Circleville, OH — (March 2023) Pickaway Elementary School student Wesley Bashore 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 100 million pieces of student art.
Bashore’s winning piece of art is below:
Bashore received more than 600 online votes for his winning art titled, “Radial Symmetry Designs.”
“I like adding color to my art,” Bashore said. “I also like when lessons are tricky but still fun.”
When asked how he felt when he found out he won Artist of the Week, Bashore said, “I felt amazed.”
Bashore’s teacher, Robert Griffith has been teaching art for more than 21 years.
“In our art studio, we try to balance creative expression with honing technique,” Griffith said.
Griffith is thrilled to have a student acknowledged for their creative accomplishment with the Artist of the Week competition. He stated, “It is an honor to have a student recognized for their artistic achievements, especially when a student works hard on their creative endeavors.”
Griffith is one of the thousands of art teachers who use Artsonia to showcase their student art, manage the art room, crowdsource lesson plans, and fundraise for their classrooms. Artsonia lets family and friends of student artists create and purchase custom 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 15 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 creative 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 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.”