Student-created portraits well-received in Africa; bonsai project shows talent with clay & greenery

Stillwater’s talented students are making their mark internationally and here at home through innovative art class projects in the high school and middle school.

Earlier this school year, students in Samantha Conboy’s art classes at Stillwater High School captured the personalities of children from Cameroon using colored pencils and graphite through the Memory Project, a youth arts organization that promotes intercultural understanding and kindness among children around the world.

Their portraits were sent to the children and their families, whose reactions were captured in this video.

students and teacher holding portraits they created students holding portraits they created

In Stillwater Middle School, Sam Jones’ art classes embarked on a project earlier this semester that grew their skills in design, hand-building and glazing clay, and ultimately, horticulture. During the winter and early spring, the students created clay planters for bonsai trees.

They are now trimming and potting the trees in their planters, with beautiful results.

students holding and trimming a bonsai tree

student trimming a bonsai tree

bonsai tree in a student's clay planter

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