NIE 2009

A Case Study of Child’s Drawing as Inspiration to Adult Art


Children art begins at the infant stage when marks and symbols are created.  These marks are children’s earliest cognitive and psychomotor responses to the visual world. Children’s drawing is a reflection of `window to the mind`, a window which the development of perception, thought and emotion can all be observed (Light & Barnes, 2003).  The art of children is different from that of the adults and according to Piaget (1955) (as stated by Light & Barnes, 2003) children art are schematic in nature. The uniqueness of children art ignited the production of this study in which it attempted to look at how early drawings of a talented three-year old girl became inspiration to adult art. Forty-two drawings produced by this little girl, most of them were from scribbling to schematic stages, were collected and analyzed utilizing Piaget`s three stages of cognitive development: scheme, assimilation and accommodation. These drawings were later compiled according to its distinct stage and group. Most of the drawings produced were symbolisms and abstraction of alphabetical characters as well as words to represent their images. They become major subject of the research and are used as main reference in producing artwork.  Images in the child’s drawings inspired ideas and are composed in abstractive styles in the form of thirteen paintings produced by students undertaking Bachelor Degree in Art and Design Education, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).  These paintings were later exhibited at Shah Alam Gallery for public viewing.

Child Drawing
Child Drawing


Written by Badrul Isa, Prof.Dr.Shukor & Syamsul Nor Azlan Mohamad | Presented at National Institute of Education (NIE) Singapore


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