Spectrummy Mummy

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Pudding loves art, so it was high time we gave her the chance to indulge in an activity that focused on her talents.  This weekend I discovered a place nearby that was just perfect for us- an art studio where you buy a canvas, and all paints and materials are free to use to make your work of art.

Both kids enjoy the process of painting, they don’t usually care too much about the end result, but going to an art studio was different, and special.

I hadn’t counted on how busy such a venue might be on a Sunday afternoon.  It was crowded with lots of people, noise, bright lights and colours.  Coming down with a cold, my senses were under assault, and I could feel myself getting overwhelmed.  Cubby became more restless too, but interestingly, Pudding seemed to channel her focus into what she was doing.  Generally, rather than become more absorbed in an activity, she tends to withdraw and disengage in the face of potential overload.  Not this time.

Pudding still struggled with motor-planning.  She wanted to paint a heart in her picture, and asked for my help.  Frequently when Pudding draws at home, she gets frustrated that the image doesn’t match her expectations.  Here she didn’t get frustrated: she just kept painting until she was done.

This was a place where Pudding could express herself without the challenge of words.  A space where getting absorbed in her activity and tuning out the rest of the world was an asset.  A place where she could be herself: as an artist and an autist.

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Written by Spectrummy Mummy

May 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

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  1. I love Pudding’s focus in that picture with her and Cubby at the easels! That art studio looks like a wonderful experience – wishe we had something like that here!


    May 8, 2012 at 2:46 pm

  2. What an awesome place; and the kids look so absorbed in what they are doing! 🙂


    May 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

  3. Thanks so much for the feedback – at artjamming every customer of ours is special and we are so glad your children were able to express themselves in a way that suited them. We believe in complete freedom of expression in a nonjudgmental environment.


    May 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

  4. This post made me really happy! I love that Pudding found her focus and looks like she is having a ball! Good for her! And this place does look amazing. My daughter would be in HEAVEN in a place like this!


    May 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm

  5. Look at all the colors!! And an empty canvas! Mama, where is YOURS?! That looks like so much fun! I’m glad that Pudding was able to focus instead of becoming frustrated. And Cubby is just always adorable!


    May 8, 2012 at 11:03 pm

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