Often when we think about art done by children we think about the typical symbolic stick figure drawings.
This type of drawing is naturally done by children all over the world and is important for self-expression
and language development but it should not be compared to realistic drawing. Realistic drawing,
unlike symbolic drawing, needs guidance and instruction and that is what our Monart art programme
achieves. Realistic drawing is not in conflict with symbolic drawing and children should be encouraged to do both since
their objectives are different. When children draw realistically they are building visual perception, concentration, and
problem-solving abilities along with language development.
When they naturally give up symbolic drawing they can easily make the transition into the creatively sophisticated styles of
drawing done by older teen and adult artists.
The content of the article is based on the book "Drawing with Children" by Mona Brookes - founder of the Monart Drawing Schools