne Indiana in 2015.

More about Frank:

Frank was born in England and now lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA. Here are just a few of his recent activities:
2017: Solo exhibitions at The Dash, and “Art in Citizen Square” in Fort Wayne, and “Visual Adventures on the Autism Spectrum” in Vincennes. Exhibition participation in “August Art Battle for Leader Dogs for the Blind”, Essence Exhibition at the H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Cultural Art Museum in Los Angeles, and “Art in Washington” with the Art in Autism organization.
2016 – present: Working with “the Jesters”, a music/art/dance/theater group for individuals with disabilities, as an art and music facilitator.
Frank is also a member of the Autism Rocks Artist Guild, with a page on our website HERE, and can be found on Facebook HERE

An Example of Frank's art

Music Writing and Performance @ Hilyard Community Center
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Music Writing and Performance  
Winter Term 2022: January 12 – February 16, 6 sessions

Wednesdays 2:00-3:30pm at the Hilyard Community Center

Designed for individuals interested in learning to play music instruments, writing and/or performing music as part of a group. Very limited enrollment.

Cost $162.54 per session based on 6 trainings totaling 7.5 hours, or the agency hourly contract rate.

Go HERE to register for all classes.   

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More on David Helfand from a Register Guard article about Mr. Helfand’s work in “Introduction to the Joy of Music,” a class he teaches through the city of Eugene Parks Department’s adaptive recreation program.

Unlocking hidden talents is exactly what he wants to accomplish by bringing these students together, Helfand says.

“The gamut of working with people with developmental disabilities is quite huge, but my whole idea is, we’re going to work with abilities here,” he says. “If someone has one finger that they can use to play one note, we’ll find a place for them in our band. If that’s too hard, and they can hold a ‘shaker,’ they can do percussion. Our concept is inclusiveness — whatever they’re able to do, we’re willing to try.”

The value of music therapy for all kinds of conditions — physical and developmental disability, dementia, mental health, substance abuse, brain injury, chronic pain — has been firmly established by scientific study. But Helfand doesn’t need statistics to see the effect of music on his students.

“I think the first thing they get from our classes is an incredible sense of joy, the feeling that they have just played and made music with other people,” he says. “I think that’s what they go home with, the knowledge that, ‘Wow, I made music!’ ”

 

For assistance contact KindTree – Autism Rocks at STiLE@kindtree.org

 

Jan
31
Mon
Jewelry Design with Amanda Finegold @ Via ZOOM
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Jewelry Design with Amanda Finegold
Winter Term 2022 – Amanda will be back for 5 sessions from January 10 – February 7.

Due to the Omicron Variant of Covid, Amanda has requested this class be via Zoom for this term.
Learn to design and make individualized beaded jewelry bracelets and more. This class is designed to be a fun introduction to a few of the many ways to make jewelry.  We’ll start with bead stringing, move on to some simple macramé, and we’ll end the class by learning about some ancient chain making techniques. These lessons and techniques will help participants become part of a continuum of craftspeople throughout the ages, as we still use basically the same ancient techniques to make our crafts.

$135.45 per 5 week Session or Agency Rate

Go HERE to register for all classes.  

 

 Amanda Finegold at the Eugene Saturday Market, June 22, 2013

Feb
1
Tue
Art Exploration with WheelHaus Arts @ Wheelhaus Arts
Feb 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Art Exploration with WheelHaus ArtsExpanded class time for Winter 2022
Winter Term 2022: January 11 – February 15, 6 sessions.

Tuesdays from 2:00 – 3:30pm at Wheelhaus Arts, 160 E Broadway, Eugene

These art sessions seek to match a person’s skills or expertise through exploration. Our goal is to create a thriving arts platform for kids and adults 11 years and older with autism and other intellectual disabilities. This community gathering will allow you to learn skills that will expand upon your creative journey. This class is designed for any aspiring artist with any skill level.

$162.54 per 6 week Session or Agency Rate

Go HERE to register for all classes.   

Join the Autism Rocks Artist Guild HERE.

More about David Placencia, WheelHaus Arts owner:

Professional Experience:
2019- Present Founder/Director of WheelHaus Arts
2017-2018 Administrator of Youth Art Works @ Emerald Art Center
2015-2017 Lane Arts Council Mentor-ship Program
Awards:
2013 UO Athletics/Nike “Duck Knows Art” winner
2013 UO Alumni Association Fringe Festival: 1st Place Digital Remix
2012 ArtSlant Showcase winner
Exhibitions:
2019 Lincoln Gallery
2018 Broadway Commerce Center 2016
2018 Pacific University: Eugene First Friday Art Walk Exhibition
2018 Pink Prom: Hotel Hilton Ballroom
2018 Artful Dead Fund-raiser: Emerald Art Center
2016 & 2018 Pacific University: Eugene First Friday Art Walk Exhibition
2017 Light up the Night: Cultural Services, City of Eugene
2017 Teaching Artist Showcase at Shadowfox Gallery
2016 & 2017 Fiesta Cultural: Lane Arts Council
2017 Teaching Artist Showcase at Shadowfox Gallery
2015 & 2016 Solo Exhibition: Gilt+Gossamer
2013 LaVerne Krause Gallery
2012 Solo Exhibition: Woodpecker’s Muse Art Gallery

Make and Take Crafts with Nancy Berge @ Hilyard Community Center
Feb 1 @ 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Make and Take Crafts with Nancy Berge

Winter Term 2022: January 11 – February 15, 6 sessions
Tuesdays 2:45-4:00pm
 

For this class, we will be making something awesome…

Join us on Tuesdays to create a customized tumbler with your name and/or picture on it. Let your imagination run wild as we work together to get the colors and the theme for your tumbler just as you want. Looking forward to seeing you.

Photo below.

 

$135.45 for 6 sessions or agency rate

GO HERE to register.

More about Nancy

Hello. My name is Nancy Berge and I am a mother of three and grandmother of six. I have lived here in Eugene/Springfield most of my life. I love the beach, the trees, and the rain so I am glad to call the Pacific Northwest home.  I have worked with the IDD community for 30+ years, in classrooms and am a foster parent of 20+ years. Currently I run a program through the Arc Lane County called Families Connected.

When I am not working I enjoy time with my family, DIY projects and arts and crafts. I enjoy working with all types of art mediums and have many fun ideas to share. For this class, we will be making a Porch Sign craft to either take home, enjoy yourself, or give away as a holiday gift.

Feb
2
Wed
Adult Exercise with Jordan Wheeler @ Via ZOOM
Feb 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Adult (18+) Exercise with Jordan Wheeler 

Coming:
Winter Term 2022: January 12 – February 16, 6 sessions
Wednesdays from noon – 1:00pm via Zoom.

Hi there! My name is Jordan Wheeler and I am a third-year student studying Kinesiology (the study of movement). My passions are exercise, art, and helping others 🙂 I have a special place in my heart for adults diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. I am devoted to helping people with autism stay active and feel welcome in the community.

I will be holding an exercise program for adults diagnosed with autism from January 12 – February 16. This program will contain sport related exercise moves and have a new sports theme each week. The class will be broken into four parts: a warm up, sports themed workout, group game, and cool down. Each week will have fun, new, and challenging exercises for every member of the class to crush. There is no equipment needed, just a positive attitude is recommended 🙂

Go HERE for full class outline.

$108.36 per 6 week Session or Agency Rate

Go HERE to register for all classes. Zoom access provided after complete registration.