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artwork as sign of LD

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Ben Schasfoort (Ben.Schasfoort)
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 13:38:20 +0100 (MET)


The "artwork as sign of LD" question has brought already some good
suggestions. Thanks to Bob and Ken. I ordered Dileo's book from our library.
Someone suggested a book written in 1963 by Dale B. Harris from the
Pennsylvania State University : "Children's drawings as measures of
intellectual maturity". Who knows that book? (Who knows Harris?)

It seems that there are two lines to follow: art as therapy and art as a
diagnostic tool. My intention is to find out if and how art (especially
students drawings) indicates learning (or other) disabilities in some way or
another. I agree that we should be very careful and that it is only a help
together with other signs. But can it be the first sign, or is it only
useful when we already know what is going on? I mean, can a classroom
teacher looking at children's drawings made to think: "Hey, what is it with
this child, that no one ever thought had problems"?
Do we have to make new "drawing-man-tests"?

Who, by the way Ken, is Carol who said to you:
>Examples of student art work can show developmental or learning
>disabilities...
She seems to agree that my assumption is right. How can she be so sure? Can
she give exemples? The black crayon story I like. Is it not like the bright
colours? "Children are so cheerful, look at their bright colours", some
people say. In my opinion they use bright colors because these colors show
good lines.

I send this message via artsednet talk, not because I do not want to answer
personal letters, but because I hope that the discussion broadens. I do not
spoil your addresses Bob and Ken. Has artsednet only readers in US? I am
writing from a remote spot in The Netherlands.

Ben Schasfoort
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