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Drawing and Painting

Drawing and Painting
Children and Visual Representation

Second Edition

Art Methods

April 2003 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Author John Matthews questions inherited wisdom about children's development in visual representation. The traditional approach describes children's development in terms of supposed deficits in which children progress from "primitive" earlier stages to "superior" ones, until they arrive at an endpoint of "visual realism."

The author explains different models of development in visual expression. Instead of measuring children's efforts against an adult paradigm, the new models identify the modes of representation used by children as consequences of children's own intentions, motivations, and priorities.

Painting in Action
Actions, Skills and Meaning
The Beginning of Painting and Drawing
Movement into Shape
Seeing and Knowing
Space and Time
The Origin of Literacy
Young Children Learn to Read

Children Begin to Show Depth in their Drawings
Why Do Many Children Give Up Drawing and Painting?
What Can We Do to Help?


A good book that I have used with my students when discussing creatvity in the primary classroom.

Mrs Amanda Thomas
Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
February 5, 2015

This text simplified a complex area and engaged my students in new interpretations of their children's behaviour.

Ms Micky LeVoguer
Early Childhood Studies Scheme, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
December 29, 2011

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