Exact painting and drawing

At this stage, children’s drawings reveal another change in style – a development called second schematic phase after which many children stop drawing altogether. This final stage of development is typically characterised by more detailed pictures which become increasingly realistic.


Maximilian, 8 years old


Children’s drawings become more realistic and emphasise real-life differences, for instance the distinctive features of grandmother and father. Now a picture may show a tall and lean human being wearing glasses, while another person is small and stocky with a cap on his or her head. Towards the end of this stage, attention to detail may culminate in highly detailed technical illustrations such as floor plans.  Quantitative relationships are increasingly taken into consideration. Starting around age ten, your child will try to incorporate three-dimensionality and depth in his or her pictures. Thus, a winding path may become smaller and narrower before disappearing into the horizon. Further typical tools used by children at this stage include exaggeration, caricaturing and ironising.