Girl, 6, told by art teacher her painting was ‘wrong’ – Twitter disagreed

Harriet Brewis
Thursday 22 April 2021 08:56
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The little girl’s artwork was hailed as ‘provocative and engaging’

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Is there anything more disheartening than doing a piece of work you’re proud of only to have it snubbed?

That’s what happened to a six-year-old girl following a session at an after school art club, her mum said.

Twitter user Gemma Leighton wrote on Wednesday: “My 6 year old daughter painted this amazing scene,” as she shared a colourful depiction of a tree-lined path.

But, she added: “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.”

In a plea to fellow users of the platform, the proud mother asked: “Can you please show Edie some support and like her painting?”

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Her request was met with a flurry of responses, garnering more than 71,000 likes, 8,000 comments and 5,000 retweets in less than 24 hours.

Fans were quick to praise the little girl for the “spirit” and beauty of her work and encouraged her not to give up:

Even Philippa Perry, psychotherapist and wife of iconic artist Grayson, showed her support:

While others praised it from a more technical standpoint:

Meanwhile, scores of others said they were so impressed that they decided to transform the image into a screensaver for their phones or computers; some even printed off copies for their walls:

And others responded that they’d love to buy a copy of the now famous work:

It seems as though their wishes will soon be granted, according to a video message from the artist herself.

Clutching her original painting, the six-year-old said in the clip shared by her mum: “Hello everybody, thank you for all your kind comments.

“I’m putting a shop on Etsy called ‘Edie’s Art’ and if you don’t have it… just download it.”

In a follow-up post Leighton expressed her own gratitude to all of her daughter’s admirers.

“I am absolutely blown away by the response from all of you amazing twitter folk,” she said. “Thank you so much for all of your encouragement, support, links and resources.

“You’ve all helped to inspire my little girl and for that I cannot thank you enough.”

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