Melbourne Central Catholic High School Student Wins Artsonia’s Artist of the Week Contest
By Space Coast Daily // May 13, 2023
Evans received more than 700 online votes
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne Central Catholic High School student Nicholas Evans 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.
Evans received more than 700 online votes for his winning art titled ‘Dying Breed.’
When asked how he felt when he found out he won Artist of the Week, Evans said, “I was happy and proud of my abilities.”
Evans’ teacher, Leeann Propper has been teaching art for more than 20 years.
“I have always been passionate about the arts because it is everyone’s chance to express and explore our uniqueness,” Propper said. “I enjoy helping my students tap into their creativity and finding a way to express it that they enjoy.”
Propper 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.
“It is exciting to see how having their artwork recognized builds students’ artistic confidence,” Propper said.
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.
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