Contest Rules and Info
• Eligible Grades: K – 4, 5 – 12
• Contest Rules and Information (below)
• General Requirements for All Entries (below)
• Deadline: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2012, 3:oo pm (below)
• Contact: Janet Ziegler, 523-2411, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Presby. Seminary Building and Alumni Hall Maps
• Return of Student Work (below)
• Art Contest Flyer (pending)
• Art Contest Entry Form
• Call for Volunteers (below)
CONTEST RULES AND INFORMATION
Audubon Miami Valley invites K-12 students to participate in our second annual student art contest. The contest is modeled on one that The Audubon Society of Omaha has sponsored in the past several years. The Audubon Miami Valley website (amvohio.org) is the main source for contest information for students, teachers, and parents. The website will post all the contest information, including entry forms, which can be printed from the website. (Teachers, please encourage students and parents to refer to this website.)
ENTRY INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS, KINDERGARTEN through GRADE 12
Art entries on this year’s themes—BIRDS OF THE MIDWEST and BIRDS OF THE MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY—will be accepted in the three categories described below.
First Category: Realistic Art
- Birds depicted should be Birds of the Midwest or Birds of the Mississippi Flyway
- An entry in this category is to be “true-to-life art” in the tradition of the American wildlife artists. The bird is easy to identify with accurate coloring and markings.
- The student must do a freehand drawing. No obvious tracings or stencils or computer-drawn works will be considered for an award.
- Students my use any medium: pencil, ink, marker, watercolor, tempera paint, pastels, etc.
- Art must be in color, unless the bird’s actual coloring is black and/or white.
Second Category: Graphic Design
- Birds depicted should be Birds of the Midwest or Birds of the Mississippi Flyway.
- The work should emphasize color, shape, line and design rather than realism, yet it should retain bird identification. For example, bird(s) must still be identifiable as a Cardinal or Blue Jay.
- Any medium or combination of media: pencil, ink, marker, watercolor, tempera paint, pastels, papers, fabric, etc.
Third Catagory: Cartooning
- Entries should depict Birds of the Midwest or Birds of the Mississippi Flyway.
- For this category, students create a cartoon character that exaggerates or distorts “the essence” of a particular bird but creates an easily identifiable visual likeness of that bird. The artwork should capture some prominent trait(s) of the chosen bird: that it has extra-long legs or beak or has a “bald” head; that it eats fish or worms, or bugs, or seeds; that it “displays” using particular physical movements and posture; that it has a distinctive flight pattern. The artwork may be a one-panel cartoon or a story cartoon of several panels. With or without captions.
- Medium: Pencil, ink, or marker.
There will be a separate judging and prizes awarded for K- 12 entries. Each of the grade levels will have top awards of excellence in three categories described above: an Award of Excellence for realistic rendering, an Award of Excellence for graphic design, and an Award of Excellence for cartooning. There will also be a limited number of Awards of Merit for each grade level in those three categories, too. That number will be determined by the judges, based upon the number of exceptional pieces submitted. Students whose entries do not receive an Award of Excellence or an Award of Merit will receive an Award of Participation. And all submitted student artwork will be exhibited.
Awards: All award winners will be honored at a special awards ceremony in Room 1, Alumni Hall, on the Miami University campus, on Saturday, March 9, 2013, time to be announced. Each winner will receive a ribbon (Award of Excellence, Award of Merit, or Award of Participation) and a special prize that will be presented at the awards ceremony. Artwork of all student participants will be on exhibit this day starting at 12:00 noon and ending at 4:00 pm.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ENTRIES
All art should be two-dimensional only, and may be as small as 8 1/2 x 11″ or as large as 11×14.” Please mount art on either white or black, paper or cardboard. The mounting paper should provide a 2-to 4-inch margin top and sides and a 4-to-6-inch margin on the bottom.
NOTE: Entry forms should be mounted securely on the FRONT of the artwork, centered underneath the artwork, on the 4-to-6 -inch margin of the mounting paper. Adults may choose to print out the entry forms for younger students, as these entry forms will be the only student identification on the artwork. Please be sure that the student’s name is legible. Be sure to proofread the name as it appears on the entry form because the name of the student on each award certificate will be entered as it is typed or printed on the entry form.
Teachers: Please try to limit entries to 4-6 per classroom, per category. We will accept a slightly larger number, but we are not staffed to handle large volumes of art from a single classroom. Teachers: please do not submit a whole classroom of art without making any pre-selection.
Student art does not need school sponsorship. Home-schooled students are welcome to enter this contest.
All work must be delivered directly to the Presbyterian Seminary Building (white brick), 104 East Church Street (corner of Church and Poplar), Oxford, on Friday, February 15, 4:00–6:00 pm, or on Saturday, February 16, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Names of award winners will be posted on the Audubon Miami Valley website, amvohio.org, after February 25, 2013.
AUDUBON STUDENT ART EXHIBIT AND AWARDS SHOW AT ALUMNI HALL
Miami University, Oxford Campus
Artwork from this competition will be part of a public art exhibit at Alumni Hall. The exhibit will open at 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 9, 2013, and end at 4:00 pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The works of all student entrants will be on exhibit.
The awards show will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013, time to be announced, and will last approximately one hour. Each winner will receive a ribbon and a special prize, to be presented at the awards ceremony. All Award of Excellence winners and Award of Merit winners are asked to be present to receive their awards. All will have their names read and will be called to receive their award ribbon and prize. Please check our website, amvohio.org, after February 25, 2013, for the list of winners. No written confirmation will be sent out to teachers or schools. Teachers, parents and students must check the web site for winners/judging results.
RETURN OF STUDENT ART WORK
All student artwork in the exhibit must be picked up by the student or teacher after the Awards ceremony on March 9, 2013.
Unfortunately, we cannot store any artwork beyond that date, unless parents and/or teachers call and make special arrangements for pickup.
Miami Valley Audubon values every student’s artwork, and we take great care with each piece. However, we cannot assume any responsibility for the loss of, or damage to submitted art.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you have any questions that have not been answered here on our web site, please call or email:
Janet Ziegler: 523-2411 or email@example.com
Map showing Presbyterian Seminary Building and Alumni Hall.
A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!
This contest is organized by volunteers who are members and friends of Miami Valley Audubon. Our purpose in sponsoring this contest is to provide an artistic and educational opportunity to all interested students in our area. If you are excited about this contest and would like to see it flourish, please call or email us now and volunteer to help. There are many varied opportunities that require only a 2-3 hour commitment per year.