>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.