Cassius and Portia go to the Museum: an Adventure in Time (Part 1)

Cassius and Portia go to the Museum:

an Adventure in Time

(This first post is just the pictures from the gorgeous museum. In Part 2, you will see the video that will, for lack of better word, make your heart soar with happiness.).

Last week, after weeks of hinting, Cassius was interested — finally — in going to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Many of you know that Cassius is very logically-minded, and his fine-motor skills are not super great, so he’s never enjoyed any sort of art, ever.

So naturally, I jumped at the chance to take him to a place that was artsy.

What was to happen was soon to blow my mind — and heart — away.

Many kids with autism or sensory processing disorder occasionally struggle with knowing where in space their arms and legs are. Consequently, they often appear clumsy, disorganized, and can have an awkward gait.

After a year of being violently bullied, Cassius rarely lets down his “guard” to be silly outside of our house. He’s constantly afraid of what other children will think (this resulted in me making his peanut butter & jelly sandwich wrong 12 times this morning!*).

The Museum has an interactive room dedicated to children, and here Cassius really came alive.

Image is of Cassius posed in a lifesized oil painting: he is standing beside the coffee table with two women drinking (presumably tea), while a violinist plays in the background. His facial expression is hilarious, his hand is over his mouth as if he has just heard some truly *dirty* gossip.

Image is of Cassius posed in a lifesized oil painting: he is standing beside the coffee table with two women drinking (presumably tea), while a violinist and a pianist plays in the background. His facial expression is hilarious, his hand is over his mouth as if he has just heard some truly *dirty* gossip. I love, love, love this photo.

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Image is Cassius standing in front of a miniature exhibit of the Cummer Gallery… looking like a giant.

Image is of Cassius using an interactive digital display to create art. He said that his art was far better than many of the abstract paintings in the gallery. I agree with him.

Image is of Cassius using an interactive digital display to create art. He said that his art was far better than many of the abstract paintings in the gallery.
I agree with him. We later purchased this fine piece of art from Cassius for the hefty price of $2.00. Best $2.00 Spent ever!*

 

Image is a photo of the digital art Cassius created using the interactive digital paintwall in the previous picture.

Image is a photo of the digital art Cassius created using the interactive digital paintwall in the previous picture.

Image is Cassius' digital self-portrait, which is surprisingly difficult to do. Mine came out way worse than his - mine doesn't even look like a person! His looks a lot like him!

Image is Cassius’ digital self-portrait, which is surprisingly difficult to do. Mine came out way worse than his – mine doesn’t even look like a person! His looks a lot like him!

Image is a an angel statute in the courtyard. Walking up behind it, Cassius says "I think that statute is peeing!"

Image is a an angel statute in the courtyard. Walking up behind it, Cassius says “I think that statute is peeing!”

Image is a side view of the "accused" peeing statute. "Oh good," Says Cassius. "A peeing angel would be weird. Is that what rain is?"

Image is a side view of the “accused” peeing statute. “Oh good,” Says Cassius. “A peeing angel would be weird. Is that what rain is?”

Image is Cassius sitting outside in the garden. :) He is being so patient with me and my pictures! <3

Image is Cassius sitting outside in the garden. 🙂 He is being so patient with me and my pictures! ❤

And, last but not least, the highlight of our trip. But to see this, you’ll have to click here.

Sidenote: For your clarification, “*” denotes the use of sarcasm everywhere in this blog.

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