| Nov 19, 2019
Lukas draws from memory
During their stay at Andreas Autism center we offer children and young adults with autism all kinds of therapy and leisure activities. Lukáš’ favorite are art therapy and music therapy.
Lukáš is a young man who celebrated his 27th birthday this June. He was diagnosed with atypical autism before the age of three. He would not talk and he appeared as if he was not hearing. He enjoyed stereotypes and his favorite pastime was spinning the wheels on an inverted bicycle. When he was five, he started drawing his first pictures. The drawings were simple at first, mere stick figures on which he learned to add the eyes, ears and nose. Through drawing pictures, he eventually started talking. He formed first sentences at the age of seven. His art was improving. Mostly, he enjoyed drawing cartoons of Tom and Jerry, or Spider-Man with a regular pencil. Although he would typically draw the same figures, he always captured a different facial expression. Only when he was satisfied with the outline would he proceed to finish the picture with color pencils.
When Lukáš was twelve, he started attending art therapy in Andreas Autism center. It was here where he began to paint on canvas with a brush and forged his own style. He really likes to mix colors to achieve just the right shades. He always arrives with a clear idea of what he wants to draw. Him and his therapist have a unique connection. Often, she only has to think what Lukáš could still add to the picture, and he starts painting it without her ever saying a word.
Lukáš loves traveling. Upon return, he records his experiences on the canvas. Paintings from his adventures include the Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty. He enjoys portraying faces of different ethnicities and attire – the Scotts or Mexicans among others, but also political figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill and Barack Obama. Currently, he mostly draws my dog and the Christmas holidays. All from the top of his head. If he goes to a concert and takes interest in a singer, he crafts a portrait of her during the next therapy session.
Lukáš also likes to communicate. In his own way, he keeps track of all social happening. He proudly casted his votes twice for presidential candidates. He understands political elections well. Although after the first round, he could not understand that a female can also become president. He learned and remembered that presidents were always male and took that for granted. Today he knows well enough (among many other people in our society) that a woman can represent a country as well as any man. And so to this day, there are three paintingshung on the walls of Andreas portrayingthe president of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana Caputová.
Lukáš typically presents himself in blue attire – blue t-shirt or shirt and jeans. Jacket and bag are blue by default as well. Lukáš is also good at skiing and horseback riding. When he paints his portraits, he talks to his characters and depending on his mood, adds wings or hearts. It is a great pleasure working with him!
Written by Lucia, sister of Lukáš
Project is managed by organization Andreas whose project ‘For parents without parents’ provides various leisure activities for people with autism. One hour of art therapy costs 10 euros. Many thanks for all your contributions.
Statue of Liberty
President Zuzana Caputova