Hamilton Elementary School art teacher Robin Kasparian is the recipient of Artsonia’s 2022 Arts Education Leadership Award. The award honors pioneers in the arts education community who continually inspire their peers and engage students.
Kasparian and Artsonia peers selected her from thousands of instructors as one of 15 national winners of this award.
“To be recognized by Artsonia and my peers as a leader in arts education is such an honor,” Kasparian said in a statement provided to What’sUpNewp. “I spend hours every day making sure my art room is running smoothly, organized and clean, and my students have the coolest, most compelling lessons full of interesting art history, theory colors, design elements and principles, new techniques and creative expression.When others notice all the hard work and effort I have put into making my students feel valued and loved, I feel really appreciated and valued.
Kasparian is in her third year as an elementary school art instructor. However, she shared her passion for art in a professional capacity throughout her adult life. Before becoming an elementary school art teacher, Kasparian worked as an art director and graphic designer. She also founded an after-school art program and summer camp that prioritized teaching art history to children. She led the camp for several years before starting her current position.
“I love my job and am inspired by my students every day,” Kasparian said. “My students come into my classroom with adorable notes, drawings, and cards telling me how much they love art lessons, and that makes me so happy. I’m inspired every time my students get excited about their creations and I see their self-esteem grow. The art classroom is a place where all students should feel safe, can express themselves, and be successful.”
Kasparian is one of thousands of art teachers from over 100 countries around the world who use Artsonia to showcase their students’ art, organize lesson plans, and help raise funds for their classrooms. Artsonia, the world’s largest online student art museum with over 90 million works of art, allows family and friends of student artists to create and buy organic souvenirs of student art , then donates 20% of all revenue to the local art class.
“Artsonia had a huge impact on my class,” Kasparian said. “Having my students see their artistic growth from K-5 through their online portfolios is such a special gift I can give them.”
Artsonia’s 2022 Art Education Leadership Award is a way to honor passionate and dedicated instructors who teach their students to create and value art, produce innovative lessons, and continually motivate their peers on Artsonia.
“Artsonia strives to provide art educators with a platform to inspire one another,” said Jim Meyers, CEO and co-founder of the company. “We couldn’t thrive without the commitment and ingenuity of teachers like Robin who use their online gallery and lesson plans to motivate others. This Arts Education Leadership Award is a way for us to recognize the dedicated and passionate individuals who help our children cherish the arts and cultivate their creative side.”
On the website announcing the winners of the 2022 Art Education Leadership Award, Kasparian shared;
My art training began when I was an art student at Syracuse University. I eventually became an editorial designer at a few graphic design firms and an art director for numerous magazines in New York. I also owned my own graphic design studio in Charlotte, NC. Then when my family moved to RI, I decided to focus on my other love – teaching kids art. The next logical step was to become a visual arts teacher. I love my job and am motivated every day by the enthusiastic smiling faces that enter my classroom and the exceptional works of art they create! Their love of art at this age makes me want to be the best teacher I can be for them. Thank you for your support!
Of the 15 national recipients of this award, Kasparian was the only selected teacher from New England. See the full list of winners here.
For more information, visit artsonia.com.
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