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Welcome to The Oaks Drawing & Painting Page!  This is meant to be a resource as you search for inspiration and growth in your artistic endeavors. 

~Mrs. Wadman



The theme for the year is “Pura Vida”. (The following definition is from

Pura vida literally means "pure life", but the meaning is closer to "full of life", "purified life", "this is living!", "going great", or "cool!" It can be used both as a greeting and a farewell, to express satisfaction, to politely express indifference when describing something or even to say "thank you". The phrase has become widely known; this highly flexible statement has been used by many Costa Ricans (and expatriates) since 1956. Some foreigners view the phrase as an expression of a leisurely lifestyle, of disregard for time, and of wanton friendliness. However, Costa Ricans use the phrase to express a philosophy of strong community, perseverance, resilience in overcoming difficulties with good spirits, enjoying life slowly, and celebrating good fortune of magnitudes small and large alike.

For our purposes, it means that we will be exploring what it means to be fully alive.  Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).  What does it mean to have an abundant life?  Take a look at your life and think about what makes you come alive.  What makes you excited?  What inspires you and makes your soul sing?  How can you use your artwork to pour life into others?  Pura Vida is about living richly, wholeheartedly and purposely and making art to express it!


Course Description

This year, students will focus on how to develop their own personal style and voice through Drawing & Painting.   Students will concentrate on a theme and develop a body of work that reflects evidence of observational skills, mastery of art techniques, and a personal sense of style.  Students will be given some liberty in choosing mediums and will be expected to expand their preconceived ideas about media through mixed-media projects.  Materials may include graphite, charcoal, ink, oil pastel, chalk pastel, watercolor, acrylic paint, oil paint, collage, and mixed media.   Students will respond to work by a variety of artists and explore how art can connect us to God and others be used as a means to communicate mood, message, and narrative.  Students will be challenged to take a personal look at themselves as an artist and to consider what God’s will is for them as an artist, and what they may be called to communicate.

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