31 Art Teachers Describe The Most Disturbing Drawing A Student Has Ever Submitted

You can tell a lot about a child by their drawings. Unfortunately for these poor souls from Ask Reddit, sometimes you find out things you didn’t want to know.

5. Watching me sleep

“I had a 2nd grader come up to me while I was still a student teacher in the art room. He showed me a drawing that looked like a stick figure in a cave. I said, ‘It’s great! Why don’t you tell me about it?’ (Kids react better to that than ‘what is it?’) His response?

‘It’s me watching you sleep!'” — BloodFleshBones

6. Held captive in chains

“I teach English to Japanese kids. Textbook had them draw their ideal pet. A 10-year-old drew a human chained up in a cage, with an electric shock box attached to them with wires.

Taught him for a few more years until he graduated from my class to Junior High School, he had really matured into a sweet charming boy by then. Or he was a psychopath who had mastered the skill of manipulating those around him.” — karlamarxist

7. Getting beat by his father

“I worked as a therapist in an elementary school. In art class, one of my kids drew their dad beating them. Then on the next page, it was a stick figure self portrait with the whole page colored blue to represent tears. So, that was wonderful…” — poor-self-control

8. Eyes in the darkness

“My cousin loves to draw, when she was about 4 years old she showed me a paper full of eyes. I asked her what was she trying to convey, she said, ‘Eyes, I see many many many eyes in my room at night.’


9. Roadkill nailed to a board

“Had a college sculpture class with a student who thought it would be clever to splay a roadkill cat on a cross as a project. After class was over, he proceeded to toss the project in a dumpster. Fine and good until it was discovered by someone who decided that it was a clear sign of occult activity and proceeded to notify local media. There were Christian marches through campus for a solid week.” — bluehold

10. Murdered in a bathtub

“I’ve been teaching art for 9 years. The most disturbing image I’ve ever run across was from a 5-year-old who was visiting our campus for the day to see if our school was a match for him. He joined our first grade class, and I had assigned our students to create a environment around an object that I had cut out and pasted onto a blank sheet of paper (the objects were from home & living magazines, so the images were mostly food, furniture, animals, cars, etc). The child who was visiting was given a paper with an antique bathtub glued onto it. This kid proceeded to draw a person being murdered in the bathtub with people looking in through the bathroom windows smiling at the murder. The image was pretty insane. When I asked him about why he drew this, he said, ‘This is the kind of stuff I like.’ I told him that I was going to keep it and give it to his mom when she came to pick him up. As class was ending, he swiped the drawing off of my desk, crumpled it up, and threw it into the boys bathroom trash. I pulled the drawing out of the trash, showed it to our school dean, and explained what happened. Thankfully, he wasn’t admitted to the school that year.” — plane86


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