Welcome to the Tactile Art Program!

Little girl with her tactile art trees.

One Hundred Tactile Drawing Kits Have Been Distributed!

Phase II of the Tactile Art Program has now been completed. This phase of the program focused on tactile drawings and using embellishments to decorate those drawings. 

We were extremely pleased to see such a great response to this part of the Tactile Art Program. One hundred tactile drawing kits have been distributed to children from the east to west coasts.

We are committed to helping young blind children learn that they can participate in art and be as creative and expressive as their sighted peers.

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.

We are leaving the information about the tactile drawking kit up so that parents, teachers, grandparents, and friends will know what was provided in the tactile drawking kit.

The kit included:

  • An inTact Sketchpad with stylus (If you have questions on the use of the Sketchpad, please visit http://www.easytactilegraphics.com/help-support/)
  • Drawing templates that include shapes and holiday themes.
  • Dimensional Puffy Paints
  • Papers: Braille paper, copy paper, and tactile drawing film
  • Scented Crayons
  • Tactile puffy stickers
  • Print/Braille Ruler

Please stay tuned for the next facet of the Tactile Art Program!! 

The Tactile Art Program is continuing and changing because of the feedback from parents, teachers, and their children. 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 https://www.actionfund.org/tactiledrawingkit-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 drawing kit. You can send them via email to us in .jpeg format to tactileartkit@actionfund.org or by mail to 1800 Johnson Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230.

Here is what one parent says about the art kit:
Thank you so much for sending us the tactile art materials! We love the drawing templates, scented crayons, and puffy stickers. My youngest son Colton, was born blind with Leber's Congential Amerousis. Colton is three years old and has an older brother Caleb, who is five.

What I love most about the art kit is it allows me to help Colton to create fun art projects, alongside his sighted brother. The inTact Sketchpad is incredible and a very well thought out product. Both my boys love the creations they have made so far. I've also been able to share some of our art materials with Colton's daycare to help them better accommodate art projects alongside his peers.

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!!