Lancaster, OH — (March 2022) Mt. Pleasant Elementary student Pierce Toler is the proud winner of Artsonia’s Artist of the Week contest, a voting competition held on Artsonia.com, the world’s largest collection of student art portfolios exhibiting over 90 million pieces of student art.
Toler’s winning piece of art is below:
Toler received more than 800 online votes for his winning artwork depicting a mountainous landscape.
When asked how he felt when he found out he won Artist of the Week, Toler said, “very excited his piece won.”
Toler’s teacher, Kerri Rodenbaugh has been teaching art for more than 27 years.
When asked what it means to have a student acknowledged for their artistic achievements Rodenbaugh said, “It’s great to been seen and recognized for our school’s accomplishments and art program.”
Rodenbaugh is one of the thousands of art teachers from over 100 countries around the world who use Artsonia to showcase their student art, crowdsource lesson plans and help fundraise 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.
Artsonia developed Artist of the Week ten years ago as a way to encourage teachers to submit student artwork and engage the school and community to vote on and recognize students for their achievements. Every week, Artsonia selects 12 random submissions in each of four different age groups (PreK-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12) from artwork submitted the previous week. Voting is then open to the public for several days before the winner is announced.
Blick Art Materials generously donates a $100 gift certificate to the winning school and an individual $50 gift certificate to the student artist.
“Our mission at Artsonia is to bring communities together to celebrate children’s artistic expressions,” said Jim Meyers, CEO, and co-founder of the company. “Artist of the week is a perfect way to get local schools, families, and friends involved in the process of creating, recognizing, and cherishing student art.”
For more information, visit artsonia.com.