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Chapter 9: Why Do Many Children Give up Drawing and Painting? What Can We Do to Help?

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Why Do Many Children Give up Drawing and Painting? What Can We Do to Help?
Why do many children give up drawing and painting? What can we do to help?

Why do children give up painting and drawing when they draw with so much enthusiasm when they are very young? Our genetic inheritance certainly has strong effects, but we know that, even from the infant's intra-uterine experience, the environment and the opportunities it offers are crucial in the way the system develops (Eliot, 1999). Studies both of animals and babies show that development of the neuronal mapping of the system is triggered and stimulated by experience and practice. Self-initiated and self-directed movement are of prime importance. However, another crucial factor is the effect of other people. ...

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