International Journal of Art & Design Education

What do Children Think about the Drawing Process?

Volume 17.1   1998



This study presents young children's hypotheses about the process of drawing, i.e., it deals with the construction of knowledge in drawing from the child's perspective. Using both a longitudinal and an exploratory design, the author followed the processes of production and 'reading' of drawings developed by six young children, aged 2 to 6, for three years. The author relates constructive studies about children's drawings with their ideas in each stage of drawing. The results indicate that children conceive of drawing as an object in which action and thought are related.