GRAPHIC SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Graphic Media Blackboard and chalk Pens and pencils Textures of paper Crayons Paints Body painting A variety of papers and utensils may be used to reinforce graphic skills. Stages of Graphic Development 1. Scribbling – no rhythm seen. 2. Spontaneous circles some rhythm developing. 3. idea of directionality begins to develop. 4. 5. one circle 6. 7. 8. + 9. X 10. more complicated fine motor tasks. 11. 12. Drawing simple pictures 13. Coloring 14. Drawing realistic pictures 15. Printing and writing Promoting the Development of Graphic Skills 1. Demonstrate shape to child – start just above the level where the child is successful, i.e. if he is able to successfully draw circles, get him to draw horizontal and vertical lines. 2. Child traces over your pattern. 3. If continues to be unable to draw on own – use dot to dot patterns, i.e. Stress directionality – top to bottom – left to right 4. Child draws from your example. 5. Child can draw figure from verbal description. 6. Child draws independently. These ideas can be used in daycares and ECE settings by drawing happy faces, sticks, incorporating designs into patterns, etc.
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