Welcome to the Tactile Art Program!

Little girl with her tactile art trees.

***We have now sent out the five hundred kits that were slated for our pilot Tactile Art Program. Unfortunately, we can no longer take applications for the tactile art kits.

We appreciate all of the families that have participated. If you were one of our participants and have not done so, please submit your second survey form http://www.actionfund.org/tactileartkit-two-month-survey to let us know how the kit was received by you and your child.

We are leaving the information and videos below so that you can continue to refer to them as needed.

Watch for new pilot tactile art programs to come!!

Blind people are often told that they cannot participate in art; the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults works to dispel this and other misconceptions and encourages blind people to live independent lives.

Blind children often are not exposed to art or tactile representations. Comprehending tactile representations is a learned process for blind children, as it is for all children and adults. We believe starting that learning process as early as possible will significantly help develop a child’s creativity and imagination. This learning process gives them the skills to begin interpretation of tactile drawings, printings, 3-D renderings, and maps. Tactile comprehension can help blind children in learning subjects beyond art. It can be critical to geography, chemistry, physics, architecture, gardening, and dozens of other topics. We hope these tools and suggestions will help your child learn to love art.

We are providing, free of charge, a tactile art kit to children from ages two through eight years old. This kit will provide the tools necessary for young children to create tactile experiences in many different formats. Along with the kit, there will be a series of videos on our webpage to help parents and children create art projects from the items contained within. The kit will include:

  • Substrate materials: sandpaper, rubbing plates, embossed grid paper, plastic canvas, and a Sensational Blackboard
  • Drawing materials: ink pen, jumbo crayons, tracing wheel, chopsticks, and a slate and stylus
  • Tools: print/Braille ruler, rounded scissors, basic shapes templates, French curve templates, and a glue stick
  • Papers: Braille paper, parchment paper, copy paper, tracing paper, thermoform paper, tactile drawing film, and tactile pictures
  • Sculpture material: Model Magic

You will find our first eight videos explaining the contents of the kit as well as demonstrations for using some of the materials contained within the kit. There will be more videos to follow!!

This is a pilot program for the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults and we would appreciate your feedback at least twice during the six month program duration. We would like to know how your blind child/children utilized the materials that were provided. Let us know what works, what doesn’t, and give suggestions about improvements we might make to enhance the program. You may use the online evaluation form at www.tactileartkit-two-month-survey-form or just send your comments/suggestions directly to us by email or postal mail. And, we would appreciate your sending us some of your child’s creations as well as photos of your child using the tactile art kit. You can send them via email to us in .jpeg format to tactileartkit@actionfund.org or by mail at the address above.

If you have questions or would like to get in touch with someone here at the program, please email Actionfund@actionfund.org or call 410-659-9315. Patricia Maurer, our director of community relations will be pleased to communicate with you.

The information you give us will help to make this program better than it is today and will bring many more opportunities to blind children than they have had in the past. Thank you!!