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Featured Student Artist: Amrita Krishnan

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AmritaAmrita Krishnan is a sophomore in high school with a passion for art. Her particular interest revolves around scratchboard artwork. Having already earned a distinction as an Active Member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA), her dream is to one day hold the title of “Master Scratchboard Artist” (MSA) the highest level of juried membership in this prestigious institution.

Scratchboard comprises a few layers of India ink painted upon a white clayboard. When scratched with a scraper or a scalpel, the ink peels away to reveal the underlying white.

Amrita’s scratchboard subjects usually feature animals, though occasionally she does people as well. She has a real love for wildlife that is her driving force while creating her works of art.  Her favorite animals she portrays are those African mammals that roam the savannah, including buffaloes, cheetahs, and zebras.

Ready for the Chase” shows a cheetah contemplating its next meal. This piece is done on an Ampersand Scratchboard and is colored with layers of Ampersand ink. The coloring process is very tricky, and requires the artist to be really patient. Each coat of color must be heavily diluted; therefore several coats must be applied to reveal the true brilliance of hues. Between each application of color, the artist must rescratch the highlights so as not the lose them.

Each piece takes about a week or so to complete. Amrita has pursued scratchboard for only two years, but she hopes to run with it for the rest of her life. Some of her works can be viewed on her website: www.amritakrishnan.com.

To learn more about our national art contest, visit www.CelebratingArt.comart-num-626724229as .

Featured Student Artist: Johee Shin

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Johee ShinJohee Shin just completed her junior year at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. While she has focused on art as she’s grown older, her parents allowed her the freedom to experience many different activates like ballet, tap, jazz, swimming, golf, tennis, piano, violin, and flute.  She decided out of those activities that art was her future path and has dedicated herself to it whole-heartedly.

Johee’s talent has been reflected in our national art contest, as she has been selected as a Top Ten Winner in three different contests, and published a total of five times.  Below are her Top Ten pieces: Primal Desires, Inner Sanctum, and Tethered (shown at the bottom).

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My art teachers often told my mom that I had a lot of potential when I started going to an art studio in 8th grade. It was a new place where I could work on my own and be inspired by fellow artists around me. By producing work and getting to improve my skills I was allowed to explore various techniques and build on my talents. I entered the contest Celebrating Art in the 9th grade where I managed to receive three Top 10 awards. They are all still-lives and landscapes since I was still learning the foundations of painting during that time period. I have explored different kinds of medium, but oil still seems to be my favorite. I am still learning as an artist and have plenty of room for improvement. I also have been experimenting with watercolor recently to find my own unique style that would differentiate me from other artists.
 
Whenever I am stressed out about school or I just need a break, I turn to painting, as it is therapeutic to me. My current top priority is my AP art portfolio. I have matured a lot through the making of this portfolio as it has given me a chance to try out new styles as I go in-depth in my concentration. I still attend the private studio that I started with in 8th grade as well as my public school art class.  I am now starting my college art portfolio and my future plans still revolve around an art career.   If I am really meant to be an artist, I will end up as an artist. I plan to use my talents to serve God!

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Congratulations to Johee again on her incredible successes thus far.  To learn more about our national art contest, visit www.celebratingart.com.

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: Cassie Wang

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ImageCassie Wang was born in Providence, Rhode Island in October 2003. She moved to Princeton, New Jersey with her family in October 2005. Cassie loves art and has attended Sharron Art Center since September 2012. Her teacher, Danielle Oyales, inspires Cassie a lot. In May 2013, Cassie won the 1st place in the New Jersey Conservation Poster Contest. The theme was “Where Does Your Water Shed?” As the state 1st place winner, she was advanced to the national level. In October 2013, Cassie was named a Top Ten Winner in her grade division out of thousands of entries submitted in the summer contest hosted. Her art, “Happy Birds“, was finished in oil pastel. Currently, Cassie is working on watercolor.

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

Featured Art Teacher: Barbara Ferreira

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ImageBarbara Ferreira is a native Texan who received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art History from the University of Texas, a Master of Arts in Art History from Texas Woman’s University, and her Education and Teacher Certification in All-Level Art from Texas Christian University.  Barbara has been an educator for about 27 years and teaches Advanced Placement art history and middle- and upper-school Visual Arts at Allen Academy in Bryan, TX.  Her student, Rees Newman, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2013 national art contest in the 4-6 grade division. To view Rees’ art, click here.  “I’m so happy for Rees,” Barbara explains, “She is a hard-working, talented and deserving student to place as a top ten winner.  I am honored to be her art instructor and help guide her in her artistic endeavors.”
 
We asked Barbara to share her philosophy of teaching art and how she is able to motivate and her inspire her students.

Image“My philosophy of teaching art is simple:  set the standards high, make the projects interesting and challenging, and don’t allow the students to stop short of their very best efforts and abilities.  Often they will think they are ‘finished’, and give a little sigh or moan when I guide them in seeing what else could be done to make a better, more successful piece.  They are amazed at the final product which that little bit of extra effort produces, and it also helps to develop in them a critical eye with which they can analyze their own work and make more informed judgements.  I love my profession and find it very rewarding to teach students the skills necessary to produce art and watch them apply those skills and be recognized for their efforts.  It is fun to share in their joy!
 
Thank you for sponsoring this contest!  It encourages my students immensely when they become a ‘published artist’ in the 6th-12th grade!”

Congratulations again to Barbara on having a national Top Ten Winner, as well as to all of her students who are now published artists!  We have enjoyed seeing great art from her students since she began participating in our contest in 2012.  Barbara has had nearly 70 student artists published so far and that number continues to grow each contest. 

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

Featured Student Artist: Valerie Ng

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From Queens, New York, Valerie Ng is 8 years old and has one sister and two brothers.  She studies art at Sharron Art Center – Flushing.  Valerie loves drawing, dancing, playing piano, swimming, and skiing.  When she grows up, she wants to be an artist.

Valerie’s art, “Bamboo Brunch“, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2013 art contest.  As a Top Ten Winner, Valerie received a $25 award and a copy of the book she was published in, as well as special recognition that she is one of the top artists in the country for her age division.  “I drew this picture because my favorite animals are pandas.” Valerie states, “They are endangered now, we must protect them. Don’t you think they are cute?”

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

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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: 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.

Great Artists Take Risks

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220px-Nick_cave Recently I attended an on stage interview of Nick Cave who is a performance artist that is the director of the graduate fashion program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Nick has traveled throughout the world showing his creations that mix art with performance.  There are many Youtube links to see the fantastic things he has done.  Take a look.  He is now world famous for his creations.  They are unique.  After the interview they opened up the audience to questions.  I asked Nick if there was any trepidation to his emerging with this new medium.  His reply was that for a while he created his art and they stayed in his apartment.  Then bit by bit he shared it with others and a new art form emerged for which he is famous. There was risk involved.

shapeimage_3In thinking of the students who participate in our contests and the thousands of other artists or poets who don’t send in their work, I realize there is always a risk in sharing your work with others.  “What if they think my work isn’t good?”  “What if they laugh at me?”  Yes, there is always that possibility.  However, there is always the possibility of being accepted to be published and people thinking “Wow.  Their work is great.”  No risk…no gain.  Nick Cave could have hid his work in fear of what others would think.  Instead he shared it and is loved throughout the world.  I think all art has an element of risk.  Take a chance.  Share it with the world.

—Tom Worthen, Ph.D., Editor

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

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Featured Student Artist: Christine Cho

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ImageChristine Cho is a sophmore at Hebron High School in Texas.  Her painting, “Big Flirt”, was selected last spring as a Top Ten Winner for her age division.  When Christine isn’t painting, she enjoys playing tennis, spending time with friends and family, and reading.

Christine explains, “Although I have not been painting for very long, I know that I will continue to paint for as long as I can, because I Iove being able to see all my hard work come together when the painting is finished. Currently, my favorite medium is acrylic, but I have just recently started painting with oil paints, and I am beginning to like that very much as well.  My favorite things to paint are the small details, like feathers, stitches, bubbles, etc. because even though they might seem minuscule, and might not be seen at first glance, I feel they really add extra dimension and character to a painting.

ImageFor this particular painting, “Big Flirt”, my inspiration was to draw a beautiful duck that stood out from the others, because I originally planned to enter the Junior Duck Contest, but I felt constrained by the 9″ by 12″ size I was required to meet. So after a lot of time and research, I decided to focus on my duck rather then the contest I would be entering. After finding a duck that I really liked, I began to sketch it out on the canvas in detail, then continued on to paint, and enhance the colors of the duck a little bit to ensure that it would be eye-catching, regardless of the contest I planned to enter.”

Christine’s future plans include continuing to paint, earning a degree in the arts, and then continuing on to hopefully pursue a career in the arts as well.

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