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 Post subject: Draw a Person
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:41 am 
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DD's doctor showed great interest in a picture she had drawn while waiting in the surgery. He commented on the amount of detail it had, pupils in the eyes, five fingers etc. Someone mentioned that drawing a picture of a person is a good indicator of a child's intelligence, but is that really the case? Children scribble all the time and I haven't really taken much notice of my 3yr old's random drawings, until now. She draws a face with all the appendages, including colour for the pupils of the eyes, body, arms, fingers, legs, shoes etc..and I am told that the more detail included, the better the interpretation of this. I can't recall my older DD's drawings, so I can't compare. Does anyone know anything about this? I was rubbish at art at any age, but I did reasonably well at school, so does drawing a detailed person at 3, indicate a budding Picasso, or something more?


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 Post subject: Re: Draw a Person
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:48 am 
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I know that my DD was assessed at 3 1/2 for entry to her current indie and it is one of the things they asked her to do - no idea what else there was as she couldn't remember :)


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 Post subject: Re: Draw a Person
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:58 am 
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My children have to do a self portrait every year at school. (the preschool attached to the school also do this).
yes it is supposed to be a good indicator of developement


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 Post subject: Re: Draw a Person
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:26 pm 
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mm23292 wrote:
DD's doctor showed great interest in a picture she had drawn while waiting in the surgery. He commented on the amount of detail it had, pupils in the eyes, five fingers etc. Someone mentioned that drawing a picture of a person is a good indicator of a child's intelligence, but is that really the case? Children scribble all the time and I haven't really taken much notice of my 3yr old's random drawings, until now. She draws a face with all the appendages, including colour for the pupils of the eyes, body, arms, fingers, legs, shoes etc..and I am told that the more detail included, the better the interpretation of this. I can't recall my older DD's drawings, so I can't compare. Does anyone know anything about this? I was rubbish at art at any age, but I did reasonably well at school, so does drawing a detailed person at 3, indicate a budding Picasso, or something more?
Sounds like she can draw better than I can. :lol:
One of my children at about the same age used to draw dissected pictures, usually of me, with blood, bones, arteries etc all at the side. I am sure a psychologist would have had a field day with that. Perhaps the DC concerned is set to become a pathologist.


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 Post subject: Re: Draw a Person
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:33 pm 
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My 5 year old only draws aliens. They usually have about 20 eyes.
He occasionally draws rockets and the moon too.
I'm now wondering what that says about him :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Draw a Person
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:01 pm 
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DS1 (doing v.well in Y8 at a selective school) can't draw for toffee. DS2 (working two to three years ahead of peers, scored v.high in recent 11+) could barely hold a pencil at that age! DS3 (also academically able) can barely draw anything recognisable. The only one of my children who might have managed this is DD, who is of average ability. It might be an indicator of current development but if schools are using this as an indication of academic aptitude then they're going to miss a lot of bright children!
Your DC is showing advanced observational skills and may also have latent artistic gifts though.


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 Post subject: Re: Draw a Person
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:07 pm 
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I did say developement , not ability..


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 Post subject: Re: Draw a Person
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:41 pm 
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Stroudydad, sorry that it wasn't clear, my reply wasn't directed at you, it was more a comment on what independent schools are using as their assessment criteria for selection at early years and foundation stages.


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 Post subject: Re: Draw a Person
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:53 pm 
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the test they were referring to is the Goodenough Draw a Person Test and is part of the Aston Index , which also includes other tests such as spelling, language etc.

if you google it you will be able to find out more details . There is a scoring sheet and it is marked against standardised data from many children. It shows how a child's development is compared to its peers. As with all these tests it is used alongside other other information to help assess a child's abilities


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 Post subject: Re: Draw a Person
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:46 pm 
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Amber, you made me spit my coffee out with laughter.....as someone who has worked in psychological services with children for years, it appealed!

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