[accessibleimage] Re: Blind children drawing people

  • From: "cpond" <cpond@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <accessibleimage@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2012 22:14:08 -0500

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 

  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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