Author: Info for you
Date: 12-02-12 23:30
The following may not be quite what you are looking for but could be worth consideration:
My daughter was assessed as intellectually gifted at 6 years old and on and off through out primary and intermediate school she was offered entry into a few gifted extension programs.
Art programs were also run by the schools but my left handed also gifted in visual arts daughter was never offered a place in any one of them, even though her creative ability was commented on and used by teachers.
The students chosen for the art programs generally appeared to be students who were not high achievers in other areas. Which suggests that the school tried to share opportunities around as many children as possible. Which is admirable in one sense.
But just as a gifted academic program will fail to provide for those it is set up for if it is dumbed down too far, so to a gifted art program will fail if a set criteria for entry is not established. Preferably one that does not 'exclude' students on the basis that it would not be considered fair to others if they were in more than one gifted program, or 'include' students because they are not great at anything else.