Fifth graders drew inspiration from local artist Mia Cross when creating their silhouette self-portraits in art class. Mia Cross’ art explores color, the human figure, and narrative. Her portraiture demonstrates a fixed fascination with pattern and skin, and she cross stitches her colors together like a quilt, often laying them down with a palette knife and leaving them untouched for the remainder of the painting process. Tenacre students start this project by carefully tracing a photo of their profile. Using a range of colors, they explore texture using a palette knife and make thoughtful connections with their color choices.