Painting in the Dark Esref Armagan, Blind Artist by Rachelle Burk

Painting in the Dark Esref Armagan, Blind Artist

Written by Rachelle Burk
Illustrated by Claudia Gadotti


Painting in the Dark Esref Armagan, Blind Artist by Rachelle Burk

In 1953, Esref Armagan was born completely blind to a poor family in Istanbul, Turkey. He received no formal education, and spent his childhood days in his father's shop where he developed the curiousity to create and draw. He experienced the world through touch, and learned to visually reproduce his surroundings, including color, shadows, and perspective, with his hands. The blind artist's story will be an inspiration to young artists of all abilities.


. . . a valuable addition to any elementary school curriculum. The author is to be commended for sharing the story of this largely unknown painter in this well-written, entertaining, and inspiring book. --Stephanie Kieszak-Holloway, President of the Georgia Organization of Parents of Blind Children (GOPBC), Board Member of the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children (NOPBC) I feel connected to Esref through Ms. Burk's book. May Painting in the Dark break down our misconceptions and encourage us all to find our internal vision, to follow our heart's desires, and never pre-judge our neighbor's abilities. Barbara Oswald, blind artist, photographer, gallery owner, Program Coordinator for the Disability Resource Center at Bellevue College in Seattle. Fills a niche that is much needed -- biographies of people with disabilities which are both educational and enjoyable, and which do not focus on the disability itself. . . . The book is uplifting and inspiring. . . . Its educational and scientific details give it depth. Laura Weber Secretary, National Organization of Parents of Blind Children President, Texas Parents of Blind Children

About the Author

Rachelle Burk is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children. Her books include Tree House in a Storm, Don't Turn the Page!, The Tooth Fairy Trap, Miss Crump's Funny Bone, Sleep Soundly at Beaver's Inn, and The Walking Fish. Her work has appeared in national publications such as Highlights for Children and Scholastic Science classroom magazines. She lives in New Brunswick. Artist Claudia Gadotti is an illustrator and portrait painter with more than a decade of experience. She graduated from the Academy of Art University with a BFA and a major in Illustration, presently working mostly with children's books, book covers, magazines, and portraits. Claudia grew up in Italy and currently lives and works in New Zealand.

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40 pages


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Tumblehome Learning

Publication date

1st July 2016



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