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Stages of Art Development Resources

There are three different stages of development of art. As children progress they develop new sets of skills and start to form more complex pieces of art.
Four distinct behaviors can be observed during the scribbling stage: manipulation, uncontrolled marking, controlled marking, and planned/named marking. Mark making in the scribbling stage is often...
The Scribble Stage: Fun art activities for your little scribbler
The moment a child figures out how to pick up a crayon, she begins an adventure through art from scribbling to realistic creations. Just like with learning how to read or write, children go through levels of development in art - and it is a fun and educational journey.
Development Stages in Art
In the scribbling (mark making) stage,Scribbling is the child's first artwork . babies that smear food are learning to scribble Pounding a crayon on paper is an early variation of scribbling. A child that can grab your finger is old enough to hold a crayon for scribbling.
Drawing Development in Children
Timeline of drawing development in children from ages 2 through 16.
Earlychildhood NEWS - Article Reading Center
Earlychildhood NEWS is the online resource for teachers and parents of young children, infants to age 8. You will find articles about developmentally appropriate practice, child health, safety and behavior as well as links to teacher resources and networking opportunities.
Creative Activities for Young Children
Creative Activities for Young Children, 9th edition is a rare combination of an art and curriculum text, and is an invaluable resource for any teacher, pre-service or experienced. Teachers, parents, and child-care providers will value this teaching resource that not only promotes creativity in children but also encourages readers to exercise their own creativity.
Art for Child Development at the Preschool Age -
Find out why finger painting is an important life skill If the term "preschool art" brings to mind images of finger-paint-covered hands, macaroni necklaces and lopsided smiley-face drawings, consider this: While your mini Monet is creating these seemingly simple art projects, he is also working on developing his social and emotional skills.



Each of these stages refers to a combination of visual characteristics found in the art work of children. "Developmental-Stage" theory assumes that the stages occur in a sequential order. Little attempt has been made to relate these stages of growth in art directly to chronological age because so many factors contribute to the child's development in art.



The Importance of Art in Child Development

In recent years, school curricula in the United States have shifted heavily toward common core subjects of reading and math, but what about the arts? Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development.

The Importance of Art in a Child's Development, by MaryAnn F. Kohl - Barnes & Noble

Art may seem like fun and games - and it is! - but you may not realize that your child can actually learn a lot through exploring the arts and doing art activities - Read this article from the Barnes & Noble Expert Circle

These stages are taken from Bob Steel's Draw Me a Story: An Illustrated Exploration of Drawing-as-Language, ©1997. This stage is typical of children between 18 months and 3 years. Scribbles are random. Children are exploring art materials in a playful way. Scribbles move from uncontrolled to progressively more controlled.