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Re: An Important Project

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croberts (b2w6w4kn)
Wed, 04 Mar 1998 20:55:35 -0800

I once had a student such as you have described in one of my middle
school art classes. He had plenty of computer equipment but did not
bring it to my classroom. Furthermore, he wanted to be involved in art
activities in my room. His aide first did all of his work, with the
exception of using markers, which were taped to his head wand (which was
attached to a helmet). The only movement of his head was from side to
side...I turned his paper and he did his drawings from side to side,
rather than from top to bottom.

He later began to work with watercolor and I taped a brush to his wand.
His aide wanted to wash his brush as he painted, but he wanted to do
this I filled a large pan about 4" deep with water. He
would turn his head, wash his brush as he desired...use his brush to
pick up the paint and apply to the paper. His work was "abstract" but
his colors were VERY beatiful. The painting was something he really

This student was a special joy to me and one I'll remember forever!
Carolyn Roberts

> I'm in the midst of getting ready to present at our Natioanal Art
> Convention in Chicago in April. My presentation is the use of computers to
> enhance visual learning for group of students who have had little contact
> with creating visual images throughout their lives.
> My project is to offer actual projects to a wonderful 16 year-old young
> lady who has CP (Cerebral Palsy). She has no control of her arms and her
> total world is controled by a head switch on her electric wheelchair and
> other periferrals connected to this system. Her exposure to art, up to
> last year, was to observe art classes and direct an aid what to do for her.
> Last year we configured a "homemade" halo system to hold a magic marker
> and she was able to make her first "marks" in her life!!!! We also used
> this "system" to hold a digitizing tablet pen to use a computer for her
> work. What a joy it has been to watch her progress in her ability to
> control this primative system.
> Through a long and very frustrating period I have been able to apply for
> and receive a series of large and small grants to equip a fully handicapped
> accessible computer station to go further than my early system would allow.
> My district supplied no money for this project!
> My question is have any of you involved this segment of the population in
> your classes? Do they have direct access to computers to enhance their
> visual world beyond what an aid can provide? If so, have you been
> frustrated with the results because of a lack of technology, or perhaps a
> lack of time to devote your energies to these students? I firmly believe we
> as art teachers can make a huge difference in the world for this segment of
> the population Any response would be greatly appreciated. I believe I'm
> on the edge of a discovery which can help art education nation wide.
> The title of my presentation is "Opening the Visual World to Those Who Have
> Never Entered". I will be presenting on Wed. from 5:00- 5:00PM PDR3.
> Please come if your going to the convention. My presentation is at the
> same time as Eiser's talk, so I need to drum up people to come and be
> involved in this project!!!!!
> Thank you so much for what ever help you may be able to supply.
> William Norton
> Menomonie High School
> 1715 5th St. West
> Menomonie, WI 54751
> (715) 232-2606
> e-Mail: alethiap