New art group for children with sight loss

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Sight Support Hull & East Yorkshire logo with name on the right hand side and drawing of an eye in light and dark blue on the left hand side.

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Sight Support Hull & East Yorkshire have teamed up with fellow local charity Artlink to offer a new weekly art class for local blind and partially sighted children between the ages of 6 – 15yrs.

The sessions will offer a range of activities from clay modelling to digital photography, screen printing to illustrations and much more.

Taking part in arts and crafts activities has been proven to help build self-esteem and improve communication skills for visually impaired children, encourage creativity and help them build spatial concepts. They also help develop tactile sensitivity and fine motor coordination, invaluable for children who may be learning Braille. Best of all, arts and crafts can be fun for everyone!

The classes are currently free to attend thanks to funding from the Ideas Fund run by the British Science Association and funded by Wellcome as part of a project in partnership with a researcher from the University of Hull, to improve the mental wellbeing of local children with sight loss.

Classes begin on Monday 17 April and will take place at Artlink’s centre at  87 Princess Avenue, Hull HU5 3QP on Mondays between 4.00pm – 5.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays).

The children’s work will be on display in August this year as part of an exhibition in a gallery on Humber Street.

The arts classes are just one of a range of new activities that form part of the project. Other activities include music, multi-sports, drama and outdoor nature based activities as well as a series of outings to local venues and attractions.

To find out more information about these new activities or to register a place for your child, please call 01482  342297 or email Vicky for more information. You can also visit Sight Support’s website.

For more information about The Ideas Fund, visit The Ideas Fund website.

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