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Featured Student Artist: Zac Cutler

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art-num-861247385asZachary Cutler was a sixth grader taking classes at Magic of Art Studio when his art, Paradise, was selected as a national Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2013 art contest.

Zac Cutler“Magic of Art Studio has taught me many different skills in art.” Zac explains, “When I painted Paradise I was very ill. I wanted to create something colorful, in that part of my life, to cheer me up from my sickness. I was inspired by a beautiful painting I saw when I was looking through an art book. I saw a picture of two parakeets and wondered what it would look like in watercolor.  I am humbled and extremely honored for being chosen as one of the Top Ten Winners out of thousands of entries. Thank you for this award.”

In the future, Zac plans to focus on more 3 dimensional works of art.

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

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: Meagan Wu

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WuMeagan-104 Meagan Wu is a 17-year-old rising senior at Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) high school in San Diego, California. She was selected as a Top Ten Winner for her colored pencil drawing, “Floral Beauty.”  Meagan’s art was chosen as one of the ten best in all of North America out of thousands of entries submitted. Her art was featured and published in our Spring 2013 anthology.

Meagan has developed as an aspiring young artist through recognition as a multitalented individual and intellectually engaged student. She has made many accomplishments both as an artist and musician who has performed in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and soloed with orchestras. Meagan recently attended the prestigious Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Summer Seminar at Colorado College with full scholarship as one of 60 gifted high school juniors nationwide, drawing and painting in the mountains under the daily tutelage of guest artists Don Coen and Barbara Friedman.

Meagan became avidly interested in art at a young age and has the National Youth Art Competition, California State PTA, San Diego County Fair Youth Art Show, Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and has had her artwork displayed in the San Diego Art Institute Museum of the Living Artist for three years. Her art consists of work from her AP Drawing class, free time, and CCA Envision Visual Arts (EVA) Conservatory under the guidance of Jessica Matthes, who says: “Meagan has been one of our star students in EVA day classes and in Conservatory.  She has an extremely high level of skill and creativity and especially excels at painting.  I have been lucky enough to have Meagan in several of my classes and she always goes above and beyond in every project”.

Meagan especially loves to draw human figures, and is inspired by music she listens to and history. She focuses on hyperrealism. “Art encourages me to observe beyond a superficial expression or subjective experience. It allows me to give it my own story, which is just as exciting as viewing the finished piece.”

We asked Meagan to share her inspiration as well as her future aspirations:

“I especially like ‘Floral Beauty‘ because it has so many intricacies: the flower petals’ delicate hues, the reflection in the golden vase, the countless folds of the tablecloth…It’s more than just flowers, and is quite mesmorizing. I drew ‘Floral Beauty’ because I am intensely engrossed by such fine details, and the setup/composition tested my hand with detail to the maximum. Somehow, working on minute elements doesn’t hurt my patience because I know how much such concentration contributes to the piece as a whole. Many people assume that realism like in still lives and portraits is undermined by photography. But I will always believe that realistic art undermines photographs, since artists use their own hands and a priceless determination to recreate reality. It is this diligence that illustrates just how precious art can be. It my delight in sketching even random things I see when travelling or at home that has made me so much keener. I hope that I can develop my art further by incorporating even more unique concepts and meaningful stories that cannot be told in words. I know that I will continue my artistic, and musical, pursuits after high school.”

art-num-130012843Meagan also loves to play the cello, and has demonstrated her musical skill by winning various competitions from the local to international level including 1st Prize in the H.B. Goodlin Scholarship Auditions, American Protégé International Music Talent Competition, MTAC Concerto Competition, MTAC VOCE Competition, Satori Strings Competition, International Youth Praise Competition; and 2nd Prize in American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition and Era of Romantic Music Competition, Cal-Poly All-State Music Festival Solo Competition, Grossmont Music Scholarship Auditions, and more. Furthermore, Meagan loves to serve her community through performances at senior/retirement houses, nursing homes, libraries, and fundraising events. Meagan enjoys the challenge of balancing her art, music, and academics with equal devotion.

Congratulations, Meagan, on not only being selected as a Top Ten Winner for the Spring 2013 art contest, but for your incredible achievements in both the fine and performing arts. We wish you the best in your bright future, and thank you for inspiring others with your beautiful talent.

To learn more about our national art contest, visit 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: Kaia West

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art-num-749164528asKaia West’s art, “Pelican“, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2012 national art contest.  This means that Kaia’s art was one of the ten best pieces in the 4-6 grade division submitted throughout the United States and Canada.

kaiaKaia attends Manzanita Elementary School Oregon and is a fourth grader there.  She studies art with Mrs. Judy Christopher.  Each week she studies art in a small studio setting with three other students.  She has studied there now for more than two years.

As evidenced in her artwork, Kaia loves color.  She also enjoys playing basketball, volleyball, and spending time with friends and family.

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: Qinye Chen

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Quinye has been studying art for many years. She has learned watercolor, oil painting, acrylic, pencil sketching, and charcoal drawing. Her painting, “Home“, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in the Fall 2012 national art contest.

-1An 11th grader at Richmond Secondary School in British Columbia, Qinye enjoys exploring all kinds of media and is willing to try anything new.  One media she would love to try in the future is sculptures and 3D models.  In creating “Home”, Qinye tried to show a feeling of coming back home after a long journey.  The colors of the sunset show a sense of nostalgia and create a strong contrast with the color of the water.  She was also inspired by the Impressionists and their use of strong colors and small yet visible brush strokes.

“Art is a way for me to interact with the rest of the world.” Qinye says, “I wouldn’t imagine what my life would be like without art.”  Qinye is currently taking an IB art course in school and spends most of her spare time in art workshops/classes. In the future, she plans to go into the architecture or landscape architecture field.

To view Qinye’s website, go to www.artofamychen.com.

To find out more about our national art contest, visit www.CelebratingArt.com.

Featured Student Artist: Liana B.

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ImageLiana B. is today’s featured student artist.  Liana’s art, “The Mother of Sorrow,” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2011 national art contest. Liana is a senior at Cypress High School in California.  When asked what inspired her piece, Liana told CelebratingArt:

“I grew up enjoying art even though I wasn’t able to attend the art academy like I had wanted. So I ended up teaching myself the techniques and developed my skill. This art piece is made from oil pastel, so the smooth texture to it took a long time since usually oil pastels tend to be harder edge to it.”

Incredible work, Liana!  Thank you for sharing your piece and the story behind your art.

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