For the past few months, children ages 4 and older have been diligently creating a unique masterpiece for the Dragons & Castles exhibit at Waynesville Art School.

The colorful exhibit, which is mostly made from recycled materials, opened April 3 at 303 N. Haywood St. The exhibit is now open to the public and a special viewing event is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 11.

During the event, guests will be able to speak with school director Luba Petrova about how the exhibit was created.

While keeping the exhibit a secret from parents, Petrova challenged her students to create their own dragons and come up with a plan to display it.

“There was some problem-solving. It made them think versus just following steps,” Petrova said about the exhibit. “What I loved was being able to see them troubleshoot and use new tools, like the exacto knife.”

The exhibit features magical fantasy artwork and ideas brought forth by the entire school.

“I thought it was very empowering to get them comfortable and allow them to create their own world,” Petrova said.

The public is encouraged to stop by and enjoy the exhibit, tour the school, learn about programs and classes, and register for summer art camps.

“I would love people to come see this show. It’s distilled creativity,” Petrova said. “It’s inspiring to me that every kid did their own work and figured out a way to make it unique.

Waynesville Art School offers children’s classes, adult classes, paint nights, birthday parties, kids’, friends’ and families’ nights out, workshops, and art camps. Classes are available for all ages and skill levels.

Online registration is available at the exhibition and online at www.waynesvilleartschool.com.

Waynesville Art School is a member of the Haywood Chamber of Commerce.

Follow the Waynesville Art School on social media at https://www.instagram.com/waynesvilleartschool or https://www.facebook.com/waynesvilleartschool.

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