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A Child with a Creative Eye

In grade three  I discovered that having creative thought was not allowed in Sunday School. My teacher handed us the coloring pages of Jesus and  I took that as the cue to let my creativity run wild. It was with gusto  I had colored Jesus’s skin green and his hair purple.

The catechism teacher was livid of my creative interpretation of Jesus.

My only defense was “Well! We don’t really know what he looks like. So it is possible he could be green!?”

I was sent home to my parents who gave me another stern lecture and banished  me to my room for the night. It all seemed a little extreme from the eyes of a nine-year old especially when no one had ever seen him!

My littlest  in Grade 2 is having a phenomenal year in  school and has been keeping a visual journal. His teacher has been very instrumental in letting children’s creativity shine through in her classroom.

He is  very  pleased with his creations and couldn’t wait to share his finished project with me.  I smiled as I leafed through the book because they were not your typical rainbows and flowers.

Instead :

 Eyes Watching You

Brain Eating Zombies

And Stinky Feet

They show a little man with a wild imagination and a good sense of humor. And if he ever colored Jesus green I don’t think it would be that big of a deal. At the end of the day I pretty sure the big guy in the sky likes a child with a creative eye.

What did you like to draw and color when you were a child? Did you ever get in trouble for your depictions?

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  1. I loved coloring, and especially liked coloring books. I never got in trouble except with my first-grade teacher, who thought I didn’t stay within the lines quite well enough. Many years later, I went to work for Southwestern Bell as a Service Representative Trainee. We were the ones who still took information by hand and put it into 1/4″ ruled grids. We HAD to stay inside the lines with each letter and numeral. I didn’t – I couldn’t – and I got fired at the end of my six week probationary period.

    It was just as well. 😉

  2. Belle – love the brain eating zombies:) Love when kids (and adults too) are able to let their imaginations and creativity just go! I grew up on a farm and I guess a drawing of two farm animals getting it on was not appropriate for a 4th grader – my parents were okay with it but the teacher insisted my parents think about therapy – ha! Have a Great Day:)

    1. LOL. You are one of the most creative people I know Mrs. BlogHer Original post 😉 Congratulations! It looks like a fantastic dish 🙂

      Hahaha! How did you know? Once the summer hits my husband bans my sneakers to sit outdoors.

  3. Classic! I can’t remember any stinky feet drawings from my childhood, but I do remember getting detention for making beer as my science fair project, ha ha! 😉

  4. I love your little ones drawings…children’s art is simply the best and your story about being booted out of Sunday School is just awful!!
    I can’t remember getting into trouble much and as far as drawing…simple stick figures is as creative as I got.

  5. Awww…he drew zombies!

    I don’t remember getting in trouble for any drawings. I had a lot of Disney coloring books, and I was obsessed with finding crayons that matched the movie colors exactly.

  6. It wasn’t that I couldn’t color between the lines, I did that quite well, actually. I got into trouble repeatedly, though, for asking, “Why do I have to color between the lines?” and a couple of times for using white to hide the lines and drawing in my own lines.

  7. creativity was encouraged by my children’s teachers in all forms. when I was young my musical inclinations were encouraged. I am so glad your children are so expressive in their drawings. I personally liked the eyes.

  8. I blame my lack of visual creativity on one damn day in 2nd grade. We had to paint a picture of our house and could not use blue for the sky. I used a yellowish color, the closest I could get to a dawn or sunset. The f’ing teacher comes by and says, “Skies are not yellow.” Well, hello Miss Azzhole. See, 50 years later I’m still angry at being set up…

    Anyway, I think Jesus could make his skin whatever color he wanted. Silly nun.

    1. I think you should paint a picture in the morning with a yellow sky. Imagine! What creativity that teacher lacked!

      Sadly, our Sunday school teacher wasn’t even a nun…Just a cranky old biddy!

  9. I never to got in trouble for any drawings, but I never really liked to draw. I loved to sing but was told I’d never learn to sing. My parents were told not to bother with lessons, either, cause they wouldn’t help.
    I never quit singing and I even learned to sing opera. I still sing to this day, in tune. It did take a few lessons to get there.

  10. This is cute! I am glad you don’t discourage your children from being creative! Being a teacher, I have seen some parents over react! I mean if they like zombies let them draw zombies! cute drawings by the way! 😀

    I never got into trouble for my drawings but rather for the lack of artistic skills :p hahah

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