Last week I had the privilege of being an invited guest at the art opening of the students I taught at the Ohio State School for the Blind (read my post about that here). The exhibition of their handmade artist books is being held through April 20 at the State Library of Ohio, and the opening reception (including cookies and punch and right proper reception fare!) was such a joy.
Everyone's finished projects were on display, with labels written in both text and braille.
I hadn't seen the students' finished books yet, as my contribution was teaching the basics of a few different binding structures before their art teacher led them through working on their personal projects. I was so impressed by the students' work!
Some kids' inspiration came from favorite bands and music they were listening to, others from a personal memory or experience; others chose to express a more abstract concept. Some chose the pamphlet binding, others the accordion... most utilized collage. Some taped in cut-out lines of braille.
I was honored to be asked not only to attend the reception but also to say a few words. I was teary-eyed at the podium! The students received certificates and swag bags from the State Library, and were given the opportunity to speak about their work. Most were shy about that!
It was great to see the kids again, and I hope that this day doesn't end my relationship with the Ohio State School for the Blind, but starts something long-lasting. I wanted to get on that school bus and ride back to school with them!