The National Museum of Wildlife Art has started an online exhibit space focused on the community of Teton County. The inaugural exhibit features students' responses to the work of wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen through their own art.
Local elementary and middle school students explored the National Museum of Wildlife Art's current wildlife photography exhibition, which features Mangelsen's work.
Lisa Simmons, the associate curator of education and outreach at the museum, said they asked students to pick a photo that inspired them after discussing the photographer's ingredients to a perfect photo: patience, light and knowledge of animal behavior.
"They were translating the medium of photography, you know, lines, shapes, forms, textures, patterns into a different medium that is acrylic painting," Simmons said. "So they are sort of translating these elements of art into another medium."
Simmons said she hopes this will help students explore their creative sides.
"The response of students viewing their paintings and statements online is one of great self-pride, which makes them motivated to make more art and explore different modes of artistic expression throughout their school careers," Simmons said.