Saturday, August 3, 2013

How to Teach Art to Color Blind Students

By Andrea Griffith, eHow Contributor

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According to Vischeck, approximately 8 percent of males and 0.5 percent of females are diagnosed with colorblindness or some sort of color deficit. Children who are colorblind can have a difficult time in school, especially when learning about color and art. Although they may be colorblind, you can still teach them that rarely does color dictate the art, and explain the importance, value and beauty in art comes from the representation of the picture.


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      Label coloring pencils, markers and crayons with the name of the color. Many colorblind students will mistake red for brown, navy for black and other colors that are similar. Labeling the colors will allow the student to select the correct color needed without guessing or asking another student for help.
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      Teach a lesson on charcoal or pencil drawings. There are hundreds of well-known charcoal and pencil drawings that the students will enjoy.
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      Show the children famous black-and-white paintings, such as "Guernica" by Picasso or the "London Paintings" by John Virtue.
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      Show the children paintings and drawings with little color contrast. Most colorblind children can see primary colors but not different shades, contrasts and tints. Explain to your students that art isn't always about the color in the picture or painting, but what the picture or painting represents or is trying to convey. Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks," John Abbott MacNeil Whistler's "Arrangement in Black and Grey: The Artists Mother," John Singer Sargent's "Madame X" and Edouard Manet's "Dejeuner sur l'herbe" are a few good examples of art with little contrasting color.
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      Teach a photography lesson. Again, show either black-and-white photos or photos with minimal color contrast and tints.
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      Write in white chalk. When explaining art on the chalkboard, only use white chalk. Colored chalk can be difficult for colorblind students to see.   
    • How to Teach Art to Colorblind Students
    • By Sophie Bloom, M.S., L.Ac., eHow Contributor
    • Instructions                                                                                        Informative, Inclusive Supplies
    • 1 .Label art supplies by color to familiarize students with color names. Use different primary colors for supplies whenever possible--red scissors, yellow paper--and refer to them by color and by content. Refrain from doing projects whose materials are similar shades of the same color or all the same brightness (such as pink and gray). In short, use supplies that all students may be able to recognize or distinguish.
      2. Use white chalk on a dark blackboard to write directions or draw examples. On a related note, photocopy all colored educational materials (references of visual art, diagrams of art methods) onto white paper to make them high contrast and visible to all of your students.
    • 4. Offer constructive guidance to students about their completed works. According to the American Foundation for the Blind, distinguishing between red and green is the most common variant of color blindness. However, individuals may also have difficulty discerning blue and green, or blue and yellow. In this way, a student may be unaware she has painted a field of red grass. Discussing her intention for the picture (the perspective of the image, the inhabitants in the landscape, the techniques used) can validate her efforts. Include color as just one aspect of a constructive dialogue.
    • 5.  Obtain professional testing for children who have not yet been diagnosed with color blindness but who seem frustrated with color activities in the classroom. In the meantime, be patient with children who seem to struggle to understand issues of color theory and use.
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