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'Reach for the apple'

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School and family life | Writing patterns | Fingerpainting | Observations of daily life | 'Reach for the apple' | Frances Derham

 

An example of one of Derham's research studies was 'Reach for the Apple' test. This was based on a similar test developed by art educator Viktor Lowenfeld in 1939. She asked children to imagine a tree laden with apples (she changed the fruit according to the setting) with a particular ripe apple just out of reach. The child was asked to draw themself reaching for this apple. The drawings were analysed and categorised according to the child's response to the task in relation to the criteria for "normal" development that Derham had developed. She gathered more than 2000 drawings from a broad range of children.

 

Dimity Reed
Melbourne

Reach for the apple

38.6 x 38.6 cm

 

 

 

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Eve Worsdworth
Melbourne

Reach for the apple

38.0 x 27.6cm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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