Kim Blakesley showed the teachers a completed painting and told the room full of skeptical novices that they would be recreating the image.
While Blakesley deconstructed the image and gave simple, easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, smaller lessons were woven in. Blakesley discussed the need for different brushes to create different images.
The lesson being woven into the dialogue was about different learning styles, and how everyone sees things differently and comes into the classroom with different tools and experiences behind them.
At the end of the painting lesson, new MHS principal Jared Smith spoke to the group about how many students may feel the same reservations entering their classrooms that the teachers felt when being asked to try something they were unsure of.