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The Get to Know Program is a project of the Wild Neighbours Society and has been inspiring connections between children and nature in the outdoors for over a decade. The program was founded in 1999 by renowned naturalist and painter Robert Bateman and Mary Clark in Kelowna, BC, with the dream that children would have opportunities to get to know the names of their wild neighbours.
The motto of the Get to Know Program is “ Connect. Create. Celebrate.” These words articulate our mission to foster connections to nature through the creative arts-and to celebrate the fantastic work being done by youth in response to the environment and the need to understand and value nature.
Through the annual Get to Know Contest, we work to ensure that young people are provided with opportunities to spend more time out of doors. This is particularly important in this day and age, as children continue to abandon outdoor experiences.
The last couple of months came and went too quickly. I just wanted to share some art news and updates that I didn't get too.
Recently we have several students recognized for their hard work and amazing artwork.
Congratulations to Piscataway High School art students for having their artwork selected and published in the Fall 2017 Blick Celebrating Art anthology. This publication brings together the best student artists in North America. The intent of this student art contest is to motivate student artists and provide the top entries the opportunity to be published in an anthology that will record the creative works of today's student artists.
At the end of the year, AP Art Drawing students and class of 2017 graduates, Neha Patel and Nina Gabriel, entered the 2017 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Art Contest. The contest asks students to create a piece of artwork that is inspired by an issue that impacts our oceans such as pollution, conservation and environmental impacts on the ecosystem. Neha won the Silver Award and Nina won the Distinguished Honorable Mention Award. Both student’s researched and illustrated issues related to the impact of oil spills in our oceans. Both pieces of art stood out from the 3000 pieces entered from around the world.
Congratulations to Courtney, 1st Place Winner and Jamie, 2nd Place Winner in the annual Teen Media Contest. Teen Media Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development. Student entrants were asked to create and submit a piece of original hand drawn artwork, which complements the state’s ongoing advertising and community outreach campaign. This year’s contest theme is Families That Grow Through the Generations. The students will be honored at a ceremony at the New Jersey Statehouse where their artwork will be on view. Courtney and Jamie’s winning artwork will be included and published in the 2016 New Jersey Child Support Calendar.
Congratulations to Piscataway High School art students Chrissy and Neha! They had their artwork selected for the Art Educators of New Jersey Early Winter Exhibit at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Their artwork is part of a 30 piece exhibit that is hung in the Victoria Theater Lobby displaying k-12 artwork from around the state. Over 6,000 visitors to NJPAC will see their artwork while it is on display.
Congratulations to my AP Art student, Mary! She just found out that she won an honorable mention in the 2015 International Ocean Awareness Student Contest. As one of the selected winners from over 1,100 high-caliber submissions from 35 countries, Mary's art work will be featured in galleries and merchandise sent around the world.
Mary’s entry visually illustrates the impact of plastics in our oceans by transforming the anatomy of a sea turtle into a variety of plastic items while incorporating color to represent the deterioration of our oceans.
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community—young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.
Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 apply in 29 categories of art and writing. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Last year, students submitted 300,000 works of art and writing to the Awards; more than 68,000 were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. The top 2,000 works in the country earned National Medals and were celebrated at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall.
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"The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world."
Mrs. Dorothy Amme
Visual Arts Teacher
Piscataway High School