Welcome to Mary's Drawing Development Timeline!
As children grow, they develop a means of visual communication through their drawings. This process begins at the child's first drawing and continues to change and develop throughout adolescence.
Below is a quick summary of the six stages. It is important to remember that this is not an exact science, and the ages given are just a guideline; they can vary from source to source. For example — although the Scribbling age is defined as 2-4, scribbling can start before age 2!
|Scribbling||2-4||Marks made for kinesthetic pleasure|
|Pre-schematic||4-7||Development of schema, draws things of personal interest, makes tadpole people, color and scale used emotionally|
|Schematic||7-9||Improvement on schema, interest in showing events, multiple viewpoints in one drawing, use of the baseline|
|Dawning Realism||9-11||Abandonment of schema, desire to show space with planes instead of baseline|
|Pseudo-realism||11-13||Desire to show objects three-dimensionally, color is both naturalistic and expressive, experimentation with media & technique|
|Stage of decision||13-17||Self-motivated, art as art|
This website was created by Mary Herchenhahn in the fall of 2005 for Professor Barry Shauck's Elementary Methods of Art Education class at Boston University. Please email any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org!