[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Touch Art blog, Legally blind photographer Angela Geis

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Sun Sep 29 07:45:02 UTC 2013

Touch Art
  With funding from the Sprout Fund,  the Touch Art project is able to 
open new art making possibilities for people who are blind or visually 
impaired in Allegheny County. This traditionally under-served audience 
will have access to professional art making resources and engaging 
workshops with specially trained teaching artists.
Touch Art's six workshops will focus on tactile and three-dimensional 
art forms such as making memory vessels from fiber, hollow beads made 
from precious metal clay, hand building clay sound sculptures, and 
handmade paper. Touch Art creates an inclusive art-making space to 
develop the untapped creativity and art skills of an audience that has 
historically lacked access to art making.
The project also offers educational opportunities to local 
artist-teachers who will receive studio-specific accessibility training. 
This process will be documented on film and shared with a larger 
audience of educators in a seminar for artists and educators. Through 
this educational seminar and public display of work, Touch Art hopes to 
expand the perceptions of Pittsburgh art-viewers throughout the city.
Working with artists who have visual impairments, art educators who want 
to make their classes more accessible and art audiences at large, Touch 
Art hopes to expand the perceptions of Pittsburgh art-viewers throughout 
the city, not only about aesthetics, but also about the capabilities of 
people who are blind or visually impaired.

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video and article
Legally blind photographer Angela Geis shares giftPhotography is a 
visual art that often requires strong eye focus, but for photographers 
who are legally blind, like Angela Geis, it's a unique gift.

She chooses black and white photography of cemeteries and bleak 
landscapes not for depth, history and emotions, but because they're more 

"It was amazing how people took time back in the day to spend time on 
the architectural," said Geis."It is just easier for me to take 
still-life things and it's always been an interest of mine."

Angela Geis has been taking pictures since she was a child.

"Then it wasn't until I took an Art of Psychology at NEU and part of the 
course work was to contact a professional artist in a field of our 
interest and so, sense photography kind of interests me."

Angela Geis


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