I'm going to have to agree with Bunki, I am also a middle school art
teacher. Teaching students to observe and render realistically gives them
a sense of pride and most of them state that is the reason they take art.
Best-Maugard states that you can draw from nature (realistically), but
creativity occurs when you add your own sense and design. Just read that,
thought it was interesting and pertinent.
S. H. Evans
Southeast Middle School
Baton Rouge, LA 70815 evans.edu