Children’s drawings are a real storehouse of information. They reveal feelings, fears and even the character of the artist. Look closely at a child’s drawing and you will see how he perceives the world.
What does a child’s drawing mean?
In order to correctly interpret, parents should in no case criticize the work. Pink leaves on the tree, lack of hair or eyes on the characters – do not point out such “flaws”, otherwise you will deprive yourself of useful information. What should be done is to ask why the characters are sad or funny, who is the most beautiful, less pleasant.
When studying children’s drawing, remember that it does not give a complete decoding of true feelings and thoughts. If the finished image is too gloomy, visit a specialist. The psychologist will read the artist’s messages, talk to him and give instructions on how to meet the needs of the baby.
Deciphering a children’s drawing my family
The interpretation of the drawing my family is possible without the help of a psychologist, if you know all the nuances. The easiest way to learn more about a child is to look at a family drawing.
1. Authority. If the father is visualized in detail, is in the center or taller than the rest of the family members, then there is no doubt that the father is the most important person in the eyes of the artist.
2. Attachment. The closest relatives to the baby show deep emotional attachment, this also applies to the case when the child in the picture holds someone’s hand.
3. Lack of hands. If parents are drawn with hands and brothers without hands, this shows a strong attachment to parents and problems in communicating with brothers or sisters. What could be the conflict? For example, in the use of toys. The artist depicts a brother without hands so that he does not take anything.
4. Safety. Is there an object placed between the child and the parent—a tree or an animal? This means that the baby does not feel safe next to the person “on the other side.” Perhaps the separated adult is too hard or demanding.
5. Dislike. People who cause anxiety or other unpleasant feelings are in the corner of the sheet or separate from other family members.
Some children portray brothers this way because they get more attention or the artist is the youngest in the family and receives a lot of negativity from older brothers. An unpleasant person may not be on the sheet at all. A sign of anxiety is also the absence of all family members, with the exception of a person who deserves respect.
6. Role in the family. People who do not occupy a special role in life are portrayed as the latest. When a child draws himself last, or worse, does not enter the drawing at all, this means that he feels emotionally rejected and deprived of love.
7. The character of the child according to the drawing. The work of a small artist will tell about the character. Lines drawn with great pressure speak of confidence and vigor.
Shy children draw in thin lines with less pressure, and the images are so small that there is a lot of space on the sheet. Chaotic, quick strokes characterize a very active child.
8. Aggression. The child expresses himself as an aggressive person if his “double” in the picture is holding a weapon or sharp objects.
9. Colors of children’s drawing. Cheerful and very active children most often choose bright warm colors: red, yellow, orange. Calm kids add shades of green, blue, purple.
Drawings with a predominance of dark brown or black indicate a bad mood and a lack of a sense of security. A sparsely colored figure indicates a bad relationship with this person. A bright, colorful figure indicates admiration. The brighter the person, the more he is loved.
10. Facial expression. If in the children’s drawing everyone is smiling and at the same time, there are no negative signs, you can be sure that the child feels good.
Sad or stern faces indicate unpleasant emotions caused by the situation in the family. A person who has no face reveals a desire not to have contact with him, perhaps an alcoholic father or an overly strict aunt.
11. House in a children’s drawing. This building is the “envelope” of the family. Interestingly, almost all the children in the world draw it as a square with a triangle as a roof – no matter what house they live in.
The roof symbolizes the relationship between father, mother and child, clear lines and the correct form, they speak of psychological comfort. Open windows speak of a sense of security. Chimney with smoke – there is heat in the house (and family).
12. Sun: represents the outer world. There is also a connection with the father figure, in children who never draw the sun, the father is often out of sight.
13. Rainbow: Children often draw rainbows when faced with changes in their lives, such as entering first grade or divorcing parents. In addition, a rainbow symbolizes hope, while bright arcs over a house or person represent protection.
14. Crosses. The cross is an active opposition to the situation.
The meaning of the colors in the drawing is my family
The choice of a certain color in a drawing of a family can tell how the child feels for each member of the family and about the inner emotional mood. If more than one color is chosen, but several are mixed, here psychologists recommend paying attention to the final tones.
Light colors speak of a calm mood, when nothing bothers the child at the moment. The use of bright colors usually characterizes active and energetic children, sometimes hidden aggression.
Blue is associated with well-being and relaxation, a color that a child can color in a favorite animal or mom’s dress.
Red , in its frequent use, is interpreted as strong energy or anger directed at a person whose clothes are painted with this color. Thus, an energetic relative is indicated, causing a storm of emotions, for example, surprise, joy, sometimes a desire to hide from him in a quieter place.
Black, contrary to popular belief, often means confidence, good self-esteem. It is possible to interpret it as a sign of depression or negative feelings only with obvious problems within the family.
Brown is a sign of responsibility or a constantly busy person.
Yellow – traditionally joyful and happy, but often used in the picture, indicates some detachment from authoritative loved ones.
Green indicates a calm person, possibly lazy. He also speaks of hope and a sense of harmony.
Purple reveals information about melancholy, the child is dissatisfied or anxious for some reason, combined with yellow, speaks of a desire to get rid of pressure. It is found in the drawings of children, where education takes place in a strict form.
If you think that the child’s drawing conveys excessive aggression and the colors are too dark or gray, pay attention to the behavior of the young artist.
Shyness reflects self-doubt, aggressiveness is the cause of a lack of attention, “eternal discontent” is a sign of fatigue from everyday life, a lack of vivid emotions.
The best way to learn more and correct the situation is to show the image to a psychologist who, after talking with all family members, will help restore the tender child’s soul.