Art Beyond Sight

The Dallas Museum of Art is an Art Beyond Sight Partner and participates in programming each October for Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month. Composed of leading institutions in thirty-five states and twenty-five countries, Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month is an outreach effort on all levels, operating simultaneously within and across institutions and communities. Coordinated by Art Education for the Blind, Inc., Art Beyond Sight is dedicated to art education for people with vision impairment and to building an inclusive society for promoting access to all.

Art Beyond Sight 2016

First Tuesday: ​Use Your Senses
Tuesday, October 4, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Free
Enjoy art-making in the studio, story time, and family tours as part of a sensory celebration of art.

Arturo's Art & Me: Sense-sational Art
October 5, 6, or 8, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., $8 Public, $5 DMA Member
Put your five senses to work and experience art with more than just your eyes in this class for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. Arturo's Art & Me requires advance registration.

Toddler Art: My Five Senses
October 7, 11, or 14, 11:00 a.m.–noon, $8 Public, $5 DMA Member
See, hear, smell, taste, and touch-- our five senses tell us so much! Get a sensory work-out in the galleries and discover the latest art sense​-sations in this class for 2-3 year olds and their caregivers. Toddler Art requires advance registration.

Family Workshop: ​Sensory Explorations
Saturday, October 8, 1:00-2:30 p.m., $8 Public, $5 DMA Member
​Test your senses and experience an art museum without your eyesight! In the studio, use your creativity, imagination, memory and sense of touch to create a ​sense-sational masterpiece. Family Workshop requires advance registration.

Meaningful Moments
Tuesday, October 18; 10:00–11:30 a.m., Free with reservations
​To register, call 214-922-1324 or email
In this program designed for individuals with early stage dementia and their family members or caregivers, participants will explore works of art with their senses, have a conversation in the galleries with John Bramblitt, and experience an art-making activity in the studio.

Gallery Talk: ​Exploring Art with Scent ​with Deanna Ooley, Lecturer, Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas
Wednesday, October 19, 12:15 p.m., Free
​Grab a bite of insight and join DMA staff, artists, and local scholars to explore the Museum's collection and exhibitions during weekly lunchtime gallery talks.

Late Night Sensory Sketching with John Bramblitt
Friday, October 21, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Free with Late Night Admission
​Learn new ways to experience artwork! Instead of using eyesight, families will rely on their imagination and creativity to explore works of art in the galleries with artist John Bramblitt.

Homeschool Class for Families: Sensory Explorations
October 27 or 28, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $8 Public, $5 DMA Member
​Test your senses and experience an art museum without your eyesight! In the studio, use your creativity, imagination, memory, and sense of touch to create a sense​-sational masterpiece in this class for homeschool children ages 6 to 12. Homeschool Class for Families requires advance registration.

Homeschool Teen Workshop: Art Sensations
Friday, October 28, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $8 Public, $5 DMA Member
​Celebrate Art Beyond Sight month in a workshop just for homeschooling teens ages 13 to 18 that will stimulate your senses. Learn about cultures known for their spices and smells, then create a full palette of paints using aromatic materials you probably already have at home. Homeschool Teen Workshop requires advance registration.


The Dallas Museum of Art collaborates with artist John Bramblitt, who has been featured on the CBS Evening News leading a program at the DMA. Bramblitt shares his process as a blind painter with visitors and leads workshops that include adaptive techniques for people with disabilities.

Art Beyond Sight programming has also featured artist Stephen Lapthisophon, artist and educator, in a lecture with John Bramblitt for a discussion of their process and work that involves the senses beyond sight. Another artist who has participated in the DMA’s Art Beyond Sight programming is Denton jewelry designer Leslie Ligon. She is the owner of At First Sight Braille Jewelry, and she creates jewelry designs that promote Braille literacy within the blind and sighted communities.

For general questions regarding Art Beyond Sight programs, or to request a tour for visitors with vision impairment, call 214-922-1324 or e-mail