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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: 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: Sangeun Lee

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Sangeun Lee is an upcoming sophomore at Eastside High School in Florida.  Sangeun’s hobbies include digital and fine art and playing the piano.  “Them and I” was selected as a Top Ten Winner for the Spring 2013 national art contest.

“Them and I” was partly inspired from the shirt Sangeun was wearing when the reference photo for the piece was taken (shown above); there was a cat on Sangeun’s t-shirt, which prompted the additional cats in the background of the painting.

For the future, Sangeun plans to pursue an art-related career, but also has an interest in Computer Science.

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

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.

 

Featured Student Artist: Audrey Besse

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art-num-961732810asAudrey was 11 years old when she created her art, “Baby Cougar Head“.  This painting was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2012 national art contest for the 4-6 grade category.

Audrey lives in Dallas, Texas and has been creating art with different mediums all of her life.  Her painting was inspired by her Aunt Linda, who is a wildlife artist.  “For three years prior to my painting, I had been doing some hard Paint-by-Number sets.” Audrey explains, “Then I wanted something more challenging.  So Aunt Linda offered to show me how to do the same steps but from a blank gesso board.  We chose a 6 x 6 board to do my baby cougar head.”

In the future, Audrey plans to become an art teacher or own an art studio with one of her best friends.

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

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.

Featured Student Artist: Becca Parrish

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ImageBecca 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.

ImageBecca’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.

Your Students Are Great

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I recently visited Washington DC and I took my family to the Smithsonian’s Art Galleries.  I love art and I enjoy looking at art.  When we left the Museum of Modern Art, my family also left more impressed with the art that is sent into our contests.  From the tens of thousands of students who participate in our art contest, we have all kinds of art sent in.  From modern abstract pieces to beautiful portraits.  It is our job to trim the entries down to what we feel are the top 25%.  It is not an easy task.  However, having seen a large painting in the Modern Art Gallery where I wasn’t sure if a 20 foot by 20 foot plain orange canvas with a black line slashed across the middle had been vandalized or if it was put there on purpose, or looking at a canvas with what looked like a representation of a dry erase board that had math formulas partly erased, I also realized that once you are established as an artist you have credibility and anything goes.

I know if we had accepted similar art and published it in our books, I would have received letters from teachers and students asking me to justify printing bad art when other students had entered better pieces that were not accepted.  I know art is subjective.  Modern art is supposed to push things to the edge, but seeing much of what is displayed, it makes me appreciate every piece that is sent to us.  Don’t get me wrong, I love modern art, but I also like to see art where I can feel the talent and struggle behind the art. Our books are a presentation of what our judges feel is good art.  Not everyone will agree with our decisions.  But we hope people will see the merit in what we chose for the publication.

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

Make Your Student Feel Like an Artist

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ImageWhat makes a student feel like he or she is an artist? Often teachers assign an art project, it gets completed and it is sent home.  However, with one more step, students feel their work is valued and shared with the school and community.

ImageJudy Johnson and Jana Miller at Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston, North Carolina have learned the value of a student art show.  Judy states “I have been doing this for 24 years and the excitement never pales.”  Each year they host a show that shows off their students’ work.

ImageJudy explains how the art is selected.  “Each year I save all the work that has gone up in the halls and the students bring in their pile (after a very confusing delivery system) to class and they SHOULD have their two strongest pieces on top.  I work with each one to determine if their decision is a sound one.  Sometimes we negotiate  and sometimes the class may get involved with a critique…even 1st grade.”  The art is then judged by an independent artist from the community.    The students feel like they have their own gallery and that their work is valued.  From the number of walls covered with art in the pictures, you can see Arendell Parrott Academy has a vibrant program.

In having judged thousands of students’ work I can testify that they are one of the top programs in the country that participate in our contest.  Their student work is a joy to judge.

Tom Worthen. Ph.D.
Editor