The Chinese issue of Focus comic is now in production. Focus is more than a comic, it is part of a social initiative that maintains dignity for those on the spectrum, by removing the stigma associated with autism. We promote greater representation, inclusion and accessibility.
Thank you to all the Focus comic project contributors. If you have not yet purchased one of our English/French issues of Focus, please buy one at focuscomic.com or through one of or retail partners. We will also be attending FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention and Los Angeles Comic Con where you will be able to check out our book, and learn about the amazing social work we are doing locally and on a global scale. Please also check out our silent auction at focuscomic.com
Yvonne Wan, the creator of Focus comic and social cultural anthropologist had the pleasure of interviewing some of the kids at the Focus comic summer camp about some of their favorite super heroes and comics.
Check out the following fun interviews.
In this film, Jett makes a new friend and talks about comics and the issue of being liked. This film illustrates how self aware kids are at a young age, and how comics educate kids about human relations, and inspire hope. Filmed at the Focus Comic free summer camp for autistic kids.
We are 6 weeks into our Focus comic free summer camp for kids and young adults with autism. This week, we had fun teaching the kids how to create super hero clay masks to help them feel empowered. We also created some family hand print plaques and gave the kids a tour of the Kilns. Last week, the kids learned how to use the slab roller and sculpt their projects into shape. This week, the kids learned how to paint and glaze their projects to their desires. Here are a few examples of the masks made in class. We will fire the projects next week, which will give the masks a shiny appearance.
Here is the highlights film to the super heroes mask project for week 6:
Here is footage of Jett learning to use our new slab roller for the mask project:
Here is what Amber and Blaze have to say about their experience of the class:
We also had a head start on the family clay hand print ceremony this week which will give autistic kids a precious keep sake to remind them of their childhood, and give them a strong sense of self, identity and family.
Here are two films showing Blaze learning how to use the new slab roller:
Here is footage of Jett’s family hand print ceremony:
Here is footage of Blaze’s hand print ceremony:
Here is footage of a tour of the kilns at our Focus comic summer camp at Desert dragon pottery:
Here are a few pictures from this weeks class. Please visit our Facebook page to see more images.
If you are interested in attending our Focus comic free summer camp for autistic kids and young adults, please register for a place in class by following the registration process on the post advertising the next class.
If you have not yet read Focus comic, or would like to support Focus comic, please purchase a book online or through one of our retail partners. In addition, please participate in our silent auction to help us raise funds for our social cause project.
Thank you ABC15 News for honoring Douglas Hebert with a hero award for his contribution to society through the Focus comic project. Douglas Hebert is a certified art teacher and is the main artist for Focus comic, and is responsible for coaching the Focus comic interns to help them fulfill their creative potential. Doug is also the head art teacher for the Focus comic summer camp which is free for kids and young adults with autism.
The next new Focus comic summer camp project will start Aug 17 2019 in Phoenix.
The next class is a family project for families with autistic kids and young adults. Each family member will have the opportunity to make a clay handprint plaque bearing their name and the date of the hand print ceremony for free.
This family project is designed to provide autistic kids with a strong sense of self and identity through this handprint ceremony, in addition to creating a fun memory of their childhood with their family members. The material artifact would become a precious keepsake that they will treasure when they are older.
It will be a two part class. The first class is would involve the use of a slab roller and making the hand print within the clay. We will then allow the clay to dry for a week and then fire it in the kiln. It needs to be fired otherwise the clay will crumble. The second class (Aug 24) would be to collect the item to take home after it has been fired. Alternatively, the students have the option of glazing their plaque on August 24th. Students choosing to glaze their project will be required to attend the summer camp on the 31st August to pick up their project (Glazing the plaque would mean you would need to attend the art studio three times instead of twice).
Registration is now open for this new class.
The duration of the class will be approximately an hour depending on the family size.
Douglas Hebert, Professional Sculptor; Head artist and art internship coach for Focus comic will be teaching with Yvonne Wan, creator of Focus comic. Yvonne is also an award winning artist to. Mishy Katz will be assisting with the teaching also.
All art materials will be supplied free of charge to the students, and the firing of the projects and glazing will be free to. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be included.
Class starts at 1pm on both dates.
Completed projects will be photographed professionally in a photo booth so the kids can be proud of their art. Free photography provided courtesy of Yvonne Wan, the sole creator of Focus comic.
Autistic kids attending for the first time will receive a special gift bag upon completion of their first project.
Registration in advance is required so we can plan the correct resources per student. We anticipate this will be a popular class, so please register early to secure your place in class. Your place in class is only secured when Yvonne confirms it in writing. To sign up for the Focus summer camp, free for kids and young adults with autism, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title: Focus Comic Summer Camp.
Information needed in the email regarding the next class Aug 17:
Name of the student with autism.
Age of the student with autism.
Any food allergies that we need to know about.
Parent’s/Guardians contact info and telephone number.
Family members attending (Name, age and food allergies).
A parents/legal guardian will need to be present during the class.
The location of the Focus summer camp is:
Desert Dragon Pottery Art School. 25037 N 17th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85085
More dates for Focus art camp will be announced in due course.
We are 5 weeks into our Focus comic free summer camp for kids and young adults with autism. This week, we had fun teaching the kids how to create super hero clay masks to help them feel empowered. We taught them manual ways of creating thin slabs of clay, as well as using the slab roller machine. The kids also learned how to use the mask molds to create a basic form for their masks. They also learned how to sculpt the masks using different tools and techniques. Next week, the students will learn how to continue sculpting their masks, and some will go on to painting them; depending on their individual pace of work.
Here is the highlights film for week 5:
Here is an interview with Tamarah about what she thinks of our Focus comic summer camp at Desert Dragon Pottery art studio:
Here is an interview with one of our students with autism regarding his thoughts on the Focus comic summer camp and whether he thinks autism is a strength or weakness:
Here is an interview with our student Jett, about his favorite super heroes and what they represent. The interview shows how comics influence the world view, hopes and dreams and values of kids at a young age:
Here are some films of our students having fun and learning how to use the slab roller machine:
Here are a few photos from the class. We are proud to help the kids meet new friends and also create some great childhood memories with their family members.
If you are interested in joining one of our free art classes for autistic kids and young adults, please subscribe to our blog for updates, and check our website regularly for new class dates. We will be having classes every weekend, unless we are having a community outreach event the same week.
Teachers: Douglas Hebert, Yvonne Wan of Focus comic. Assisting: Mishy Katz and Lauren.
Check out the following pieces of art available for silent auction. All items are original art pieces.
All proceeds will be used towards the Focus project. Please visit our ‘About’ page to learn more about the Focus project. The silent auction ends September 7 at noon. Payment will need to be made on the September 7 at noon (Mountain Day light Time).
If you are interested in placing a bid, please email us with the subject heading: “Silent Auction Bid”. Please state the item you are interested in; your maximum bid value, your name, number and email address. Sales tax, Postage, packaging and handling fees will apply in addition to the winning bid value (for the winning bidder).
If you are the winning bidder, you may collect the item at Fan X Comic convention in Salt Lake City at the Focus Booth, to save on shipping costs.
Please revisit this web page often to view new additional art work.
Thank you Athena Finger, grand daughter of the co creator of Batman for supporting Focus comic and autism awareness. We had the privilege of meeting her at San Diego Comic Con this year, and she was delighted to spend time to talk to us about the Focus project. Check out what she has to say about autism awareness and acceptance. Athena is an educator and has friends with kids on the spectrum. She loves the idea of an autistic super hero and loves the art work :
Thank you Ellen Dubin for supporting Focus comic and autism awareness at San Diego Comic Con. Check out her interview here by clicking play. Ellen talks about why she believes autism awareness is important and her thoughts on Focus the autistic super hero. Did you know Ellen Dubin played a character called Jeri Slate in The collector who besides being a print journalist, she was also a widow and the single parent of an autistic son, Gabriel (Aidan Drummond)? Ellen explains the role gave her an understanding of the world that autistic kids and families experience. She would love to see Focus as a TV series as it will help people identify with those affected by autism and create more empathy, understanding and kindness. “To create something like this is very heart warming, so continue what you are doing. Thank you”
Please order Focus through this website or buy it through one of our retail partners in support of Autism awareness and acceptance.