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April 23, 2012 2:55 AM Subscribe
Do you know or can you find any scholarly articles about analysing adults' drawings that do not relate to health?
posted by b33j to Education (4 answers total)
I'm on a research project that is including a request for the participants to draw a picture in response to a question. I'm concerned that we don't have rigorous research to draw on in analysing these images. What I've found so far, going through Google Scholar is many works on: meaning of children's drawings (both healthy and with health and psychological issues); analysis of drawings by adults with health issues (including cancer, migraines, eating disorders, sexual abuse survivors); analysis of trained artists' works; analysis of media images (e.g. magazine covers in one publication over 25 years) but nothing to show a methodology of working out what ordinary adults may mean with drawings.
Things I have noticed about the drawings in question: some include profession-specific dress or tools, facial expression, differences in the relationship of the size of the drawing to the space they have to draw in, but I don't feel comfortable making conclusions from this.
Any suggestions of different ways to search (eg semiotics, semantics, etc.) also very welcome.