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In the fall of 2012 Taya had the opportunity to paint with Edmonton Valley Zoo's elephant Lucy as part of an ongoing research project. This unique experience was a fascinating activity that Taya enjoyed as much as Lucy! Having the colors mixed and ready, Taya handed the brushes to the elephant and let her decide the direction of the painting. Lucy made the first few marks and then Taya added to it in a way that mimicked Lucy's style. The collaborative piece turned out to be an exciting and playful mixture of vibrant color and form. This experience has really inspired Taya's already developing taste for Elephant art and has been a terrific learning activity for her, the audience, and for Lucy as well.