International Journal of Art & Design Education

Human Language and Drawing Development: Their Productive Interactions

Volume 13.2   1994



The connection between language and drawing development has always seemed a plausible proposition despite a lack of research. This paper reports on the research findings and theory offered to date in support of links. The most convincing arguments for this proposition emanate from the work and ideas of the Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky who claims that drawing behaviour is inextricably linked to the development of language in humans. In addition, more recent research by Dyson et al has revealed a crucial role for drawing as a prerequisite for the development of writing skills.