When Denton artist John Bramblitt paints a portrait of his service dog, Echo, he uses red, blue and yellow paint to highlight the image of the black Labrador retriever. To Bramblitt, who is blind, color in his paintings represents emotion, and he is quick to say that Echo is his best friend.
Bramblitt lost his sight as a college student due to complications from epilepsy. Now he is an internationally recognized artist and expert on adaptive art techniques for those with disabilities. He will share his process for painting by touch from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014, in the galleries and studio of SMU’s Meadows Museum.
The $25 workshop fee ($10 for Meadows Museum members) covers all materials. Advance registration is required; all abilities and levels of experience are welcome.
With service dogs from Guide Dogs of Texas as models, and museum paintings as inspiration, participants will paint their own dog art. The workshop is designed to teach adaptive art techniques to those with disabilities and those without.
At the Meadows, Bramblitt is a consultant to museum educators, helping them develop programs that make the museum accessible to everyone, no matter what their disability or ability.
Carl Dorvil (’05, ’08), CEO of Group Excellence, will help kick off the week with an opening speech at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Dorvil started Group Excellence in 2004 out of his SMU dorm room, hiring bright and highly motivated college students and young professionals to tutor and mentor students in public schools. Today, the company is a 500-person operation.
Immediately following Dorvil’s speech is a kickoff rally at 5 p.m. at the flagpole on the Main Quad. Refreshments and T-shirts will be provided as students are invited to share their ideas for making their mark with an Engaged Learning project.
On Friday, Jan. 25, SMU faculty and staff members will present workshops and roundtable discussions on topics ranging from how to write a successful Engaged Learning proposal to best mentoring practices for professors. All workshops take place in the lower level of Clements Hall.
The workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in the Great Room, Building 3, at SMU-in-Plano, 5228 Tennyson Boulevard.
John and Julie Schwartz Gottman are Ph.D. psychologists and founders of The Gottman Relationship Institute in Seattle, Washington. Based on their long-term observation and research into how and why marriages fail, they developed Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which combines therapeutic intervention with scientifically developed exercises. The Gottman Method is designed to help couples bond with each other, develop effective communication skills and create positive and permanent changes in their relationship.
Registration is $450 per attendee. The workshop is open to the public as well as to mental health and human service professionals and students. Licensed professionals are eligible to receive 16 Continuing Education (CE) credits for attending. Box lunches will be provided on both days.