Most of us draw as children - and then some of us stop.
I was sorry to miss Cyra Levenson's round-table on why we stop at the Thinking Through Drawing 2015 conference, happening right next to the round-table I led on supporting children's drawing development. We had a great discussion, with input from artists and educators of many different backgrounds, and I'm sure much of it would connect well with Cyra's discussion too.
Most kids will naturally engage in mark-making with whatever tools they have available - fingers on sand, or sticks on mud, as much as crayons or paint on paper. Around the table we discussed our ideas and challenges in the spirit of a conference that promotes drawing as a way of thinking, where participants were invited to engage in drawing exercises with different aims and characteristics. And, as always, I think much of what I do to support the artistic development of young children is carefully preparing materials, listening to my students, and support them the best I can while I let them them do their thing.