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Some 154 students from 25 Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe high schools across Europe, Turkey and Bahrain are in Oberwesel, Germany, this week immersing themselves in the arts.

The weeklong Creative Connections program, titled “Breakthroughs” this year, features 11 workshops in the performing and visual arts.

Students worked with oil pastels in one workshop, and drew storyboards for a children’s book in another. Students in the digital imaging workshop made posters using imaging computer programs, while in the sculpture workshop, works of art were produced in the traditional way -- by hand. There were inky hands in the printmaking workshop, too, as the students inked their plates before cranking them through a press.

The computer has made inroads in the arts, also being used extensively in the music composition workshop and in video production.

While the strings workshop carefully worked through classical pieces, the members of garage band rocked through “Let’s Start a Riot” among other things.

The dance students learned different techniques and styles from classical ballet to modern, and the sounds of Broadway wafted through the air as the show choir sang and danced "Defying Gravity" from "Wicked".

The program culminates with an art exhibit and performance Thursday night.

The video production students captured all the talent on camera and then edited it digitally. A daily roundup of all the action at this year's Creative Connections can be watched on the Web at

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