An Aberdeen teacher has been recognized for her use of technology in promoting the artwork of her students.
Jeanna Schinderling, who teaches art one day a week at Lincoln Elementary School and four days a week at C.C. Lee Elementary School, has received the 2019 Art Education Leadership Award from Artsonia, an honor aimed at recognizing hard-working, passionate people who help children create and cherish art and their creative side.
Artsonia promotes itself as the world’s largest art museum. Through its website, Artsonia.com, teachers can create a digital gallery of art created by their students.
It’s a feature Schinderling has used in Aberdeen for the past three years.
“It’s not something I have to do, just something I wanted to do,” she said of the galleries that now feature 15,107 art projects and 2,150 comments.
Schinderling said the digital galleries are a way to post photos of art projects that can then be seen by parents, who also have the ability to invite relatives and friends to see the galleries. People also have the ability to order keepsakes through the site.
“It’s a nice way of sharing student artwork,” she said. “I found some of my artwork on there from seventh grade.”
Schinderling, graduated from Central High School and Northern State University. She’s been teaching for the Aberdeen School District for five years.
She is one of thousands of teachers who use Artsonia in the U.S. and more than other 100 countries. She is one of 15 recipients of the national award. She was nominated by a fellow art teacher, Marissa Kessler, who also uses the website to showcase artwork by O.M. Tiffany Elementary School students.
Although the sale of keepsakes can yield revenue for schools, Schinderling said her main goal is to use it as a way to share the art pieces her students are creating.
“A lot of people really appreciate it,” she said. “It helps me keep up with it.”
So as her students complete pinch pot monsters, positive self-portraits and stylized cats in a flower garden, she’ll continue to post them on the site and enjoy those moments when students make something special.
“They get so excited when they make something they’re really proud of,” she said. “It’s nice to see.”
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