GURNEE, Ill. — Waldo Pafford Elementary art teacher Carol Hough recently was recognized by Artsonia, the world’s largest online kid’s art museum, for outstanding leadership in the area of arts education. The school’s online art gallery, www.artsonia.com/schools/wald01, ranks No. 2 in the state, according to Artsonia.
The leadership award honors teachers who go beyond the classroom walls to encourage family and community involvement in arts education. The award also recognizes significant achievement in the area of technology integration within the school arts program.
While teachers in more than 100 countries showcase their student artwork on Artsonia, Carol Hough has created a school community deserving of recognition. During the 2010-11 school year, the Waldo Pafford Elementary gallery showcased 3,412 pieces of artwork. The collection of art has been visited more than 59,631 times and has received 257 comments from friends and family.
“Artsonia is a simple yet effective way to get parents and family members more involved in art education,” Hough said, “and my students love it.”
In addition, family members can purchase keepsakes imprinted with the child’s artwork. Artsonia donates 15 percent of its annual product revenue back to the school art program.