Art teacher Daniell Robleto, who has worked at the school for just about a year, said that she was extremely proud of her students.
She connected with the community outreach coordinator at Children’s to coordinate an art contest to fill the walls of the new hospital wing, she said.
She enjoyed watching them progress from group brainstorms, to simple sketches, to producing elaborate drawings. Robleto said it was the students’ first time using oil pastels, and watching them experiment with blending colors and shapes was a great experience.
Over 180 Palmer students submitted artwork around the theme, “Kids in Motion,” to the hospital, which evaluated artwork that depicted children moving in all forms, Robleto said. Eleven pieces from Palmer were selected for display. Palmer students included Malaya Miles, Reagan Houchins, Matthew Holland, Mia DeAngelis, Ansley Young, Isabel Hoyla, Hannah Mabrey, Meagan Thacker, Laura Panting, Nicholas Santacruz and Reagan Houchins.
The contest was also open to students at the Marietta Art Center, and five pieces were selected from their students.
“My students were very enthusiastic about sending a positive message,” Robleto said.
Watching the faces of her students as they saw their artwork displayed on the hospital’s walls was a wonderful experience, she said.
Her students, “saw how meaningful their artwork can be,” she said.
Palmer students were honored alongside five other art winners from the Marietta Art Center during a reception on Nov. 13.