What does the parent who is super interested in art and the developmental stages of art wait for and look for in her young child's drawings? Realism! And it happened! I feel like I've been so patient (and yet not patient at the same time!). I haven't encouraged her to draw anything specific or even named things in her drawings. (NOTE: Maia has often named things in her drawings herself.)
And I've loved, LOVED her abstract art! And I still do of course. But, Oh, I am in love with this little drawing of hers.
She took my hand to show me something she drew at the easel, and I have to admit I didn't even notice the person until I asked her to tell me about her drawing.
She pointed and said, "well, here's the smiley [the green line], here are eyes, here are the eyebrows, here is the forehead, here is the hair, here are the arms [on either side of the mouth], and here are the legs."
I think it's interesting that she didn't enclose the face/body in a circle and I haven't noticed any mandalas yet. But I imagine those will come, too.