Children's drawings and their analysis as a method supporting understanding of concepts in workshops at children's universities

Katarzyna Sanak-Kosmowska


Drawing is for a child a form of play and a way of free expression. At the same time, it is an opportunity to develop imagination, creativity, and knowledge about the surrounding world. For psychologists and therapists, a child’s drawing, as part of the projection methods used, is a source of knowledge about its emotions, personality, and situation. Also, the marketing specialists make use of projection techniques, including projection drawings, for instance, to study the behaviors of youngest consumers. The article aims to present the way of using the projection method, such as a drawing analysis during the educational work- shops and for qualitative research conducted among the youngest. In the first part of the article, the subject literature on projection techniques, in particular on a drawing analysis is reviewed. In the further part, the stages of a child’s drawing development along with their characteristics are presented. The last section illustrates the proposals for the use of a projection drawing as part of the workshop work with children and an example of such activities are given. It should be emphasized that the use of projection methods requires educators to possess knowledge, sensitivity, and caution in the interpretation. Children’s drawings differ concerning their artistic talents, age, stage of development and symbols used. The proper understanding of the last sphere is a very complex process.

Keywords: a child’s drawing, a drawing development, projection methods, social education, civic education


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Katarzyna Sanak-Kosmowska

The Author has a MA Diploma in psychology and a PhD in Economic Sciences in the field of management sciences. She is the assistant professor in the Marketing Department at the Cracow University of Economics. Her research interests concern the psychology of advertising, online marketing communication and the third mission of the university, in particular the role of children's universities in the process of socialization and civic education. Since 2012, she has been collaborating with the Children's University created by the Cracow University of Economics.

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Sanak-Kosmowska, K. (2018). Children's drawings and their analysis as a method supporting understanding of concepts in workshops at children's universities. e-mentor, 4(76), 26-31. DOI: