Art at SAAC
Art provides individuals with autism with a meaningful and enjoyable outlet for the expression of inner thoughts and emotions through the artwork they produce. To that end, art education at SAAC focuses on the holistic development of the individual with autism, emotional modulation, and the cultivation of focus, control and the ability to respond well to one-on-one instruction. It is more about the journey of creating an artwork and leveraging teachable moments in the process for growth than about acquiring skills and techniques.
Individuals with moderate to severe autism require concerted prompting from the art teachers and instructors to draw out and assist in expressing their thoughts through art. Even with this level of guidance, it can take a person with moderate to severe autism anywhere from a month for a simple painting to several months for more complex artwork.