Potential Applications of Kinetic Drawings

Chapter 12

A Free Course About Interpretation

Institute of Projective Drawings

Kinetic family drawing

In this part the main characters will be the children themselves.

(1) Possibilities of the individual drawing technique

Previously we focused on emotional distress signals the child may show during the individual method. Now the other information hidden in these drawings will be revealed.

The child’s perception

  • how do they present themself;
  • how do they like to appear in the eyes’ of the group or the world;
  • what is their role in relation to their peers;
  • and how they feel in kindergarten or school?

Their relationship to the social and physical environment

  • how do they relate to authority, rules, external expectations (reward or punishment, acceptance or rejection);
  • which experiences, roles, friendship or social conflict are important for the child (communal or solitary meals; mutual games or rivalry);
  • what events, happenings are referred to by the illustrated, emphasised people, (birth or death; victory or defeat);
  • what location or locations are shown by the drawing (classroom, playground);
  • is the position of their own figure in the physical space relevant?

(2) Possibilities of the group drawing technique

So far I have shown you how individual drawings may be interpreted, now we will turn to drawing techniques that can be carried out in groups.

Give the usual instructions, and the hidden world of the group will be revealed to you! You can discover the following:

  • how the students see each other and the teacher;
  • who are in the drawing;
  • who is drawn the most, who is left out, and which people belong together according to the group;
  • who is repeatedly associated with positive or negative roles;
  • how the children see the teacher, what model they provide, and their relationship with the children (e.g. whether they like the children, or the children like them).

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