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With an extensive background in teaching and researching children’s uses of drawing, Gill Hope describes the ways in which multiple forms of drawing are used by elementary school children. She explains why it should be actively promoted as a means of supporting thinking and learning across a wide range of subject areas, and provides practical support for teachers.

Drawing to Mean
Drawing to mean

(Children) draw before they can write, and they associate their drawings with thought even before they can draw anything recognizable. (Silver, 1978: 51)

As discussed in ‘Dimension 1: Drawing to play’, the urge to experiment and to create new forms seems to be a human imperative, almost an obsession. These forms frequently contain and convey meaning, even when apparently completely abstract, and viewers often seek recognizable forms in abstract art, such as the patterns that Jackson Pollock produced by trails of paint from swinging tins. Abstract art depends for its emotional impact on the meaning that we attach to basic shapes, patterns and colours, and large canvases of a single colour are frequently interpreted according to the cultural significance of that ...

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