I was taught traditionally. Go into class, copy the teacher's drawings. I would go for a competition and see the winners all draw a circle shape as their hands. We all knew which teacher those students went to. It always felt rigged.
My belief is that by teaching children to copy a teacher's stylised way of drawing, we are telling children "The teacher has the right answer. Just copy what the teacher does and you will get it RIGHT." We send the message of asking a child to looking outside at an adult authority figure in particular for the "right" answers!
It is of my own opinion that what I want to teach children instead is to learn at a very young age to trust their own senses; their eyes, thoughts and inner resourcefulness.
Very often the difference between a winner and the average Joe is the belief and trust in self. How can we trust ourselves when the answer is always dictated by someone outside of us? So in my methods of teaching, I focus beyond technique. I use art to create a safe space for the child to explore their inner landscapes. I guide them to listen and trust themselves. I encourage them discover their inner conversations and practise seaking themselves in a compassionate manner.
Art, to me is simply a tool and vehicle to help children learn how to first connect and undertand themselves powerfully, then express confidently outwards.