ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL, A STANDARD AT CONWAY REGIONAL, EXPANDS WITH TECHNOLOGY TO EXPLAIN THE WORK BEHIND THE ART

By Shannon Chamoun,
K-6 art instructor at St. Joseph School
Photos by Brandy Strain

St. Joseph Catholic School has been providing Conway Regional Hospital with a children's art display for the past 13 years.
This display is located on the fourth floor of the hospital and made up of student artwork, Kindergarten through 6th grade.
The students take great pride when their work is selected for the display.
The school has always received good feedback from patients who have spent time in the hospital. Playful children's artwork can lift the spirit of patients and help in the healing process.
One family shared that while their son was recuperating in the hospital the doctors encouraged him to walk the halls. He told his mother I can make it to the next picture.
This year, with the help of parent volunteer Christy Trantina, the school is incorporating technology into the art display. Each piece of artwork will display the QR code along with instructions.
Upon scanning the QR code, the viewer will see an interview with the artist. The videos give students the opportunity to teach their audience about different techniques, tools and mediums used for art instruction. Many viewers may see simple coloring and painting, but the students explain in detail how they constructed their piece based on the assignment given.
Using technology in this way builds students' writing, speaking and presentation skills, and provides a personal interaction with their audience, extending art education beyond school walls.
St. Joseph School is so appreciative of Conway Regional Hospital for the opportunity to let our students shine!