'Please Touch The Art' Workshop Breaks Sight Barrier

Wednesday, June 8th 2016, 4:28 pm
By: News On 6

Art can change lives, and nowhere is that more apparent than listening to artist John Bramblitt describe his "Please Touch the Art" workshops. 

Bramblitt taught 20 middle school students from the Oklahoma School for the Blind and other participants something he learned first hand - that the loss of sight doesn't mean the loss of creating.

The free workshop was held at the TCC Metro Campus where the students learned all kinds of ways to paint. Guess artist Bramblitt is blind, and he said there are no limits when it comes to art.

"You know, you don't need vision to be able to appreciate art, and you don't need vision to create art. You know, art comes from your heart. it comes from your mind. Really, it's all that matters," he said.

Bramblitt said the act of creating art can be life changing for blind students who capabilities "explode" as they apply the lessons learned to other parts of their lives. 

Some of the guests were blindfolded during the workshop so they could understand Bramblitt's artistic process. A Please Touch the Art exhibit is showing different pieces from 12 Oklahoma artists, most of which can be touched. 

The exhibit is up until July 30th at the TCC's Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity downtown.