Students Earn Extra Cash by Painting and Selling Pictures for Youth Art Month

St. Joseph’s Indian School students have art for sale in-person at the Aktá Lakota Museum through the end of March 2024.

Lakota students at St. Joseph’s Indian School decided to put their creative talents to use in hopes of earning a little bit of extra cash during Youth Art Month. All students had the opportunity to paint any picture in art class using an oil pastel, watercolor technique.

Hannah, St. Joseph’s Indian School art teacher, explained she chose this technique and project so students could be more independent while working on their paintings.

“I was trying to find something that was simple enough where they could be more creative and I wouldn’t have to guide them through every step — so it would show more of who they are,” said Hannah.

The students’ paintings are on display at the Aktá Lakota Museum & Cultural Center through the month of March. Visitors, staff and community members have the ability to view the student art gallery and *purchase a student painting. St. Joseph’s Indian School students are extra excited about this event because if their art piece sells, 100% of the sale goes directly to the artist!

Wanda, Aktá Lakota Museum Historical Coordinator, said the event has created excitement and a love for art in the community and on campus. Giving an excellent incentive for kids to get creative and learn new skills, this Youth Art Month event is something the students have enjoyed and put extra effort into.

“A lot of kids will run to the museum after school to check and see if their art has sold yet or not,” said Wanda.

Flooding her heart and soul with happiness, Persais, a sixth grader at St. Joseph’s, had a huge smile on her face after discovering her art piece had sold at the museum for $6. Frequently staying after school to work on art, Persais loves the craft dearly. She usually creates pictures for her friends, but this was the first time her art was publicly for sale.

“This is the best thing that has ever happened to me because I have never sold my art before!” said Persais.

As this is the first year for this type of event, Hannah already thinks it would be a great thing to do again next year for students. As a newer teacher at St. Joseph’s, she explained her hopes to build more trust with her students, which will allow them to have more freedom with art mediums and styles.

Student artwork will be hung in the museum through the end of March. There is talk of keeping the art pieces that didn’t sell and putting them back on display during summer and fall months due to the rise of travelers during those times.

Philámayaye — thank you — for your support in helping Lakota students dream of a brighter future. To learn more about the wonderful programs and services your generosity makes possible, visit today!

*Art is only available for purchase in-person at the Aktá Lakota Museum.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

6 thoughts on “Students Earn Extra Cash by Painting and Selling Pictures for Youth Art Month”

  1. art can be the best way to express oneself and the inner feelings that are a little harder to show. i love art and have drawings from my childhood that i have shown to outers. the young adults have a very good teacher who , i am sure will bring out all these young people feel in there hearts. keep up the good works you are given. your friend jim and max!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. St. Joseph’s…Could you please give us a link to artwork which may be purchased online?

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Joseph! During the time of the art show, the art was not available for purchase/donation online. That’s a nice idea for next time, though! Thank you for your suggestion.

  3. I see the art is only available at the Museum, but I bet a link from your web site would be popular. I live far away but would like to purchase the art cards/collections.


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