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Art Teacher Hands Students Brushes, Then She Asks Them To Paint Her Car

by Lindsey Smith
Lindsey is from Florida and has worked in online and print media. Her happy place is Michaels craft store.

Twenty-six Knapp Forest Elementary School third graders were given one of the coolest canvases to paint.

The Grand Rapids, Michigan, students had won her golden paintbrush award three times, so she knew they couldn’t paint just anything as a reward.

Art teacher Sharon Tabaczka was so impressed by their hard work in class, as well as their good behavior, that she offered up her minivan to the children to paint on June 9, 2017. “Students need a venue, a place, a canvas to be who they are and express themselves,” Sharon says. “So expressing themselves on a car is really unique and I think they’ll probably remember this for the rest of their life.”

She provided them with paint and brushes and let their creativity shine as she watched them design all sorts of pretty pictures on her van.

“I said, ‘When you’re painting on my car, I want love in your heart and see what comes out,'” Sharon says. What she got was a beautiful rainbow of colors, shapes, and scenes on her car!

“I used a brush and did a circle and a line down,” one excited student says. “Then one line to the left and one line to the right!”

Another student drew a smiley face because smiling makes people happy — we couldn’t agree more.

When it came time to clean up, the students proved their good behavior and scrubbed the ground to get rid of any paint splatters.

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Footage provided courtesy of WXMI (FOX 17 News Grand Rapids)

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