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Featured Student Artist: Yasmyn Mansouri

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Yasmyn is five years old and attends Elk Grove Montessori School in California.  Her art, “Roses in Vase“, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2012 national art contest.

IMG_0482Yasmyn loves to play with her 3-year-old sister Gianna, her baby brother Niegel, and her best friend Autumn.  Her favorite color is pink (which you can see reflected in her winning art).

“Roses in Vase” was inspired by the flowers at Yasmyn’s school.  Both Yasmyn and her grandmother love flowers, and Yasmyn really wanted to paint the ones at her school.

Yasmyn’s future goals include being a princess and continuing to paint.  She also wants to be a good older sister to her brother and sister.

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

 

Raise the Bar

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ImageThe deadlines have now passed for entry into our spring contests.  It is always a joy to come across a teacher who really knows how to teach and you have 30 entries that are each a joy to judge.  It always comes down to the teacher.  We have some teachers who send in 50 entries and none are accepted.  In other cases, a teacher who really works with his or her students sends in 50 entries and all 50 are accepted.

There are several teachers who I wish were teaching my children.  I really don’t think these exceptional pieces of art or poetry came from schools with above average students.  Many of them come from normal neighborhood public schools.  I think a teacher took ordinary students and taught them techniques that ended in extraordinary results.

I hope as teachers see our books and realize what each grade is capable of creating, the bar can be raised. I hope next year, one teacher will look at our contest with the attitude of “Wow! I didn’t know kids could do this quality of work,” and then that teacher will take it as a challenge next year.  My hope is that for his or her class the expectations that the students and the teacher have will be raised and another class will produce extraordinary work.

For more information about our national writing contests, please visit www.PoeticPower.com.

For more information about our national art contest, please visit www.CelebratingArt.com.