Date: 16-02-12 21:26
I am not sure if this is the kind of info that is interesting to you, but I haven't seen much discussed on here about artistically talented children so am jumping at the chance to join in the thread.
yes, I think the assessments for ODS would not necessarily pick up such gifts as they are much more difficult to quantify.
I have a daughter who I would say is gifted in visual arts. She hasn't been tested or assessed as gifted, and she only achieves pretty average in other areas in school. She is now 7 and has been an artist from age 2. She has always been a prolific and detailed drawer and I didn't realise how much beyond her age her drawing was until she went to kindy. Her pictures were always quirky and individual, not like other people would draw.
I don't know if anyone else finds this but my daughter is a very sensitive and can be rather anxious type personality-she seems to see the world through more detailed eyes or something-just notices and worries about everything! This can make school pretty challenging at times.
At school every teacher she has had has commented on her artistic ability. Our school doesn't provide any special extension, but they do quite a bit of creative stuff, especially in the junior school. They do sessions once a week where materials are provided and the kids just "go for it" and create whatever they wish. My daughter designed clothing out of fabric provided at these "fun' sessions, when she was 5 which have been considered pretty amazing for her age.
On the ODs thing-one of my other children has attended for a while but the costs are rather high. We havent had any subsidies from school.
Would be happy to provide more info if you want for your study...could go on and on...