Amrita Krishnan is a sophomore in high school with a passion for art. Her particular interest revolves around scratchboard artwork. Having already earned a distinction as an Active Member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA), her dream is to one day hold the title of “Master Scratchboard Artist” (MSA) the highest level of juried membership in this prestigious institution.
Scratchboard comprises a few layers of India ink painted upon a white clayboard. When scratched with a scraper or a scalpel, the ink peels away to reveal the underlying white.
Amrita’s scratchboard subjects usually feature animals, though occasionally she does people as well. She has a real love for wildlife that is her driving force while creating her works of art. Her favorite animals she portrays are those African mammals that roam the savannah, including buffaloes, cheetahs, and zebras.
“Ready for the Chase” shows a cheetah contemplating its next meal. This piece is done on an Ampersand Scratchboard and is colored with layers of Ampersand ink. The coloring process is very tricky, and requires the artist to be really patient. Each coat of color must be heavily diluted; therefore several coats must be applied to reveal the true brilliance of hues. Between each application of color, the artist must rescratch the highlights so as not the lose them.
Each piece takes about a week or so to complete. Amrita has pursued scratchboard for only two years, but she hopes to run with it for the rest of her life. Some of her works can be viewed on her website: www.amritakrishnan.com.
To learn more about our national art contest, visit www.CelebratingArt.com .
Johee Shin just completed her junior year at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. While she has focused on art as she’s grown older, her parents allowed her the freedom to experience many different activates like ballet, tap, jazz, swimming, golf, tennis, piano, violin, and flute. She decided out of those activities that art was her future path and has dedicated herself to it whole-heartedly.
Johee’s talent has been reflected in our national art contest, as she has been selected as a Top Ten Winner in three different contests, and published a total of five times. Below are her Top Ten pieces: Primal Desires, Inner Sanctum, and Tethered (shown at the bottom).
My art teachers often told my mom that I had a lot of potential when I started going to an art studio in 8th grade. It was a new place where I could work on my own and be inspired by fellow artists around me. By producing work and getting to improve my skills I was allowed to explore various techniques and build on my talents. I entered the contest Celebrating Art in the 9th grade where I managed to receive three Top 10 awards. They are all still-lives and landscapes since I was still learning the foundations of painting during that time period. I have explored different kinds of medium, but oil still seems to be my favorite. I am still learning as an artist and have plenty of room for improvement. I also have been experimenting with watercolor recently to find my own unique style that would differentiate me from other artists.
Whenever I am stressed out about school or I just need a break, I turn to painting, as it is therapeutic to me. My current top priority is my AP art portfolio. I have matured a lot through the making of this portfolio as it has given me a chance to try out new styles as I go in-depth in my concentration. I still attend the private studio that I started with in 8th grade as well as my public school art class. I am now starting my college art portfolio and my future plans still revolve around an art career. If I am really meant to be an artist, I will end up as an artist. I plan to use my talents to serve God!
Congratulations to Johee again on her incredible successes thus far. To learn more about our national art contest, visit www.celebratingart.com.
Eashan 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.
Cassie Wang was born in Providence, Rhode Island in October 2003. She moved to Princeton, New Jersey with her family in October 2005. Cassie loves art and has attended Sharron Art Center since September 2012. Her teacher, Danielle Oyales, inspires Cassie a lot. In May 2013, Cassie won the 1st place in the New Jersey Conservation Poster Contest. The theme was “Where Does Your Water Shed?” As the state 1st place winner, she was advanced to the national level. In October 2013, Cassie was named a Top Ten Winner in her grade division out of thousands of entries submitted in the summer contest hosted. Her art, “Happy Birds“, was finished in oil pastel. Currently, Cassie is working on watercolor.
To learn more about our national art contest, visit www.CelebratingArt.com.
Barbara Ferreira is a native Texan who received her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art History from the University of Texas, a Master of Arts in Art History from Texas Woman’s University, and her Education and Teacher Certification in All-Level Art from Texas Christian University. Barbara has been an educator for about 27 years and teaches Advanced Placement art history and middle- and upper-school Visual Arts at Allen Academy in Bryan, TX. Her student, Rees Newman, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2013 national art contest in the 4-6 grade division. To view Rees’ art, click here. “I’m so happy for Rees,” Barbara explains, “She is a hard-working, talented and deserving student to place as a top ten winner. I am honored to be her art instructor and help guide her in her artistic endeavors.”
We asked Barbara to share her philosophy of teaching art and how she is able to motivate and her inspire her students.
“My philosophy of teaching art is simple: set the standards high, make the projects interesting and challenging, and don’t allow the students to stop short of their very best efforts and abilities. Often they will think they are ‘finished’, and give a little sigh or moan when I guide them in seeing what else could be done to make a better, more successful piece. They are amazed at the final product which that little bit of extra effort produces, and it also helps to develop in them a critical eye with which they can analyze their own work and make more informed judgements. I love my profession and find it very rewarding to teach students the skills necessary to produce art and watch them apply those skills and be recognized for their efforts. It is fun to share in their joy!
Thank you for sponsoring this contest! It encourages my students immensely when they become a ‘published artist’ in the 6th-12th grade!”
Congratulations again to Barbara on having a national Top Ten Winner, as well as to all of her students who are now published artists! We have enjoyed seeing great art from her students since she began participating in our contest in 2012. Barbara has had nearly 70 student artists published so far and that number continues to grow each contest.
To learn more about our national art contest, visit http://www.CelebratingArt.com.
A student at Bryan High School in Ohio, a school CelebratingArt.com knows for its incredible pottery abilities (as well as other forms of art), Kyler Welden has been published several times for his talented art pieces. Kyler was first published in our Summer 2012 book for his pottery “Ocean.” After that, he was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2013 contest for “Sun Set.” Finally, Kyler was chosen yet again as a Top Ten Winner for his piece “Ring Tea Set” in our Summer 2013 contest. You can see all three pieces below (“Ocean” shown first, then “Sun Set”, last is “Ring Tea Set”):
Kyler enjoys hunting and fishing, and loves ceramics. Kyler explains, “My inspiration to try pottery was my sister Whitney’s friends. Two of her friends that she hung around with a lot gave her some mugs and I thought it would be cool to be able to drink out of something that I made.”
In the future, Kyler plans to graduate from college. He is unsure what he wants to study in school, but he does want to go. He also wants to continue pottery for the rest of his life.
To learn more about our national art contest, visit www.CelebratingArt.com.
We often receive emails asking if a student can make a reproduction of a famous piece of art or a photograph that is well know such as an album cover. The answer depends on if the student is using the famous painting as a starting point or if they are trying to authentically reproduce the art. There are two levels to the judging: being accepted to be published and being a Top Ten Winner.
To be a Top Ten Winner, we like originality. If you take an image that is well known such as a Van Gogh, your rendition of it may be good enough to be accepted to be published; however, due to the fact the composition was originally created by someone else, it would most likely not be chosen as a Top Ten Winner.
To be accepted to be published, one can take another person’s work and then add their own style. Don’t try to copy it exactly. Take a work and put your touch to it so we can state that it is your work. There are many copyrighted images, such as Mickey Mouse, that we have taken the position that they are not acceptable. We don’t ever want to have a quarrel with Disney or Pixar concerning their images in our book.
With the deadline coming up in just over 2 weeks (April 3rd), we hope you will have your students join our Celebration of Artists. You can always look at the winners online and see the styles represented. Good luck to your artists.
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.