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Re: color blind art students

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Betti P. Longinotti (wsfcs-art)
Fri, 8 Jan 1999 17:04:40 -0500 (EST)

We had a most talented but color blind student artist who is now a
freshman at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He really loved to
paint but struggled with color too. I coached him quite a bit with
'chiaroscuro techniques' because he could determine value differences.
This went well but he also desired to learn to paint with a full
palette. So I encouraged him to be very orgainized with his palette,
and memorize color placement and work to make the hues work value wise
as he painted, as well. This went pretty well, sometimes strange things
ocurred but if you monitor fairly frequently you can provide helpful
feedback before they go too far.
When mural painting in a group, we kept the cans of paint organized on
the table so he could make the same kinds of decisions.
Actually, I think there is fresh expressiveness within his paintings,
that others not disabled did not have because of their preconcieved
ideas of what the colors were supposed to be in their minds and then
over manipulated in trying to achieve that. Hope these ideas help.

Artfully yours,
Betti P. Longinotti
K-12 Lead Art Teacher
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
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