Eli B., a second grader at Ruskin Elementary, expressed his true colors vividly and artistically through a self-portrait he painted for the Okefenokee Heritage Center’s Autism Awareness Day Elements of Inspiration Art Show. The theme for this year’s show was “Who Inspires You, What Inspires You?” Eli completed his masterpiece under the guidance of Mrs. Athena Harwood, the art teacher at Ruskin Elementary.
Eli stated in an interview about this experience that he chose to paint a self-portrait because he knows a lot about himself. He explained that all of the features of the painting were related to the colors, shapes, and ideas that he loves and feels represent who he is. For example, he used the color green as the background color because green is his favorite color. The shapes he chose for each part of the portrait were carefully chosen to represent details that were most important to him.
Eli was proud to show off his artwork to his second grade class and teachers throughout his school. Everyone was in awe of his creativity and very proud of the second place ribbon that he earned in the art contest for his painting. Donna Solomon is the principal of Ruskin Elementary School.
Pictured is Eli showing off his masterpiece.