“Where is my book?! I ordered it over a week ago!”
Summer is upon us and most schools are now on vacation. For our company, this is the busy season as we check every entry before creating the layout of the books. We often receive calls asking why a book was not received since it was “ordered over a week ago”. The process of creating a professionally bound hard-back book is not as easy going to a copy center and pressing print. As a publisher, we work on making sure every student that gives permission is included in the book. We check every name to make sure they are spelled correctly. It is amazing how many parents and students give permission and their student’s name is spelled differently on the proofsheet and was not corrected. This occurs after the deadline as we have to wait for the mail to receive all permission forms. We then we work on the layout in creating the books. The books are then sent to a printer and binder to be put together. This last step takes almost a month to complete. The books are then sent media mail in order to have the lowest shipping for our customers.
While students are enjoying their vacation and teachers are getting their classrooms ready for next year, we are working to create books that you can be proud to share with family and friends. Thank you participating in our program and have a great summer.
As the art judging is finished I always feel a bit guilty when I come across a school with an extremely high acceptance rate. But sometimes a teacher is just great and his or her students create wonderful work.
There are a few schools that I look forward to judging. Palmer Catholic Academy in Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida is one of those schools who I find it a joy to see the students’ art. Katie Corrigan has created a program there where her students create wonderful images. Her elementary school watercolors are above grade level and just plain fun.
She sent an email this week with the following pictures and message:
I can’t tell you how happy I am to see how many of our students “made the cut”! I’ve opted to wait for the postcards before sharing the news so they have something in hand to take home but it is a hard secret to keep. I couldn’t remember if I sent the attached photos to you upon receipt of last year’s good news and book arrival so I am attaching them now. I thought you might like to see some of the proud second grade artists with the book opened to their paintings. As the cards arrived shortly before the last day of school I had given letters to the students and used the cards to decorate our lobby bulletin board. The students took them home on the last day but had a chance to shine being recognized there first.
Thank you again for your wonderful book! We are thrilled to be a part of it.
Palmer Catholic Academy
Thank you Katie. In judging high schools that do work at a level much lower than your 4th graders, you are making a difference and changing lives. We are glad to be here as a way to give your art an audience. Hopefully being published provides an extra spark as we work together to create live long artists.
Tom Worthen, Ph.D.
We have often been asked what makes a winning piece of art. In passing this question off to our judges, one of our middle school art judges replied with the following.
“All submissions have an equal opportunity for fair judging. Our purpose is to encourage budding artists by publishing a variety of stimulating art pieces. Being published gives the artist the recognition and encouragement toward a lifetime of creativity.”
The judging criteria for art pieces submitted into the CelebratingArt contests include, but are not restricted to, the following:
— Age appropriate skills mastered in:
elements of design – line, texture, color, shape/form, value and space
principles of design – repetition, balance, emphasis, contrast and unity
understanding and use of medium chosen
— What kind of statement does a piece make? Was it thought provoking? Did it tell a story? Is there an emotional impact?
— We look for levels of creativity, originality, self-expression, craftsmanship, and skill.
One other important factor is the photo submitted. Here are some keys to remember when submitting your work. Overall, only the top 25% of art entered is accepted to be published.
1. Take the date and time off the camera
2. Make sure it is in focus
3. Make sure it is a high resolution photo
4. Make sure it is a graphic file type such as a jpg or tif
5. Don’t use lined paper
6. Take the photo straight on and not at an angle
7. Take off the flash
8. Clean out any background
9. Crop the photo
10. Make sure it is properly rotated.