As a parent, Jamie Pilant understands the desire to save every piece of art a child brings home from school. But as an art teacher at Gretna Elementary School, Pilant also knows just how much art students can bring home.
That’s why at the beginning of this year, Pilant got permission slips from parents to submit their children’s art to Artsonia.
“It’s an online art gallery,” she said.
As students complete art projects, she will upload them to Artsonia.com. It describes itself as an online art museum.
Parents can continue this as long as they want or cancel at any time, Pilant said.
Because each portfolio has the parent’s email attached to it, the parent can act as administrator and invite other relatives or friends to view the art, even comment on it.
Artsonia has art rankings and Artist of the Week competitions. Bailey Rogers, a kindergartner at Gretna Elementary, was once a finalist for Artist of the Week.
“It’s exciting to have an artist of the week because the students always work so hard,” Pilant said. “It’s great to see them get some publicity.”
Though Bailey did not win, students who do generally get prizes for themselves and their schools such as gift certificates to art supply stores, she said.
It’s been great for all the students to see their work online, she said: “They see it as a bit of fame. It kind of builds their self-esteem.”
The website also can be used as an online gift shop. Student artwork can be printed on a coffee mug or T-shirt, for example.
Pilant said that because Arsonia.com it is a digital, international archive, student artwork is preserved to enjoy without causing clutter at home.
To view the artwork of Gretna Elementary students, visit Artsonia.com and enter “Gretna Elementary School” into the “find school by name” space.