Austin Special Art

Austin Special Art Our mission is to help our self-taught artists develop their skills, nurture their talent and provide an opportunity for their art to be recognized and shared.

If you find a piece you like, please call (773) 282-4744 or visit www.austinspecial.org We are a non-profit, grassroots, community-based social service agency that provides residential services and developmental training to developmentally disabled individuals. We were founded in 1953 by a group of parents who chose not to institutionalize their disabled children. And we honor their vision of prov

If you find a piece you like, please call (773) 282-4744 or visit www.austinspecial.org We are a non-profit, grassroots, community-based social service agency that provides residential services and developmental training to developmentally disabled individuals. We were founded in 1953 by a group of parents who chose not to institutionalize their disabled children. And we honor their vision of prov

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Mark Suntres - Mark’s 2 versions of the crooked house🀩😍🀩😍🀩😍Graphite pencil & Oil pastel on paper 17x11”
09/01/2021

Mark Suntres - Mark’s 2 versions of the crooked house🀩😍🀩😍🀩😍
Graphite pencil & Oil pastel on paper 17x11”

Ruben Tupayachi - Talk about colors !!!! Ruben is masterful at creating stunning colorful caractΓ¨res. Each one’s outfit ...
08/23/2021

Ruben Tupayachi - Talk about colors !!!! Ruben is masterful at creating stunning colorful caractΓ¨res. Each one’s outfit is very precisely different and sometimes I dream about getting one made just like one of them β™₯οΈπŸ’™πŸ’šβ€οΈπŸ§‘β­οΈ

08/23/2021

William Arnold is fairly new in the Art program. He is very very quiet. His gentle abstract drawings are mainly concentric strokes and use of a lot of colors 😍🀩😍
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08/23/2021

Mark Suntres is creating a piece that is already looking so awesome. Mark uses tracing paper and follows the tracing process pretty well.
Here the project is to use the result of the traced subject twice so it will be like a mirroring effect
More to come .... exciting
He also adds some details with stencil work such a bright initiative✨

Hello everyone ! We are so happy to let you know the shop is open again for good and Austin Special artists are back in ...
08/20/2021

Hello everyone ! We are so happy to let you know the shop is open again for good and Austin Special artists are back in business !!!!
Below is the work of a new client Sylvester Villanueva
His work is mostly inspired by cartoons, food and people close to him like his mom. He reproduces from memory.
He uses crayons with great intensity
It is simply wonderful

07/16/2021

Art at Austin Special - Stunnjng use of colors and oil pastels by Mark Suntres

07/09/2021

Hello everyone !!!!
Austin Special Art is back !!!!
After a long interruption due to the pandemic Austin Special Chicago artists are eager to get back to their beautiful artwork!
Very exciting and much more to come !
Here is Mark Suntres improvising with creatures of the sea and land. Mark did not loose his skills that shine with colors and imagination πŸ’™πŸ’šβ™₯οΈβ€οΈπŸ’œπŸ€πŸ’—

Happy Holidays to all of you !Here are some outstanding artists creating marvelous art pieces! I miss them very much and...
12/28/2020

Happy Holidays to all of you !
Here are some outstanding artists creating marvelous art pieces! I miss them very much and look forward to get back to Art Classes.

Oh such a joy to be able to be back at work with my artists, some of them at least. Here is Mark Suntres latest art work...
10/06/2020

Oh such a joy to be able to be back at work with my artists, some of them at least. Here is Mark Suntres latest art work and it’s all about birds with stunning colors to brighten our days. Bravo Mark ! We love it !!!!

My artists Oh I miss them all !!! And wish them all to be safe and stay healthy and can’t wait to see you again and shar...
04/28/2020

My artists Oh I miss them all !!! And wish them all to be safe and stay healthy and can’t wait to see you again and share your amazing and unfettered Art Work ❀️

Peter Kuczwara - Latest pièce with now familiar figures in it such as the rollercoaster bee, clown face, bird on the lef...
03/03/2020

Peter Kuczwara - Latest piΓ¨ce with now familiar figures in it such as the rollercoaster bee, clown face, bird on the left bottom (an ostrich) he told me πŸ™‚ what I really noticed is the left hand of the caractΓ¨re at the bottom right, how perfect it isπŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨πŸŒŸ

Mark Suntres - A spring feeling from Mark latest piece. All about Nature and the creatures in it. A smily sun that warms...
02/27/2020

Mark Suntres - A spring feeling from Mark latest piece. All about Nature and the creatures in it. A smily sun that warms the heart it is just joyous, oh so lovely πŸ™πŸŒŸπŸŽ©πŸŒŸπŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨

Tom Kopka - Oh what a great great piece in progress ! It feels like the sea, waves and a beautiful day under the sun !! ...
02/27/2020

Tom Kopka - Oh what a great great piece in progress ! It feels like the sea, waves and a beautiful day under the sun !! Thank you Tom for the brightness and lively art work !!!πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŽ©πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨πŸŒŸ

Tom Kopka - Such a lovely smile 😊 Tom is kind of happy so he tells me. His colors choice is in fact showing quiet and su...
02/18/2020

Tom Kopka - Such a lovely smile 😊 Tom is kind of happy so he tells me. His colors choice is in fact showing quiet and subdued mood but it still very wonderful combination πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ”πŸŽ©πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŽ¨

Ruben Tupayachi - Today Ruben put his mind to draw a rabbit. He told me it is a rabbit. How colorful that is and the exp...
02/13/2020

Ruben Tupayachi - Today Ruben put his mind to draw a rabbit. He told me it is a rabbit. How colorful that is and the expression on the face so happy and tender. Ruben you rock !!! πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸŽ¨πŸŒŸ

Sean Ford - Sean is a new client. Today He wanted to come and draw and we are very happy discovering his great skills ! ...
02/11/2020

Sean Ford - Sean is a new client. Today He wanted to come and draw and we are very happy discovering his great skills ! I believe it’s a self portrait. WonderfulπŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸŽ©πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸŽ¨πŸŒŸ

Ruben Tupayachi - Ruben decided to draw a bee today πŸ™‚ Love the bee very much ! Such a facetious face πŸπŸ’›πŸŽ©
02/11/2020

Ruben Tupayachi - Ruben decided to draw a bee today πŸ™‚ Love the bee very much ! Such a facetious face πŸπŸ’›πŸŽ©

Steven Ferrell - Very lovely renderings of Picasso β€˜s paintings ! All so delicate with dreamy tones and fine features ! ...
02/11/2020

Steven Ferrell - Very lovely renderings of Picasso β€˜s paintings ! All so delicate with dreamy tones and fine features ! πŸ’šπŸ’—πŸ€ŽπŸ§‘πŸ’šπŸŒŸ

Peter Kuczwara - Oh Peter how funny you are with such humor in your work like no one else ! Love the strange pink pony ?...
02/04/2020

Peter Kuczwara - Oh Peter how funny you are with such humor in your work like no one else ! Love the strange pink pony ? And the man dressed in black just on the left of the pony it is so strange and appealing. Love also the face with the tongue out πŸ˜› and Peter says that the drawing at the bottom right is a roller coaster 🐝 πŸ˜€ In any case it’s full of fun n more fun πŸŽ©πŸŽ©πŸŽ©πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ¨πŸŒŸ

Ruben Tupayachi - What a beautifully colored drawing. I believe it is sport related the sphere with pattern could be the...
02/04/2020

Ruben Tupayachi - What a beautifully colored drawing. I believe it is sport related the sphere with pattern could be the ball ... it’s wonderful very energetic !πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€πŸŽ¨πŸŒŸ

Peter Kuczwara - One more page filled up with Peters favorites : clown, tiger, a strange looking elephant in the bottom ...
01/30/2020

Peter Kuczwara - One more page filled up with Peters favorites : clown, tiger, a strange looking elephant in the bottom middle right of the piece. Enchanting as always. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🎩🎨

Steven Ferrell - Steven work is always coming out so delicate ! With a lot of directions and a great sensibility Steven ...
01/28/2020

Steven Ferrell - Steven work is always coming out so delicate ! With a lot of directions and a great sensibility Steven always achieves great work πŸŽ©πŸŽ©πŸŽ©πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ¨πŸŽ¨βœ¨

Ruben Tupayachi - Such a lovely lady in a stunning outfit ! Blue eyes red lips and a feeling that she is joyously πŸ’ƒ πŸŽˆπŸŽ©πŸ‘¨πŸ»...
01/21/2020

Ruben Tupayachi - Such a lovely lady in a stunning outfit ! Blue eyes red lips and a feeling that she is joyously πŸ’ƒ πŸŽˆπŸŽ©πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ¨πŸŒŸ

Mark Suntres - I so love Mark smile 🎈Here it is ! Martin Luther King β€˜s portrait so well rendered with such a very rich ...
01/21/2020

Mark Suntres - I so love Mark smile 🎈Here it is ! Martin Luther King β€˜s portrait so well rendered with such a very rich background. 🀩🀩🀩🀩😍🎩🎨πŸ₯‡

Mark Suntres - 3 men on the moon ! Mark traveled into space with this last piece. From the moon one can see the earth an...
01/14/2020

Mark Suntres - 3 men on the moon !
Mark traveled into space with this last piece. From the moon one can see the earth and a lovely red sails boat. Mark used his imagination and some cleverly placed stencils.
The American flag, the rocket n the 3 astronauts are a reminder of the power of the country Space Forces. And 2 green πŸ‘½πŸ‘½ ! Well done Mark ! πŸš€πŸŒ•πŸŒŸπŸŽ©

Mark Suntres - I gave Mark this book β€œBridges” for his birthday. He really really loves it and keeps on bringing it back...
12/12/2019

Mark Suntres - I gave Mark this book β€œBridges” for his birthday. He really really loves it and keeps on bringing it back for inspiration. Here you can see his vision, the transformation from the original photo. It is colorful, lively with angels in the sky, few trees, brightly lit up windows + caractΓ¨res n bike along the quay. Always so wonderful this seemingly joyous universe of Mark with details that pops up as you observe the piece closely
Excellent work Excellent artist πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ¨πŸŒŸ

12/10/2019

Mark Suntres - Mark is so resourceful! He buys n collects stencils and here we can see how cleverly he use some in this piece. Looking forward to seeing it completed πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ¨βœ¨

Tom Kopka - A delightful start  with bright red and a pure white ❀️🀍❀️and here one can see how focused and serious Tom i...
12/10/2019

Tom Kopka - A delightful start with bright red and a pure white ❀️🀍❀️and here one can see how focused and serious Tom is about his paintings. Beautiful abstractions always so vibrant and dynamic🌟

12/05/2019

Tom Kopka - β€œIt makes me happy” What a nice corner there ! Gold n red n blue all together flower like and beautiful. Great abstract work always so interesting choice of colorsπŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸŽ¨πŸŒŸ

12/05/2019

Michael McLemore - Michael is very very quiet. His art work delicate abstract shapes that fits together like a puzzle. He uses pencil colors always write his name and the date on each piece. Repetitive designs
peaceful result. β€οΈπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ–€πŸ€ŽπŸ’—

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