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PAM Repeater, n82 Feb 1994

This pamphlet examines what art can mean to a child with a disability and offers how-to's for involving students in the creation of art. It emphasizes that the outcome of an art activity can be more than just the finished piece of work and that emphasis should be placed on involvement with the materials rather than on design or abstract concepts that may get in the way of the self-discovery, learning, and individual expression that occur. The pamphlet discusses the value of arts and crafts in improving self-concept and confidence, developing motor and other skills, creating opportunities for social interaction and for self-discovery, improving problem solving and decision making, and assisting in sensory awareness. Suggestions are offered for work surface and materials adaptations. Several art and craft activities are then described, including dough art, printmaking and stamp art, edible art, necklaces, collages, tie dye, sack puppets, flying birds, and paper mache. The pamphlet concludes with a list of seven companies that provide arts and crafts equipment. (JDD)

Descriptors: Art Activities, Art Education, Art Expression, Art Materials, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Preschool Education, Skill Development

Autor: Ensign, Arselia, Ed.


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