Below are 3 articles that give some amazing psychological insights into a kid's mind via their artwork.
Children love to draw, and their work is a reflection of their inner world. Most kids don't think about or censor their artwork. For the past 40 years, Dr. Martin Stein used children's drawings as an important part of his pediatric practice. At each well-child visit beginning at 4 or 5 years old, their nurse asked the child to "draw a picture of your family doing something." To simplify the process, each exam room is equipped with blank white paper on a clipboard with a black felt pen. Read more
As a five year old, all my brother wanted to draw were enormous bonfires burning everything in their path and emitting thick, choking black smoke.
My daughter at the same age drew her family standing in the garden – but on closer inspection, under the turf lay rows of bodies. “They’re the dead people,” she explained, brightly. Read more
Children’s drawings, doodles and sketches have been the subject of study now for over a hundred years, and new theories and ideas about what they mean, how they develop, and how they can be used both educationally and therapeutically, are arising all the time. This week, I’m going to look at whether children’s drawings, especially younger children, can give any psychological insights into their character and thinking. There is a school of thought that believes that children’s scribbles and doodles are in fact deeply revealing of intelligence, personality and emotional state, in the same way graphologists believe that handwriting is for adults. Read more