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Drawing — An Exceptional Tool for Learning
Drawing has proven to be more effective than writing, viewing, or listening in many scenarios.
It’s something we do instinctively from the earliest years of life — drawing. A crayon can be a tool of captivating discovery for young imaginations. Childhood scribbles are early signs of cognitive development and serve as springboards to learning to write and think creatively.
Drawing helps develop hand-eye coordination, refine analytic skills, and conceptualize ideas. All the more reason, drawing should not be confined to art lessons in education, but rather be implemented as a beneficial tool for learning.
Too often the transition from lower grades to upper grades reveals insecurities in a student’s drawing ability. As a result, students might be reluctant to use drawing as a way to organize their thoughts and ideas. Expression can be inadvertently nipped in the bud.
When people say they can’t draw what that actually means is they cannot draw something exactly as it looks. But that’s not the extent of drawing. Drawing is instinctive and an external representation of our thinking.
Drawing can be incorporated into learning in many ways, especially for high school students. Visual mapping, reflective thinking, organizing and presenting information, as well as a way of communication that can surpass language barriers.
It is widely believed that drawing can be divided into six stages.
Child Art or the Scribbling Stage – ages 2-4 Children begin to understand the link between physical actions and the marks they make. Initial scribbling develops to a more controlled activity as they grow.
Pre-schematic – ages 4-7 Shapes and symbols become a focal point and children begin to explore relationships and their environment.
Schematic – ages 7- 9 In this stage, children develop a consistent way of portraying an object or person or environment. These are images that exhibit their knowledge of something.
Realistic – ages 9-12 Detail and realistic features become more important to the child. They are more aware of their peers and the level of detail in their drawings.
Pseudo-naturalistic – ages 12-14 The focus the final product emerges, and whether the image looks good and is pleasing to others, especially peers and parents. An understanding of three-dimensional space comes into view in their drawings. They are often unhappy with their final drawing at this stage.
Crisis of adolescence / artistic decision – ages 14-17 This is the stage where a child makes a conscious decision to continue drawing and engage in visual thinking or not. Their work becomes highly individualized.
Drawing Helps Students Think Creatively
Drawing is an important part of educational curriculum because it helps students learn to be creative thinkers and go on to become creative leaders and contributors to society.
Drawing is used in many fields of work. In medicine, drawing is used to teach observation skills in diagnosis; in anthropology it is a method of taking field notes; in science, it is used to document experiments and processes; in design, drawing depicts conceptualization of ideas; in architecture it is used to map out and spatialize buildings; and in technology drawing is used to develop prototypes.
At Yorktown Education, we start with a strong education foundation based on solid Reading, Writing, and Math Skills. Through a student’s individual progress, Art, Science, Drama, and Chinese Mandarin are incorporated. This allows students to improve their educational level and cultural awareness at their own pace. It also brings to light what distinguishes their strengths and weaknesses, offering the opportunity for them to gain clarity about their goals and aspirations. Contact Yorktown Education today and schedule a tour for you and your child.