We all know that kids totally suck at drawing, and now you know why my applications to teach art to children have all been rejected. Seriously though, have you ever wondered how a child takes in a scene that they're sketching, compared to how an adult artist does? In other words, where do their eyes go, what information are they picking up?
In this fascinating study shot at a Brooklyn art studio, cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin has both kids and adult artists wear eye-tracking glasses, then draw the same scene:
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Lastly I want to stress: It's your job as a parent to reinforce that not every drawing deserves a spot on the refrigerator. Sometimes the paper shredder needs something to do, too. If you don't have the heart to tell them, I'll send you the pre-recorded video of me saying it that I use to apply for teaching positions.