How an Introverted 7th Grader Became a Published Illustrator and Business Entrepreneur
By Shandis English
When this Wisconsin student first experimented with digital art, her mother knew her talent needed to be showcased on a grander scale.
As a full-time parent and published author, I was honored to have the opportunity to showcase my daughter’s talent in my books.
My family is very important to me. In fact, my family inspired me to write my first few books, such as a children’s book series called “The True Adventures of Kania and Kamron,” where my daughter, Kania, was kind enough to illustrate the pages.
I wrote my book when the world went into lockdown in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. My family and I needed to learn to work near each other 24/7, which was an adjustment for all of us (let’s just say I now know the recipe for getting slime out of the carpet).
But overall, the experience was positive, and ultimately brought us closer together as a family. In addition, I can say we have mastered the online work environment—all while helping my daughter create her own business.
Kania’s online school, Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), has been a great fit, and is especially useful to those that prefer to go to school from home, like Kania.
The teachers are very encouraging and are always there when she has a question. The principal has most importantly provided unwavering support to Kania and her talents.
The support Kania receives has helped her become more confident as a student and artist alike. In addition, improving her communication skills has been particularly beneficial since we made the decision to launch Kania’s very own Etsy account.
At 10-years-old, Kania learned how to draw digitally on her tablet. She can paint on a canvas, but her digital art is something spectacular to see. The digital art has allowed her to advantage of printing to canvas and shipping to customers. Because of online school, my kids have unlocked their full academic and creative potential. I could not be prouder—and am excited to see what their future holds.
To learn more about Wisconsin Virtual Academy, visit https://wiva.k12.com/
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