Children’s Drawings and Development

6 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2020

Date Written: December 20, 2012


Children’s drawings were studied to discover cognitive and social abilities of children. Children’s development is also identified through drawings. A number of theories were developed on the development of children’s drawings. The purpose of the study is to compare drawings done by 5-year-old and 8-year-old children with Lowenfeld’s theory on stages of art development since none is found in Malaysia. Qualitative method was used in the study, where observation and interviews were done in collecting data. The children were observed when they draw and interviews were done afterwards in order to find out what was drawn. Findings indicate that the drawings made were incongruent with the theories of development. The theory was found to be applicable to Malaysian children as well.

Keywords: children’s drawing, Lowenfeld’s theory, Malaysian children, qualitative method

JEL Classification: I20

Suggested Citation

Kamarulzaman, Wirawani, Children’s Drawings and Development (December 20, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Wirawani Kamarulzaman (Contact Author)

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman ( email )

Sungai Long Campus Lot PT 21144
Bandar Sg. Long, Cheras, Selangor D.E.,
Bandar Sungai Long, 43000

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