With a few drops of color and flowing brush strokes, students at Oak Valley Middle School are mastering several artistic techniques.
Students are sculpting their artistic creativity through Art Corps, a parent-taught program that brings the hands-on art experience into the classroom.
"There are about eight lessons the students receive in a year. Those lessons are line, shape, base color, composition, famous artists," Art Corps Director Cindy Abell-Shepard said.
"The parents are really helpful with art. They give you good ideas but let you do it instead of them doing it for you," student Stephanie said.
And like the masters, these middle schoolers are creating and reflecting through their work.
"You can express yourself like darker colors if you're sad, lighter colors if you're happy," Stephanie said.
The fruits of their year-long efforts are on display in the incredible exhibit, "Exposition d'Art des Etudiants," an impressive gallery featuring 1,030 of original artwork created by every student at Oak Valley Middle School.
"They didn't believe they could do it," 8th grade teacher Ann Tidwell said. "We decided we wanted to have a French theme. We opened it up to the students for the first time and we had a contest."
And winning the coveted first overall was a beautiful masterpiece, a collaboration by student artists Ashley and Aliza.
"They really captured what we were looking for in this art contest," Abell-Shepard said.
"Arts in the curriculum provide a deeper student, a far better educated student," Tidwell said.
It's also crafting our master artists of the future.
Congratulations to Oak Valley Middle School, 8's Cool School of the Week.