I have always loved art and have highly encouraged art in our house hold as well as crafts. This article isn’t about crafts though, because crafts have a finished end product and art is the process itself one never really knows when it is quiet finished. I recently went to a lecture on art were they shared the stages of art development and you will see them as follows. I have also included art supplies list that was recommend to help with expanding your child’s learning and appreciation of art.
Stages of Art in a Child’s Life
Stage 1 scribbling stage process and action
1-2 years marks and scribbles gesture drawing random and free
2-3 years circular movement circles
Stage 2 symbolic stage things ideas feelings
3 years pilliwog figure circle with lines
3+ years add second circle arms and legs
4 years details body part and clothing
4-5 drawing or telling stories, work out problems, exaggerate sun symbol
5-6 years landscapes composition new symbols and elements
Stage 3 realistic stage
Represent real images
7-8 years desire to make things look real rigid details lots of often frustrating
10-12 realism cartooning complexity details and genes we different
Art Supply Recommendations
Bees wax can mold and not messy
Paint - think of sponges and brushes use different applicators
Crayons better than markers due to increase strength have to push harder and pushing more textures
Sand or snow can be a pallet
Clay or play dough and demential.
Lots of un-interrupted Time
Here are Zara and Allegra busy at art as well as some art work. Notice the stages they are in.