Working things out, using woefully incomplete information, in 300 words or less.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Art of Growing Up
Pablo Picasso said,
“It took me four years to paint like
Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
He also said, interestingly, “I
paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”
Interesting because of the theories
and observations (summed up nicely
here) about why children draw the way they do.
Around 18 months, toddlers love to
scribble. They don’t have good control of the crayons they are clutching in their
fat little fists, but they will sometimes discover, with great pleasure, that
the scribble they just made looks like something.
When they start intentionally drawing,
around ages 2 to 4, one of the first things kids will draw are people, except the
people won’t have torsos. A person will just be a big round head with arms and
legs sticking out, which is sometimes referred to as a “tadpole figure.” Some
theorize that it’s not that young children don’t see how a body really looks
but that they draw only
the parts most important to them: the head and face, which are oversized,
also, all ten fingers and the belly button.
Between 5 and 8, kids begin to draw
objects according to “schema.” Basically, they develop one way to draw a house,
for example, and that’s the way they draw it in every picture.
Things start getting sad around age 9.
Kids, who start trying to draw realistically around this age, will, at the same
time, become very critical of their own drawings. They start worrying what
others think and that their drawings don’t “measure up.” Most people stop
drawing at this point.
Picasso also said, “All children are artists. The
problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”