Touch Tour a Sensory Hit With Students from Governor Morehead School for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Raleigh, NC Hands touching sculpture of a man on a touch tour.

Alice Zincone collaborated with Diana Phillips to offer a Touch Tour for students from the Governor Morehead School for the Blind & Visually Impaired. The tour occurred at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Zincone, a teacher at the school, coordinated students while Phillips, now retired, trained docents and organized logistics.

Students experienced the tour in 5 separate groups to correspond with the 5 sculptures or sculpture areas on the tour. They were joined by orientation and mobility instructors, who also served as chaperones. The tour included figurative and historical sculptures, mostly by Rodin, and one wonderful modern abstract piece taller than the students! Students wore nitrile gloves and were free to touch the sculptures while the docent described the piece and gave background on the artist and historical period of the piece. All involved found the event so enjoyable and well planned that they returned for a second visit, where they experienced new pieces that were added to the tour.

 

 

 

 

 

Students experienced the tour in 5 separate groups to correspond with the 5 sculptures or sculpture areas on the tour. They were joined by orientation and mobility instructors, who also served as chaperones. The tour included figurative and historical sculptures, mostly by Rodin, and one wonderful modern abstract piece taller than the students! Students wore nitrile gloves and were free to touch the sculptures while the docent described the piece and gave background on the artist and historical period of the piece. All involved found the event so enjoyable and well planned that they returned for a second visit, where they experienced new pieces that were added to the tour.