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Re: Gifted

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The Whites (bolide)
Sun, 25 Oct 1998 10:59:27 -0600

I am a former art teacher (eleven years), currently teaching Gifted and
Talented students in 1-5. Most of my students identify on so called IQ or
school ability tests. There was a number of students who displayed visual
arts ability who I tested using the Matrix Analogy Test (visual and spatial
acuity). They qualified at the 97th percentile and above. This test is
accepted by our state dept. as an alternative "IQ" test because it is
Nationally normed. Hope this helps someone. Linda in Norman, OK
-----Original Message-----
From: Litesal <Litesal>
To: artsednet <>
Date: Saturday, October 24, 1998 1:40 PM
Subject: Gifted

>Dear Colleagues,
>I know that the gifted discussion has died down, but I have something to
>add. Friday after school, a teacher was telling me who her gifted students
>were. I was rather surprised, because the students she mentioned didn't
>show signs of giftedness in art. Sure, they are conscientious, and care
>about their grades, but they did not exhibit extraordinary creativity or
>skill thus far. In fact, many of my most creative and technically skilled
>students are behavior problems and do poorly in other classes (which, I
>know, does not mean that they are not gifted).
>It seems as though gifted artists are also gifted intellectually, but those
>gifted intellectually are not necessarily gifted artists. I would suggest
>that if there was a gifted art program in place at schools, it should be
>separate from the general gifted program. Furthermore, based on my
>experience, I'm not so sure that there should be a "gifted arts" program.
>Certainly, in grade school, students are still physically, emotionally, and
>intellectually developing. Consequently, most art programs that teach art
>(not step-by-step crafts) will be challenging for any student, gifted or
>otherwise. Art incorporates all aspects of intelligence and any given
>assignment can be taken to various levels. Students spend less time doing
>art in school than anything else, a student would have to be doing an awful
>lot of extra-curricular art activities to show giftedness (at least in
>in my opinion. A final note, yes, I have seen students who show
>skill, but my art program does not bore them.