Art Development: More Power to the Peer

As the child grows, so grows the importance of his friends. A child learns that there is more power in being with a group of friends than by going it alone. A child is developing his relationships to his peers and an understanding of his relationship to society. A child's art reflects these developments as the art becomes more about his experience to the object he is creating than just about the object itself.

A greater sense of visual awareness develops at this age. A child's attitude toward color changes. He becomes more aware of the different shades of a color. Blue is not just blue - there is navy blue, baby blue ... Detail becomes more important. At a younger age when a child wanted to express importance to some part of his drawing, he would exaggerate it by making it bigger. At this age, when a child wants to express importance to a part of his drawing, he will add more detail. Using lines and shapes no longer 'cut it' as a way to draw himself. He feels a need to draw more realistically. The child in this age range also becomes more aware of his environment. The sky is not just a line at the top of the page any more. The sky touches a baseline and is filled with clouds and perhaps a bird or two. The baseline is not just a line at the bottom of the page, which everything drawn has to touch. The baseline is now a part of a space or plane on the paper, which is filled with drawn objects or texture. These changes in a child's visual awareness make art an exciting activity.

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