One of drawings the most interesting thing about the house is that of the familythrough which the child expresses his situation in the family unit, his affection and his jealousy.
But, how to interpret the family drawing?
It is not possible to draw a complete assessment from a simple drawing, but one can however have clues as to the situation of the child at a given moment of his life, which will have to be substantiated and verified thanks to other tools.
Aspects to consider in a child's drawing
As the child evolves, the drawing also changes as the child grows up, physically and mentally.
– Before three years old, the child only scribbles; during this period, it is therefore difficult to draw any conclusion.
– Between three and six years old, he begins to know how to handle the pencil, his plot is more stable, and he manages to represent his reality. However, the human figures he draws are often incomplete and frozen.
– Between six and ten years, the child is perfectly adroit and handles the pencil even better. "Errors" can now be explained by emotional and emotional reasons.
– From the age of ten, the maturity of the child will allow him to make very realistic drawings transcribing his emotions well. However, it is at this age that he begins to feel ashamed to show his drawings to others.
Tips on how to interpret family drawing
It was psychologist Louis Corman who first studied family drawing. The others did nothing but continue their work and perfect their theories.
In general, they focus on two main aspects of family drawing:
1. The graphics
It is not a question of being interested in the aesthetics of drawing, but the size of the characters, the shape of the drawing, the pressure of the pencil and the location of the drawing on the paper.
It is considered that the child has a balanced family life if his drawing is of normal size or large, if it has a continuous pattern and that it does not erase without stop to start again, if the pressure of the pencil is adequate, and if the drawing is located in the center of the page.
Normally, the character who is drawn in larger and with more details, is the one that the child prefers.
2. The content
When you ask the child to do this drawing, you have to tell him to draw "a" family, not "his" family; thus, he will draw without pressure, and his drawing will really express what he feels.
Generally, children who are jealous of their brothers and / or sisters stand alone with their parents. When asked where their brothers and / or sisters are, they often say that they are not at home, or that they are sleeping.
On the other hand, the child represents most of the time between both parentswhere he feels most secure but it may also happen that he draws near his mother or father, which shows with which of his two parents he spends the most time, or with which he would like to spend more.
As for the details, if a child who knows how to draw well does not represent the hands of one of the charactersthis may reflect a lack of affectivity.
This list is not exhaustive because there are of course many other details whose analysis can show how drawing is an instrument of communication between the child and the adult world.