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  • Yesterday I came across my son's paintings and drawings that I have kept for twenty eight years and realised it was time to recycle the paper they

    were drawn on and to preserve them digitally instead.

    Dem is thirty one now and studied chemistry at university, his artistic years way behind him.

    I used to give lectures on the stages of children's paintings and drawings.

    My son was three years old when I started lecturing, so I collected his paintings and drawings to illustrate how all children go through the same

    stages from scribbling to drawing with perspective; as long as they are left to experiment by themselves.

    Once children have finished trying out how to make marks on paper with crayons, chalk or paint by scribbling, they reach the most important stage,

    drawing a complete circle

    When they have formed the circle they can make it into a face with stick like limbs coming out of it, a house with dots inside, a car or a bus.

    the next stage is adding a body to the 'big head' circle and fingers, and toes at the end of the sticks.

    My son went mad with the radials for hair fingers and toes in this first picture.

  • Well this is his drawing of me, with a green face and red body. I did not take offence.

    Children need lots and lots of paper and crayons for their scribbling stage. Do not be stingy with paper. You can use old wrapping paper or newspaper if paper is too expensive for you.

    If you draw your representation of a house or a bird and say copy this; the child will lose confidence in themselves as an artist because they have not reached the stage where they can draw a perfect house. Often children’s representations are much more imaginative than adults conservative idea of what a house or person should look like.

  • Once Dem could draw circles he went through the phase of drawing crazy faces with lots of teeth.

  • I loved this drawing which shows some perspective of a boy walking down a road. With a beautiful sunflower in the foreground.

  • This is my favourite drawing of our whole family. He drew his two sisters, his dad and me with much vitality. He shows himself as the smallest in the

    family, which is quite unusual as most children draw themselves as the largest figure, as they would see themselves as most important.

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