Creative Arts

Creative Arts Overview

Two men with their backs to camera work together on a sculpture. Their hands are touching as they touch the clay. Just past their hands is a small sculpture of a dog's head facing camera. On the right is a cup filled with artist tools.The creative arts give you the opportunity to express yourself and to connect with others in new and fulfilling ways. At HKNC, you’ll have the chance to work with a therapeutic art education specialist and develop artistic skills that can lead to a lifetime of enjoyment.

Your instructors will work closely with you to identify the types of art projects that are best suited to you. Try your hand at painting, sculpture, macramé and more. You’ll learn adaptive techniques where necessary, acquiring the tools to reach your full artistic potential.

An acryllic painting of three shadow figures in front of a body of water with hills in the distance
"Friends" by Brittany Sikorski, student-artist. Medium: acrylic painting on canvas.
Photo credit: Laura Bollet, M.A., ATR EDS

Whether your personal artwork becomes a passion, a pastime or just a memory of your HKNC experience, your new skills and appreciation will enable you to take greater pleasure in the art that surrounds you in your everyday life.

Studio Time

Working in an open-studio setting, you’ll discover new talents and share ideas and experiences with your classmates and instructors.

You can explore fine arts:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Mixed media collage

Or delve into craftwork:

  • Macrame
  • Pottery
  • Basketry
  • Hook rugs
  • Weaving
  • Needlework

Adaptive Techniques

Whatever medium you choose, your instructors will introduce you to techniques that can enable you to work more independently.

We have an array of materials that can make your work easier and enhance your sensory experience:

  • Oversized paint brushes, needles and crochet hooks
  • Bulky yarn
  • Needle threaders
  • Portable work tables
  • Spill-proof containers
  • Air-dry clay
  • Scented markers
  • Sand, glitter and beads to texturize conventional materials

Macrame representation of cherry blossoms
"Tactual Cherry Blossom Tree" by Meredith Dwyer, student-artist.
Medium: cardboard, acrylic paint, paper, chalk, pastel, yarn and tree branches.
Photo credit: Laura Bollet, M.A., ATR EDS

And sometimes it’s less about materials and more about strategy. Your instructors will show you different ways to approach challenging aspects of a project and will help you to figure out what will work best for you.

Safety is always a priority. Goggles, gloves and smocks always are available along with wet and dry paper towels for immediate clean-up.

Visiting Artists

Girl and man sit at table talking. Table is filled with drawings, paperEach year HKNC invites professional artists to campus to teach master classes. You’ll have the opportunity to work side by side with a pro, learning about different media and creating reflective pieces of your own.


Programs are open to individuals who are deaf-blind as defined in the Helen Keller Act. Government funding often is available. Your regional representative can answer questions about admission requirements, transportation, funding sources and more. 

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