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Featured Student Artist: Eashan Hatti

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ImageEashan is 9 years old and attends C. W. Shipley Elementary School in a small town in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. In his free time he likes to build Legos and play on his computer. His other hobbies are drawing, swimming, and running with his dad.

“Rainforest” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2013 national art contest.  Click here to view the winning art piece (shown below).

“I worked hard on ‘Rainforest’ to make it very colorful and detailed. My favorite animal in the drawing is the frog. I like how each animal shows a different expression, which makes it look more realistic.”

Eashan’s goal for the future is to be a scientist or engineer and study outer space. He wants to design machines like space rovers and space telescopes.

To learn more about our national art contest, visit www.celebratingart.com.

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Featured Student Artist: Zac Cutler

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art-num-861247385asZachary Cutler was a sixth grader taking classes at Magic of Art Studio when his art, Paradise, was selected as a national Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2013 art contest.

Zac Cutler“Magic of Art Studio has taught me many different skills in art.” Zac explains, “When I painted Paradise I was very ill. I wanted to create something colorful, in that part of my life, to cheer me up from my sickness. I was inspired by a beautiful painting I saw when I was looking through an art book. I saw a picture of two parakeets and wondered what it would look like in watercolor.  I am humbled and extremely honored for being chosen as one of the Top Ten Winners out of thousands of entries. Thank you for this award.”

In the future, Zac plans to focus on more 3 dimensional works of art.

To learn more about our national art contest, visit www.CelebratingArt.com.

Featured Student Artist: Kyler Welden

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ImageA student at Bryan High School in Ohio, a school CelebratingArt.com knows for its incredible pottery abilities (as well as other forms of art), Kyler Welden has been published several times for his talented art pieces. Kyler was first published in our Summer 2012 book for his pottery “Ocean.”  After that, he was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2013 contest for “Sun Set.”  Finally, Kyler was chosen yet again as a Top Ten Winner for his piece “Ring Tea Set” in our Summer 2013 contest. You can see all three pieces below (“Ocean” shown first, then “Sun Set”, last is “Ring Tea Set”):

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Kyler enjoys hunting and fishing, and loves ceramics. Kyler explains, “My inspiration to try pottery was my sister Whitney’s friends. Two of her friends that she hung around with a lot gave her some mugs and I thought it would be cool to be able to drink out of something that I made.”

In the future, Kyler plans to graduate from college. He is unsure what he wants to study in school, but he does want to go. He also wants to continue pottery for the rest of his life.

To learn more about our national art contest, visit www.CelebratingArt.com.

Featured Student Artist: Anneka DeCaro

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A senior at Lake Travis High School in Texas, Anneka DeCaro was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2013 national art contest.  This means that Anneka’s art piece, “Veiled Identity“, was selected as one of the ten best submitted for her age division out of thousands of entries submitted into the spring contest.

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For the past year, Anneka’s artwork has often combined the real and the surreal into depictions of life involving a woman’s self esteem being enslaved to her perception of how society wants her to look.  In this regard, Anneka feels many issues involving commercial messaging, created vs contrived beauty, and a person’s individual psychology need to be explored.

“The painting ‘Veiled Identity’ portrays the many sensory and accessory accoutrements a woman fuses together into a desired image of herself.” Anneka explains, “‘Veiled Identity’ is about provoking a discussion pertaining to the juxtaposition and potential tension between a woman’s internal core self and the externalities/expectations she confronts (and feels the need to meet) daily.”

In the future, Anneka plans to attend college and continue developing as an artist and as a writer.  She hopes to be able to combine her love of art and writing in a way that positively impacts the lives of children who otherwise need encouragement or who are facing difficult life circumstances.  In particular, she has an interest in using art and writing as a way to brighten the lives of children confronting serious medical challenges.

To learn more about our national art contests, go to www.celebratingart.com.

Featured Student Artist: Meagan Wu

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WuMeagan-104 Meagan Wu is a 17-year-old rising senior at Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) high school in San Diego, California. She was selected as a Top Ten Winner for her colored pencil drawing, “Floral Beauty.”  Meagan’s art was chosen as one of the ten best in all of North America out of thousands of entries submitted. Her art was featured and published in our Spring 2013 anthology.

Meagan has developed as an aspiring young artist through recognition as a multitalented individual and intellectually engaged student. She has made many accomplishments both as an artist and musician who has performed in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and soloed with orchestras. Meagan recently attended the prestigious Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Summer Seminar at Colorado College with full scholarship as one of 60 gifted high school juniors nationwide, drawing and painting in the mountains under the daily tutelage of guest artists Don Coen and Barbara Friedman.

Meagan became avidly interested in art at a young age and has the National Youth Art Competition, California State PTA, San Diego County Fair Youth Art Show, Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and has had her artwork displayed in the San Diego Art Institute Museum of the Living Artist for three years. Her art consists of work from her AP Drawing class, free time, and CCA Envision Visual Arts (EVA) Conservatory under the guidance of Jessica Matthes, who says: “Meagan has been one of our star students in EVA day classes and in Conservatory.  She has an extremely high level of skill and creativity and especially excels at painting.  I have been lucky enough to have Meagan in several of my classes and she always goes above and beyond in every project”.

Meagan especially loves to draw human figures, and is inspired by music she listens to and history. She focuses on hyperrealism. “Art encourages me to observe beyond a superficial expression or subjective experience. It allows me to give it my own story, which is just as exciting as viewing the finished piece.”

We asked Meagan to share her inspiration as well as her future aspirations:

“I especially like ‘Floral Beauty‘ because it has so many intricacies: the flower petals’ delicate hues, the reflection in the golden vase, the countless folds of the tablecloth…It’s more than just flowers, and is quite mesmorizing. I drew ‘Floral Beauty’ because I am intensely engrossed by such fine details, and the setup/composition tested my hand with detail to the maximum. Somehow, working on minute elements doesn’t hurt my patience because I know how much such concentration contributes to the piece as a whole. Many people assume that realism like in still lives and portraits is undermined by photography. But I will always believe that realistic art undermines photographs, since artists use their own hands and a priceless determination to recreate reality. It is this diligence that illustrates just how precious art can be. It my delight in sketching even random things I see when travelling or at home that has made me so much keener. I hope that I can develop my art further by incorporating even more unique concepts and meaningful stories that cannot be told in words. I know that I will continue my artistic, and musical, pursuits after high school.”

art-num-130012843Meagan also loves to play the cello, and has demonstrated her musical skill by winning various competitions from the local to international level including 1st Prize in the H.B. Goodlin Scholarship Auditions, American Protégé International Music Talent Competition, MTAC Concerto Competition, MTAC VOCE Competition, Satori Strings Competition, International Youth Praise Competition; and 2nd Prize in American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition and Era of Romantic Music Competition, Cal-Poly All-State Music Festival Solo Competition, Grossmont Music Scholarship Auditions, and more. Furthermore, Meagan loves to serve her community through performances at senior/retirement houses, nursing homes, libraries, and fundraising events. Meagan enjoys the challenge of balancing her art, music, and academics with equal devotion.

Congratulations, Meagan, on not only being selected as a Top Ten Winner for the Spring 2013 art contest, but for your incredible achievements in both the fine and performing arts. We wish you the best in your bright future, and thank you for inspiring others with your beautiful talent.

To learn more about our national art contest, visit www.CelebratingArt.com.

Featured Student Artist: Sangeun Lee

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Sangeun Lee is an upcoming sophomore at Eastside High School in Florida.  Sangeun’s hobbies include digital and fine art and playing the piano.  “Them and I” was selected as a Top Ten Winner for the Spring 2013 national art contest.

“Them and I” was partly inspired from the shirt Sangeun was wearing when the reference photo for the piece was taken (shown above); there was a cat on Sangeun’s t-shirt, which prompted the additional cats in the background of the painting.

For the future, Sangeun plans to pursue an art-related career, but also has an interest in Computer Science.

To learn more about our national art contests, visit www.CelebratingArt.com.

Featured Student Artist: Caroline Daigle

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Caroline is a 6th grader studying at LJ Alleman Middle School and Fine Arts Academy in Louisiana.  Her art, “Lucy“, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in the Spring 2013 national art contest.

559543_4570143852303_160391417_n“Lucy” is very special to Caroline, as she did a lot of research before painting her.  Caroline was dressing Lucy in attire from around the 1930s-1940s.  She researched shoes from that era and even a clock in that era.  Caroline used her creativity and wanted to have Lucy wear fishnet stockings and wanted to put a teddy bear with only one eye.  The painting was very well planned and took over three months for her to paint.

For the future, Caroline plans to make good grades, go to an art college, and be a famous artist.  Caroline is already selling prints of her original paintings.

To learn more about our national art contests, visit www.CelebratingArt.com.