ERIC Number: ED438898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec-21
The Role of Spontaneous Drawing in the Development of Children in the Early Childhood Settings.
Collado, Fatima Y.
This paper asserts the importance of allowing children to use their own perceptions in developing their imagination and drawing skills. It discusses why children draw, and how teachers can foster creativity, create appropriate activities, and evaluate the child's progress. Children draw to symbolically explore their worlds, and that by the age of 3 or 4, most children are able to master the necessary skills for presenting their own ideas about reality in observable symbolic form. The creativeness of children can flourish only in an environment that provides: respect along with freedom for exploration and risk-taking; a rich experimental curriculum; adequate space for children's projects and materials; sufficient, or at least flexible, time; and a sincere, mature, and sensitive adult. Art activities should be chosen with the same rationale that child development specialists use to select toys for children: they should be open-ended and provide a variety of options. The paper concludes by discussing interviews with eight teachers in day care and Head Start programs about children's spontaneous drawings, and an analysis of four children's drawings. Some teachers indicated they did not have enough time to fully support children's drawing. (EV)
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