Art is another aspect of literacy that is what I view. It should be part of the typical "3 Rs": reading, writing, and mathematics.
At around 12-15 months, a little budding artist may take off. As soon as a toddler can hold a chunky crayon comfortably, she/he is ready to scribble and color with it.
When toddler has mastered the pincer grasp, they may scribble large random arcs and straight scratchy lines.
Juli produced some marks on a paper from time to time in my studio before she was one year old. As she turned one, she gradually scribbled, mostly random straight lines.
ASL-speaking bilingal Juli (age 0;9,3) makes marks in drawing with a pastel stick.
Later, Juli (age 1;8,2) began to draw a tadpole-like image.
Juli (age 2;1,2) had her first fingerpainting.
Age 2;1,1: drew dots.
Age 2;2: - Juli drew her first picture: smiley.
Age 2;6: Drawing a cross emerged. And, Juli drew a smiley with hair sticks (similar to sun rays).
At age 2;6, drawing a cross emerged. Juli drew a smiley with hair sticks (similar to sun rays).
The bilingual kid "Juli" first made drawing marks when she was baby. She has acquired a drawing skill in a natural way. All I did is nothing but to provide her materials and watch the natural development.
But, one day a thought came to my head, wondering how my bilingual kid might draw a table with a three-dimensional perspective. Out of curiosity, I asked her to draw a table.
Here it is. A round brown table with five legs. Our small dining table is round. Then I asked her if she wanted me to show her how to make a 3-D table. Yes, she nodded. I showed her a rectangular table.
After my demonstration, she did a couple of drawings of a table with more 3-D perspective.
Interesting. After she had learned the art of three-dimensional perspective drawing, I asked her to draw a chair. She indeed applied that knowledge to drawing a chair.
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