Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Coloring in the Lines
The other day while driving my niece instructed her 3 year old cousin to be sure to stay within the lines while coloring. I ALMOST CAME TO A SCREECHING HALT!! What kind of madness was this 8 year peddling? Who was she working for? What system had she bought into? Okay, clearly I needed to calm down. My sweet niece meant no harm. She is merely a victim of her environment and I am always the mother who rocks the establishment! While I encouraged her to allow my little one to color wherever she wanted I couldn't help but wonder why is coloring in the lines a sign of success and competence?
On an academic level do we teach coloring in the lines as a means of eye/hand coordination or is it teach about boundaries? Artsitically the black lines are the outline of the picture and allow the colors to stand out even more - but this still does not help me understand why it is so important to color within the lines!