A grant awarded to Chaloner Middle School’s Art program in June is helping students develop new skills in the world of digital art.
The Newsom Family Endowment for the Arts administered by the Roanoke Rapids Schools Foundation awards a grant for up to $4,000 each year to a deserving art project in the district.
Chaloner Art Teacher Shelly Rideout was awarded $3472 to purchase 30 digital drawing tablets to incorporate digital arts into the middle school art curriculum.
“My students are so excited about trying something new. Some of them have picked up on the concepts instantly. It’s been challenging and so much different for them than the traditional manual drawing methods,” said Rideout.
Rideout hopes to grow the art program by introducing advanced concepts to challenge students even more.