Children’s drawings ‘worse quality’ than twenty years ago

Children’s drawings ‘worse quality’ than twenty years ago

In comparison with drawings that twenty years ago were made in, his children’s drawings made by 11 – and 12-year-olds in 2015 and 2016 less detailed. That concludes the Inspectorate after investigation.

Children signs are now mostly schematischer and make more individual elements of a tekenopdracht, reports Trouw. Twenty years ago, they, more children quite a story, says the inspection. They conclude that the drawings are of lesser quality.

The inspection reports that there is no standard is provided in respect of the tekenprestaties. Students had drawing commands, which are assessed on the basis of the sample drawings provided by experts are selected and in the order of beheersingsniveau. The drawing of the pupil is then placed on the ranking of sample drawings. The more a drawing meets the skill level of the example, how “higher” in quality is assessed.

Kunsteducatieadviseur Diederik Schönau calls it an “interesting hypothesis” that the quality of the drawings may be influenced by the contemporary visual culture.

The Inspection prompts on the criteria that twenty years ago were used for the review of the drawings also in this time are still applicable. They think that the drawings are indeed a reflection of social trends such as digitisation.

School subjects

Schönau is of the opinion that the impact on other school subjects, such as mathematics, also must be investigated. “As social causes underlying the deterioration in the quality of the drawings, then you can not meet the visual education due.”

The Inspectorate says that the quality of visual education certainly diminish, as there is less specialist teachers to be deployed. Also on the course there is less attention to.

Rafael of Use, the director of the Breitner Academy in Amsterdam (training for teachers of visual art), says that in schools for which they are training teachers, the part of drawing from observation, little attention more. He says that “education requires a broader approach to the development of imagination and creativity of children”.

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