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Art Stages

The three art stages. Scribbles, basic format, and first drawings.
Children and Their Art: Stages of Development
Your child just spent five minutes scribbling on a sheet of paper and then proceeded to tell you about the amazing picture she created. As you nod your head in mock understanding while she explains the dragon, castle, and trees in her scribbling, you wonder what IS really going on, and if your child ever will actually draw the things she is describing.

*Children and Their Art: Stages of Development. (n.d.). Retrieved February 9, 2015, from
Artistic Play
Creative play and artistic activity are important to children's overall development. They help nurture imagination, and also develop problem-solving, thinking and motor skills. School children start to learn that some problems have a single solution (two plus two always equals four). They also develop skills for finding the right result for a given problem.

*Artistic Play. (n.d.). Retrieved February 9, 2015, from
Kids Art: Conversations About Drawing | Childhood101
Immy (3 1/2 years): I want to draw this flower in my field journal. Me: Okay then. Immy: But I can't. Will you draw it for me? Me: I think you can. Let's look at the shapes of the flower. I can see circles in this flower and you know how to draw circles.

*Kids Art: Conversations About Drawing | Childhood101. (2011, September 27). Retrieved February 5, 2015, from
Stages of Art Page 5
At this stage, children also begin to see the connection between their movements and the marks they make. Before this time, children's scribbles were the result of the sheer pleasure of moving their arms and hands. Now children connect those motions to their art-work. Children may even begin to name their drawings at this stage.

*Stages of Art Page 5. (n.d.). Retrieved February 5, 2015, from
Timeline of drawing development in children from ages 2 through 16.

*Drawing Development in Children. (n.d.). Retrieved February 5, 2015, from
The Stages of Artistic Development
Understanding the stages of artistic development can help you become better at creating art. It can also help you become a more effective art teacher. We develop artistically. Just like we develop other skills like talking and walking in stages, we develop artistic skills in the same way.

*TheVirtualInstructor Blog. (n.d.). Retrieved February 5, 2015, from
Scribbles have meaning - Better Kid Care (Penn State Extension)
Scribbles may not make any sense to an adult. They look like a lot of lines, loops, and squiggles. But these marks are very important to a young child. They are a child's way of writing her thoughts. Drawing and scribbling are the first steps in using the skills children will need later for writing.

*Scribbles have meaning - Better Kid Care (Penn State Extension). (n.d.). Retrieved February 5, 2015, from
Early Writing and Scribbling
Young children's first writing is scribbling. They scribble up and down and around with pencils, markers, chalk, paint brushes, and even their fingers. Most adults tend to disregard this early stage of writing, saying: "Oh, it's only scribbling." But scribbling is to writing what babbling is to speaking: an early stage of children's development that should be encouraged.

*Early Writing and Scribbling. (2006, January 1). Retrieved February 5, 2015, from
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.

*Developmental Stages of Art. (n.d.). Retrieved February 5, 2015, from
One who works with young children must know the different stages children go through in the development of art abilities. These stages are called "developmental levels." A developmental level is a guide to knowing what a child can do in art at different ages, but it is not a strict guideline.

*DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES OF CHILDREN’S ART. (n.d.). Retrieved February 5, 2015, from
Developmental Stages of Children's Drawings
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.

*Developmental Stages of Children's Drawings. (n.d.). Retrieved February 5, 2015, from
Childrens Art
Art, Design and Psychology Introduction Children explore the world around them through intellectual, physical and emotional methods All these factors play a part in their art.

*Childrens Art. (n.d.). Retrieved February 5, 2015, from
My First Crayola™ Developmental Stages of Art
Every Creative Journey Begins with the First Steps Crayola believes that encouraging kids to express their thoughts at all ages is important. We help kids express their ideas and feelings with colorful tools made for little hands that transform a child's uniquely original thoughts into visible form.

*My First Crayola™ Developmental Stages of Art. (n.d.). Retrieved February 9, 2015, from
Art: Flowers
The only "rule" for this art project was that the children draw at least two different types of flowers.

*Art: Flowers. (n.d.). Retrieved February 11, 2015, from
Children's Drawing Stages - 6 Things To Look For | Planning With Kids
Kids produce some wonderful artwork over the years. This short guide will help you identify and enjoy the different stages your kids go through with their artwork as they get older. It will also help you work out which are the must-keep pieces.

*Children's Drawing Stages - 6 Things To Look For | Planning With Kids. (2010, August 3). Retrieved February 11, 2015, from