Kids Art

A picture paints a thousand words. This is even more true of children’s art, because their words are more limited, and their mind is more free. I was going through some old artwork of my children’s the other day, and came across some very early ones, at the stage when a person is depicted as a face on 2 stick legs.

One picture had a massive solar plexus, radiating colourfully outwards, like a fully functioning chakra. It also had some swirls around the heart and throat chakras. And this is in a basic depiction of a face on two sticks! Another picture had black scribbles above certain people’s heads, people who I know were in a dark state at that time. Another had hair standing on end, as if connecting to the sky. And another showed stick arms with massive hands and many stretched out fingers, which reminds me of the energy that can be transmitted and received through finger tips.

Kids see things that adults don’t. They have had only a few years of indoctrination, and I like to think that my children had less than average because I allowed them free reign with their expression. We can learn so much from children’s art work if only we want to.

There is a natural progression of art in children, and the stick figures are part of that progression. At a later stage, bodies are drawn in, quite large necks (throat chakra), and eventually the arms and legs flesh out to an adult perceived thickness. Children are depicting people and the world as they see it. Many children see and feel the chakras and auras and colours around people. So they show this in their pictures. Their pictures are not inaccurate or wrong.

From an earlier and earlier age, kids are trained to draw and paint in a certain way. Their natural expression is suppressed by schools, nurseries and parents. We give them things to copy, or predefined shapes to colour in. They are ridiculed or corrected if they get it “wrong”. I have even witnessed someone grab the hand of a child and move the pencil for them. Children in a class are instructed to produce artwork that is 30 copies of the same thing, with slight variation to allow for judgement of which is the best. I would like to see kids allowed more free expression, and for us to learn from their unindoctrinated minds.

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2 Responses to Kids Art

  1. tapestory says:

    add some examples please — if you get time!

  2. suliwebster says:

    As usual, I can’t seem to get my iPad to be compatible with anything, including the pics I have taken. The best I can do is a link to another document The examples in here are not great, nor is the explanation of why! Page 5 shows the big hands, and if you look carefully, there are circles which are solar plexus chakras. My examples are much better, if only I could load them without it taking me half a day.
    At least this document is vaguely supportive of allowing kids to develop their own art progression, but it still suggests things like limiting their colours to a few contrasting ones, and asking them certain questions that, in my opinion, limit their expression to an adult view of the world.
    If kids are allowed to do so, they will happily mix their own complex and subtle colours from a very early age. They do not need primary colours, use of primary colours is a deliberate way of narrowing down their frequency perception, and killing off their spirit.
    Colouring in books are potentially similarly damaging, as they limit the form to someone else’s prescription. It sort of imprisons their mind with its lines, and gets them used to the idea that they must not cross the line. Kids are quite often “corrected” or criticised when they do not stay inside the lines. This is reinforced in the school playground with the white line boundary that they are not allowed to physically cross. It sets them up to be much more controllable and limited in outlook.

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