[accessibleimage] Re: Blind children drawing people

  • From: "cpond" <cpond@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:55:57 -0500

Hi Ann.  There is much in what you write, and much one could say to reply.  If 
you would draw a hand as you describe, which is a fairly flat object. then how 
would one draw a fist, which is definitely three dimensional?  The 
three-dimensional shape must be captured, and yet the object drawn must be 
identifiable as a fist and not a hand, or as a hand reconfigured into a fist?  
Actually, a hand is a three-dimentional albeit flat object.  The fingers are 
round and elongated; the nails are curved; the palm is thicker than the rest of 
the hand.

How would you draw a record as compared to a cookie?

I wonder if the tactile representation of visual tricks would work tactually on 
a blind person, like parallax for example.  I think not.

In school we always dealt with realtime three-D models of objects, or even 
well-done thermoform representations of three-dimensional objects.

Ha.  As for the funnies, well, maybe I’ll write a one-dimensional book about 
them one day.

The tactile picture of an elongated cylinder in no way conjures up in my mind 
the actual image of a cylinder.  It cannot come up off of the page. <quizzzical 
look here>

To some blind adults, tactile graphics, perfectly clear to a sighted person, 
feel like a jumple of lines and curves with absolutely no meaning.  I suppose 
that subjectively I’m somewhere in between, except that I know the symbols for 
electrical schematics and such.  The are purely symbolic and not pictorial.


From: ann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2012 5:45 PM
To: accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Subject: [accessibleimage] Re: Blind children drawing people

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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  -------- Original Message --------
  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
  To: accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  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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