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Elementary students do the same thing. It's maddening, because even after
we do a whole exploration of landscapes, looking at photos, real life, and
famous painings......after completing a landscape together (not
step-by-step, but regular direction, like, "Make sure your sky touches the
land.")......after ALL THAT, the student will then go on to create their own
landscape with strips for the sky and land, suns with faces in the corners,
lollypop trees, M birds, and all things lined up in a neat row. We need to
teach, show and explain new ideas, but we also need to accept that using all
those symbols is simply part of a child's developmental approach to art.