Creative Art Adaptations By: Carmen Willings teachingvisuallyimpaired.com
--If you have creative art activities within your room, incorporate materials to make the activities more tactual. It provides individuals with a means of self expression and originality. Individuals can explore a variety of materials, textures and colors, and develop fine motor skills. You can make this time more meaningful to individuals who have low vision or blindness by adding scents and textures and using a variety of dimensional materials.
--In class, provide the students with verbal directions about all parts of the activity.
--Unless the student with a visual impairment has had previous art experience, they may not know where to begin with a creative project until they are presented with an example. Be aware that an example likely will tempt them to reproduce it to some degree rather than produce something that is truly original – and thereby limits their own imagination. Remember that art is often an abstract representation of visual impressions (Why does cotton represent snow?) Help the student to understand the association.
Myungja Anna Koh