From the age of two, children use spontaneous drawing as a language medium but the potential becomes real only if adult care-givers take an interest by motivating themes. We believe that most children are still innocently deprived of drawing as a daily or frequent experience in their growing up.
Spontaneous drawing contributes to 1) mental growth 2) intellectual development 3) emotional health 4) enhanced learning 5) literacy 6) parent/child bonding. It does not require teaching, only motivation. You don’t have to be a teacher or an artist to motivate children to draw! A language emerges and develops through practice.
The Drawing Network distributes pamphlets to help parents establish a “daily draw” routine and teachers to integrate drawing into the school curriculum as an auxiliary language, kindergarten through middle and secondary school. There is no charge for pamphlets but small donations for printing and mailing are welcome.
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Bob Steele, for the Drawing Network, is an Associate Professor (Emeritus UBC)