Don’t talk to me about yourself. Just draw your heart and I’ll know whether you are happy or sad`.
Looking at the sky after a heavy rain and seeing the beautiful rainbow makes you sure those colors have been created for children. And they love to take them from the rainbow and put them into drawings. One of their favorite activities is making pictures or drawings alive by coloring them. Their whole feelings are on the page. All we have to do is `read` it.
Not all of them will end up being Picassos, but each and every drawing may give us a hint of what they are concerned for, what they feel like, what makes them happy or sad. Thus drawings can be a very good method which help us know our children better, take a peek into their universe.
Specialists say the evolution of drawing depends on the child’s development but is artistic skills- independent.
As soon as the crayon seems to belong to the little hand as if it were a part of the body and the child becomes aware of what his drawing represents (because he is intellectually involved in the artistic act), his works will make sense. Before that doodles represented the child’s pleasure to get dirty but even these doodles make sense and have been studied by specialists. They talk about his way of being. The unstable child has a discontinuous work and abandons his activity early, the happy child has firmly lines and the one filling the whole page wants to take all the attention and love. Holding the pencil also betrays the child’s intellectual development.
Circles, lines, dots for details are used by early preschoolers and later on the objects get more and more detailed with the mental age and not with the artistic skill. So the child does not have intellectual development delays if his drawing is not very beautiful.
What specialists call `the visual realism` comes with the ages of 7 and 12 when we can read his inner self by the way he draws lines, by the colors he uses, by geometry, characters and subject. Thin lines, corrections or even negative comments on his own work betray a shy, timorous child while powerful, thick lines, that make wholes in the paper, betray aggressiveness.
When a child’s drawing represents his family he should be asked questions about the members and one should pay attention to their order in the drawing. This may tell us about the way he feels loved or the place he’s got in his family. If one member is left out it may mean that there is rejection or conflict. The size of the characters may talk about its importance in the child’s life or the fear he feels toward that person.
An introverted child uses only a few colors and he chooses the dark ones while an extroverted child uses a lot of colors and the light, vivid ones.
Drawings talk about the inner world of our children. It is helpful for doctors when he needs to figure out the universe the child comes from and it helps us know our children better and know how to help them develop their personalities and creativity. So let the crayons talk!