A teacher asked my 5 year old son to draw an apple and colour it. He draws a large apple and coloured it in purple. This is not a usual behaviour though. Many times he has drawn fruits of the real colors.
One of the teacher's comment is negative and she says that it shows unrealistic colours and shows lack of observation.
While the other teacher says that its creativity and it encourages out-of-box thinking (although she could not provide any research reference).
I want to know what should be the most appropriate response and the feedback to the little artist based on any modern authentic research.
My idea is that we should adopt a middle path where we explain the kids what are natural colours of apple and at the same time tell him that you have discovered an entirely new variety of an Apple(thereby encouraging him for out-box-thinking). But I want to know the views of experts in light of established research.
Which of these teachers should I trust and under what circumstances and why? Of course I need a scientific evidence for each choice.
Also as parent how should we respond to the kid?