Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on The Governor Morehead School

Governor Morehead School mask for blog


In February, I had the wonderful experience of conducting workshops at the Governor Morehead School in Raleigh, NC. Students there have varying degrees of visual impairment, including total blindness.

This required me to design programs that would have meaning to people who may have lost their sight some time after birth, as well as those who have never had the gift of sight.  Their fantastic art teacher, Ms. Zincone, also explained to me that incised lines would be difficult to detect for many students, so I created models with raised lines.  (These included insects on leaves.  I gave these models to the school and don’t have photos.)

Students from elementary to high school, some with developmental and learning challenges in addition to their visual impairments, participated.  In some cases, the class focused on counting and shapes of familiar objects.


My model of a pizza–we could talk about the number, shapes and textures of the different toppings.

 Biles clay pizza for governor morehead school for blog

 One student liked seafood, so he made a shrimp and cheese pizza!

Governor Morehead School shrimp pizza for blog



In others, the themes included more abstract concepts, for example, symbolism in masks and their functions different cultures.

This student, inspired by his cat, made a wild, feline-themed mask.


Governor Morehead School cat mask for blog



I had a great time and I think the students did, too.