Childrens' Complexity in Drawing

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Complexity in Childrens


Assignment 2

Question 1:

A) I would define complexity as the degree of difficulty involved. As far as the childrens drawings are concerned, I would define complexity the number of facets in the drawings compared to the level of difficulty. Drawings which have simpler less obvious features will have been drawn by younger children and the pictures will become more involved or complex as their cognitive abilities develop.

B) Scale:

1 Point:

1. Any number of fingers

2. Feet

3. Arms and legs as stick figures

4. Male or female figures by shape of body or clothes

5. Facial features as dots and a dash for the mouth

6. Background

7. Figures level on picture

8 Hair.

9. Full body figures (head, body, arms and legs)

2 Points:

1. Correct number of fingers

2. Arms and legs with volume to appear solid

3. Facial features which appear solid

4. Background in proportion to figures

5. Clothing representative of correct sex

6. Size of figures representive of their age (grown up compared to child)

7. Shoes

8. Name on writing legible on picture

9. Hair to suit figure


Age; Points Needed

4 2-3

5 4-6

6 7-9

7 10-12

8 13-15

9 16-19

10 20+

C) I used the idea that the most basic parts of a drawing to gain 1 point and anything that requires more thought gains 2 points to determine my scale. Younger children will not be able to distinguish the difference between arms and legs being solid or stick figures whereas older children now that the body is more three dimensional. As children age their motor skills develop as well as their cognitive ability which in turns improve their ability to be able to draw pictures which as easier to recognise...