It is probably up for debate as to whether or not the way children draw is a
learned convention or something that they universally create in the same way.
Not enough research has been done to resolve that particular debate. I am not
sure it truly matters...what matters is that children are encouraged to make
art. Hopefully they are nurtured to be creative and allowed to create their
own forms on their own.
Lowenfeld used to be outraged by coloring books and worksheets...he felt they
negatively affected children...when I see a child with a coloring book, I
encourage them to draw additional outlines and create shapes within existing
shapes. I show them how they can add additional details that were not there to
begin with. Once they get this...they take off. I think kids are pretty
resilient...they must be...because a lot of negative experiences come their way
and most manage to survive and thrive!
> Thanks for your response.
> I understand the blue skyline and the green groundline with white or
> clear air in between, but kids I grew up with and have taught in other places
> used black crayons to outline white clouds and very few kids here do that,
> though more do than in the past. There are a few other things like drawing
> an X
> instead of a vertical cross for window panes when drawing a house that seem
> be learned. I asked a student about something of that sort and his response
> was that his (kindergarten) teacher showed him the way to do it. I suspect
> some of these things are a learned convention like the sun in the corner of
> the paper.
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