The Art Class took an alternative tack this week as teacher Michael Crossan asked them to explore team work and abstraction in a unique and liberating way. Early in the morning, instead of his usual set-up, Michael taped a huge canvas to the wall of the centre. He was in an expansive mood, inviting each member of the class to step up to the wall and to paint whatever they wanted but to think bigger, to use bold gestures and unfettered imagination but also to view the finished canvas as one cohesive abstract piece created together. Slowly, as each of the class added their own artistic expression, it began to take form. This was a departure from the usual individual approach and Michael’s intention to change focus and be experimental paid off. Encouraging the class to work collaboratively in a big and bold way with paint turned out to be a really freeing experience and produced a remarkable piece of art. And the final twist? Just to show the versatility of abstraction and to make us question how it is we look at art, Michael turned the finished piece on its head to demonstrate it was just as impressive upside down!