OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Self-portraits of more than thirty second, third, fourth and fifth graders fill the walls of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.
"I'm beyond proud of the work they did," says America Martin, resident artist.
The kids took part in a month-long portrait workshop with L.A. based artist America Martin. They were featured artists in an art exhibit called "Through the Eyes of Children."
"Each new medium they used oil, acrylic, charcoal...they were so excited that I got re-vamped on how excited I was about art," says Martin.
"The exciting part is that I can use more than crayons to draw pictures," says Jazmine Smith, fifth grader.
"I created collages, acrylic painting, oil pastels and drawings," says fourth grader August Joachim.
"What I enjoyed most was the experience and how much my work improved," says fifth grader Chloe Myers.
August Joachim and Michael Clemson were one of four young artists to walk away with scholarships from the program. They will receive art tools of their choice to continue pursuing their artistic dreams.
"Teaching them about art and being able to translate what they're feeling or how they think or see with their hands onto something into paper. It's so important," says Martin.
A distinguished artist in her own right, Martin hopes the kids will reap the lasting personal rewards the world of art has given her.
"If any of them feel more confident or they have an ability of something they can contribute, I think that's the best gift I can have walking away from this."