hark, the cephalopods have arrived!
by this i do not mean octopus or squid, mind you. i mean it in the art-therapist-who-read-my-judy-rubin way. in rubin’s book, child art therapy, she refers to early human figure drawings as cephalopods because they have a shape that stands for a head/body and arms and legs that extend out from this shape. they often have eyes, nose, mouth, and ear features. you can click here to read the excerpt on page 38.
according to rubin, these cephalopods usually arrive between 4-6 years of age, though they decended upon the magna-doodles and papers in our home around N’s 2 year 7 month mark. (what is it about magna-doodles? my fellow artsy momma blogger & friend just posted her daughter’s first figure drawing on her blog, and it’s also on a magna-doodle! hey, maybe go get your kid one of these and watch the cephalopods come out to play!)
pretty exciting stuff, so i wanted to share. i’m all for the scribbles and abstract art that comes through children so authentically, AND it’s so much fun to see representational art emerge! let me know when they descend upon your home, too.