Monday, March 9, 2009

"Let's Hear It For the Boy"

The family has been asking about the boys, so you 'll have to indulge me a bit on this post.
Of course our main focus is home school several hours a day, but after they've finished.......

My oldest, "E", loves drawing and sculpting. And his sculpting medium of choice are my kneaded rubber erasers. You know, the pliable gray kind that you can pull apart for tiny places you need to erase while you are drawing and sketching? I'll show you some of his "creations".

(I just looked at that second photo, and that is a tube of antibiotic cream behind his hand....not a cigarette! We don't smoke...but that sure looked strange...just thought I should clarify!)

My erasers are disappearing all the time! Guess what he found in his stocking for Christmas? Several packs....just for him!

He also loves to draw, and recently he watched a documentary hosted by John Cleese, the British comedian. As "E" watched, he drew Mr. Cleese's likeness. I wanted to save the original drawing, so he traced his drawing onto watercolor paper, and added color with watercolor pencils.

We really encourage "E" to draw and sculpt. When he was first diagnosed with autism, his fine motor skills were not very well developed. His therapist had him practice with picking things up with tweezers...and then they discovered "E" really liked comics and so...."drawing therapy" began. It has been so fun to see him enjoy this over the years and, of course, I keep notebooks and notebooks of his work.

He is sixteen now and really wants to take Dr. Ed.!!! I know his fine motor and gross motor have greatly improved, and he is always extremely cautious about everything, but I'm not sure I'm ready for this! Any family members want to come for the summer and teach him how to drive?

On the next post, I’ll tell you about “B”, my 13 year old. His latest interest is VERY deceiving! ☺


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful wonderful wonderful!! Suzanne, E, is amazing!!

Sarah said...

Wowza girl he is amazing!!! Does he sell his stuff? Did you know sculpty has an eraser clay? Lots of colors - maybe he would enjoy that. I will have to admit - I did that with my erasers in art class too. I have the wonderful oportunity in my career as a precsool teacher to work with autistic kiddos, they never fail to amaze me. Challenge me - but amaze me!!!

Ruth Welter said...

Wow Suzanne, artistic talent runs in your family for sure...these are absolutely wonderful.


bluejeanprimitives said...

Hey his art is amazing! I see the apple doesn't far from the ole' tree!

Good for you E!


The Burlap Owl said...

Wow, E's talent is amazing. He definitely inherited your artistic gene!


Anonymous said...

E- is very very talented young man. I love post like these. ;) Can't wait to read about your other son. ;)

Caitlin said...


I am so impressed with what "E"
has done. He sure is artistic

Doreen said...

Suzanne..his work is fantastic!!! WOW!


Lana said...

Suzanne, tell "E" that we are all so impressed! And Driver's Ed? Not to worry.... lol.... better you than me... I've already been through it with 3 kids! He'll do great, and then it'll be a breeze with "B".

Victorian Lady said...

Hi Suzanne! :)

It took me forever, but I finally did the feature on you that I had talked about! Come see :)

P.S. WOW! Your sons are very talented...and especially to do that with just an eraser! :)


Suzanne said...

Thanks everyone, this may convince "E" that it's not "just Mom" telling him that I like his work!
I've tried to get him to let me open a little Etsy shop for his creations, but he just likes to draw and sculpt for enjoyment....guess that's what art is all about anyway.

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Your young man's talent is wonderful... not just in one medium but two. The drawing of Cleese catches all his finer attributes.I'll bet years of watching Mom have fueled his creativity.
And drivers ed why not... 16 is a special threshold for all young teens.Just hide the car keys!!!
xo Susan

Rachael Kinnison said...

Way to go """E"""!
xoxoxo rachael

SweetAnnee said...

Oh my goodness , E is VERY talented.
Glad school is going well and hope
to see more..about both boys

Smiles to you

Jacquelynne said...

Your son is so talented, maybe he should consider art school.
As for driving, I don't think any parent is ever prepared for that- I know I wasn't!

Julie said...

Hi Suzanne, E's work is wonderful and amazing! Very talented indeed!!!Julie

Kim - said...

those sculptures are amazing.