Child art is the drawings, paintings and other artistic
works created by children.
It is also referred to as "children's art" or the "art of
Stages of development
Each of these stages refers to a combination
of visual characteristics found in the art
work of children
the stages occur in a sequential order.
Many individuals never continue beyond the
schematic or transitional mode of representation in
the graphic arts.
1. The Scribble Stage:
• By definition, a child in the scribbling stage, usually
2 - 4 years of age, is not drawing symbols for objects.
• The act of scribbling is purely kinesthetic and
There are three discernible stages during this stage:
naming of scribbling
Smiling person (combined head and body) age 4½
From about age three, the child begins to combine
circles and lines to make simple figures.
Birch bark document 202, showing symbolic
drawing of people, age 6-7
They create a vocabulary of images.
This stage of drawing begins at around age five.
The basic shapes are called symbols or schema.
The Transitional Stage:
This is the stage in which the maturing child
usually 9 years or older,
attempts to produce art work that meets adult
The Realism Stage …..
The stage of realism is entered when the child is
producing art work in the manner of adult artists.
In general, the child is 12 or older.
The figures become natural in appearance, or are