The First Three Weeks:
Kevin (4 years), is probably the most interesting case study. He began his sketchbook by using the brown marker to draw a half circle. After he finished it he went to the next page and drew the same shape and so on until he finished his seventh page (of course he didn't follow the order of the pages). At the end of the sketchbook section, Kevin took his sketchbook to the director and showed her his drawings, saying: This is my Mom, this is my Dad, this is my brother, this is my friend..., and so on until he named all of the seven drawings. In second week, he began the same way by taking one color (he randomly chose the blue one) and drawing the same shapes as he did before, naming them the same way. His last drawing is different however; Kevin chose one of his previous drawings and started filling it in with the green color. Then he held the red marker and filled in the space over the green drawing. As he drew he seemed to like the new impression he had created. Finally he used the black color to cover the entire colored area. Kevin kept talking to me about his new drawing and mentioned for me many names of movie stars (Ill. 14).
In the third week, Kevin used the pink marker to start his series exactly the same way as he did before, but before he started his drawings I sat beside him and asked him about his symbols. As we reviewed these drawings, I counted the pages with him. He realized that there were many empty pages, so he tried to draw different lines with his marker while saying: This is "No. 4", this is "No. 5", and so on. At the end of the drawing session, Kevin kept talking about his symbols and tried to separate between them by means of color or sometimes size (for example his dad represents the blue color and his mom the brown. Other times his mother represents the small half circle and his father the bigger one and so on).
In Ill. 1, Kevin tried to draw all of his family and the people he knows on the same page within the same spaces by using three colors to define between them. In this way a child can express his feelings toward the "schema" of people as groups (family, friends, etc.).
Fourth and Fifth Week:
As before Kevin still used only one color to draw his scribbles. Previously he had used just the red color to draw different scribbles over some of his previous drawings, as seen in ills. 1 & 2. His scribbles were drawn as vertical, oval, circular, half circular or dots, and often by using one color each class.
Sixth and Seventh Week:
Through the last two weeks, we noticed a new trend in Kevin's drawings. He began to use more than one color at the same time and in the same drawing. In ills. 23 &24, Kevin used many colors on the same page to show us his new knowledge about mixing colors. He watched one of the other children in the class doing the same activity, then he used the color by giving it a name and speaking loudly about his symbol's meanings or names.
However, Kevin did continue to create the same type of drawings (by using one color to draw a line and naming it). In ills. 21 and 22, he drew the same circular shapes and named them: "This is my Mom" and "This is my Dad." Kevin also kept referring to his new activity of mixing colors to add random horizontal lines to his old drawings (as seen in illus. 1). I noticed that most of the children during this period prefered to use the crayons to add any new details to their old or new drawings, whereas before they used only the markers in their drawings. As crayons became available for them to use, many of these children started to use them to add new lines or shapes to their previous drawings.
Eighth and Ninth Week:
In the last two weeks Kevin created only two drawings. He drew only one drawing each class to make extra time to play some games he found in the classroom. In his two new illustrations (26 and 27), Kevin used two colors in the same way to draw the same subject. He clarified it: "I made a blowhole" [When he first showed me his drawing I thought that it was a blue hole, so I was close to his meaning].
The interesting change in Kevin's drawing was that in the previous drawings he used the blue color to represent the subject at the beginning. This is different from the last time, when he chose a color and named it as a color (red could be blue or orange).
P.S. Sorry, Kevin's images were not available to add to the web site!
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