Articles , Blog October 23, 2019 100 Comments Why Children’s Drawings Matter Related posts: HISTORY OF IDEAS – Art ART/ARCHITECTURE: Andy Warhol PSYCHOTHERAPY – Melanie Klein Why Arts Graduates Are Under-Employed Dereck Turner Post navigation The Most Disturbing Painting10 CREEPY KIDS DRAWINGS w/ Adults (React) 100 thoughts on “Why Children’s Drawings Matter” iPrometheusQ says: April 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm Another view: Maybe (I have no proof) it is only in this period of time that a specific set of drawing utilities is available to children. That is, PAPER: a lasting, portable and cheap surface. And varieties of PENS: uncomplicated and cheap devices suited for children's hands as well. Maybe then a lack of precision reflects only a lack of concentration, perception, skill and effort rather than a intended artistic expression. When I look at children's art I find that in most cases they draw an abstraction of things/scenes they've seen in everyday life like houses, the sun, people they know who are in a certain emotional state etc. Moreover often times children's art looks the same all over the world showing a similar set of artistic methods like e.g. an excessive use of personification by means of abstract faces. Maybe their described limits also limit their artistic expression. And so when we look at their drawings we don't see what inspires them and what they dream about but rather an refined version of their attempt to depict the reality they perceive. This would certainly not inspire me but I'd put their picture on the fridge door just to encourage them and give them a feedback that I support them. What really inspires me is when they grow up and refine their skills and become better and better until they able to express what they dreamed. Reply MrNightpwner says: April 25, 2016 at 8:47 pm better volume control please, narrator was too quiet Reply Joseph Enright says: April 25, 2016 at 8:57 pm reminds me of a bible verse, 'And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.' Mathew 18:3 Reply Lydia Ann says: April 25, 2016 at 9:38 pm Video critique: background sound effects were too loud and distracting -.- Reply dono dony says: April 25, 2016 at 9:50 pm it really doesn't matter what school of life says I still believe it Reply Melissa Alnardo says: April 25, 2016 at 10:03 pm awesome video and great content Reply Adnan Sagar says: April 25, 2016 at 10:24 pm Like always, thoughtful and playful graphics, would be awesome if you could document the creative process of making your videos, .. and thank you to everyone involved with School of Life .. Reply Z says: April 25, 2016 at 10:43 pm Children drawings are powerfull because they represent whats in their head. Reply schizpup says: April 25, 2016 at 11:24 pm Personally I love the aesthetic of childrens drawings and as an artist myself, I partake in that "technique" very often- which translates into highly imaginative pieces that are a tinge darker and more complex. Reply Nathaniel Zavala says: April 25, 2016 at 11:27 pm Mindgasm. Reply Megadut says: April 25, 2016 at 11:42 pm Ryan Reynolds needs to watch this video Reply eivis13 says: April 26, 2016 at 12:06 am Do a video on " Why we hate responsibility?" I need some answers and opinions. It's not school work or that kind of stuff, i just want a bit of philosophy while i'll be modeling the back plating for my compressor and the wheel or will be writing my diploma. Reply Hannah Golightly says: April 26, 2016 at 2:15 am I feel like this about DIY punk music (which you can find on my channel) Reply Weaboo Jones says: April 26, 2016 at 2:39 am I'm glad they didn't use a shitty child narrator for this one. Reply John Sheldon says: April 26, 2016 at 2:50 am This reminds me of when I helped to lead the local Beavers group. I used to love hearing the kids talk about their drawings. Reply Billy says: April 26, 2016 at 2:50 am I feel like people don't erect children's artwork because they like it, but because they are fond of the child who made it. Reply A Piece of Rhys says: April 26, 2016 at 3:37 am All fair points but children are still really shit at drawing. Other people, like me for example, are much better. Reply Emm Kay says: April 26, 2016 at 4:12 am I love this video and the topic involved however the Foley and background noise was kind of high compared to the narrator's voice which makes it a little difficult to focus. keep up the good work however. 🙂 Reply Remi Stardust says: April 26, 2016 at 4:58 am Don't think I buy the argument, that these days children's drawings are cherished more than before (implied). Why would that be? Did people in the past not yearn for their worry-free childhood? People actually work fewer hours than they did some decades ago. We're just more easily distracted because of all the options for interruptions. Reply ts25679 says: April 26, 2016 at 5:57 am Voice volume up, fx volume down thanks. Reply Hamsaphina says: April 26, 2016 at 6:05 am I used to draw some fucked up shit as a kid…. Hope that doesn't mean anything.. Reply Jakob Schulte says: April 26, 2016 at 7:49 am I remember trying really hard to make something look realisticly as a child. Jou think all children draw stick figures because they like them so much or because they are so easy?You think they all like 2 dimensional stuff or they just cant draw 3d? Reply Wayne Threadgate says: April 26, 2016 at 8:48 am There is a children's song by Australian children's entertainer Justine Clarke with a song about this exact topic called 'Painting a Picture' from her second album 'Songs to Make You Smile' (2008). I urge you to look this up and listen to the lyrics and it describes what is indeed fun about painting as picture as a child. Reply All The Artsy says: April 26, 2016 at 9:28 am I think this also covers the reason why adult coloring books have become to be such a great thing– it's another way to get back to a more creative, easygoing, childlike side of us that we've lost, or been forced to let go of. Reply Wan Andy says: April 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm I always thought art is to provoke passion from the creator as well as the viewer. Children's art are so naive and creative, you might easily find multiple layer of meaning from it. Reply KaiTakApproach says: April 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm I don't understand the morbidity of having to live vicariously through your child's art when you can run down to Michael's or Hobby Lobby and start doing your own. Depending on your children for emotional satisfaction is why so many of you become miserable yourselves. You are not suddenly fully developed just because you have children, but that kind of mentality is certainly why so many parents continue to act like high schoolers. Reply Pink John says: April 26, 2016 at 2:41 pm No need for the crap in the background distracts from the message. your voice is more than good to get the message across. Reply Crysis Maker says: April 26, 2016 at 2:53 pm "Small children dont give a damn" that's exactly what they do Reply ASAP Mangos says: April 26, 2016 at 4:12 pm Audio needs to be mastered better Reply Your An Moron says: April 26, 2016 at 5:28 pm My kid's drawings are garbage. Reply manualLaborer says: April 26, 2016 at 10:27 pm i am dead inside. i tell the kids life only gets worse, so enjoy it while you can. they called me grumpy, so i took a belt buckle across their skull and said ooh look, life just got worse. Reply Eric Cabussu says: April 26, 2016 at 10:57 pm Well, at age 6 most children have developed their perception of "geometrical" world. The catch is that they still don't have enough motor skills to represent the world, thus leading the once beloved drawing habit into frustration. The book "Drawing with the right side of the brain" by Betty Edwards states that this is the main cause for children to abandon drawing at such age, and this is why most adults only draw like 6 year olds. Children draw with symbols, not geometry. Reply Lua Veli says: April 27, 2016 at 12:00 am But it isn't too late for us. We still have something from that child inside and there are many ways we can reconnect with our creativity, naivety and playfulness, . Here are some thoughts about where to start:1. I think we should fist learn to be really "compassionate" with ourselves, understanding why we ended up this way. It wasn't our fault after all. For most of us it began in school. There is an excellent and extremely funny TED Talk about this by Ken Robinson. It's called " Do schools kill creativity" . Here is the most beautiful story from that speech: "I heard a great story recently — I love telling it — of a little girl who was in a drawing lesson. She was six, and she was at the back, drawing, and the teacher said this girl hardly ever paid attention, and in this drawing lesson, she did. The teacher was fascinated. She went over to her, and she said, "What are you drawing?" And the girl said, "I'm drawing a picture of God." And the teacher said, "But nobody knows what God looks like." And the girl said, "They will, in a minute." 2. It would be so nice to have just a little bit of that girl's courage and confidence. Brene Brown's great book " Daring Greatly" is very helpful for that. 3. There is a wonderful book by Stephen Fry called: "The Ode less traveled: Unlocking the Poet Within" There he teaches you how to write poetry! Why not? You don't have to show your poems to anybody, but it is so much fun. He is an excellent teacher and at the end of every chapter you get very clear instructions about what you should try. It really works and it is so much fun:-) 4. Not being obsessed with perfectionism helps a lot too. Here is a great quote by Rebecca Solnit:" So many of us believe in perfection, which ruins everything else, because perfect is not only the enemy of the good; it's also the enemy of the realistic, the possible and the fun". 5. There is a very valuable book by Rollo May, called " The Courage to Create". Here I copied the information: What if imagination and art are not, as many of us might think, the frosting on life but the fountainhead of human experience? What if our logic and science derive from art forms, rather than the other way around? In this trenchant volume, Rollo May helps all of us find those creative impulses that, once liberated, offer new possibilities for achievement. A renowned therapist and inspiring guide, Dr. May draws on his experience to show how we can break out of old patterns in our lives. His insightful book offers us a way through our fears into a fully realized self. 6. Another very good book I have read is called" Creative spirit". It is by Daniel Goleman, Paul Kaufmann and Michael Ray. 7. One very good way to reconnect with yourself and find joy in life again is to ask yourself: what did you enjoy the most as a child? In her wonderful book "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" Elisabeth Gilbert tells us the story of a friend of hers who began figure skating as an adult because that was what she loved the most back then. And she felt " alive" again! 8. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's book Flow is also very helpful and interesting. 9. Friends from Brasil: I would like to remind you of that wonderful song Aquarela by Toquinho! Reply Thekingofwatching says: April 27, 2016 at 4:09 am I don't have your problem. Reply DepthOfField says: April 27, 2016 at 10:33 am They will matter even more if children were under the influence of LSD while drawing. Reply jason dads says: April 27, 2016 at 12:22 pm When i was a child i did care about how my drawings looked like compare to the actual object, and it still came out just as bad as the ones showed on the video. Reply J.J Jameson says: April 27, 2016 at 8:22 pm I sometimes ask myself that,but has there ever been someone who educated his children according to Voltaire's Emilio? Reply Andy Wilderness says: April 28, 2016 at 12:25 am I really can't see an adult truly giving a damn about a child's drawing unless it is their own child. Reply Tada myusername says: April 28, 2016 at 1:14 am Dear School of Life, I love your support of art, even children's art, but I was wondering if you could do a video in justification of new, contemporary art. The exploration of ideas that occur in materials and the creation of new, beautiful designs are aspects of contemporary art that the School of Life might be a proponent of. And how the support of arts is one ideal for society to strive for, one video and individual at a time. Reply SuperiorSeven says: April 28, 2016 at 6:47 am Almost 1 000 000 remarkable branches now extend out from the School Of Life tree. Congratulations in advance SOL for hitting such a milestone! Reply David Mitchell says: April 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm Another great video. A true depiction of reality (as seen in adult painting) affords little for the imagination, whereas I find that children's work captures that balance of the familiar and unfamiliar that we look for. Reply andik70 says: April 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm ard 1:00 How come you assume that everyone has difficulties 'adapting' to 'precision technologies' and has to 'control' oneself? For me it feels quite liberating that my peers display a high standard of professionalism. Reply Krew M. says: April 29, 2016 at 9:42 pm I'm a child and I care about shading, shape and to make it just look AWESOME! Go check my art out on my channel. Reply Jesse Baker says: April 29, 2016 at 11:16 pm 1:59 Very Egyptian style of fish. Similar examples are on the Narmer Palette and in the boat departure scene for the Punt narrative in Hatshepsut’s Temple at Deir el-Bahri. But are children’s drawings really inaccurate? Although playfulness is there and you can’t always tell in detail what’s represented, the drawings follow the same conventions adults use (with some allowance for bending the path of a river if it approaches the edge of the paper). Most adults do find it impossible to copy the techniques of children; motor maturity causes substantial changes in the way one holds a crayon. Reply Searching In Progress says: April 30, 2016 at 11:42 am Exceptional animation, superb, Reply Estefany M. Vargas says: April 30, 2016 at 9:37 pm Is it normal that I've cried with this video and I felt like a children again at the same time? I don't have children. But this was such a nice feeling. I feel like this is the true base of art. It's so hard for me to explain how I felt seeing all these children drawings. Reply Wally Kaspars says: May 1, 2016 at 11:35 pm Children's art become more interesting when they are at least ten years old. Reply Mariame Naguim says: May 2, 2016 at 8:47 am thanks a lot for this video ^^could you make one about surrealism or about Salvador Dali ? Reply aguaviva says: May 2, 2016 at 2:47 pm excellent topic, and excellent well done video! Reply Nick Smith says: May 3, 2016 at 11:25 pm This is an excellent theory; however, it is far more likely that the growth of children's art has more to do with an increase in child worship than it does a need for creativity or playfulness. Our entire society revolves around children. This is a relatively new idea and it would certainly explain why my co-worker's office looks like the set of a children's special. Reply MUHAMMAD KABIR-UD-DIN NAWAZ says: May 4, 2016 at 5:06 pm I think we keep those drawing to make our children that their work is not garbage and just because of their love. if I want to revise my childhood I will draw too. Reply Evil Tree says: May 5, 2016 at 3:48 am I used to draw demons and buildings burning and being attacked by aliens. What exactly does that mean? Reply Dave McKay says: May 10, 2016 at 3:20 am Children's art is extremely important. do you remember all the times you made up shit just to have fun? when you grow up, people pay less attention to you, so it's important to try and remind yourself that you're unique. Reply Alex Beeching says: May 10, 2016 at 8:39 pm The knuckling down I've had to start doing for A-level is what distilled my love for philosophy and not giving a damn. Whereas I can feel my personality being conformed by society i have my philosophical outlet where I can let my mind roam free and delve into the inner workings of conscience. If you feel any desire like that explained in this video then I urge you to look into philosophy Reply Saul d' Baptist says: May 13, 2016 at 12:20 pm Now I know why my boss hangs my drawings in his office… Reply Soufiane Zerhari says: May 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm why children drawings mater and not mine !! ? 🙁 i'm still just a child inside even if im 21 years old doesn't matter !! Reply Amanda Snook says: May 21, 2016 at 6:23 am I was in art classes from the time I was 8 to 12. I was taught to look at things objectively, in relation to each other, about perspective and about shading and changes in value and our grades were based on how well we executed those things. It's made my drawing style a lot more stringent and less free than others. My art teachers in college had to have me draw more childlike and without looking at the paper. It was hard to get back to that free space but once I learned how to loosen up again, my drawing became so much more individual and natural. Reply Karanjeet Singh says: May 26, 2016 at 7:03 am wtf!! awesome video Reply Eta Carinae says: May 27, 2016 at 8:26 pm I see the Hegelian dialect in over half the videos from yhis channel Reply RoyalSunBeats says: June 10, 2016 at 3:42 am i used to draw alot of death a suicide drawing like my parents diying and the devil i dint even remember until my dad found a out notebook i used to draw in when i was young we where both shoked but i still remembered and explained alot of how my life looks i then burned the book -true story Reply Sam Stencil says: June 13, 2016 at 7:37 pm May I just say the sound efx are a little bit too loud… but great subject! Reply Glrrrbagaloo says: June 14, 2016 at 4:01 am THIS WAS SO CUTE Reply zebble ganubi says: June 18, 2016 at 6:46 pm the same sort of thing happened with typography. all the way back to when writing was invented, nobody ever thought to use words on a page expressively until the futurist or surrealist movements in the early 1900s. it just seems so strange when you think about it, all the pieces were there but there was nobody around that could think outside the box just to have a word sideways on a page or whatever Reply Frank Weißenbach says: June 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm The first time i heard "don't give a DAMN" Reply Lauren Basamot says: June 23, 2016 at 6:13 pm Very artful and creative . Love this alot ! 😊🎨❤ Reply tombolo says: July 5, 2016 at 9:30 pm I think I mostly agree with children drawing with more "sincerity" or honesty, but I also think that adults look at the pictures through the ideals of childhood. They see the drawings honest, because it was drawn by a child. There is this general assumption that children don't want to lie in drawings, even though we know how early kids learn to manipulate adults 😉 Reply Ulrna says: July 8, 2016 at 7:33 pm My drawings from when I was a child is the stuff of nightmares, I was particularly interested in the French revolution and the guillotine. 😀 Reply jes gam says: July 9, 2016 at 2:31 pm yeah its nice to appreciate childrens work because to them its appreciating them Reply Cy says: July 11, 2016 at 5:50 pm Kids are idiots, and their drawings look like crap. I'm not putting that retarded chicken scratch on my 'fridge… go back and do it again, till it looks good. Reply Jack Robbo says: July 23, 2016 at 8:43 am This is so sweet 😊 Reply Trevor Blake says: August 30, 2016 at 6:54 pm my mom threw all my drawings away Reply CrescentMoon4937 says: September 11, 2016 at 6:28 am I love how he said "But kids don't give a damn" Reply isabel wang says: November 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm I'm not even a small child and i still don't give a damn… Reply Elie Elis says: November 30, 2016 at 6:19 am push all the educational videos up front to reccomend…the un…thought..ones…for sugar…throw out..serious mark Reply Mari says: February 27, 2017 at 6:39 pm My mom saved my shit in a box and put it in the garage everytime when i was small. When i got abit older she hung up 2 of the drawings she thought looked good. Reply 1-800-KYS - says: March 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm The sound effects are too loud are you trying to make me go deaf Reply TheYucoconutTree ! says: March 16, 2017 at 3:56 am "Small children don't give a damn" Reply Squiggly Oreo says: March 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm My art was never on the fridge and I'm pretty sure my mom threw away the art I gave her Jk, she has a whole damn giant bucket of drawings from when I was smol and up til now liekkk 10/10 Reply Zissis Kokorogiannis says: March 26, 2017 at 1:31 pm great video Reply Brian Smith says: April 13, 2017 at 9:31 pm I love the honesty of children's art. Reply andres gonzalez says: June 1, 2017 at 12:49 am what an amazing and beautiful reflection. children's drawings are a reminder of our ability to be free and fragile. thanks School of Life. Reply 湖 says: June 7, 2017 at 8:10 am I drew mermaids being catched by people and they were abused by human beings when I'm 4Shit its dark Reply Interstellar Overdrive says: January 7, 2018 at 12:01 am Yass bitch Reply Your Fickled Woman says: January 12, 2018 at 1:15 pm My parents don't care bout my drawings…. 😧 Reply Peppa Pig says: January 16, 2018 at 10:05 am ever time my young siblings give me a drawing i throw them away tbh Reply Jill Herbranson says: January 28, 2018 at 5:13 am I thought it was just because they love their kid or kids. Reply Razzi Dassel says: January 31, 2018 at 7:46 am i am a kind but i do give a damn about detail. Reply flaminq -Nat the Wolfchild- says: February 2, 2018 at 12:22 pm If your kid draws a picture of the whole family massacred and currently having his hand in the sliced open family pet in the drawing, he needs mental help. Reply Erica Yau says: February 2, 2018 at 8:41 pm my parents threw all of my drawings out Reply Claire says: February 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm I can't hear you over the sfx Reply Keira King says: February 4, 2018 at 8:36 am Wonky, eh? >:v Reply Daniella Cartwright says: February 7, 2018 at 1:46 am I thought it was going to be about what the drawings could mean. Reply Rickar -Mercenary- says: February 7, 2018 at 2:50 am ….I love to put my drawings on the fridge, im 12 and my parents adore it…..and I enjoy drawing alot Reply Whomst'd've says: February 7, 2018 at 11:52 pm this made me emotional and i dont know why Reply Soft Dreamer says: February 26, 2018 at 3:21 pm I use to draw aliens as a 3 year old What does that means? Reply 민수 says: February 27, 2018 at 5:23 am SEE DAD? I TOLD YOU TO NOT THROW AWAY THOSE DRAWINGS BUT WHAT DID YOU DO? THROW IT AWAY Reply Squishy Pixelz says: April 28, 2018 at 11:02 am Screw that. Kids drawings are crap Reply Peaceful Painting says: January 10, 2019 at 8:34 pm Why is it strange? Reply Guy Fawkes says: April 23, 2019 at 3:37 pm Thank you for the arabic captions <3This helps me spread your videos among my friends Reply mr ed says: August 24, 2019 at 11:27 pm I appreciate your videos but the background noise distorts and distracts. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.