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Art Program

 

The art program at the California School for the Blind (CSB) supports the school's mission of preparing students to become independent citizens.  The program provides opportunities for young people to practice self-determination and creative expression by engaging in hands-on art activities.  Ceramics, drawing, painting, and sculpture aid in developing spatial concepts, tactile discernment, and fine motor skills.

 

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

The guiding principle of the program is the belief that "every human being is endowed with a creative spirit."

-Vicktor Lowenfeld, 1957


Enjoyment of the arts is one area within the Expanded Core Curriculum.  Participating in art has benefits for all students, including those who have visual impairments. 

The art room offers young people a safe place to do art.  Students are encouraged to pursue their interests, make choices, and engage in the creative process as independently as possible.  Materials are labeled in both braille and large print for accessibility.  A non-judgmental approach allows students to explore a variety of media and have fun while developing skills.

Students participate, and have won awards, in local and national art exhibits, including the Insights Art Competition sponsored each year by the American Printing House for the Blind.  CSB also celebrates students work with the annual Spring Art Show, an opportunity for all to enjoy the pieces made during the year.

Visit the art room.  See, and touch, work made by young people who love doing art, who think of themselves as creative individuals, and are thrilled when their work is appreciated by others.


"Making things can help open your mind, and maybe even cheer you up.”      
- Joshua G.


For more information please contact:
Minda Tayam, Art Teacher
mtayam@csb-cde.ca.gov

 

 

2010 APH Insights Art Competition

CSB Art Gallery 1

CSB Art Gallery 2

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