The two-day workshop Touching Sculpture teaches techniques for developing empathy, understanding, and awareness for visually impaired people and their families.
Workshop by SELF art therapy studio
Wednesday October 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thursday October 9, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The goal of the workshop is to create a friendly space for the visually impaired within the museum environment, fostering social engagement amongst participants. A therapeutic effect will be achieved through submerging participants into the most tactile of art media – sculpture. Far from being limited to the visuality of an artwork, participants will be able to materialize their ideas and feelings through contact with different media such as clay, downy fibre, wood, metal, and plastic.
One of key features of the workshop is to promote an intense creative process that encourages an exchange of ideas and knowledge. For this reason, each group will include participants of different ages and varying degrees of visual acuity, from full sight to partial vision loss and blindness. The workshop will be especially beneficial for families with visually impaired members.
The workshop is part of Invisible Experience, an exchange program creating tailored educational courses for visually impaired and blind visitors. Anyone who wishes to join the group may register for the workshop. Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include Touching Sculpture in the subject line.
Anna She, the workshop tutor, is a professional Art Therapist and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Art Therapy from Long Island University, New York. She is also a member of the American Art Therapy Association. Previously, she has worked with the Perekryostok (‘Crossroads’) Center for Assistance and Adaptation of Teenagers, ART magazine and the Department of Education at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. She has also worked in a freelance capacity as a clinical Art Therapist for charitable organizations worldwide. She is the founder and director of SELF art therapy studio.
Photo: Emelie Carlen