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I currently work with kids from 3rd grade up. Lynda Greenberg told me it works fine from 1st grade, but I find that with younger kids some of the basic distinctions of the course don't make much sense. The ideal age is roughly the 9-to-14 period of "obsessive realism". For more insights on this I recommend the chapter on the developmental sequence of children's art in Dr. Edwards' book (ch. 5).
Just 2 more points:
-- It should NEVER be used with children to replace or overcome their symbolic mode of drawing, which is developmentally healthy, necessary, and linked to literacy, among other things. The idea is to incorporate perceptual skills into a broader practice.
-- The course is basically the same for children as for adults, since the average adult draws at a 6-year-old level. There is of course much less discussion of the theory of cognitive modes and such things with kids. There are also small tricks and modifications of the exercises, but it would take me a while to get into that in detail. Let me know if you would like those details, though.
Re: Arts and Dyslexia
Fri, 26 Dec 1997 10:17:47 -0500
I have used Betty Edwards with children (5, 6, 7th graders). Would like to
know what age groups you work with and how you utilize the lessons.