Thanks for responding, Terrence. I think that that it's important to give
kids the opportunity and "tools" to learn how to generate abstract design in
addition to representational images. And how to embellish a recognizable
image to make it more expressive, ornamental, individual, etc.
I enjoy teaching my students "the 7 Motifs" (straight line, zigzag, circle,
half circle, S-curve, wavy line, and spiral) that American Artist Walter
Anderson employed, based on A Method for Creative Design by Adolfo Best