"This is the kind of thing I've always wanted to do," said art teacher Jim Bias.
Some of his students at Edgewood Middle School in Mounds View are wielding paint brushes. They've also gotten pretty good with a different kind of brush, having spent hours pulling buckthorn out of a densely wooded area behind the school.
"We're developing a school forest," explained Bias.
This is one of 25 electives offered this year for Edgewood's new STEAM curriculum.
"STEAM is the integration of the five disciplines," said principal Penny Howard. "Science, technology engineering, arts and mathematics."