Fairfield County, SC (WLTX) - Scoring number one in the state; that's what students in Fairfield County did for the South Carolina Arts Assessment Program.
"My favorite artist is Van Gogh," Alexia Hernandez said.
Hernandez is in the fourth grade and while some kids in her class are counting down to recess, she's studying this Dutch Post-Impressionist painter.
"He had a pretty tough life and he just let his imagination go and he painted what he felt, all he was and the crazy stuff he thought about," she said.
She's not the only one either, her classmates at Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science said they love art too.
"I get to paint whatever I want, so I can paint my feelings, an animal. I can paint a self portrait," Skyla Hart said.
And their smiles aren't the only thing they have to show for it. Their scores prove it. These fourth grade students scored the highest in the state for arts and music in the South Carolina Arts Assessment Program.
Kimi Daly is their teacher.
"If I stuck with just what they need to know, it's fine and they would need to know it, but if you go beyond that, you expect a little bit more out of them or if you are really excited or passionate about something they get excited about it," Daly said.
"I think that makes learning more fun and you just don't think it's a plain old lesson," said Hernandez.
And they're taking what they've learned about color, design and detail and applying that to some pretty big dreams.
"Right now we're making cereal boxes and, so it's kind of like the real world, where they have real cereal boxes and maybe I'll make a real cereal box when I grow up a little bit older," said Hart.
"I could just let myself go and I could be creative and do all I want, use all of the techniques I've learned and just go crazy with the art," Hernandez said.
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