The Importance of Children's Drawings


Children's drawings have captured the attention of researchers within different fields. In the field of psychological studies in children's drawings, Gardner (1978), Barron (1963) & Dale Harris (1963), for example, concentrated on conducting studies and observations that depend on children's drawings. They analyzed a series of children's drawings being considered a diagnostic tool to be used it in the psychic treatment of a person.

Normally, children tend to confirm their gender through drawing the human figures. This means that male children draw the role of males, and the females draw the role of females in life. As psychological studies have demonstrated, children tend to express the dimensions of their personalities through their drawings (Dinkemeyer & Caldwell 1970). Some researchers examined the drawings of some patients in order to diagnose their personality dimensions , and discuss their products for treatment purposes (Lewis 1963). And some as Goodenough (1926) used children's drawings as a method of measuring children's intelligence. She was the first to draw the attention of the researchers to the significance of drawing as a method of personality study. John T. Back also used children's drawings of people as a measurement for intelligence; his test involves the usage of certain symbols which is called -house-tree-person- (H.T.P.).

In this study, the researcher will study a sample of drawings from children ages 4-6 years in order to examine the developmental artistic stages and to be able later on to decide whether these children's art works in agreement with the world features and the children drawings in this stage as many researchers studies try to classify them as we will clarify later on. In other words: Are their art works in harmony with the art development stages at this age? For that purpose, we will concentrate on some of those case that seems relevant to this purpose.


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