Art and the blind: Clay media and artistic expression of the young child with significant visual impairments
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractIn view of current research in mental imagery and creativity, the researcher suggests that a program of art activities with clay media is advantageous for young blind children. The literature reviewed suggests the value of the young blind childs work in clay. This study discusses learning process of the blind, mental imagery and therapeutic art education. It attempts to answer three questions. The study asks how these children learn; what methods might be appropriate for art instruction, and looks for indications of the growth of imagery and creativity. The methods and activities designed and implemented are discussed in this study. Selected clay work by children are shown in photographs. The results seemed to indicate that the these activities were beneficial for young children with significant visual impairments. Recommendations are made for further study.
Degree ProgramGraduate College