pencil and watercolor; 14×11″

“I am currently a student in the ninth grade. I am very passionate about Dance having been part of my life since I was two years old. I use it always to freely express myself. My painting of the tied-up dancer was made to show the feeling of restriction that I sometimes feel, along with the feeling that I am putting on a type of show for other people. The depicted girl has an expression like if she is resisting.”

ARTIST BIO: The Gifted and Talented freshman art students of Megan Smarda, art teacher at Winton Woods High School in Forest Park., have participated in the SOS ART show for many years now and are always greatly inspired by the artworks submitted each year. Their participation in this show greatly inspires them to create their own concepts around Freedom, Peace and Justice and what this means to them in this day and age. The pandemic this year has proven to create many challenges for these students. Struggling with virtual/blended learning, limited art supplies, and limited exposure to the “art community” of a classroom, they have prevailed and feel like they are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. They are all so happy to be back in school and appreciate the art classroom all the more.