I like how this video connects the artistic stages to the child’s cognitive development. The best part, for me, is that the clip includes real drawings that literally illustrate what the child is capable of at a specific age.
This video really hits on how to incorporate creative exercises into writing development. I found the practical ideas (such as putting together a book and combining illustrations and stories) helpful in a completely real-world way.
All too often we look at ‘drawing’ as the work of little kids. This is especially true when it comes to using it as a frame for writing. What struck me about this piece is the depth this goes into in terms of writing activities based on drawing.
This page is a must-read addition to any milestone table on drawing/writing development. Not only does it include the very early years, but it goes through high school as well. This really puts what a child can do into perspective.
As an arts educator, understanding the progression of children’s development when it comes to drawing has always been important to me. Add in the writing connection, and the milestone timeline in this piece can help any teacher integrate drawing with age/developmental level appropriate writing activities.