New Article Series: Drawing with Very Young Children

Amie’s Drawing of 18 April 2007

Amie, 28 April 2007

Breakthrough! 

I think Amie has made (or is in the midst of making) a breakthrough in her drawing. I happened to catch it on video, and may try to find a way to share that clip with you (at present that is beyond my technical skills). 

It has prompted me to start writing a series of articles about the development of Amie’s drawings (so far). The first two installments can be found here:

  1. First Drawings of a Very Young Child: Amie at 16 months 
  2. Circles and Coloring Books: Amie at 18 months

Also don’t miss a (growing) collection of Tips and Resources for Drawing With Very Young Children.

The first series will document the development of Amie’s drawings from age 16 months to 20 months (December 2006 – April 2007). 

Amie’s drawings serve as examples of the typical development of drawing in very young children. I touch upon the theory of art development in children, but there isn’t much available about this very early stage at the end of the second  and beginning of the third year.

And I know, I know! If I keep calling every minute change in my daughter’s drawing skills a “breakthrough,” the word won’t have any meaning soon. But I really think she made making progress that is not continuous: a leap, in other words. True, a small one, but visible, significant perhaps… Someone, a specialist, help me out here!

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