The young artists gathered around the gallery, waiting to talk about their framed artwork hanging on the wall.
"Oohs," "ahhs" and "cool" could be heard as students walked in single file through Paularino Elementary School's Room 6, admiring the work of their peers.
"I especially like that picture of the iguana," said first-grade student Ethan Elvanter, 6. "It would kind of be cool to have my picture up there."
The Costa Mesa campus was buzzing Wednesday after lunch with the grand opening of 5R6 art gallery, a section of fifth-grade teacher Lisa Roberts' classroom that's dedicated to her students' work, which includes paintings, drawings and photographs on the wall and sculptural pieces on a table. A carefully matted card, inscribed with a title, the artist's name and medium used accompanied all the pieces.
"I want them to be able to celebrate their own talents ... celebrate what they do and appreciate that learning is more than math and language arts," Roberts said.