[accessibleimage] Re: Blind children drawing people

  • From: <ann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:43:50 -0700

I wish you would post on the list because these perfectly understandable interpretations are very instructive. Or write to me off line if you really feel it is not appropriate for the list. Thanks, Ann

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Subject: [accessibleimage] Re: Blind children drawing people
From: "cpond" <cpond@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, January 29, 2012 9:14 pm
To: <accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Yes.  I do find it completely familiar, Amanda.  Ha, some funny mishaps on my part with which I won’t tangle up this list.  Write me off-line if you wish.  But, before you wrote your reasons for not drawing clothes on the figure, I had the question (your reason) in my mind.  Then when I read it, it felt like inner verdigo sort of.
When I had to study drafting of sorts, I could never for the life of me figure out how the tactile representations of three-D objects shown to me could be seen as such by the sighted.  Feel the three-D tactile drawing of a ball, a barrel, a cookie, a record, a cylinder, and other more complex figures and you’ll get the idea.  The drawing of a house looked—that is felt—absolutely Nothing like the three-D models of houses which I’ve handled.  The same goeth for some animals.  So, I merely memorized the generic shapes so I could duplicate various drawings when I had to on the raised kine drawing kit.  I varied the parameters, added subfigures together, but could never understand them visually.
IN some cases, I could never identify an object as it was drawn, but as soon as it was told me to me then limbic recognition flashed forth, like a blaze of lightning where before had reighned great darkness.
I’ve known people who lost their sight as adults, and they had no such challenges as these.
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2012 10:39 PM
Subject: [accessibleimage] Re: Blind children drawing people
This brings back some interesting memories. I am blind from birth and found it easy to learn to draw sort of stick figures at an early age. Once I drew one in my mainstream class and the teacher immediately said, "Amanda, the person is upside-down." The head was pointed toward me, and I reasoned that there was neither up nor down on that flat paper and that if I lifted the edge closest to me so that the figure was standing up, it would be facing my direction and right-side-up. No one understood my reasoning.
Interestingly, my second drawing mishap took place at the Texas School for the Blind during a summer program. We were required to draw, and so I drew another bipedal figure. The staff then asked me to draw clothes on it. I tried to explain that this was impossible since the figure was flat and clothes had to wrap around a 3D body. Being six or seven years old I was not taken seriously.
Does anyone find any of this familiar?
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From: cpond
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2012 9:14 PM
Subject: [accessibleimage] Re: Blind children drawing people
Many blind children (and also adults) cannot conceive drawing a three-dimensional object in a two-dimensional medium.  Whether it is a neurological, a developmental or comceptual block, this is so for many.  Three-dimensional visualizing, and more critically here the sense of sight being able to “see” in three dimensions must be learned within a narrow windows at an early time in the child’s life.  Else it doesn’t seem to take.
From: bmarek
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2012 2:28 PM
Subject: [accessibleimage] Re: Blind children drawing people
It's probably silly to post a question and then to try and answer it but I, too, find the question intriguing. I work mainly with school-age children, where I am confronted with somewhat different challenges, like the request I had from a 10-year old who said: I can understand drawings of people standing but not when they are doing something. To help him and other children solve this "problem", I developed a resource which I call "Fleximan" but it only helps children understand what people look like when they sit, bend down, jump, do push-ups or somersaults, kick or throw a ball etc. but does not provide an answer to the question about how very young blind children draw people.  My feeling is that "tadpoles" may not be an obligatory stage in blind children's drawings. Drawing on plastic is much harder than drawing on paper so probably blind children do not start drawing as early as sighted kids, and, drawing a circle is not easy when you can't see so sth like a rectangle is more likely as the main part of a person's body. But I may be wrong
Boguslaw 'Bob' Marek
W dniu 29.01.2012 20:16, bmarek napisał(a):
Below I am copying a message from another list - a question from a friend in Australia.
Boguslaw 'Bob' Marek:
For a new project I am very interested to find out if you know of research or resources giving an insight in the drawing development of young blind children and if, like their sighted peers, they go through a period in which they draw so-called "tadpole drawings", basically a circle as the head and body in one, and then sticks as arms and legs?
kind regards,

Sonokids Australia


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