There was a young boy that had moved to a new school and was attending his first art class in grade 3, he was full of excitement and anticipation because he loved art.
The art teacher said to the class “I would like for everyone to draw a flower please.”
The young boy thought to himself, I love to draw flowers and he drew a picture with fields of daisies and daffodils and purple and blue flowers. He was really enjoying drawing the flowers. It was a magnificent picture. The teacher walked by and the boy proudly displayed his art.
The teacher said “that is not the way we draw flowers here. We draw a red rose with a long green stem and three leaves. That is how we draw flowers here.”
The boy was crushed and noticed that all of the other students had drawn a red rose with a long green stem and three leaves. The flower drawing exercise happened many times over the course of the year.
At the end of the school year the boy and his family were transferred to a new city. The boy took art again in Grade 4 and went to his first class.
The new teacher said “I would like everyone to draw pictures of flowers.”
The boy drew a red rose with a long green stem and three leaves.
Creativity and innovation blossom when teams welcome new ways of thinking and encourage free thinking.
- Ian Graham