Artistic Creativity in Children
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My daughter is 3 years and 9 months old. Since about a year ago she has
displayed a great deal of artistic talent (at 2 yrs 9 months old she was
drawing people with arms and legs and naming them). She draws pictures and labels them specifically, often asking how to spell
the word so she can write it on the paper. Today she drew a "couch and
chair" which was a striking resemblance of a chair at home, complete with
the light that sits behind it.
What type of assessment would you recommend for a child demonstrating
artistic ability at her age?
Every child is considered to have creative potential and capable of creative
expression, however not to an equal extent. In fact research has indicated that
creativity can be enhanced using specific creative
programs, which include art-based ones. Your daughter appears to be creative,
in this case, artistically creative. But this would have to include talent in
other art-form in general, for example music, clay, puppet theatre, etc.
In some pre-school settings, children are encourage to express their ideas,
observations and feelings using graphic language, that is through drawing. This is
the case of the
approach. Briefly, the Reggio Emilia's approach to childcare and education that
distinguishes it from other efforts is the emphasis on children's symbolic languages
in the context of a project-oriented curriculum.
As far as assessment goes, perhaps you could use the "Torrance Test of Creative
Thinking – Figural" to determine her talent in view of creativity. A more straightforward
assessment would be one done at an art school. You may also want to enroll her in a
school that emphasizes her talents or enhances her ability by seeking help from an art
tutor. She appears to have a very good memory and being able to vision what she sees into
graphic form at such a young age is
naturally a gift and I hope this talent would not go to waste. Good luck!