Thursday, May 20, 2010

Can Blind Persons Enjoy Art?

Here is another question that I am frequently asked and I say in response that every blind person has their own unique way of doing so.  I cannot speak for anyone else nor would it be fair for me to do so.  I can only speak for myself and here is my personal take on the matter.

 

I use my memory to help me enjoy art.  If someone describes a painting to me; my memory kicks into high gear and I am able to conjure up shapes and colors.  My mom probably does the best job of describing anything to me and this includes art.  If the art in question is that of a figure, then I need to work harder at remembering and conjuring up.

 

The thing that gives me the most trouble is my ability to picture animals.  I can do it for dogs, cats, birds, and some cattle but as for other animals like bears, lions, tigers, and so on; it is more difficult.  However, I am always open to enjoying any kind of art.  At least, I try.

 

Some of my favorite memories of pictures include beach scenes, paintings of skies, flowers, greenery, and a rising or setting sun.  It's what keeps me going and enjoying.  I love to remember colors and I can still bring them back into my memory without too much difficulty.

 

If you would like to learn more about how blind persons enjoy and appreciate art then please visit www.nfb.org.

 

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day.

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