Expression through art opens up new world for students

Klara Hokenson and teacher Elizabeth Anderson stand next to a paper-mache mask that Klara made.

Children with special needs often are not able to experience many things that other children can.

Depending on the disability, getting through a day can be a challenge in itself, and finding an avenue to open up and express themselves can be even more difficult.

Thanks to some special teachers, two area students were not only able to find expression through artwork, but they also were able to share their work with others.

Barlow Park Elementary student Cole Kiggens and Laconia High Schooler Klara Hokenson recently had their artwork displayed at the VSA Arts Show of Wisconsin. The work was displayed through the month of March, culminating with a March 20 reception, where people in attendance viewed the work and voted on their favorite pieces.

The show was made up of art entirely from special needs students throughout the state.

The inclusion of local student art was made possible by Barlow Park Elementary School (BPES) Special Education teacher Michelle Hokenson and Laconia High School Art Instructor Elizabeth Anderson.

To read the entire story, see the April 22 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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