My son Henry has been passionate about drawing since he was little. In response to his desire to “make it look real,” both my husband and I (former art students) have taught him how to look closely, to “draw what you see,” to shade, etc. Last summer he spent a lot of time mastering cross-hatching, after having admired an etching in an old edition of King Lear. While I have always encouraged more free-form expression, in addition to showing him the stuff he is eager to learn, I have often wondered, given his perfectionist nature, if have done him a disservice by having taught him this stuff at such a young age. In other words, if you are introduced to realism too early do you cut pure artistic expression off at the knees? Having a guilt moment. Thoughts?