Welcome to my blog about my experiences working in early childhood. I have called it Nurturing Forests because I believe that raising children is not a isolated activity but takes a whole community.

As early childhood professionals, we are actively involved in this process but we also need to work closely with the children, parents, community as a whole and other allied professionals.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Interpreting Children's Art

I read a comment this morning next to a child's artwork - that the child's artwork was too abstract and involved no thought and that she needed to learn more "realistic" art. Have located a photo of the creation of the art work in question (above)

Please tell me you see the problem with the above comments by the carer. Especially when I tell you that the carer had not been with the child when she made the piece (which was beautiful and involved a lot of complex colour mixing of different hues - and lines).

Research and practice surrounding children's art has evolved a lot in the past decade. Educators should now be aware that children do not just "scribble" it has meaning and thought just like any art work a adult completes.

I agree that children should be taught the skills to draw and paint. For example I recently did an observation commenting that a child is starting to draw people so we should give her some models.

I highly recommend the above book as a good place to start if you are interested in this topic.


  1. I recently ran a National Children's Art Competition in my role as National H&S Manager for Pepsico Australian & NZ. The work was open to ages 0 to 12. The prize was a fully paid trip for the entire family to Canberra to see the Masterpieces of Paris competition. The standard of work we received from across these age groups was outstanding. Children can be exceptionally creative and conceive extraordinary ideas, but they also have a remarkable sense of place and community. They feel things very deeply, worry much more than they should, and want to solve many of the world’s problems, sometimes more than their parents do.

  2. Wow Luke! That sounds fantastic! Did you publish their work online??

  3. By the way that should have read, "Masterpieces of Paris EXHIBITION" not competition! Yes, we did publish but they are not viewable on the WWW, only within Pepsico.

  4. There is a fabulous website that displays children's art according to age. I can't see to find it at the moment - can anyone remember it?