CHICO, Calif. - Paradise students brought their art sketches to life, all thanks to the Orient & Flume Art Glass Company.
"It was honestly magical," student Kylin Crawford said.
"It’s really fun to see your creation coming to life," Cara Dove, another student, said.
Students sketched and combined their favorite animals during their art class in hopes of seeing their creation sculpted into a piece of fine art.
"Mine was an 'owlcorn." It was a weird combo. I wanted a bird and a unicorn 'cause that’s how I describe myself, and so I put it together and made a rainbow owl with a unicorn horn," Crawford said.
"The firefly because it had the two things coming out, and the giraffe because it has a really long neck," Dove said.
The professional artists showed students the intricacy and delicacy it takes to make a blown glass figurine.
"It keeps building up, and they cool it off with the water, and then they cut it and shape it into your design," Dove explained.
"I love art ! It’s a hobby of mine. Sometimes I use it to put my feelings on paper, or sometimes I just doodle in class," Genie Fogel said.
This experience was brought about by the Rainforest Art Project. Organizers say it is a way to inspire the kids and open their imaginations while using art to continue to heal.
The founder of the Rainforest Art Project has been working with Paradise students since the Camp Fire.
"Every person at some point in their life really needs to have that spark, that influence, that gets their curiosity and influence going about life and the arts," Ever said.
"He has done everything he could to make this year amazing," said Crawford.
And to give thanks for an amazing year, student Genie Fogel made a special sketch for former Paradise School District Superintendent Michelle John.
"She was determined and everyone rallied behind her and it not only made this district survive but it's thriving," Evers said.
"I was thinking about how amazing and a once and a lifetime experience this is, and for their healing process," Michelle John said. "It was a surprise and like a blessing. It just feels good to be back here and holding this in my hands and see the kids."
Some of the kids' pieces will be exhibited and on display at Paradise Ridge Elementary School.
The Rainforest Art Project is committed to helping the Paradise students heal through art and imagination
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