Claude Garrand, Blind artist and 3D designer lead a workshop for our visually impaired student using embossed books and 3D Printed figurines to bring the world of u201CThe Little Princeu201D to life to NYISE.
NYISE will host the artist to teach visually impaired 4th-8th graders how to enhance their reading experience via embossed books and 3-D printed figurines based on the world renowned book The Little Prince, during two days of workshops, on Monday, December 11 and Tuesday, December 12, 10:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the school, 999 Pelham Parkway North, Bronx.
The Antoine de Saint-Exupu00E9ry Youth Foundation, established by heirs of The Little Prince author Antoine de Saint-Exupu00E9ry, is leading the workshops as part of an initiative to improve access to art and literature for blind youth in the US. Blind, French artist-publisher, Claude Garrandes, and British 3D designer, Eva Sbaraini, will teach the children how to read embossed drawings and use tactile graphics, specifically on the theme of The Little Prince, which celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year.
Commissioned by the foundation, Garrandes created the very first special limited-edition art book based on The Little Princeu2019s watercolor illustrations. His adapted drawings serve as an ideal learning tool and bridge between sighted and blind persons for learning tactile reading and introducing drawing. Utilizing the innovation of 3D printing, Sbaraini created The Little Prince printable tactile graphics/figurines, to give the visually impaired their own accessible visuals as they read through and follow the story.
To benefit the students beyond the workshops, the foundation is donating a new 3D printer to NYISE and will train select staff on its use and classroom applications. Copies of Garrandesu2019 tactile art book will also be donated to the school.
Photographers: Kim Benisatto and Christopher Busone