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Artful Scribbles : The Significance Of Children's Drawings
Gardner, Howard
Basic Books (Perseus Group) / Softcover / 1982-01-01 / 0465004555
On Creativity / Developmental Psychology
price: $33.95 (may be subject to change)
304 pages
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Psychologists have long understood that the art works of children relate to their intellectual and emotional development but this is the first book to describe the developmental process of drawing. Gardner explores the vital links between children’s art and their emotional, social, and cognitive development.

“Gardner’s theoretical expositions and scholarship are impeccable and his discussion… lucidly and gracefully written.”
— New York Times Book Review

“A graceful guide to the mysteries of the child’s artistic impulse.…In Gardner’s skilled hands, all those beloved stick figures and tadpole men become rich clues to the understanding of the whole child.”
— Psychology Today

“Lively, informative, and useful.”
— Contemporary Psychology

“…a balanced, thoughtful approach to children’s art, of interest to specialists, parents, and anyone curious about the difference between the youngster who has not yet learned the rules of seeing and the master artist who has learned how to break them.”
— Saturday Review


1. Introduction: Looking through Children’s Drawings
2. First Scribbles
3. First Interlude: The Developmental Course of Scribbling
4. The Romance of Forms
5. Tadpoles as Things
6. Second Interlude Steps to a Doll House
7. Children’s Drawings as Works of Art
8. The Reach toward Realism
9. To Copy or Not
10. Forming Artistic Character
11. Personal Perspectives
12. Portraits of an Adolescent Artist
13. Developments

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