The First Three Weeks:
As I stood watching the children draw, I noticed two girls sitting beside each other most of the time; one of them was Roza. Roza (4.5 years old) is a perfect example of a child who is in the transition period between the pre-schematic and early schematic stage. (The researcher prefers to divide the main stage into two levels: early schematic and late schematic levels). This child knows exactly what to draw, how to draw her symbols, and how to use colors with realistic values. She has a lot of symbols compared to other children her age (for example flowers have many forms and colors, as well as human beings, houses, animals and so on). It is obvious that she is drawing at the schematic stage: she adds many details to her objects, applies varied and realistic color values, uses base lines, and demonstrates good organization of symbols within the paper size.
What was unusual about Roza was
that, although she added details to human figures, she drew hands and legs
without any details (stick shape). This could be explained by the variety
and detail of many of her symbols, which may have hindered development
in these particular shapes, or she may still be in the process of developing
these details. Rainbows are very important in Roza's drawing, and I was
amazed by her use of realistic colors and order (she placed each color
in its correct place).
The strange thing to mention about this child is that, as much as she added details to the human figures, she drew hands and legs without any details (stick shape). Maybe that's because she takes care of drawing so many symbols and colored them in her illustrations, so she missed up some parts in these symbols or shapes, or she is still in the process to create these details in the future as she did before to her other details. Rainbow seems very important to her to draw and its amazing how she can color it with its realistic colors and by its original order (she placed each color in its correct place).
Fourth and Fifth Week:
During these two weeks, the children continued drawing in their sketchbook as before, but it may be worth mentioning that some of them were absent from Saturday School. As before, I will analyze the children's drawings, observing any new developments or differences from their previous drawings.
The most important thing I noticed during this period was that Roza began to draw the human figure with some extra details, such as the hand's shape as seen in ill. 13. As we noticed before, Roza always drew arms and legs as sticks without any details in contrast to her ability to add details to her other symbols. Now, hands took the oval or circular shape (but without any extra details such as fingers), but I expect her to create them soon. Legs on the other hand were still drawn as two sticks. During these two weeks, she also began to draw stars as a new schema (Ill. 15); prior to this she drew birds as a star shape.
Roza also began to fill the entire page with colors, which is an obvious characteristic for her stage (schematic) as seen in ills. 11 & 12. She continues to draw previous symbols the same way except for the sky, which took on a new wavy shape (as an example see Ill. 19). Colors continue to be used in the same realistic way.
Sixth and Seventh Week:
Roza was one of the children who at this stage had a great many symbols and ideas to draw, and who used many bright colors as realistic values for her symbols. In illus..20, she drew a very large butterfly which could contain many details and colors and allow her to demonstrate her knowledge about the butterfly. She originally drew the outlines first, then began to fill them with different colors as she did here. Roza always tried her best to control filling the spaces with colors, and she (as most children in this stage) did well.
In ill. 21, she drew her dog climbing to the top of the mountain (she repeats nearly the same scene many times, an attempt to draw a close and enjoyable subject, as other children do at this age). In ill. 23, she drew nice shapes (maybe balloons) with nice colors and then she wrote her name at the bottom of the page; this is also a common characteristic of children at this age
Eighth and Ninth Week:
During the last two weeks Roza began a new sketchbook. There is no more to add regarding her drawings for the previous two weeks, but one new development should be recognized: she began to use the pencil in her drawings with markers as a way to recognize and separate her symbols as seen in ills.26 and 27.
Her symbols or figures sometimes seem very well drawn, while at other times she just drew the outlines in a very simple way (see ill. 28). Roza likes to draw many symbols without attempting to tell us a story like most of the other children at this stage, and the only figure she takes great care with is her dog.
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