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The Child's Creation of A Pictorial World

2nd Edition

By Claire Golomb

Psychology Press

408 pages

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This book places child art within the broader context of children's creative intelligence and intrinsic motivation to invent a pictorial world. It examines the development of drawing and painting from several currently dominant theoretical perspectives. This is followed by an extensive examination of empirical data on the art work of children who are ordinary, talented, emotionally disturbed, and atypically developed due to mental disability or autism.

The Child's Creation of a Pictorial World uses a developmental framework that combines theoretical sophistication with rigorous empirical investigations into the mental processes that underlie the child's drawings. It delineates the evolution of forms, the pictorial differentiation of figures and their spatial relations, the role of color in narrative descriptions, and its expressive function. Artistic development across all these dimensions is seen as a meaningful mental activity that serves cognitive, affective, and aesthetic functions.


"Golomb has given us a landmark book in this area, one that continues to deserve a place in every library, but one that, inevitably, like every fine and even comprehensive work, must perforce stimulate continuing forays and endeavors vis-à-vis its fascinating subject matter, particularly from discrepant vantage points."

Journal of Aesthetic Education

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword to the Second Edition. Introduction. From Action to Representation: The Origins of Early Graphic Forms. The Puzzle of the Tadpole Man. Differentiation of Forms and Early Graphic Models. Space: In Search of the Missing Dimension. Color, Affect, and Expression: The Depiction of Mood and Feelings. Composition: The Creation of Pictorial Space and the Communication of Meaning. Gifted Child Artists. Art, Personality, and Diagnostics. The Child as Art Critic. Reflections on Cultural Variables.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General