Deaf and blind students are learning about artist James Castle, an artist who was deaf and attended the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind.
The three day class about Castle was taught by Troy Passey, a teaching artist for the Idaho Commission for the Arts. Students learned about his history, his art, and to make art themselves.
According to Passey, Castle started drawing and making art as a very young child. He started school at age 10 at ISDB. He was taught oral communication, since sign language was not taught in public schools at that time. After Castle left the school, his art supplies were taken away from him in an effort to make him talk. “When he got his art supplies taken away,” Passey said, “that’s when he got the most creative.”
The workshop was funded by a grant from the Arts Powered Schools Summer Institute.