International Journal of Art & Design Education

Action, Autobiography and Aesthetics in Young Children

Volume 18.2   1999



Lark-Horovitz, Lewis, and Luca [1973] described the emergence of 'subject matter specialists,' children who create series of self-initiated or voluntary drawings featuring consistent themes, characters, or settings that seem particularly compelling to them. A decade-long study of the images preschool and kindergarten children create when invited to draw in their own sketchbooks in the context of a weekly art class suggests that the choice of what to draw shapes the process of learning how to draw in decisive ways. The interests young children develop and pursue in drawing and in other forms of symbolic play are influenced by gender and by culture, by personality and circumstance.