Approaches to drawing


Drawing is a favourite and compelling activity for most children. It begins in infancy with those first magical marks, which, with experience, may develop into complex drawings. Once children become aware of the effects they can create with mark-making, drawing becomes a way of exploring real and imaginary worlds where they can safely play with ideas, feelings and experiences. It also provides a highly motivating and enjoyable context for problem-solving activities.

Drawing is a sensory activity. All children should therefore be helped to develop awareness of their world, and of themselves in that world, through looking, touching, listening and, where appropriate, through movement that explores their relationship with objects, places and events in their lives. Helping them to develop a sense of curiosity about the world around them will help to expand their store of ideas about it and their ways of expressing them through drawing. Access to a wide variety of drawing tools and materials, and time to enjoy discovering their possibilities for visual expression, are equally important.