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Sunday, September 2, 2012
Drawing and Children
As the school year begins many elementary school children feel pressure in their art classes when it comes to drawing. When my son was in first grade he had a homework assignment to create a mobile based on elements of a favorite picture book. He chose "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." He carefully set out to interpret the illustrations of Felicia Bond, with what I perceived as charm and attention to detail, and together we added thread to his cut out drawings and attached them to a coat hanger. His teacher hung the mobiles around the classroom. A few days later I thought to ask him how all the mobiles looked. He replied that all the drawings were MUCH better than his. Were my feelings as a parent affecting my judgement? I happened to be in his classroom soon after and immediately checked out these mobiles. What I instantly realized was that many of the other characters had clearly been TRACED, and very likely by the hand of the parent. I felt bad for the children who were made to feel that their own drawings would not measure up. Children's drawings are a delightful
look into the way they see the world. Art, in my opinion, should be full of choice and personal interpretation, and hopefully children are given these opportunities in school and at home.