Students at this year's Special Arts Festival at Windfall School turned to Mother Nature for inspiration.
This year's theme was "Celebrating the Parks," with a nod to nature's wonders and local, state and national parks.
Students from all over Medina County gathered May 4 for a fun day of art and expression at the festival sponsored by the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Local artists and volunteers helped students who have disabilities create nature-themed art projects, including Smokey the Bear furry-face collages, animal track art, plastic bottle terrariums and hand-painted kindness rocks.
Staff members from the Medina County Parks also were on hand to provide extra entertainment and nature activities.
"Preparing for this festival is always a great experience for me," said Windfall School art instructor Mary Krosse, who has offered the program to area students for the last 17 years.
"Each year, I try to find new and inspiring projects so that I can present them to the students in ways which are meaningful to them," she said.
Krosse specializes in adaptive art techniques that help artists who have disabilities find their voice and express themselves.
"It is always my goal for the students to enjoy learning new ways to explore their artistic talents. It helps them gain greater confidence in themselves and an appreciation for the art of others," she said.