MAX AND MOLLY: INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN EARLY ARTISTIC SYMBOLIZATION WITH DENNIE WOLF AND ANN SMITH
MAX AND MOLLY, both aged three and a half, made the drawings reproduced here (figures 11.1, 11.2, and 11.3). The drawings share certain commonalities, notably the simplicity of forms, disregard of fine detail, and freedom in rendering spatial relations, which make them recognizable as the work of very young artists. Yet the differences between them are equally pronounced and perhaps even more striking. Max's drawing is highly active, featuring the clash of forms in a dramatic and dense array. Molly's bold, large-scale outlines make for much simpler and "quieter" drawings. But as the accompanying commentary indicates, Molly activates those simple contours with a rich story line, filling out their simplicity with dramatic play and narrative. Whereas Max strives to have the lines "tell all," Molly uses her drawings chiefly as a backdrop for her narrative abilities.
The charm of children's drawings sometimes obscures the achievement they exemplify. Just twelve months before these drawings were