The B4 Early Years Coalition and partners invited all children aged birth to four years to make marks – and saw over 130 works submitted for the Making Marks children’s art exhibition.

The exhibition celebrates, nurtures and supports the voice of the child through art and was officially launched on Wednesday 25 September at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) and closed 13 October 2019.

The exhibition toured regional Tasmania, during 2020 and 2021, being shown in Burnie, Devonport, Queenstown, Launceston, the east Coast and finally in the Huon Valley ensuring everyone had the opportunity to enjoy and interact with the works.

The Development of Children’s Drawing

The Development of Children’s Drawing

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Ever wondered how children learn to draw from their first explorations with crayons and pencils to representing their world around them and sharing what’s important to them?

This resource provides a journey of discovery to learn more about children’s art drawing on the research it will take you through each stage of development and we hope inspire you to support children’s artistic explorations, always.

Exhibitions that celebrate children's art, "How-To" kit for communities

B4 in curating and managing this ‘first of its kind’ Making Marks: A Celebration of Children’s Art Exhibition developed a range of resources, tools and lessons learnt from this exhibition and are shared in this kit to encourage other communities to celebrate their children’s art.

Making Marks Visible

Respecting and relating to the stories young children tell in their mark-making

This guide is designed to help capture children’s stories of explorations with materials, people, and places when they make marks as practicing artists, and provides support for adults in talking and working with children birth to four years as artists together.

Showcasing Marks

This resource offers some thoughts about why and how to curate and display young children’s art. It is a guide for re-visiting how we best celebrate and awaken new understandings of exhibiting children’s artworks. Covering the why, what, how, and who of deciding which works will be exhibited.

Video: Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM

Celebrating young children’s creative explorations in mark-making – why and how

Listen to Dr Piscitelli explore mark making with very young children and share her experiences and knowledge.

Video: Artist Janine Morris

Exploring ways of working with educators and parents, sharing thoughts about art and mark-making