ERIC Number: ED250061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Understanding Children's Drawings: The Path to Manhood. With "Notes on the Study of Man," By Wolfgang Schad.
Based on the notes of Hanns Strauss and his collection of 6,000 drawings by 2- to 7-year-olds, this book describes the stages of development of children's drawings by using the framework of Rudolf Steiner's "anthroposophical" science. In the introduction, the early development of children's drawing is compared with works of art left by early civilizations. Three phases of children's drawing are described: (1) Up to 3 years, the process of creation arises in a dreamy way, and the child lives in the movements involved; (2) from 3 to 5 years, the child lets the arising picture take hold of his imagination; and (3) from 5 to 7 years, the child creates a clear interpretation of a theme chosen before beginning to draw. Chapter 1 describes the development of the use of line, while chapter 2 describes the development of the use of color. Chapter 3 describes the increasing role of the imagination and the transition from the use of symbolic representations to narrative/illustrative representations. The last part of chapter 3, "Notes on the Study of Man" (by Wolfgang Schad), explains Rudolf Steiner's ideas about concurrent spiritual and physiological development. Numerous color and black-and-white drawings illustrate the developmental concepts. (CB)
Descriptors: Childrens Art, Cognitive Development, Color, Concept Formation, Freehand Drawing, Human Body, Preschool Children
Anthroposophic Press, 258 Hungry Hollow Road, Spring Valley, NY 10977 ($11.50).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Line (Visual Arts); Movement (Visual Arts); Steiner (Rudolf)
Note: Translated by Pauline Wehrle. Published in German under the title "Von der Zeichensprache des kleinen Kindes."