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Re: Student who is colorblind


From: The Austin's (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Feb 07 2001 - 12:59:08 PST

There is a family here where all the males are colorblind. I have 3 of the
boys. Two of them can't differentiate warm colors - if they start a project
one day and don't write down what colors they used then it's hit or miss on
if the same colors will be used. I never mention it if they start with red
and end with orange - they HATE it when it's pointed out if it's too late to
fix. I try to stay on top of it, but sometimes I miss, and it is just not
worth it to embarrass them or stress them out (cause then they know it's
messed up and they know it, but can't see it so they don't know how to fix
    Tricks I use to help the students - write down the colors they are
using - make sure the crayons, colored pencils, markers, paint all have the
color names printed on them - have the student "keep seperate" the supplies
they need to finishe the project. I don't know if the kids will every truly
understand color theory - they might understand what you tell them, but
probably won't get the entire context. Help them be successful and don't
stress about the small stuff.

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From: Laurel <>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2001 8:53 AM
Subject: Student who is colorblind

> One of my 8th grade students (a boy) is totally colorblind. He is
> in art yet I wish I could help him more....he even has trouble with lights
> and darks. I knew a guy in college who was colorblind yet had an art
> and even went on to Rhode Island School of Design - he was a wonderful
> artist, but I mostly saw his pencil work. Has anyone else ever dealt with
> this "problem" before. My student loves art, yet gets frustrated (of
> course) with his inability to deal with color. I'm not sure if I'm stating
> this very well, but I've always been impressed with the information I've
> found on this list and the way people help each other out. This list has
> also boosted my spirits when feeling low about school or projects. Thanks
> so much for your help!
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