Tag Archives: winner

Featured Student Artist: Cassie Wang

Standard

ImageCassie 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.

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

Advertisements

Featured Teacher: Cherie Jenkins

Standard

ImageCherie Jenkins teaches art to students in grades K-12 for two home school Co-ops in Dallas, TX.  Her student, Aiden Moller, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2013 art contest.  The winning art, “Whimsical Bird”, can be viewed here.  Cherie has had over 100 students become published artists since she first participated in our national art contest in 2013.

We asked Cherie her thoughts on engaging student artists and what helps her to be successful in the classroom. She responded with the following:

“I find that while engaging art students in the classroom, it is best to keep in mind the need to break down the lesson into several parts. My students flourish with step-by-step instructions from drawing with lines and shapes that are familiar, to painting using color families on the color wheel, as well as a good foundation in art elements and principles of design. I especially enjoy working with my students as they explore the different art mediums and art techniques I’ve introduced to them. During each lesson, I strive to inspire my students to work towards ‘Completion’, rather than perfection. Many students get caught up in trying to produce ‘Perfect’ art, discouragement then sets in and the art piece is left unfinished. While students are focusing on completion, it’s their ‘Creative’ mind that influences their art piece, instead of their ‘Critical’ mind. As an art teacher, I see my calling as one who not only instructs but inspires, and inspiration is just as important as instruction for the creative process.”

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

Featured Student Artist: Kyler Welden

Standard

ImageA 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”):

Image

Image

Image

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.

Featured Student Artist: Valerie Ng

Standard

art-num-13652712929542162

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.

Valerie Ng

Featured Student Artist: Anneka DeCaro

Standard

art-num-13643184937218422

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.

Anneka

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: Meagan Wu

Standard

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

Standard

Sangeun

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.