These drawings from today have nothing to do with art. The ones above are what I would call thinking on paper. A friend texted me after she saw the water bottle drawing that I posted the other day; she said she wanted one but with the animal facing inward. Puzzled, I wrote back and asked if she wanted a water bottle, and if so, to tell me materials, etc. But she told me that she had thought the water bottle holder was a small dog carrier, sort of like a newborn baby front carrier. I looked back at my drawing and immediately saw what she was seeing-- and it DID suggest a pet carrier (and I then noticed that the whole design was based on the principle of one of those rubbery plastic little kid swings). With a few modifications, I was able to design the pet carrier in a way I would never have thought of had I started out to design one. I love how my friend's creative leap sparked the whole design.
For the above reasons I believe drawing should be taught to everyone, as it used to be, as a basic life skill like writing and reading, rather than being set aside as a subset of Art that only the Talented are capable of learning.