Students from the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired (NCECBVI) participated in An Enchanted Arboretum, making one-foot cardboard maquettes of the tree-shaped structures designed for the project. In March, NCECBVI staff sent three of the maquettes to the nation-wide American Printing House InSights art competition.
“The maquettes associated with An Enchanted Arboretum were a great fit for the American Printing House InSights competition for this year,” said NCECBVI principal Audrey Graves.
NCECBVI has participated in the InSights competition for several years. In the past, one NCECBVI student has received a 3rd place award and another received an Honorable Mention.
Graves said nearly 500 pieces are art from blind or visually impaired students throughout the United States are submitted to the InSights art competition every year.
“The project needs to be the student’s work,” she said. “The student needs to do the majority of the work by themselves. Some are done with lots of teacher help; those aren’t eligible for this competition.”
Winning students will be notified in May and invited to attend a special banquet at the American Printing House annual convention. At the banquet, each winning student is recognized and their art work is displayed. A representative from the American Printing House is responsible for describing every detail of the piece of art for the blind or visually impaired guests. Winning students also receive a cash prize.
“We usually chose art pieces from things they’ve done throughout the year,” Graves said. “Since the students have done so much work on An Enchanted Arboretum this year, it was easy to choose the maquettes as the project.”
Art teachers at NCECBVI include Ms. Gerdes, Ms. Zahn, Mr. Lockwood, Mrs. Farris, and Mrs. Schomerus.
NCECBVI purchases most of their school supplies through the American Printing House, including braille and large-print books, teaching materials, and other supplies.