For anyone who knows me and my work I create in my studio, one of my absolute favorite mediums to create with is the drawings of young children.
Some make me laugh, others bring a tear – but all have one thing in common – they are representative of what’s important to these precious little ones.
I just loved these researched findings from the University of Wellington on “The Why and How of Children’s Drawings” The following paragraph was my favorite excerpt of the study – I will never look at little ones drawings the same again!
“When children first start to draw, their drawings have little relation to what is seen with the eye. Their drawings are symbols of those things which at the time have meaning and importance to them. Thus the human figure in a very young child’s work may appear as a large head mounted on two legs. Although the child knows that the body is there and sees it, he draws only those parts of the body that he thinks important; the face because it speaks, the legs because they move about. Children do not depict what is before their eyes so much as their feelings and emotions in relation to things about them. “
As I write this post, one of my children’s many drawings is pinned above my desk. It’s of me and her together, with our large heads, huge eyes and tall scrawny legs – now that drawing is just that more precious to me! ❤