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Artwork and Technology Come Together at Riley School

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 Riley Elementary School art teacher Janine Kupcho with students Adrianna Nazarko, Kelsie Neidenbach, Robert Krovatin and Dylon Nassy. Credits: Victoria Caruso
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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – In South Plainfield, technology is present in many classes, and at the April 29 board of education meeting class art teacher Janine Kupcho and some of her third and fourth grade students at the Riley Elementary School showed just how they are putting it to use.

Kupcho gave a presentation showing how student artwork is being uploaded to Artsonia.com, an online international art gallery that allows students to share their work with family and friends any where in the world. For each project, Kupcho takes a photo of the artwork and uploads it to her computer where she can edit and crop it before publishing it to the website.

“The artwork on the site is organized by exhibit so it is easy for people to find [and] parents are able to share the website with family members,” said Kupcho, noting that no students’ last name is published and all who participate must have parental permission.

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Most recently, Kupcho has been showing her third and fourth grade students how to upload their own work to the website and, during the meeting, the students discussed and demonstrated the process.

“Whenever we finished a project in art class we get to use the iPad and upload it to Artsonia,” said student Adrianna Nazarko. “First, we take a picture of our artwork using the camera then we crop the picture and finally we use the QR Reader to use a QR code that links right to the Artsonia website.”

After the students upload their pictures, a message shows up on Kupcho’s computer notifying her that there are submissions to review. On the back end, Kupcho can edit, delete, approve or send the image back to the student to fix. Additionally, once new images are approved and uploaded, family members will receive an email to let them know the student has new artwork to view.

“It is really cool to see it all come together,” said Kupcho.

“I thank the students for coming and showing off their talents,” said Thomas Gialanella, Interim Superintendent of Schools. “It is amazing. Congratulations.”

Artwork from Riley students, along with that from K-12 students throughout the district, will be on display Friday, May 1 at the Second Annual District Art Festival. Sponsored by the South Plainfield Art Department in partnership with the South Plainfield Cultural Arts Commission, the event will take place at the South Plainfield Senior Center from 5 to 8 p.m. Some of this year’s student work will include watercolor, marker, oil & chalk pastel, acrylics, graphite, tempera paint, collage, colored pencil, 3-dimensional ceramics and sculpture, up-cycled art, faux stained glass, weavings, and digital art created on the iPad.

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