Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Princess Me!

This project, we were learning about drawing a figure.
At first, it was not so much about drawing a princess, but the girls kept adding more details on the figure, including the crown, pretty dress, ear rings, long hairs, flowers, precious stones and etc.
The focus of this project is making the kids to be aware of using lines to draw a person.
The art development in a 3-5 years old is called Preschematic stage.
What I am teaching here is really pushing their ability to do more, especially to Camille (3.5 year old)
A typical drawing of Camille's figure:
There is nothing too special about the head, eyes, mouth and hair.
However, when you notice the body part, and you will see many straight lines.
Those lines are hands and legs doing different things.
After the lesson, Camille's figure:
Did you notice the differences?
It is not jellyfish like.
It has neck, body (dress with buttons) , arms (the direction of them), fingers, flowers in hands, ears with earrings.

*My personal belief is, with a little bit reminder, Camille is able to draw a figure with more advanced level (beyond her developmental stage).
However, my intention is not to proof that she is better than others, but to provide some skills for her to use when she draws.

Kindergarten's (5 year old) work (from my previous student)

Melody's (5 year old) work

More pictures about Camille's figure drawing:

More information and reference about drawing development in children


The preschematic stage

First conscious creation of form occurs around age three and provides a tangible record of the child's thinking process. The first representational attempt is a person, usually with circle for head and two vertical lines for legs. Later other forms develop, clearly recognizable and often quite complex. Children continually search for new concepts so symbols constantly change.

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