How does drawing develop with child’s age?

Drawing in early childhood is an important activity, which facilitates the development of all child cognitive, emotional and motor skills. Unlike adults, children do not use words and concepts as means of cognition, child’s thinking is visual. He sees, remembers and acquires knowledge of the world through images and motion. And only later he begins to associate images with language. This process of child knowledge and perceptions can also be observed in a child drawing development.

Stages of Child Drawing Development

There are different classifications of the stages in the development of child’s drawing, but, generally, there are four or five basic ones. No matter how they are called, they can be traced in all children. Nonetheless, each child follows his own growth pattern - staying longer in one phase or skipping it. As with the other child development indicators, the age at which a particular phase of child drawing development occurs is indicative.

Parents seeking to achieve specific results or indicators in drawing rather inhibit the development of child abilities. It is important to give the child the opportunity to experiment in artwork for him to develop his own representational language and mode of expression and communication. Criticism makes children develop a negative attitude towards their own drawing skills and, therefore, soon they will no longer like to draw. No doubt, this happens to most people for different reasons, either under the influence of what is called art education at school, or as a result of the psychological changes during puberty. Probably because of this transition and unconsciously lost connection children drawings, such that we are no longer able to draw, are so interesting to us.



The earliest form of children’s graphic expression is known as making marks. Long before the little child is able to ...
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