5-Year-Old With Autism Paints Stunning Masterpieces
Autism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional focus and attention to detail have helped her create incredibly beautiful drawings that many of her fans (and buyers) have likened to Monet’s works.
Little Iris is slowly learning to speak, whereas most children have already begun to speak at least a few words by age 2. Along with speech therapy, her parents gradually introduced her to painting, which is when they discovered her creative mind.
“We have been encouraging Iris to paint to help with speech therapy, joint attention and turn-taking,” her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, explains on her website. “Then we realized that she is actually really talented and has an incredible concentration span of around 2 hours each time she does her amazing drawings. Her autism has created a style of painting which I have never seen in a child of her age, and she has an understanding of colors and how they interact with each other.”
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“I first noticed how effective art was with Iris when I was trying to establish joint attention, I would draw stick men and make up stories, and she would laugh and guide my hand to do more,” Carter-Johnson told Bored Panda. “I used to tape down large sheets of wallpaper liner down onto a wooden coffee table, and we would work or drawing ideas together.”
“Then, when we tried painting with her, it was on an easel, and that didn’t work at all as the paint dribbled down the paper and upset her so I thought I would let her try on the same table as we used for her drawing. She took to it straight away and filled the paper with color. So that was how it all came about. I quickly learned how effective it was as a therapy, to help with her moods, communication.”
“[Painting] wasn’t something that the doctors suggested although I wish they had. That is something a lot of the media have got wrong,” Carter-Johnson explained to Bored Panda. “It came about because I was educating her at home and I was trying to follow the national curriculum and mark-making, drawing, painting was one of the things on my hit list to do with Iris.”
When asked about what Iris had to say about her artwork, Carter-Johnson said, “‘Yummy’ seems to be a favorite word about some of them, also she giggles. She loves looking at Anima and jumps around with excitement and then will inspect all of those tiny splashes of white.”
Carter-Johnson said that she named most of the artworks, “although Iris has chosen ‘A-Where-Wa.’ They are always relevant to her inspiration, how the painting made her feel or music she was listening to.”
“I can see so much of what fascinates her in her art, I believe she can see things in more detail, or notice things in more detail. She has always been interested in water and movement, nature and there is so much of that in her paintings.”
“Her visual memory is excellent, and it allows us to see how sometimes life must become overwhelming. It’s now easy to understand that, for Iris, when things get to be too much she needs silence and peace.”
“Her art has opened up our eyes to the possibilities in her life and of others on the indigo children spectrum – follow their ‘spark’ and wonderful things can happen. I am a great believer in giving as many opportunities to autistic kids as you can.”
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thumbs up if you see the cats face in the painting on the piano
What a talent, her perception is so perfect! I would like to see her pictures when she will be older...........
You are rihgt, there is a face of a cat on the picture, is this realy posible at 5 years ????????
yes it is if you are Autistic I worked with an autistic boy and his maths was phenomenal
It might not be possible by a normal 5 years old, but it is very possible by the amazing mind of a high functioning autistic child.
I saw it instantly! This little girl is amazing! ;)
That actually made me say "wow!" when I saw it!!!
Thanks for pointing that out!. I did not see it at first.
OHMYGOD!! Do you think it's accidental or maybe she really wanted to draw the cat???
I seem to see outline of a cat in almost every one of her paintings, and my girlfriend as well?
wow - i did not see it - but thank you for pointing it out! :)
It's cool because there's the cat and it's kind of like it's looking at itself.
and he is blinking!
Wow... that is so cool
I saw it .. :-)
Def Cat :)
I see it and the more I look at it the more detailed and alive the cat becomes! I got goosebumps!
Yes I can see it now that you mentioned it. What a smart girl!
Ok so i wouldnt believe it was cats eyes but i couldnt be sure so i checked and its true, she very often draw cats eyes on her paintings.
Indeed, I see two cat face
I really think you people would love to see that more than its real. I really doubt it was on purpose.
It most likely is on purpose autistic people have a much higher perception then normal people it is believed that they can
See different realms of existence
Uhhhh how could u do the entire outline of the cats face by Accident?
I call bs on that one. That would be Jesus.
I see it, but I doubt she did it on a purpose..but it was a beautiful pic..
I am very sure it was on purpose and too symetric to be accidental
She must have accidentally got all the cat's markings as well as just the face. What an amazing accident, huh?
It is called the Savant syndrome. A mentally disabled individual who possesses a great deal of talent and skills.
happytinfoilcat... not necessarily an accident. Credit where credit is due, I reckon!
Not on purpose. I draw and paint a lot, I have that sense. I dont even think picture would be better with cat in it. P.S: amazing paintings
I saw it... :-)
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Stunning, but huge Kudos to the parents who have fostered her painting.
I want the one over the piano & another one that looks like the ocean with red sky
Stunning! Adorable and talented precious girl. The cat is cute too!
Amasing art. I can definetly see the cat's face on the picture above the piano.
The cat is cute.
Truly beautiful , can I purchase one?
Absolutely amazing <3 and yes I do see the cat's face !!
I love the way she uses colors and textures.
The sixth one definitely looks like it has a three in it. Cool!
Think a lot of sad people frequent Yahoo. Putting down others little bits of joy. Best of luck to both her and her parents and teachers.
Beautiful paintings, beautiful young lady
Ill believe it when i see video instead of just nice pictures.
she and her paintings are beautiful
The inner art is always present in your mind, any one can paint it is free will paint for yourself it is meditative state
Amazin g *__* Does anyone know the cat's breed?
If thats a Maine Coon I'm a theoretical physicist! Maine Coons are twice that size easily!
Inspiring in many ways!
How does she do it? With acrylic paint?
Does anyone else notice, the last painting with the piano, has the face of the cat , drawn inside of the picture , or is just my imagination ?
Simply BEAUTIFUL work. My son with severe 'autism' and no speech or academic skills has done similar paintings when he was in school. This has encouraged me to increase his opportunities for art expression. Thank you!
What a beautiful little girl!
may she grow up strong and beautiful like the flower of her name...
plot twist: the cat is her teacher.
Absolutely beautiful (so is she and the cat :) Fantastic parents for providing the love and materials that allow her to do this!!
Is there any videos of her painting..I would love to see this amazing work in action! :)
Yes i can see the cats face in the drawing, It`s magnificent.
You`ll never think that a child in her condition could do such a wonderful masterpiece.
Masha Allah...May Allah Bless her ^_^ Amazing :)
i really interest autism http://www.otizm.com.tr
Getting the best from the worst... Kids as well as animals are real masters on Earth... They just deserve love, no less than love....
What's the name of the painting on the piano?
What's the title of the painting on the piano?
Nothing short of incredible. My granddaughter is 7 yrs old and has been diagnosed with Aspbergers, art is vital to her self expression.
Wow, she's a lot better than I thought she'd be. Made me want to paint too.
i see a cat in every painting like if you see it too!
Stunningly beautiful work. She indeed possesses very special gift to share with the world. Paint on, sweet Iris, you and Thula, paint on!
There is a face of the cat in the picture Is it the little girls cat? They seem to have an understanding with each other much more .Gloria
This story is truly amazing. It is so wonderful that a child with autism has found a creative outlet for her emotions. :- )
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For another article, go here: https://www.boredpanda.com/thula-therapy-cat-autistic-artist-iris-grace/
My son has a mild form of Autism (Asperger's) and has just discovered that you can combine math and art together, both of which he loves.
OMG so good, makes me feel like I suck at art now.
Beautiful! What paints and materials is she using? Watercolor? I see some large brushes and some sponges? Great!
I am seeing an outline of a cat in all of the paintings. The most obvious is the one over the piano. Truly beautiful.
Totally amazing, undiscovered worlds.
Wonderful parents too... bravo~!
Wauw... respect. .. I also see a face of a cat in the painting...
How can I purchase one of her paintings?
I would love to purchase one of paintings
is there a way to by these wonderful paintings?or their prints?
Are these available for sale? I'd love to support Iris through purchasing one <3 They are very captivating!
She is so amazing! I wish my paintings could be as exquisite. Absolutely beautiful!
Every single one of us has potential. God has given us a gift. Find it and SOAR!
it's wonderful <3
yeah cat on the painting above the piano...awesome art work...
Beautiful and talented.
It's amazing how humans find ways to comunicate no matter what life challanges we face. Think of Helen Keller she found a way to shine.
Oh yes---I see the face. How magnificent. People need to stop putting labels on those they don't understand. She is beautiful
Yea no thanks I rather not have my child autism and just be a plain joe!
Yea no thanks I rather have not my child with autism and just be normal person!
Amazing and truly inspiring. Really everyone had a hidden talent if only it is ignited at the right time, mysteries can happen.
Bless her! In our education system the emphasis is on teaching language and arithmetic with gives teachers hardly time for art! Frustration
Beautiful encouragement from her Parents...keep up the great work lil girl
I don't have any words to say... Hats off Iris!!! I wish your talent is recognized world wide. Bless you!
Truly stunning x clever little girl x
That is a VERY talented young artist - her work although abstract conveys feelings without words or visual iconic markers.
Kudos to the photographer too. Those are some great photos.
wow, so beautiful and inspirational, i must show my art teacher this, she'll love it!! made me cry! :')
Stunning....and magical with the cat peering at you.
Wow! Uplifting and inspirational. <3
Absolutely beautiful! I would love one
Her creations is so magical
I am so happy she found her calling even a little jealous as i am in my 30s and still searching.
If you look a little harder...the Cat is in all her paintings.
Are her paintings for sale anywhere?
so awesome talent
I think every one of her paintings is amazing !!! and fascinating !
Amazing contribution Mom introducing Iris, reflective perception to an art medium that will bring so much pleasure.
its wonderful. she can connect to the awesome ness of her whole being and paint. i love what she is doing.
just incredibly Amazing....
I want one of these in my house. Stunning!
why can't she just be a brilliant young artist, why does she have to be the autistic artist? is that really necessary?
Yes that one stood out! OMG What talent. How do I get one of these. I have an Autistic Grandson. This little girl is going to go far!
This little girl is special. She has a unique talent and I wish her all the best.
What A Creative, Talented and Special Young Artist?
what i thinks ? hmm love this painting. Ty ty ty ty ty ty ty