Friday, April 24, 2009

Autism and Art

I just received this in the mail today:



I trust I will be forgiven for any copyright violations by scanning this postcard...you see, Zac is my nephew. From a very early age, even when he was still mostly non-verbal his artistic gift was evident. For a long time he would only draw on a white board, but with patient guidance from his teacher he moved to paper in the form of spiral bound blank pages. The first time my sister-in-law showed me his drawings I was blown away. He understood perspective and scale without ever having been taught it at an age where stick figures would have been the expected norm for any child. In particular I remember a series of drawings, each of the same scene, but as you turned the page in his book each scene would be as if you had walked further and further into the drawing. It was amazing.

I am glad he has been able to continue developing his artistic abilities. I think they far outweigh any autistic limitations. How cool that his work was chosen for the postcard for World Autism Awareness Day!

I am so proud of him.

14 comments:

Salem Stitcher said...

That is absolutely beautiful. I'm speechless.

LoieJ said...

This is beautiful! My friend, an artist, has an autistic son. She was able to get a job working with autistic (and other conditions) adults and grew the program into a store front operation, selling the work. One of her best artists won some national awards, but his work wasn't as "lively" as this postcard. She said he was like a slow speed copy machine. She told me he drew the negative spaces between what he was "drawing." Eventually, the object emerged. I sent a link to her from the Art Now link on your page.

margaret said...

That's beautiful. He sounds like a very special person.

Claudine Intner said...

What a beautiful picture! Thanks for posting!

kathy york said...

Karen,
Zac's work is really, really beautiful! I am also completely amazed at the ability to understand and visualize space that autistic kids have. My mom sent me this link regarding that
http://sketchup.google.com/spectrum.html
Sorry I don't know how to make that a live link, but it is really interesting. My son uses sketchup all the time, a fantastic resource since he abhors picking up a pencil to write with.

Roberta Ranney said...

Hi Karen - Thanks for sharing Zac's beautiful art. He is such a gifted young man. And it sounds as if he is multi-talented with his participation in drama and music as well as art. Bravo to him!

quiltteacher said...

Zak has a wonder talent.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

What a gifted child he is, blessed with God-given talent; amazing. You should be proud! Thank you for sharing.

Deb Thuman said...

This is magnificent. I dearly love the use of colors. You nephew is very talented.

Jenny Williams said...

Karen -
I have been a participant of the Autism Awareness project and had no idea your nephew was so talented. And how terrific that the card is a butterfly! Art & butterflies - must run in the family, yes? You have a right to be proud and promote the artwork and the Autism project. How do we get a postcard?
Jenny

Nane said...

What an Honor to be selected for such an important topic. I hope he can continue to explore/develop his talent. You have every right to be proud!!

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Quilt Memories said...

Karen, My congratulations to Zac, what a beautiful picture.What a great compliment to him! Keep up the magnificent work, ZAC!

Lynda said...

This is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Give Zac an extra hug.