[accessibleimage] Re: Blind children drawing people

  • From: bmarek <bmarek@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 17:46:54 +0100


Dear Sylvie, 

This was also my experience watching blind children
draw - closing a circle was a bit of a problem. Most bodies in these
drawings were rectangular rather than round. As for having a "model" for
drawing people doing different things, this is precisely what Fleximan
(described earlier) does. Fleximan is a stick figure with moveable,
magnetic joints. F. can be shaped to "look like" someone standing, or
walking, running, bending down jumping, kicking or throwing a ball,
shaking hands with another F. etc. Whilke each sahpe is static, F. can
also demonstrate movement - raising one or both arms, or one or both
legs, bending down etc. Combined with tactile drawings representing
these activities F. helps understand drawings of people "doing things".
The Statewide Vision Resource Centre in Australia has tested Fleximan
with children (svrc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) and Phia from SONOKIDS
(phia@xxxxxxxxxxxxx) may want to comment on the reaction of some adults
born blind to Fleximan and tactile drawings of people. 

Boguslaw 'Bob'

W dniu 06.02.2012 16:52, Kaizen Program napisał(a): 

> 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
> circle closed. But, I am wondering if all children who have basic
> 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
> Sylvie Kashdan,
> Instructor/Curriculum Coordinator
English Learners with Visual Limitations
> 810-A Hiawatha Place South
Seattle, WA 98144, U.S.A.
> phone: (206) 784-5619
> email:
> 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
> 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
> 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
> copying a message from another list - a question from a friend
> Australia.
>> 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
> if, like their sighted peers, they go through a period in which
> draw so-called "tadpole drawings", basically a circle as the head
> body in one, and then sticks as arms and legs?
> Sonokids
Australia www.sonokids.org [1]



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