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Featured Student Artist: Anastasia Golyakova

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Anastasia Golyakova is in 8th grade and attends Enterprise Middle School in Washington.  She moved from St. Petersburg, Russia to the United States when she was ten years old.  Her art, “Apples”, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2012 national art contest.  This contest is held for any student in grades K-12 living in the United States or Canada.  Out of hundreds of art pieces received, Anastasia’s art was chosen as one of the ten best in her age division.

AnastasiaThe idea to draw such an ordinary yet beautiful fruit as the apple seems to be very natural for a Washington resident where the apple is the official state fruit.  It is also Anastasia’s most favorite fruit to eat. Anastasia enjoys painting using any medium, but her most favorite technique by far is watercolor, which is what she used to create her “Apples” artwork.

In the future, Anastasia wants to pursue a career involving architecture or engineering to create not only two- but also three-dimensional art pieces.

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

Featured Student Artist: Andie Zou

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Only in first grade, Andie Zou attends Step by Step Homeschool in New Jersey.  Andie’s art, “The Love of Papa Seahorse“, was one of ten winning pieces selected for the Summer 2012 art contest.  This means that Andie had one of the best entries for her age division out of hundreds that were submitted for the summer contest.

Andie describes herself as a “happy homeschooler.”  She loves animals and discovering new things.  When asked what inspired her art, Andie replied, “I was inspired by papa sea horse because it is papa sea horse who gives birth to baby sea horses. So, I drew ‘The Love of Papa Sea Horse’ for my dad on the last Father’s Day.”

Andie’s plans for the future include drawing many animal pictures and trying to sell them to raise money to help endangered animals.

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

Featured Student Artist: Natalie Plourde

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Sixth grader Natalie Plourde studies weekly with artist Lisa G. Bailey.  She lives with her parents and two cats while attending Miscoe Hill Middle School in Mendon, Massachusetts.  This summer, Natalie was chosen as a Top Ten Winner in our national art contest.  This recognition puts Natalie’s art as one of the ten best in her age division out of hundreds submitted for the contest.

Natalie has had a passion for creating great art ever since she was a baby who picked up some chunky crayons to color on the living room wall.  She is now an eleven-year-old who captures her art on paper and canvas, but hasn’t ruled out those walls.  She is planning a mural for her bedroom.  Summer 2012  was her first time entering a CelebratingArt contest.

Natalie loves to create digital art on her computer and paint with watercolors, but her favorite medium is simply sketching with pencil.  She composed her winning piece, “Cat Scratch” as a Scratch Art assignment during July 2012 as a student at Nipmuc Art Academy, a summer program through her local public school.

In addition to her art studies, Natalie is a competitive figure skater who plays the violin.  Her plans for the future include teaching skating lessons while she goes to college to study art.  She also dreams of one day being an animator.

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