[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Ovi map, map, photography, art classes, photography, signings

Lisa Yayla fnugg at online.no
Wed Aug 11 08:03:08 UTC 2010

Not exactly tactile, but it is about maps
Ovi Maps for visually impaired people: meet Carsten (video) 


Semi-autonomous buggy helps blind drivers
"The researchers also developed a prototype for a tactile map, which is 
conceptually similar to a high-resolution grid of regenerative braille. 
Similar to the tiny holes on an air hockey table, a physical map is 
generated by passing compressed air through small pixels to depict the 
surrounding obstacles detected by the laser range finder."

Photography for the Visually Impaired -- Not as Strange as You Might Think


Photography is one of the most vision intensive hobbies, so many 
visually impaired people have the misconception that they can't enjoy 
it.  Actually, nothing could be further from the truth.  There are 
visually impaired fine art photographers such as Kurt Weston 
<http://www.kurtweston.com/>, and visually impaired photographers, such 
as Bruce Hall <http://www.visualsummit.com/>, who have works on display 
at the Smithsonian.  Totally blind people take pictures and use cameras 
on a more regular basis then you might imagine.  People shouldn't let a 
visual impairment keep them from photography.  All you need is to know 
how to adapt the picture-taking process to your particular needs.  Here 
are a few suggestions on how that can be accomplished:



Donate Your Cameras to Help Others at RTP

Jane Becker, Executive Director of RTP stated, "The Summer Camera Drive 
is an integral part of our program. The equipment we receive in the next 
30 days will make a world of difference in the lives of our program 
participants. Some participants have used photography not only to enrich 
their lives, but also as a stepping stone to further education or to a 
career in photography. Your donation is urgently needed and, we gladly 
accept cash donations as well."_Please help RTP to reach their 2010 
Summer Camera drive goals and donate a camera or send a cash donation today.

RTP's goal is 75 more Cameras by September 1, 2010. Cameras can be "new" 
or "used". They can be" old" or "new" but in working condition. We 
gladly accept both "film" and "digital" cameras. All types of cameras 
are needed from easy "point and shoot" cameras to "SLR's". A donation of 
one camera from an individual is as treasured as a large donation from a 
camera manufacturer or dealer. Whenever possible, please include flash 
cards, downloadable cables, battery charger, straps and instructions 
books with cameras. Donations of accessories, such as, lenses, camera 
bags, tripods, media cards, batteries and film are welcome. Please ship 
the cameras directly to: RTP, 3 East 33rd Street, Suite 101, New York, 
NY 10016. All donations are tax deductable.

Rehabilitation through Photography


photography in Korea

transcript from a news program


Visually Impaired Kids Learn Art, Life Skills at UWS School

When you're a blind or visually-impaired child, you're often forced to 
rely on others for basic needs, such as feeding yourself and getting 
around the city.

But at the Jewish Guild for the Blind <http://www.jgb.org/index.asp>'s 
art therapy class on Wednesday, students did something unusual: created 
something on their own terms, with little or no help.

"This is one of the few places where they can make independent choices 
and follow-through on it," said art therapist Sarah Valeri.

That's a key life skill for the students --- many of whom are 
developmentally disabled --- to learn, Valeri said.

Valeri and Tanapol Pachoei, executive director of the Children Art 
Foundation <http://www.childrenartfoundation.org/index.html>, guided 
five Jewish Guild for the Blind students through the art class.

The school at 15 W. 65th St. serves about 50 students ages 5 through 21 
who are blind, visually-impaired and have other disabilities.

At Wednesday's class, some students made necklaces and crowns out of 
colorful beads. Some made colorful creations out of purple, red and blue 
cellophane and colored tape.

Students who couldn't see well relied on their hands to guide them 
through their projects.

Read more: 



Blind wildlife artist to sign prints at Indian Island Winery

With an "Aw, shucks," demeanor, Jim Hansel says some people who call his 
studio are surprised to actually be talking to the renowned wildlife artist.

The 49-year-old Chaska native still lives in his hometown and often 
answers his own phone when people call.

"They act like I should be living on a mountain or something," he said 
with a laugh. "I'm just a normal, regular guy. I like talking to people. 
I don't want to be isolated."

Something else unique about Hansel: He's legally blind, caused by 
Stargardt's disease, a degenerative condition that starts in the center 
vision and works outward on the retina. Hansel was diagnosed at age 12, 
and his remaining vision is peripheral only.

"I think if I hadn't been artsy as a kid, I couldn't do it now," he 
said. "I'd certainly have second thoughts."

Because of his blindness, Hansel believes he pays more attention to 
details than he might if he was fully sighted.

"Of course, it takes me a little more time, too," said Hansel, who will 
sign prints of one of his paintings at Indian Island Winery in rural 
Janesville Saturday.

The longest a single painting took to complete was four months.

"That was my father-in-law's farm, where my wife grew up," he said. "I 
had to make sure everything was perfect in that one."

A few original paintings adorn the walls of Hansel's studio, but most 
are sold.

Meet artist Jim Hansel
Indian Island Winery, on County Road 37, five miles south of Smiths Mill 
from Highway 14 in rural Janesville
The artist will be signing autographs 1-4 p.m. Saturday during the 
winery's Summer Wine Fest. The winery will be open until 9 p.m.
$2, plus the cost of wine, food and "Native Lands" prints.
More information
Call the winery at 507-234-6222 
begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              507-234-6222      
end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit www.indianislandwinery.com.


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