The Barron-Welsh Art Scale (BWAS) has been used in many studies of creativity. It does not require respondents to read or write and may be administered in any language to children and adults. The Manual includes an excellent chapter about the BWAS written by Gough, Hall, and Bradley (1996) "Forty Years of Experience with the Barron-Welsh".
Copyright © 1949 by George S. Welsh, 1987 by Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc.
Features of the BWAS
Purpose: Measure creativity with non-verbal administration
Length: 86 images
Target Population: All ages and education levels
Norms in manual: Gender, Occupation
Uses of the BWAS
The Barron-Welsh Art Scale gives two scale scorings. Each scale is a valid measure of Creativity.
Barron Welsh Art Scale
Barron Welsh Revised Art Scale
From the Manual
"Barron’s own views concerning the psychological nature of the dimension defined by scores on the BWAS include elements of personal style, social attitudes, and libidinal drives (Barron, 1953a, 1963). Sample images from the BWAS High scorers on the scale manifest greater strength of primary processes in ego functioning, such as symbolization, condensation, and substitution. “Reality” is thereby transmuted into new forms and into creative individual visions. Secondary processes stress logic, planfulness, goal directedness, and adherence to form. The truly creative person has access to the primary, even primitive, functions of the ego, but not at the cost of abandoning logical reality.
"Whatever the ultimate nature of the configuration or style of personality captured in scores on the BWAS—and the search for such an absolute may be as futile and meaningless as a search for the philosopher’s stone—there is no doubt about the convergence of our own studies as well as those cited in the appended bibliography in showing that the measures do identify creative talent, and that they do this independently of intelligence, personal soundness, gender, age, and other powerful determinants that all too often limit the utility of our assessment tools."
-- George S. Welsh, Harrison B. Gough, Wallace B. Hall, and Pamela Bradley in the Barron-Welsh Art Scale Manual (p. 43)