[accessibleimage] Re: Blind children drawing people

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  • Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:45:36 -0700

I love this conversation.

I have not experienced the limitation of a one shot window of comprehension that Charles has seen. I teach art at the Colorado Center for the Blind (students 18+ years old) for the last 12 years and over the years we have come up with some really accessible ways to explore (hands on) picture plane concepts like: over lap and outline, foreground, middle and background, horizon, convergence and diminution of size and the like. It really seems that most of the time I am giving words to concepts that have been living right below the surface of consciousness anyway, it is not really that big a leap. One of the first lessons we start with is recognizing, sorting and naming basic shapes. Then when you move onto a concept like point of view or point of perception and trying to draw a 3D object, we can deconstruct the object into basic forms and start there. For example - my hand face on is a big rectangle with five skinny rectangles arranged around it. That is basic then I can refine.  I find that technique works equally well for sighted people who have no idea how to convert a 3D object into a 2D picture either.
    I have modified a perspective machine that is ripped from the brain of Albrecht Durer. With that student are able to tactually create their own pictures using all the standard picture conventions with their own imaginations. Very fun and students have made some wonderful art work that they can self critique towards improving their skills.

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Subject:  e] Re: Blind children drawing people
From: "cpond" <cpond@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, January 29, 2012 8:14 pm
To: <accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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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