How to interpret children's paintings!


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A child's painting expresses experiences, feelings and sometimes offers valuable clues to your child's mental health. Look for the "why" in his paintings and help him express his feelings.
Through his paintings, the child has a lot to tell you. As strange as it may sound, from the very first steps your child can express what he or she is feeling by imprinting them on paper. All you need to do is supply it with paints and markers. The little Picasso with his painting not only releases his energy but also completes his contact with the outside world. Each painting has a different interpretation. Every line a child forms is a sign of their feelings for the environment in which they live and work. Children's paintings are one of the main research topics for psychologists. Child painting is considered a psychotherapeutic act, which at the same time contributes to the development of perceptual abilities as well as its ability to approach a subject.
For children, though, art is something different, because above all it is the means to express and capture their spontaneity. Every child, however, changes with age. His perception develops and differs from the stimuli he receives.

Intellectual development with creations

As children go through the stages of organizing their intellectual abilities and developing relationships with the environment, their paintings exhibit changes that can be observed but not always interpreted. As your child grows, he differentiates his artistic expression (that is, the way he represents his experiences based on the stimuli he has received). Your child from an early age - and before he can even articulate a complete phrase - expresses a desire to leave his paintings even on the walls of the house.
Initially, the child will paint with repetitive lines and smudges on the walls, furniture, and paper that will be placed in front of him. Much later, the symbols he paints will have specific and recognizable shapes. At this stage your toddler can capture concepts (eg home, family), observe, explore the environment and get into a learning process (eg shapes, colors).
At the age of 5 he will put things he draws circularly on paper. At 7 years of age the objects will be linearly positioned and each object will be presented frontally in the image. Thus, the tree, the house, the human will be pictured side by side, with no relation to their forms. From 9 to 12 years, the objects depicted are now more closely related. Pictures begin to represent places and objects when your child is already in adolescence.

6 stages of artistic development!

  • Blurry stage (2-4 years): The painting at this stage is characterized by lack of organization, straight and circular writing. At the age of 4, the child begins to name what he paints.
  • Primitive stage (4-7 years): The painting is characterized by representational symbols and rudimentary human figures.
  • Schematic stage (7-9 years old): At this stage the development of the representational symbols, the composition, the color for specific objects and the specific forms for people are observed.
  • Emerging Realism Stage (9-11 years): At this stage improves the visualization of colors and colors in nature, while increasing the stiffness in visual expression.
  • False-realism stage (11-13 years): Increased awareness of human forms and the environment. Caricature perfection.
  • Period of decisions (puberty). Complex expression is observed. Many children, of course, may never reach this stage.

Drawings of Memory and Fantasy!

Children paint with the help of memory, imagination and reality. Drawings from memory are based on what they remember. Many children find it difficult to paint something, using only their imagination. Some prefer to give them a design that requires completion or completion. Whether and to what extent a child uses his imagination in painting is also influenced by developmental factors. For example, young children are less concerned with the exact performance of the object they want to design and more with what they imagine. Of course children of all ages (usually not preschoolers) also paint objects around them.

The how and why of a painting


The way the child holds the pencil to draw is particularly important. Your little one can keep his pencil or "tools" loose, which confirms that he is comfortable and calm. If, however, it holds it tight, be sure to calm it down because these "marks" indicate tension or even shame.
His perception of space, namely the boundaries of paper and shapes, the proportions of objects (small, large) and their number, are some of the other elements of his creation that testify to what he is feeling, so watch these signs carefully.
The origin of his painting and how it covers the page is of particular importance. If the design starts from the center of the page, your little one will feel - and may actually be - at the center of your attention. With such a painting he will show you that he feels loved and that there are people around him who understand his needs. If his painting does not start from the center, this may be due to suspensions and shame. Remember that children do not express themselves as you do, so listen carefully to their drawing messages.
A drawing that is not at the center of the paper may indicate that your child wants but does not feel that he or she is worthy of being in the family. If his drawing starts on the left side of the paper, then he tells you that he has grown up and can now reach out to others fearlessly. A drawing that starts on the right side of the paper may indicate your child's tendency to remain attached to the past, to the security and happiness that his or her mother offered him or her fear of growing up.
What can a half page page tell you? For the experts the simplest line is judged by where it starts, where it ends and where it is placed throughout the creation. If your child's creations are not complete, then shame and introversion characterize it. Let him express himself freely so as to regain his lost confidence. On the contrary, a rich drawing and drawing page shows that a child is possessed of extroversion, confidence and security.

Hot tips

The tendency to pencil too much on paper is normal in children. Boys are usually pushed far more than girls.
Particular attention should be paid to unusually small paintings or illustrations, as they are a sign of shame and anxiety. Drawings of this size, however, are considered normal if their creator is under 6 years of age.
If your little one tends to paint the genitals, this is an indication of his aggression.
High school kids (+6 years old) usually make their fingers (the exact number) on human figures. While children with organic disorder paint less than 5 fingers, this is an indication of the emotional deficiency associated with the organic problem they are experiencing.
The legs are usually missing from the drawings of children who are shy, aggressive or have some emotional disturbance.
The emphasis on buttons is a normal reaction in young children, while in older children it is shown to depend on the mother.
Strange details are formed by children living in a stressful environment (school or family) or poorly performing.
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