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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
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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