Artwork created by Shell Knob students can now be viewed on the worldwide web. The school district has joined the Artsonia program, which allows students to post art online.
"I was looking for a way to showcase our students' artwork," said Susan Hadlow, Shell Knob art teacher. "I had been on the Artsonia website for lesson plans and liked it. As I explored the site, I realized it might be a great fit for our small school to get student work out there."
Artsonia, which is headquartered in Illinois, allows thousands of students from over 100 countries to post artwork on its online kids' art museum. The program, which was established in 2000, also offers free educational resources for kids, families and schools.
Hadlow saw the program as a way to integrate technology in her art classes and promote the development of multicultural understanding through art. She also hoped the program would help increase family involvement in students' education.
"Parents seem to love it," said Hadlow. "Our school makes a little profit if parents buy items with their children's work on the item."
Family members can purchase keepsakes, such as coffee mugs, keychains, greeting cards and T-shirts, imprinted with children's artwork. Artsonia donates 15 percent of product revenue back to school art programs.
"My granddaughters had used it in Omaha, Neb., and I purchased items with their work on it," said Hadlow. "So far it has been a win-win program."
The Artsonia website also offers several special features, including fan clubs and personal guestbooks, which allow families to share artwork across distances.
Over 70 student creations have been posted to Shell Knob's online Artsonia gallery. Student artwork can be viewed at www.artsonia.com/schools/ShellKnob1.