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Re: LD kids and Art

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Becky Alexander (Bekalex)
Wed, 29 Jan 1997 20:14:37 -0700

I've taught general ed K - 2 and given art lessons grades K - 8 for 9
years. I totally ditto Kay's remarks.

I will use a child's artwork in the overall picture of development
assessment if it indicates a serious lack of fine motor skills but even
then it is only one of many indicators and never a primary one.

I had a "gifted" girl who would not draw, paint or use any medium except
crayons (for pre-drawn items) and clay. I also had a boy who could not seem
to learn to write his name, remember letters, count etc. The boy painted
like Van Gogh, heavy paint strokes, unique interpretations. He had an "eye"
and the willingness to experiment!

Becky Alexander
Porterville, Ca.
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> I've taught art for nearly twenty years in Wichita on both the
>middle and high school levels. My personal experience with LD kids in
>art classes is that they represent all levels of ability in art pretty
>much the same as the remainder of the school population. I've had LD
>kids who were absolutely outstanding in art but had massive difficulties
>with the "core" subjects. I've had others who were really low in art
>and higher in other areas. I don't think you can make a correlation
>between art and "LDness", but perhaps I'm wrong. This has just been my
>own experience.
> The one possible correlation I see is that sometimes kids who
>are experiencing difficulties in the "core" subjects and who have had
>some success in art go the extra mile to experience more of the taste of
>success. But, there again, I think that's true of the general
>population, too.
> Kay McCrea
> Wichita, Kansas