International Journal of Art & Design Education

Children's Early Drawing Development and its Links with Special Teaching Abilities

Volume 13.3   1994



The study arose from personal observation that primary age children with moderate learning difficulties showed a marked lack of interest, involvement and enjoyment in drawing, compared with their mainstream counterparts. It focuses on an apparent developmental lag in their use of specific forms in their drawings, and goes on to show how awareness of developmental stages and strategies in drawing skills can be of particular value to non-specialist classroom teachers. The results emphasise the need for greater use of our knowledge of developmental change to inform educational practice. On the wider scene, they could be usefully discussed alongside current conflicts related to the curriculum in early years and special education.