Appletree School Students Paint With Elephants

The young students were extended a special invitation by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus at the Patriot Center.


Young students from Appletree School in Fairfax got a real treat Thursday when the staff from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus invited them to the Patriot Center for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to paint with an elephant.

Ringling Bros. partnered with Young Rembrandts to host the painting party, featuring Ringling’s star elephant, Kelly Ann.

The students joined a cast of clowns on the arena floor for the party and, prior to painting, Kelly Ann showed off her athleticism by dunking a basketball, catching a football and kicking a soccer ball, in addition to playing the harmonica.

The students then watched the artistic elephant produce her own masterpiece before painting their own circus-inspired works of art.

Young Rembrandts hosts educational children’s art classes, lessons and drawing programs with schools in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties.

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is in town gearing up for its latest production, DRAGONS - a special millennium event that honors The Year of the Dragon.

Circus performers from the farthest reaches of the earth have assembled for DRAGONS. The company describes the show as "a never-before-seen blend of renowned spiritual and real-life legends that can be found only at The Greatest Show On Earth!"


DRAGONS is already open at the Patriot Center! Remaining shows include:

Sunday, April 14, 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 19, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 20, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 21, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.


Venue/Ticket Information:

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, via phone at 1-800-745-3000; via www.ticketmaster.com; and at the Patriot Center box office.


Fairfax Ticket Prices: $15.00/$20.00/$30.00 (A limited number of "Circus Celebrity," front row and VIP tickets are also available)


To discover more about Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, please visit www.ringling.com

For additional information about Young Rembrands, please visit http://www.youngrembrandts.com/loudounfairfax-va/.


Do you plan to see DRAGONS? Or have you already seen it? Tell us in the comments below.


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deb April 14, 2013 at 05:18 PM
I would certainly hope that none of these "Young Rembrandts" need to be beaten and bullied into participating, and that they are allowed to go home to their families afterwards, all unlike poor Kelly Ann.
Barbara Smith April 14, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Elephants are abused with bullhooks and forced into doing these things. Look on U Tube..Do any of the things they do seem natural to you?? They are abused don't go you will be supporting animal abuse. NO MORE ELEPHANTS IN THE CIRCUS!!!!!!
Janet Locke April 14, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Apple Tree school is doing a terrible job of teaching children to respect animals. Animals do not belong in a circus, getting beaten, spending days in chains in parking lots, doing stupid tricks for the children of people who should know better.
Cj Ellie April 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM
What kind of message are we sending students when their own school and teachers encourage them to attend a event where the elephant performers are constantly bullied, threatened, confined, mentally and physically assaulted with bullhooks, whips and electric prods by the circus. Unless educators recognize how bullying, child abuse, domestic violence, and animal cruelty all spring from the same roots, we will continue as a society to knowingly perpetuate these abuses. http://www.animalsandsociety.org/assets/library/723_s2.pdf For kids’ sake, it’s time to throw animal-act circuses into the trash heap of degrading form of entertainment, like the freak shows, which were once essential parts of circuses and also worked to dull our humanity.
Cynthia April 15, 2013 at 12:54 AM
I'm sad to see the lack of understanding as to what's involved in keeping performing elephants in a circus like Ringling. This story isn't cheerful, it's sad. And teaching children that elephants like to be forced to perform for humans is wrong.
Elsa April 16, 2013 at 12:57 AM
I'm so sick & tired of seeing free publicity for this cruelty-infused for-profit enterprise. "Journalistic" entities constantly "report" the arrival of the circus & paint it as a fun, happy, wholesome, benign endeavour. NEVER are any behind-the-scenes facts conveyed: that the use of animals in circuses is barbaric & enforced by utter cruelty & deprivation. Evidence of these documented FACTS are all over the internet. If "reporters" would do their JOB & present an accurate picture of what's really going on, instead of being useless ignorant shills for this animal-abusing farce, the public would be better informed & likely would not support this cruel, unethical industry.


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