Forth Valley Sensory Centre

On the tiles with BPS Social Group

Members of the Blind and Partially Sighted (BPS) social group at Forth Valley Sensory Centre were given a lesson in mosaics and pottery recently by Glasgow artist Fiona Fleming.

The blind and partially sighted group meets every fortnight on a Monday at 10:30am and a range of different speakers and activities are organised. Costing just £1.50, the group is a great way for people with sight loss to get out and meet new people and have a good time with old friends.

At the last meeting, attendees were shown how to decorate plant pots using different colours and sizes of tile to create interesting patterns. Fiona had already visited the BPS group in Stirling and the response was very positive so she was asked to try the same thing in Falkirk.

Brenda Whyte, Groups and activities Coordinator said:
“Art is just as important to people who have difficulty seeing as those with clear vision. It provides a great way to express yourself and get thinking creatively.

“Decorating pots is very hands on. The process of creating a mosaic involves feeling the shape of the tile, the surface and the space it can go in, to come up with a unique design. It is quite a skill but one that everyone appreciated trying to learn.”

Forth Valley Sensory Centre also runs an art class on alternate Wednesday’s over at Camelon Education Centre which costs £4 and is open to people with sight or hearing loss. Creations have including paintings and sculptures to date, all under the patient and watchful eye of tutor Brendan.

For more information on the different activities for people of all ages with all kinds of sensory loss see Forth Valley Sensory Centre on Facebook and Twitter.

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