November 17, 2016. Diving claws first into painting, CMSA’s 7th grade students experimented with acrylic paint for their first time. Each student explored methods of mixing and blending colors, creating 3-dimensional shading, and designing their own unique monster close-up. To add finishing touches many students reached back into their prior experience using oil pastels to create special effects. Along the way students planned with sketches, practiced proper brush care, and learned the science of layering water and oil in mixed media art.