Let's see what kind of pictures kids can draw when given just a basic shape like a square or circle.
When I was in elementary school, I was asked by my teacher to take a test for entrance into the Gifted and Talented Program. To this day, I can remember nothing else about that exam except being given a piece of paper with a circle on it and asked to complete the picture. I remember turing the circle into the face of a girl with long hair holding an umbrella in the middle of the street. It seems simple now, but for a 2nd grader, it was enough to get me into the program.
This memory resurfaced for me today when one of the most creative and entrepreneurial-minded friends was doodling in class. This took me back to my elementary school days when we had the time and luxury to let our minds wander and draw whatever popped into our free flowing minds. I would like to channel this creativity through transformation of simple shapes into drawings that tell a story. I think when kids are challenged to turn something from rudimentary to comprehensive, it truly spurs their creative juices.