Kseniya Simonova is a Ukrainian artist who just won Ukraine's version of "Britain's Got Talent" in August 2009.
She uses a giant light box, dramatic music, imagination and "sand painting" skills to interpret Germany's invasion and occupation of Ukraine during WWII. Apparently Kseniya started drawing with sand after her business collapsed because of the credit crunch and she had been drawing for less than a year when she entered Ukraine's Got Talent in August.
The video is very impressive and strangely hypnotizing.
As well as it being inspirational to watch it would also make an interesting lesson starter.