Artists who make their living doing art will tell you otherwise. You can make your own art on your own time and do whatever you want then, but while you’re on the job you have to listen to the client. It’s that simple really.
anon hasn’t a clue how commercial art works, do they? if you’re a gallery artist? yeah, sure, draw/paint/make whatever you want and maybe it’ll sell. even then though, you want to make things that you think people will buy. and if you’re a commercial artist working either freelance with clients one-on-one or within a larger company as a designer who has a creative director above you, if you can’t make what they’re asking for you will get fired. because i hate to break it to ya, but if you want to make a living using your artistic talent, you will need to be able to follow instructions. that’s part of creative problem solving: making something that pleases both you and your client. anyone who tells you art’s only about what the artist FEEEELS hasn’t tried to make money off of it before.
and then they ask why we should teach it at all if it’s not? because it’s become an integral part of society, no matter what anyone tells you. art is everywhere and everything needs to be designed or we end up living in a very boring world.