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Re: special ed. art


Date: Sun Feb 25 2001 - 05:42:55 PST

I have found that boys this age (in fact, all boys, even in high school) love
to build things. From an art therapy perspective, building provides them
with structure and containment. I give them cardboard boxes and show them how
to cut windows and doors (for that age group, I do the cutting with an xacto
knife). They absolutely LOVE the hot glue gun (it works so fast, giving them
a feeling of being in control). Save paper towel rolls, and they can use
them to make turrets for castles. Show them pictures of castles -- they love
to build them. Give them some plastic play figures to put in their castles,
and they will enjoy playing out battles, etc. Ask them questions about their
castle: Is there a king, and who is the king? What kind of king is he -- is
he kind or cruel? Who else lives in the castle ? Depending on the group and
how they work together, they may want to combine their structures and make a
complex, or village. I have more ideas for you, but I don't have time at the
moment to go into more detail. If this idea interests you, and you would
like more, let me know.