The duration and nature of the child's art.
From the first year to the age of fourteen, the child expresses itself in drawing and color in a fairly uniform way. Meaning, that despite the changes, that take place in his mind as he matures, this work constitutes a certain closed whole. It has the character of a naive statement from the beginning to the end, this feature does not diminish the value of the statement, but the opposite, adds to its charm. The authentic creativity of each individual bears the imprint of the author, regardless of, What kind of author are we dealing with?. The beauty of children's art and its attractiveness is therefore associated with naivety and this is how it should be understood and shaped..
About fourteen years old, that is, in the period when the child ceases to feel and understand the world in a naive way, and begins to take on the features of an adult, a critical attitude towards his previous naive work awakens in him, and then all the beautiful ones so far may collapse, creative merits of the child. But they can be skilfully carried out through this critical moment, protecting against the collapse and death of his work.
The way of educating a child, quite uniform in the period of naive children's creativity, after the age of fourteen, it undergoes a fundamental change, for it must be adapted to the mentality of a more mature individual. So somewhere in between 14 i 16 At the age of one, it will be necessary to protect the student from the difficulties arising at that time. One of the ways (maybe even the only one) is a shift of interest to the issues of applied art, thereby diverting the student's attention from the realistic interpretation of the image. So we start working with the whole team in such techniques, like ceramics, printing on paper and fabric, linocut etc. Thus, work in new, interesting and valuable techniques can save a student from a breakdown. It occurs as a result of the immaturity of the child to take the so-called. academic study and the inability to express oneself in the previous one, children's, naive way. Academic studies can usually start only around 16 age (only in exceptional cases a little earlier).
In any case, methods cannot be used at a more mature age, which are correct in childhood, but in the same way, methods that are right later cannot be used in childhood. Throughout the duration of the study, both children, and adults, the teacher should stand in a position, it has to do with creativity, that grows out of the living, new experience, and not from dead schemes and soulless ability to do learned things.