Artistic workshops with the autistic youths guests at the Cascina Rossago.
THE PROJECT IN DETAIL
Strengthening the capacity for choice and expression, attention and creativity on the part of autistic youths by teaching them to be together in a concrete setting, sharing space and materials.
About 18 autistic young adults between the ages of 17 and 40 who are guests at the Cascina Rossago, a farm community located in the hills of the Oltrepò in Pavia.
The project involves autistic youths in two artistic workshops: textiles and painting – two very different activities that allow the transformation of a disability into abilities and creativity. In the textile workshop they learn how to weave on looms, which increases their capacity for attention and expression. The youths weave wool from the alpacas they are raising themselves (alpacas are very emphatic animals with which the youths establish a special relationship and a loving bond). The painting workshop is based on freedom of choice; the theme is open, which enables them to develop and bring out their own character.
The Cascina Rossago offers many artistic activities for its youth, among which the Orchestra Invisibile, composed of percussionists who are autistic, students, interns and professors of the University of Pavia, which meets weekly to play mainstream jazz – a genre characterized by a solid equilibrium between the repetition of a rhythmic base line and musical improvisation.
In 2012 the project consisted of collaboration between two professors and six interns of the Artistic Therapy course of the Accademia di Brera and involved autistic youths in building paper by hand along the lines of art-therapy characteristics suitable for the rehabilitation of each person.
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