welcome, cephalopods!

hark, the cephalopods have arrived!

we're here!

we're here!

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.

our family

our family

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!)

little one

little one

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.

proud artist of a human figure




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  • Oh they are adorable. My eldest had to draw a family picture for a school project (he is 4) and look what cem through out letterbox http://themadhouse-themadhouse.blogspot.com/2009/09/mad-family.html Something to treasure forever.

    I need that book, on to my wishlist it will go or I will have to see if it is stocked in the library here in the UK.

    I love your blog there is so much inspiration on it – thank you

  • Awesome!!! Love it : )

  • vmstudent

    I know you posted this awhile back, but I just recently stumbled upon it (a few minutes ago) while doing some googling for additional background information for a paper — I’m taking a self-designed course on art therapy here for my senior year of college (graduating in May with a BS in Psychology & education minor). I’m actually using Rubin’s book, along with Cathy A Malchiodi’s “Art Therapy Handbook” and “Breaking the Silence; Working with Children from Violent Homes.” It gave me encouragement (regarding the quality of the course I created) to see that other people are finding Rubin so wise and wonderful (my paper involved cephalopods, which is what brought me here). I think it’s really cool!

  • love it! i can’t wait for some cephalopods to show up around here!