[accessibleimage] Re: Blind children drawing people

  • From: "Kaizen Program" <kaizen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2012 07:52:59 -0800

I have seen young blind children draw circles with parts sticking out, drawn 
on plastic and with raised line pens and laying down yarn on velcro, and 
using pipe cleaners to make lines. The challenge is generally getting the 
circle closed. But, I am wondering if all children who have basic toys, 
round things with some protrusions, begin thinking of these kinds of 
drawings. Also, with sighted children there is the exposure to cartoons.

Of course, when we draw people doing things, we are drawing them frozen in 
one pose of the doing. I wonder if the boy who doesn't know how to draw 
people doing things is aware of this. Maybe it would help to have tactile 
figures attached to cardboard or wood or something else stiff with pivoting 
or movable joints... to demonstrate the various stages of motion and how it 
can be frozen in a specific picture.

All my best,

Sylvie Kashdan, M.A.
Instructor/Curriculum Coordinator
KAIZEN PROGRAM for New English Learners with Visual Limitations
810-A Hiawatha Place South
Seattle, WA  98144, U.S.A.
phone:  (206) 784-5619
email:  kaizen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
web:  http://www.nwlincs.org/kaizen/

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "bmarek" <bmarek@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2012 11:28 AM
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'

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
> Boguslaw 'Bob' Marek:
> Hi,
> 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,
> Phia

> Sonokids Australia
> www.sonokids.org

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