What’s New in the Studio: October

Come and celebrate Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month with a special weekend Studio Creations project during October! Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month is a chance for professionals and institutions to raise awareness for making art a part of the lives of those affected by sight loss. In addition to Studio Creations, many of our classes and access programs for October such as Arturo’s Art & Me, our homeschool class, the Arc of Dallas visit, and Meaningful Moments program will be focused on ABS. For more information on Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month, go to www.artbeyondsight.org.

Many famous artists have had visual impairments–Vincent van Gogh (sight loss), Edgar Degas (glaucoma), Mary Cassatt (diabetic retinopathy), and Claude Monet (cataracts), among others. For instance, late in his life Henri Matisse (below) relied heavily upon his studio assistants for help in making his cutout collages due to his failing eyesight.

Matisse making a cutout.

During Studio Creations, we encourage you to take a free Family Gallery Guide (available in the Art Studio in the Center for Creative Connections) which contains activities for you and your family to experience works in our European Painting and Sculpture galleries using your senses other than sight.

When you are finished, return to the Art Studio to try your hand at making a contour line drawing. There will be boxes containing mystery objects for you to feel without seeing what they are; your challenge is to draw your object based only on your sense of touch. You will be drawing on a sheet of styrofoam so the lines you create will be recessed, enabling you to feel the finished image. You can then make a print of your drawing–volunteers will be on hand to help assist you as needed.

Contour line drawing.


Print created from the contour line drawing.

Check out this website for information about Denton-based artist John Bramblitt, who will be leading the special ABS classes and workshops I mentioned earlier: http://bramblitt.net. John is a sightless painter whose works are internationally renowned and he will be talking with  participants about his inspirational story and creative process. He will then facilitating a special sensory art-making project for them.

Studio Creations is a drop-in art-making activity for families offered Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-3:30 p.m. (with some exceptions). Join us for a different project each month! Studio Creations is free with paid admission and all supplies are provided; registration is not required.

Posted by: JC


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