Children really do not
draw during their first year of life. Drawing tools usually go in the
mouth than on paper. According to Piaget, children's first scribbling
begins around the age of thirteen months and they are made randomally
and are not attempts at portraying the visual world.
The youngster often
watches closely to see what he is doing, but apparently the
importance of watching is to follow and enjoy the lines, not to
control them; yet sometimes he looks away while continuing to
scribble. The surface is not always paper. It can be walls,
tabletops, or anything that will take a mark.
scribble aged twelve and a half months
The first stage of art
skill development is purely mechanical and manipulative. The child is
gaining control over the art tool and makes random marks or covers
the paper with colour without using eye control. Even blind children
make the same kind of random marks.