Going a stage further, another question posed in this unit was How do blind people perceive art? and linked to activities to explore this as well as the tech apps etc that are now around to aid a visually-impaired person. I explored further and found a great article on visual impairment and sight is this one, What do blind people see, that linked interviews with photographs of the interviewees and then an artist created images inspired by them. However, what really interested me was the specific question annd I found this on the BBC website bbc.com/culture with a film on Lisa Squirrel, who is visually impaired yet still has a passion for visual art.
Questions for self reflection:
- What experiences do you already have?
- In what areas would like to stretch yourself?
- What new skills do you need to learn?
In many ways, I have already started to gain new knowledge if not new skills through my research following this unit. I would like to stretch myself further in creating opportunities for students to have these links between the senses, connecting sounds and colours for example, and not just have the traditional emotive responses to art and by extention producing art.
As a realist who draws in great detail, I interested in exploring how to make my art more acceptable to those who are visually impaired. It is already in grey scale for those who can see tones, but do I need to scale up, add an oral description... hmmm
Last year, I created a colour collage, it's here: White. This year, I chose to do another one. As it hasn't rained for weeks and the prevailing colour is yellow, that was my choice for it. Furthermore, I added week one's what-if-i-could-change-size and took macro photos.
That brings me to the end of another thought provoking course.