Altering your drawing and painting tools is one of many simple changes recreation staff can make to provide a more inclusive and accessibly friendly art space. Utilize these three tips to provide better grip strength on your art tools to support the utilization of fine motor skills:
Use short cups or jars for water when painting to ensure participants can easily clean their brushes in-between colours without fear of knocking over the cup!
Design a creative space that supports and empowers participants with visual impairments. Here are four things to keep in mind:
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Chuck Close, a prominent American artist, is well-known for his innovative approach to portraiture. Overcoming a spinal artery collapse in 1988 that left him partially paralyzed, Close channeled his adversity into his art. Embracing his physical limitations, he developed ingenious techniques to create intricate, large-scale portraits, utilizing a brush-holding device attached to his wrist and forearm to allow him to continue painting. His distinctive “grid” method involves breaking down images into smaller segments, which he meticulously recreates using a variety of media. Close’s artistic process not only showcases his exceptional technical skill but also serves as an emblem of resilience. By transforming his impairment into a catalyst for creativity, he redefines the boundaries of traditional portraiture, producing captivating artworks that invite viewers to reconsider notions of identity and human connection.