Social media users outraged after a teacher tells a 6-year-old her artwork is “wrong”.
Gemma Leighton, the mother of a six-year-old girl named Edie, was deeply concerned as her daughter’s teacher told her her painting was “wrong.” The distressed parent took the story to Twitter, to raise awareness amongst other netizens about the way some educators treat youngsters with a little more imagination than usual.
As Upworthy reveals, Ms. Leighton asked Twitter users for support, as she was unsure of what to do as a parent in this particular situation. Her girl Edie drew the painting during an after-school art club. She was beyond excited to show it to her art teacher, but her smile disappeared when she was told her drawing was “wrong.”
My 6 year old daughter painted this amazing scene at an after school art club.
Her art teacher told her she had done it wrong?!
You can't do art wrong!
She was so upset as art is her favourite thing to do.
Can you please show Edie some support and like her painting? pic.twitter.com/LV8rOgPwjc
— Gemma Leighton (@GemLeighton) April 21, 2021
The mother shares:
“My 6 year old daughter painted this amazing scene at an after school art club. Her art teacher told her she had done it wrong?! You can’t do art wrong!”
Since drawing was Edie’s favorite activity, she was “so upset” after hearing she was not doing it right according to her teacher. So, to cheer her daughter up, Ms. Leighton asked:
“Can you please show Edie some support and like her painting?”
The internet rushed to slam the teacher and support the kid’s passion for art.
Since encouragement could serve as a driving force for children to follow their dreams, what the art teacher did was beyond unacceptable. The comment section below the mother’s post filled with people sharing similar stories of how unthoughtful educators hurt them by telling them something was wrong with their drawings.
Edie, I will never forget coloring a horse blue when I was about your age and being told it was wrong. I believed it. I shouldn’t have. Why can’t you draw a blue horse? Don’t let anyone tell you how to do art. Math is right or wrong. Art never is.
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) April 21, 2021
Other commenters pointed out famous artists and their abstract artwork in a bid to inspire Edie to never give up on her talent. Even professional artists joined in the conversation, encouraging the young painter to continue sharing “her vision of her world.”
I’ve been an artist for most of my life, one thing I know:
The only “wrong” is not making art that speaks from your heart. When she expresses her passion, her vision of her world, her personal reactions to what she sees and feels, she’ll never be “wrong” 💜💙💚💛🧡❤️
— Artsy (@artsy_2) April 22, 2021
What’s more, Ms. Leighton’s publication also caught the attention of KISS guitarist Paul Stanley, who told little Edie that her art is “AWESOME!!!”
Edie… Your art is AWESOME!!! There is no such thing as doing art “wrong”. There are only teachers who are wrong”!!! Your art shows amazing freedom and spirit. How can that be “wrong”?!?! Keep doing EXACTLY what you are doing. I LOVE it!!! https://t.co/PRwkYfN3ru
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) April 22, 2021
Thrilled by the chain of positive reactions, the proud mom set up an account called “Edie’s Art Space,” giving a platform to other children’s unique artworks.
Other parents were quick to thank Ms. Leighton for raising awareness and paving the way for other kids to express themselves through the magic of art.
Love your art Edie! This is my 7-year-old’s Picasso-inspired painting. I’m a very proud mummy. pic.twitter.com/n9vI4JjKLu
— Rachel Woollett (@RachelWoollett) April 22, 2021
— Rachelle Akuffo (@RachelleAkuffo) April 22, 2021
Have you ever been in such a distressing situation? What do you think of Edie’s art? Let us know in the comment section!