Vicksburg Middle School student Mason Kreitner is the winner of an Artist of the Week contest, a voting competition held on Artsonia.com, which claims to be the world’s largest collection of student art portfolios with more than 80 million pieces of student art.
Mason said he was excited by the news. “It was pretty cool.” He said he enjoys trying different kinds of art.
“The students are the artist and are given as many choices as possible in order to create artwork that is personally meaningful to them,” said his teacher, Anna Lacey, who has taught the subject for 12 years. “Choice-based art education has become a passion of mine and I see students more free and happy when they are allowed to lead their learning. It makes me so proud to see that their hard work has paid off and earned them the recognition they deserve. Often times they don’t realize how good they are until something special comes about. It is a huge confidence booster.”
Lacey is one of thousands of art teachers from more than 100 countries who use Artsonia to showcase their student art, crowd-source lesson plans and help raise funds for their classrooms. Artsonia lets family and friends of student artists create and purchase organic keepsakes from the student art, and then gives back 20 percent of all revenue to the local art classroom, the company said in a press release.
Winners receive a $50 gift certificate; their school receives a $100 certificate. Both are from Blick Art Materials.