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Atrice Warner's painting, "Woman with a Raven" was chosen for a 1st place award in the 2007 APH InSights Art Competition. Awards will be presented during the APH Annual Meeting taking place in Louisville, Kentucky, October 11-13, 2007. Atrice will be receiving a 1st place ribbon and cash award for her painting. Congratulations, Atrice!

The 2007 Helen Keller International Art Show selected artwork created by three of our students for the annual touring exhibit. Congratulations to the following artists: Morgan Pimentel, David Khan, and Kiko Duenas. David Khan's painting, titled "David's Masterpiece" was purchased by the president of McGraw-Hill Publishing to display in his office.

October is “Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month”, an annual event sponsored by Art Education for the Blind. The CSB Art Program is inviting the community to an Open House on October 18, 2007. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how art can be accessible to students with vision loss.

Teacher : Minda Tayam

Minda encourages students to develop their artistic ability, spatial awareness, and sense of self while enjoying the joys of art.

A print of leaves, created by a student at the California School for the Blind in October of 2005
A print of leaves, created by a student at the California School for the Blind in October of 2005

Collage of cropped pictures, link to CSB art gallery
CSB Art Gallery

The Art Program at the California School for the Blind is unique and special in many ways. At its core is the deep belief that "every human being is endowed with a creative spirit" (Vicktor Lowenfeld, 1957).

The Art Program offers children who are blind and visually impaired a safe environment to do art. The program is designed to encourage students to engage in art activities as independently as possible. The physical lay out of the room, lesson plans, art materials, and tools have been adapted and/or modified to meet the needs of our special students.

Individual decision making and independence are applauded. Students are encouraged to pursue their own interests such as ceramics, painting, print-making, collage, drawing, and sculpture. Art activities are also presented that are age and developmentally appropriate.

The Art Room operates as a studio-based open group. The atmosphere is one of trust and acceptance, honoring the artistic process, as well as valuing a finished project. Engaging in the creative process promotes self esteem and confidence. Children explore a wide variety of art materials as they master new skills.

Students participate in local and national art exhibits such as the Helen Keller Art Show and the American Printing House for the Blind Insights Art Competition. CSB also celebrates students’ art work with the annual Spring Art Show, an opportunity for all to enjoy the art pieces students have made during the year.

Because we believe there is no right or wrong way to do art, our students are free to have fun while learning many new skills.

Please stop by and visit the Art Room.  Come see art work that has been created by students who love doing art, who think of themselves as creative individuals, and are thrilled when their art work is enjoyed by other people.

Picture of wall in CSB art room decorated with created hands and banner reading "Every Human Being is Endowed with a Creative Spirit"

CSB Spring Sidewalk Chalk Day

Jan Wittman organized students at CSB in creating chalk art on the sidewalk.
View pictures of CSB chalk art day 2006

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