Description of Art Beyond Sight
AFB and Art Education for the Blind have joined together to co-publish this one-of-a-kind resource that provides vital information on all aspects of exploring art and creativity by people who are blind or visually impaired. Developed by Art Education for the Blind, this beautiful, fully illustrated manual is the result of a decade-long international collaboration among researchers, art educators, teachers of visually impaired students, psychologists, museum professionals, and blind and sighted art enthusiasts. Includes a section of reproducible pages for classroom or workshop activities.
Publisher: AFB Press
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Review Art Beyond Sight
This reference is a great basis for continuing an important body of work. Art Beyond Sight argues convincingly to dispel myths about the nature of experiencing art.
This book will appeal to many different audiences. Teachers will be interested in the concepts of why persons with vision loss should learn to participate in the arts. Of special interest to the classroom teacher and family members is the theory of touch, use of sound and tactile objects, and the materials or process for visual arts.
Artists will be able to relate to the personal stories and interviews presented throughout the book. Most chapters have a “meet the author” section where the artist talks about his or her talents, different techniques of producing their artwork, and basic information demonstrating art with vision loss.
Museum staff will appreciate the sections on docent training, care of the art within the museum during tours, and supplementary art replicating the actual art. Techniques for training and setting up the actual tours are provided with specific examples at various museums. Much emphasis is put on verbal descriptions, period music in the background, and tactile opportunity for the museum visitor.
Comprises a theoretical and practical guide for educators, museum professionals, parents, friends, and the lay reader to the teaching of art and its appreciation to blind and visually impaired people.