Students from Forest Park and Jackson Township Elementary schools are having their artwork on display at the Indiana State House.
During the month of March, students Bailey McWilliams, Rebecca Brown, Ellie Tipton, Emily Boatman, Hunter Whitaker (Jackson Township), Dayton Price, Eastland Crews, Rhylee Crabb, Ben Kolesar and Samantha Foulke (Forest Park) can make a special trip to the state house to see their artwork, which will be on display throughout the entire month.
The artwork chosen was based on the exceptional work of the students.
Youth Art Month, sponsored by the Council for Art Education, Inc. (CFAE), is an annual observation each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.
Students from the area schools went to the state capital recently to see their art on display.
"They were surprised and thrilled to have their art chosen. It meant a lot to them," she said.
The students who went to the exhibit saw art from around the state.
"Bailey McWilliams was so motivated that he wanted his parents to stop by an arts and crafts store on the way home from the event," Miller said. "He was ready to get started."
In the classroom, students shared their experience with others.
"I believe this encourages all students to work hard knowing that their art could be selected for an art show," she said. "We have exhibits in the school, also. Like all art teachers, I try to give all students opportunities to show their work."
Youth Art Month provides a forum for acknowledging skills through experience in the visual arts that is not always possible in other subjects offered in the curriculum.
"I love to watch my students create," Miller said. "Children have such a natural ability to create and I want to nurture that instinct and develop their confidence to continue."