Freehand drawing exercise. 1899
Tadd emphasized freehand blackboard drawing as combining physical and intellectual exercise in a way that reflected children’s natural tendency to express themselves through movement. He described this method as “a process that unfolds the capacities of children as unfold the leaves and flowers; a system that teaches the pupils that they are in the plan and part of life … illustrated in every natural thing.”
Learn more at MoMA.org/centuryofthechild

Freehand drawing exercise. 1899

Tadd emphasized freehand blackboard drawing as combining physical and intellectual exercise in a way that reflected children’s natural tendency to express themselves through movement. He described this method as “a process that unfolds the capacities of children as unfold the leaves and flowers; a system that teaches the pupils that they are in the plan and part of life … illustrated in every natural thing.”

Learn more at MoMA.org/centuryofthechild

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Get your daily dose of design from the MoMA exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000. During each of the 100 days of the exhibition we will showcase an object featured in the show.

To find out more about Century of the Child visit MoMA.org/centuryofthechild.

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