This study was intended to investigate the difference between color usage of boys and girls in their drawings and to test this for increasing ages. Around this general purpose it was hypothesized that color usage of boys would decrease as they got older, on the other hand, there won't be a difference for girls. The present study was also intended to reveal whether the subject of the drawings affected the color usage. The study was implemented with 108 boys, 80 girls, totally 188 students from 1st, 3rd and 6th grades of an elementary school in Turkey. The students were given a piece of A4 size paper, a standard pencil, a box of crayons with 6 different colors. They were asked to make three drawings: one was on a subject they themselves wanted, the other subject was drawing a house and finally to draw a tree. They were told to draw however they wanted to. Then the numbers of colors in all the drawings were counted. The results supported the hypothesis that color usage of boys decreased as they got older, on the other hand, there was no a difference for girls. This hypothesis was built upon the assumption that the variation of color usage reflected the emotional responses. The frequency of color use was thought to be interrelated with showing emotional responses. If the frequency was lower, this was accepted as a sign of inhibited emotional responses.
Gender, Gender Differences, Color, Emotional responses, Color Preferences,