NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Famous French painter Edgar Degas when claimed, “Art is not what you see, but what you make other people see.” 

A person art instructor in Norfolk is providing her college students a distinct stage of view by showing they are just as artistic pretty much as they are in the classroom. 

For Southside STEM Academy art instructor Detra Johnson, there is absolutely nothing a minor splash of color just can’t deal with. 

“Creativity means the ability to use your creativity.” 

Nonetheless, her learners did not have the same enthusiasm once the pandemic strike, forcing them to master by a personal computer display. 

“A lot of them weren’t turning in completed perform, so I was just striving to stimulate them.” 

And her craving to really encourage, led to the generation of a virtual museum. 

Applying Google pages, the elaborate gallery showcases the students’ perform. There’s a Black History Month section and a tab to study extra about the artists. 

Now, students simply cannot hold out to turn in assignments. 

“One pupil explained, ‘Mrs. Johnson you set my image in there nevertheless?’” 

“Although we ended up in an on the internet setting, she captured artwork and it was simply wonderful,” claimed Southside STEM Academy Principal Lenthia Willie-Clark. 

Johnson says currently being a museum curator is a full-time job, but if executing so encourages her college students to see and live-in color, then it is time nicely-expended. 

“I hope they stroll absent figuring out they can. Not to give up, not give up. That anyone can develop, artwork is just about everywhere. That they will need art in just about every facet of their lifetime.” 

Johnson says the virtual museum showcases much more than 200 works of art.