Springer School and Center student Josh Neils’ colorful giraffe will dance across the cover of the Journal of Learning Disabilities in 2012. Josh’s painting, entitled “Find Your Own Music,” was one of three artworks selected by the Hammill Institute on Disabilities for display on the cover of the journal this year. The Institute received more than 80 submissions for the annual contest. Entries must be original artwork created by individuals with learning disabilities.
A third grade student of art teacher Corrinne Thaler, Josh tried to think about a human dancing when he created his picture. He said, “The giraffe in my picture was dancing and feeling the music. I feel really good about my art being on the cover of this magazine, and I hope people who see it will want to create art too."
Josh used watercolors, crayons, construction paper and markers to create his award-winning artwork. His design was inspired by the children’s book Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees.
For 40 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to become strategic learners. Springer offers a day school for students aged 6-14 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area.