Megan Radcliff, 14, and Devon Price, 16, pose beside the "symbolic self-portraits" they did in Donna McCarthy's art class at Kingman Academy High School. The life-size self-portraits were the final assignment. Students used all of the art skills they had learned throughout the semester to express their individuality through art. McCarthy said that she wants students to focus not so much on "photo realism" but on connecting to their emotions. She said many students come to her class thinking there is only one way to do something and as a result can be afraid to experiment and try new approaches to problems. Art encourages self-expression.