Zachary 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.
“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.
Becca Parrish is a 15-year-old student at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. Her art, “Laughter is the Greatest Medicine“, was chosen as a Top Ten Winner for the spring 2012 art contest. This means that Becca’s art was selected as one of the ten best pieces of art in the entire United States and Canada for her age division.
Becca’s hobbies include volleyball and basketball. She likes to go to the beach and participate in the youth group at her church. She became interested in art when she was in the second grade.
“I saw this photo of my cousin, Chaya, and fell in love with her expression. I wanted to catch the light and laughter in her eyes.” Becca explains, describing what inspired her to create her winning piece. Becca’s future goals include going to an art school where she can develop her skills in the arts.
To learn more about our national art contests, please visit www.CelebratingArt.com.
This last week we sent out notifications to the teachers in our contest to let them know if they still had students who had not given permission to be published. I received an email back that one teacher has done all she could, but one of her student’s mother gave a verbatim “no”. The teacher was puzzled why a mother would say that.
There are many scams on the internet that accept everything that is entered in a contest. They have as their sole purpose to sell books. Often there is a fee to be published or you are required to purchase a book. That is not who we are.
Giving permission helps to recognize students who have earned a reward. As a parent and teacher I am very protective of my children. However, I would never conceptualize not allowing them to receive recognition for an accomplishment.
We have so many students who have taken this accomplishment and used it to make a difference in their lives. I have the attitude to always let other people limit my options. In college I applied for over 40 scholarships and received 36 rejection letters. The four I received paid for tuition, books, and a little left over. If I didn’t apply, I would not have received anything. However, when a student enters a contest, is recognized, and has put forth the effort, then finishing the process and getting recognition is important.
To release a student’s art or writing, we have to receive verification that each winner created an original work and get permission. Each year about 10% of the students we have chosen as winners fail to give permission. This could be because the work is not original or they just thought returning permission is no big deal.
If you have students enter a contest, then be a finisher. Follow the contest through to completion.
Have a great day.
As you know, we host art (celebratingart.com) and writing (poeticpower.com) contests. I would like to share some of the contest winners as they give permission.
When we receive an entry in the contest we have a digital entry. What personalizes the entry is the story behind the art. As we have announced the Top Ten Winners for the Fall 2011 art contest, we have asked the winners to give us permission to share their art. Let me introduce home school artist Kelsey Morgan Chase Faucett from South Carolina.
Kelsey is in the 7th grade and was not only our contest’s very first entry, but over the last three contests she has been a Top Ten winner three times. This is a record, but as I always say, if you don’t enter, you don’t have a chance to win.
Here is what she has to say.
“My drawing’s name is Night Owl. I love drawing owls because of their beautiful eyes. It is almost as if you can see what they are thinking. Night owl was one of my favorite drawings. It won Best of Show at our fair but was stolen the last night of the fair. I believe everything happens for a reason and good can always come from bad. So I decided to draw a Barn Owl on a branch and donate it to our local American Cancer Society Relay for Life. It is to be auctioned at the next Relay Night for our town.
It is a true honor to be picked as a Top Ten Winner. Thank you so much for having this contest.”
Thanks for sharing Kelsey. Keep up the good work.