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Getting in Touch with Art

Getting in Touch with Art

A new art club is making art more accessible for blind and poor sighted people

Getting in Touch with Art

Colorado Centre for the Blind art teacher Ann Cunningham has launched a sensory art club open to all people. The Tactile Art Club is operating out of the Colorado Centre for the Blind campus in Littleton, according to The Denver Post.

The club is open to all new members, including those who are blind, have low vision or full use of their sight. All members are required to make what the centre calls “accessible art”. Here this is about creating a tactile experience, allowing blind or sight challenged members to create and appreciate art that they might have otherwise been excluded from. “The No 1 reason people want to get involved in art is because they want to be able to express themselves,” says Cunningham.

Ann Cunningham helps David Dunphy as he works on glazing a mug at the Rocky Mountain School for the Blind in Littleton. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Ann Cunningham helps David Dunphy as he works on glazing a mug at the Rocky Mountain School for the Blind in Littleton. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

In previous meetings students have been able to work together and create pottery. Member David Dunphy was born blind, and says he enjoys having the opportunity to participate in creativity, “I didn’t realise there were so many ways to express yourself tactility,” he said.

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