For centuries art has been used as a way for individuals to express themselves when words are not enough. The beauty of art is that there’s no wrong way to do it. Each piece is unique to the artist and represents how they perceive a particular subject. For those of us blessed with our full abilities, putting a pencil, pen, or paintbrush to paper or canvas is as simple as picking up one of these tools and letting it go. to our imagination. This ability is more difficult for those with special needs. Although their mind may visualize a particular piece they would like to create, they may not be able to bring those visions to life as easily as you or me due to a physical disability. For those people, a new art studio coming to western Kentucky this summer will help them do just that.
Henderson, Kentucky Art Studio will focus on teaching art to children with special needs
Henderson resident Taylor Heady has always used art as a reference when she feels “overwhelmed, sad, happy, needs motivation, etc.” and knows firsthand what it’s like to have a child with special needs. Her son Levi, now 2, was diagnosed with a rare condition called optic nerve hypoplasia when he was six months old, which leaves him with little or no vision in either side. However, Taylor hasn’t let that stop him from doing what he wants to do.
My son Levi has shown our family that he can do anything he wants. He is like any other child and I try to make him feel that way.
Inspired by Levi and her love of art, the former Spencer County Sheriff’s Deputy decided she wanted to create a place where kids like Levi could go and express themselves through art. So she took a leap of faith and rented a space inside the building at 319 8th Street in Henderson where she will open The Colorwheel Kids Art Studio later this summer.
Taylor told me through an exchange of messages on Facebook, The Colorwheel will be “for ALL children, including children with ‘different abilities’ (a term she picked up from a friend who also has a child with special needs) She then shared her vision for how she plans to operate the studio.
I will do different sessions but 1-2 nights/days a week. I will have sessions focused on sensory art projects/a hands-on approach that allows kids with special needs to have fun and work independently! The facility will be wheelchair accessible and will have different tools and art supplies that will make it easier for kids with “different abilities” to complete their own projects! [I] I just wanted EVERY child to feel included, my Levi showed us that no matter what restrictions life puts, it doesn’t matter! You can still do/be and achieve whatever you want! It’s going to have such an impact on those kids and expose other kids to kids who aren’t necessarily like them![/pullquotes]
Since acquiring the keys to the space, Taylor has worked hard to paint, decorate and prepare the space to match her vision. Although it has yet to set an exact opening date, its goal is to open the doors to the public sometime in early to mid-June.
To stay up to date with his progress and the studio opening, follow The Colorwheel Kids on Facebook.
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