Friday Fun in Farmerville

 Picture shows a group shot of all students, teachers, and TBS students in front of select pieces of art.

Picture shows a group shot of all students, teachers, and TBS students in front of select pieces of art.

On Friday, February 26, local elementary and middle school students journeyed to the Union Museum of History and Art in Farmerville, Louisiana to investigate the tactile and colorful artistry of blind painter John Bramblitt. You may learn more about Mr. Bramblitt’s story by clicking here.

 Malayja and Kiona explore a piece of artwork with their fingers.

Malayja and Kiona explore a piece of artwork with their fingers.

Students also enjoyed a hands-on activity working with clay. It was a great opportunity for students to express their creativity and skills. Student's pieces varied from small bowls, to plates, to miniature bikes, and even pizzas!

 Isaiah molds his clay into small circles for his minature bike. His buddy, Allison--a LaTech TBS student--assist in the activity.

Isaiah molds his clay into small circles for his minature bike. His buddy, Allison--a LaTech TBS student--assist in the activity.


Afterward, everyone returned to Ruston where we all enjoyed a refreshing treat from a local eatery. Then, it was time to burn off some of those calories at a playground before calling it a day.

 Maniya balances while walking on chains at the playground, and Kiona hangs upside down on a bar.

Maniya balances while walking on chains at the playground, and Kiona hangs upside down on a bar.

In addition to our usual Friday and Saturday Club cast of characters, we were privileged to be joined by 4 graduate students from Louisiana Tech University’s Teaching Blind Students (TBS) program. These ladies were a tremendous help, and I dare say they had as much fun as the kids. It was great to witness the students’ curiosity about Mr. Bramblitt’s artwork and their energy when using their canes to navigate the playground and other settings.

 Treva and Lindsay lead the group as we tap our canes from the ice shop to the park!

Treva and Lindsay lead the group as we tap our canes from the ice shop to the park!

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the staff and volunteers of the Union Museum of History and Art, as well as to the educators and master’s level students who interacted so wonderfully with all participants. Mr. Bramblitt overcame a spirit of fear, problem-solved, and found strategies and techniques to live the life he wants as a blind artist. We are working hard to give students the skills, attitudes, and opportunities to live the lives they want!

 Mr. B explores Mardi Gras Window by John Bramblitt. This painting makes the section of the window feel like glass.

Mr. B explores Mardi Gras Window by John Bramblitt. This painting makes the section of the window feel like glass.