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Touchable Paintings: Bridging Access and Images

How can educators create multisensory materials that are accessible for people with all levels of sight without spending a fortune? In this session, educators will learn about methods for creating "touchable paintings," which are tactile mixed-media representations that function like maps of 2-Dimensional images. Participants will create their own small touchable paintings and discuss how their organizations can use multisensory materials to make their programs and classes more accessible.

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  1. Participants will be able to describe the benefits of creating touchable paintings.
  2. Participants will be able to determine what types of images make successful touchable paintings.
  3. Participants will make their own small touchable painting and brainstorm ideas for using multisensory materials at their organizations.



Kim Crowell, Associate Museum Educator and Accessibility Coordinator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

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