Student artwork to be displayed online

November 7th, 2008    Author: Michael Bradley    Filed Under: News

Talented students at the Williamsburg Elementary School have taken their artwork global.

More than 240 pieces of artwork created by the local students have been selected to be placed on the website Artsonia, one of the world’s largest online art museums for students.

“The whole school is so proud of this accomplishment,” said third-year Williamsburg Elementary Art teacher Christine Hatfield. “It is great exposure for the kids and a great way for the parents to get involved with their children, and for all to know what is going on here at the school.”

The artwork of students at the Williamsburg Elementary School can be seen on the Artsonia website. From left is Tommy Barth, art teacher Christine Hatfield, Christian Carter, Devon Campbell, Skylar Hardman, Grace Charlton, and Jessica Kneipp.
Fifth grade student Devon Campbell, 10, whose drawing of a striking dragon was inspired by some Chinese Art that the art class was studying, said that he thinks it is very "awesome" knowing that millions of people can now go online and look at his creation.

"It feels so cool," the enthusiastic student said. "It is great having everyone being able to look at your artwork and just seeing what you have created from nothing but your own imagination."

Imagination, Hatfield said, is definitely not lacking in the minds of the more than 400 students at the Williamsburg Elementary School, as evidenced by the close to 250 drawings, sketches, and paintings that were chosen to be displayed on Artsonia.

Artsonia, which was established in 2000 as a way for students and their families to encourage the creativity and talent of young artists, has one million pieces of artwork online available for viewing and admirably, donates 15 percent of its annual revenue to national school art programs.

"The Artsonia art program really is a wonderful way to get parents and family members more involved in art education, which I think is paramount to the well-rounded education of our young people," Hatfield said.

Artsonia, the free art museum that also provides educational resources for kids, families, and schools to create art projects, showcases artwork by thousands of students from more than 100 different countries.

Skylar Hardman, 9, said that her family was thrilled about her painting of a colorful and beautiful flower picture that can be viewed on the website.

"My mom is telling everyone she knows," the fourth-grader said. "Now I have like thousands of messages from people saying how proud they are of me - and that is a very cool feeling."

To view the artwork by the Williamsburg Elementary School students, by specific grade level or specific exhibits, visit www.artsonia.com.
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