Susan - you mentioned the words lollipop and preschool
in your discouragement of 4th graders creating immature looking trees. I too have used this vocabulary and
three highly insulted girls reported me to the principal
He mentioned it to me in passing - did not take it seriously. This girls were also fourth grade - refused to draw branches even when they looked out the window
they insisted on drawing the rounded topped trees.
Yikes - art teachers nightmare - that and scribbling
rather than taking the time to color with good craftsmanship. Roberta