"I make a mark": The significance of talk in young children's artistic development

Christine Marmé Thompson

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Young children frequently accompany drawing activities with descriptive, reflective, and social conversation, verbally monitoring, supplementing, and sharing the progress of their marks. This review of literature presents research and theory in support of the proposition that language is an essential component of early artistic development, crucial to the nature and nurture of visual expression. Consideration of the developmental significance of young children's talk about their art suggests that appropriate forms of dialogue between adults and children in art-making contexts may provide a foundation for understanding and facilitating artistic activity in the early years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-232
Number of pages18
JournalEarly Childhood Research Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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