New Plymouth’s art shop offers a new way of teaching

Metro Plaza is going to be introduced to a fun art shop that will focus on art for visually disabled people.

Behind the project is Pauline Harper who is visually impaired herself with an eye sight of only 3 per cent.

Her main focus has been on the class that she has been teaching at the foundation of the blind for the past 18 months and said that lack of room and facilities made her take action,

“That’s what has basically pushed me to doing this because we were very limited what we could do there, with the days we could use. We weren’t allowed to leave stuff out.”

Ms Harpers said that the Metro Plaza was the perfect place for it,

“The environment here instantly gives you the feeling of a safe environment and I need that for the people to work in. You’ve got really good bus access to this place.“

The shops name is Hands on Art which ties in to Ms Harpers goal of getting people to express themselves,

“It kind of goes hand in hand with the hands on art. Most people paint what they see but we’re painting with what we feel, also most of our art is touchable which is a huge difference from the average piece of art.”

She hopes to get holiday programmes going and workshops for kids from 11-2pm and 3.15 to 5.15pm.

The main opening for the gallery side of the shop will run parallel with blind week on October 20th,

“All the students I have at the moment are all doing work focused on their lives, what it’s been like living with a vision impairment and so that will all be on display at the opening.”

Although the main focus is for visually impaired artist Ms Harper says that anyone is welcome to come along and have some fun.

Source: Taranaki Daily News

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