There once was a time when a child’s schoolwork would only make it to the refrigerator door, or perhaps a school-wide exhibit before being stored away in their family’s memory box.
Not any more.
Michelle Grove, an art teacher at Los Alamos Middle School, has found a way to get her students’ work out there so people all over the world can see it.
Teaming up with the website “Artsonia.com,” Grove has been posting her students’ work to the site since 2012.
Los Alamos Middle School has 1,227 pieces of artwork on the site. Billed as “the largest kids’ museum online,” the site also acts as a repository for lesson plans as well as a social media hub where visitors can vote, comment and financially support the school of their choice through the purchase of a student’s artwork.
Through the site, visitors can order up holiday cards, mouse pads mugs and other items featuring a picture of the work. The website also says 20 percent of the proceeds from each sale go back into the middle school’s arts program.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt said it’s quite easy to be enthusiastic about what’s going on at the middle school art department.