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Autism, Thula the cat, and why Kids Must Move – Stories About Autism

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Iris Grace and Thula, Finding the Way for Kids with Autism:

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

     Regular readers of this blog know that I have been following for two years now the home education of Iris Grace, a young girl with autism who is also a spectacular painter, and her cat Thula. This post shares a segment of the book written by her mother Arabella Carter-Johnson. This is a must read for parents of all children, not just those on the autism spectrum. I believe the lessons here apply to all children and their healthy development.

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“Over the last couple of years the story of a young autistic girl named Iris-Grace, with an incredible talent for painting, and an adorable close friendship with her pet cat, has swept across the internet and media worldwide. Her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, introduced art as a means of therapy to help with[…]”

Source: Autism, Thula the cat, and why Kids Must Move – Stories About Autism

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

The Creative Apothecary Supports Art in the Lives of All Children!

This six-year-old girl with autism creates the most inspiring works of art

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For Autism Awareness Day, Iris Grace and Her Paintings:

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

     Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with the story of Iris Grace Halmshaw, the young girl in the UK whose life I have been following for two years now. She is home-schooled by her parents and they have developed wonderful activities, including the Young Explorer’s Club, for Iris and her friends.

     Two things stand out in the development of Iris Grace, her extraordinary gift for painting and her deep relationship with Thula, her Maine coon cat. This is a pictorial essay of Iris Grace at work with her paintings, ably assisted by Thula.

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“Meet Iris Grace, your new favorite artist.”

Source: This six-year-old girl with autism creates the most inspiring works of art

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Talents of Children with Autism!

The extraordinary art of autistic ‘five-year-old Monet’ – CNN.com

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Once More with Iris Grace, Artist Extraordinaire:

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

     I know I have posted numerous items about Iris Grace, the young painter from the UK with autism, but this is a particularly informative one from CNN. As part of my research on the arts and healing, I have been following the life of Iris Grace as her family helps her to develop at home, building her learning experiences through her interests. You can’t help but be fascinated by Iris Grace, her art, and Thula, her cat friend and protector.

     There are many lessons for us from watching Iris Grace develop over the years. Educators and others working with special needs students need to pay special attention. All of the arts are integrated into Iris Grace’s development. The detailed documentation by her mother of her growing up is an important contribution to our understanding of what works with children. Get the book!

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“This autistic five-year-old creates artwork that has been compared to Monet…”

Source: The extraordinary art of autistic ‘five-year-old Monet’ – CNN.com

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Art of Iris Grace!

How This Cat Helps A Little Girl With Autism Live Her Life To The Fullest – The Meow Post

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Iris Grace, Thula, Autism and Art, A Celebration of What Works:

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

Calling All Cat Lovers!

     The book Iris Grace, telling the story of a young British girl with autism and how she is growing up with art and a wonderful cat named Thula, is published today. I have been following her development for almost two years now and what her family is doing has important lessons for all of us.

     This share from The Meow Post looks at Iris Grace from the perspective of her Maine coon cat, Thula. The post includes a wealth of images, the story, and a video of how one cat is making a tremendous difference in the life of a little girl.

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“Autism is a hard condition to live with.  It prevents many people from living life normally and limits the capacity for people to express their lives normally. Iris was just 4-years old when she was diagnosed with autism in December 2011. Everyone feared she would never be able to live life…”

Source: How This Cat Helps A Little Girl With Autism Live Her Life To The Fullest – The Meow Post

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

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Rhode Island’s Newest Gallery Champions Artists With Disabilities

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New Gallery in Providence RI 2 and More on Artists with Disabilities:

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Courtesy of Iris Grace Painting

The new gallery for artists with disabilities in Providence offers the opportunity for a more extended look at the role of the arts in healing and transformation. The revolution in healthcare that is integrating the arts into a model for wellness is a major theme in my book in progress Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life.

Inner Space Outsider Art Gallery and Store in Providence is making the art of persons with disabilities more visible and available to the public. Today’s second post on the topic, from Hyperallergic,  presents a more detailed introduction to the gallery and its artists, as well as a brief overview and links to other information about “outsider” art. The gallery’s founders, Dana and Josh Kretzmann–both practicing artists, worked for many years with adults with developmental disabilities.

The images in this post are from paintings by Iris Grace, a young British painter who is autistic and whose home education by her mother is followed by thousands around the world. http://www.irisgracepainting.com

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“The term “Outsider Art,” coined in 1972 by writer Roger Cardinal, has plenty of critics.”

Source: Rhode Island’s Newest Gallery Champions Artists With Disabilities

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Celebrating the Creativity of Children

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Detail from Fireworks Series, 2013 Artist: Regina MJ Kyle

Detail from Fireworks Series, 2013
Artist: Regina MJ Kyle

The Wisdom of Merton The Art of Children

The Wisdom of Merton
The Art of Children

 

Since this is the first day of the Memorial Day weekend and I posted the art of veterans yesterday, I thought I would dedicate this post to the creativity of young children. The arts are essential in life and in education. Every child should have the opportunity to express creativity, yet too many are deprived of this essential breath of life.

10264297_10152141512797965_859546275080302640_n This poster, taken from the Facebook page of Art in Action, demonstrates what occurs too often in our society. Most of the images I will share today are wonderful creations from children in schools that use the Art in Action curriculum.

Art in Action is a wonderful program begun in 1981 by a mother in California. Her daughter was just starting kindergarten at a time when Proposition 13 was decimating the arts programs in California schools. It has grown to serving more than 1600 schools and 46,0000 students in K-8 in California, across the nation, and even in the UK, Singapore, Kuwait, Kenya, and China. It fits into the common core patterns in states across the United States.

 

 

 

 

EXAMPLES OF CHILDREN’S ART FROM ART IN ACTION SCHOOLS

Redeemer Elementary School

Art Exhibition Redeemer School California

Art Exhibition
Redeemer School
California

 

 

 

This is an image of the art exhibition staged by the Redeemer Elementary School. They hung the creations of every child in the school, something that doesn’t often happen. One of teachers had the idea to hang 15-foot panels from the ceiling to have enough display space.  If you click on the image, you can focus in on individual works of art.

 

 

 

 

 

Brittan Acres Elementary School

"SWAN" Art Inspired by Dali Fourth Grade Girl Brittan Acres School

“SWAN”
Art Inspired by Dali
Fourth Grade Girl
Brittan Acres School

 

 

 

This is a wonderful piece by a girl in the fourth grade at Brittan Acres. Because the Art in Action curriculum also includes art history and the work of great artists, young people are able to learn from them. Finding one’s way in art always involves the understanding and imitating of those who have gone before us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saints Peter and Paul Salerian School

Student Art Saints Peter & Paul Salerian School

Student Art
Saints Peter & Paul Salerian School

 

 

 

This is a vibrant piece of art from Saints Peter and Paul Salerian School in San Francisco. Like the “Swan” from another school using the Art in Action curriculum, it shows the influence of their study of the work of Salvador Dali.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER EXAMPLES OF CHILDRENS’ ART

Iris Grace Paintings, UK

Dancing to the Oboes Iris Grace, 4 years old. United Kingdom

Dancing to the Oboes
Iris Grace, 4 years old.
United Kingdom

 

I shared before some work of Iris Grace, a four-year old girl from the United Kingdom, who is autistic. Her mother is raising her to explore her own interests, gradually exposing her to social situations. This particular piece was painted after Iris Grace attended a music session especially for children. Her mother has been exposing her gradually to the musical arts and Iris Grace came home from the concert and began almost immediately to paint.

Iris Grace is an extraordinary artist who is finding her way into life through her paintings. I strongly recommend that anyone who is interested in the education of autistic children follow her Facebook page, Iris Grace Paintings. Her mother Arabella shares her progress on Facebook several times a week. These reports form a model of how to raise a child with autism. Iris Grace also has a constant companion in her cat Thula.

 

 

 

Iris Grace in the Exploring in the Yard  may 2014

Iris Grace Exploring in the Yard
May 2014