The other day we learned how to draw a perfect butterfly every time with 100% success. A 5 year old can do this. Specifically we were doing this with 5-year-old students. After the class I asked my son if he was interested in drawing perfect butterflies. He was, so I showed him. When I finished he said:
“I get it. Let me try my way”.
He drew the helper lines the way he learned, and he proceeded to edit it, adding lines, corners, drew some more lines until he finished the picture. It didn’t look like a real butterfly. It was his version of a butterfly. That’s the beauty of creativity. I love his art because it is unexpected, bold, brave and reflects his personality perfectly. His butterfly is exactly as he wants to display it, it is his abstract experience. Who am I to tell him that his butterfly is wrong? It was not wrong, just different. It is his butterfly.