Autism, Art, and Children: The Stories We Draw by Julia Kellman

By Julia Kellman

Rather than imminent the artwork of precocious younger artists with autism as enigmatic and symptomatic, their paintings is explored as having its foundation in human body structure and within the intrinsic human want for which means. The narrative photos in those younger artists' unheard of paintings function either facts and concentration, permitting us to work out the commonalities of all paintings and image-making. No paintings has been thought of extra enigmatic than that of children with autism, for his or her frequently super early drawings intrigue audience with their bright, visually-based, standpoint emphasis.

Such artwork, frequently spontaneously produced via artists usually thought of retarded, is hard to appreciate in the traditional constructs of drawing pedagogy that emphasizes the need of perform and adventure for mastery. besides the fact that, it's a worthy technique of expressing one's inside self and of sharing with others a story of one's personal construction. eventually, this expression kinds enduring hyperlinks with other folks within the universal human language of strains and forms.

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For the first step in understanding how this triadic relationship might show itself in the art of the artist with autism, it is important to clarify what special physiological predispositions might enable such individuals to take advantage of early visual processing in their work. The second step is to identify what part of such an artist’s image making is most likely based on preattentive vision. These similar visual attributes and abilities may have their genesis in the preattentive vision process itself.

As a final gesture, he added his name in fading orange, between the blue and green forms. Wiggling now with misery and scratching vigorously, Peter put down his brush. He was through with art. Later that day I ran into his mother on the steep gravel path to their house. ” I inquired. “He is in his room,” she sighed, clearly familiar with this turn of events. ” I had encountered lowering clouds, bolts, and sun shapes before in Peter’s art, for they appear frequently in his stress drawings, which seemingly herald the psychological state of Peter himself.

It is that the immediate, structural, linear, perspectival qualities of these artists’ work, glimpsed at such an early age in several cases, indicate that some similar cognitive process may be taking place in all of them, and that the individual repetitions of subject matter, hues, and forms move far beyond the world of reflexive placing and perseveration to the creation of meaning through richly narrative visual images. The presence and exceptional nature of these five artists’ drawings and paintings can be seen to grow out of single, bright visual moments—moments made longer and more accessible to them by autism for, as Baron-Cohen (1995, p.

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