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Unformatted text preview: The Psychology of Art: Past, Present, Future ART ABILITIES In the period between the two world wars, important studies were made in Germany, Austria, France, and elsewhere in Europe of the artistic development of individual children. Examples were kept of the drawing, painting, and clay-modeling of certain youngsters from infancy to maturity. Successive stages, observable in the drawings of all normal children, were distinguished in such terms as "scribble," "schematic," and "realistic." An effort was made not to direct or hasten the child's artistic development into adult styles, but to let his powers of visual conception as well as execution mature freely. Innate individual differences always appear in the child's work, over and above any such general, typical stages. The influence of the child's artistic environment and school instruction is also evident in spite of all attempts to keep him free from it. Similarly, studies have been made of the learning process in acquiring techniques of performance, as in playing the piano, and of how it can be accelerated.as in playing the piano, and of how it can be accelerated....
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- Fall '07