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How our bilingual students learned the art of Italian Street Painting

Every year, our school hosts an Artist-in-Residence program in partnership with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. This year, our students from preschool to 5th grade welcomed artist Lorell Miller for 6 weeks.

Lorell taught our students the various techniques and uses of colors involved in street art painting before letting them apply these techniques into real works of art on the ground. It was an opportunity for our younger students to practice their fine motor skills, colors and shapes while our our older students from Kindergarten to 5th grade worked on more elaborate drawings.

They used mathematical and scientific concepts to measure and "grid up" their design but also to discover the chemical properties and use of pigments and binders in pastels. The final session was the most spectacular as every single student participated in creating a huge fresco. Every component of the artwork was original and unique to every student, and showed them that working together toward the same goal makes for a beautiful outcome. With arts being such an important component of our bilingual curriculum, our students had the chance to add yet another talent to their artistic skills as well as discover an entire new field in the arts.

This year’s artist-in-residence was once again a creative way to fulfill our commitment to develop intellectual curiosity and a well-rounded education at the International School of Orange County.

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