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YOUNG CHILDREN'S DRAWINGS
as a Mirror of Development

Dr Christhilde Blume

56 pages
56 illustrations, 19 in colour
180 x 250mm

ISBN-13 .. 9-780-9585089-2-6

First published in German as Kleinkinderzeichnungen - Spiegel der Entwicklung bei Gesundheit und Krankheit. 1976, 1977 J. H. Mellinger Verlag, Stuttgart
First English edition April 2000 © Christhilde Blume. Reprinted February 2001, July 2001, January 2002

 

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... From the Foreword to the book ...

“It is the aim of this study to draw the attention of parents, carers and educators to these pictures, which can provide insight into the amazing process during which the soul and spirit come to terms with their co-existence in the physical body, as these processes are mirrored in images we can learn to read and follow.”

Dr Christhilde Blume, paediatrician

 

DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR, Michaela Strauss was left thousands of children's drawings by her father, the late Hanns Strauss (1883-1946), one of the earliest Waldorf teachers.  She went through them systematically and noticed that certain drawn shapes were linked to a specific age and stage of development. 

Her studies convinced her that these stages were not confined to European children, but could be seen in drawings from all over the world.  This finding confirms statements made by Rudolf Steiner in his many lectures on child development.

Michaela Strauss's observations encouraged me to start collecting drawings and paintings in my own paediatric surgery, and these present-day pictures show the same characteristics as did those from the Thirties.  I concluded that they express the developmental milestones each of us undergoes in early childhood.  Steiner's observations on the development of the human being offer a key to the puzzles with which these drawings confront us. He describes in detail the development of the physical body and its integration with the soul and the gradually incarnating human spirit. (See The Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy by Rudolf Steiner).

The process by which the soul and spirit gradually ‘work through' the physical body as they make their way into it, as well as the growth of individual consciousness, are experienced by the small child, and are expressed in the pictures he or she draws.  The adult learns to ‘read' from these pictures what the child has to say about his or her inner self on the physical, psychological and spiritual levels.
It is the aim of this study to draw the attention of parents, carers and educators and anyone who has anything to do with children, to these pictures, which seem to multiply on scraps of paper, on walls or even on the doors of refrigerators.  They can provide insight into the child at various stages of the amazing process during which the soul and spirit come to terms with their co-existence in the physical body, as these processes are mirrored in images we can learn to read and follow.

I owe to Michaela Strauss the impulse to find a new way of studying the development of the child and of following up the difficulties children experience as they find their way into life. 

 

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