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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Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Art Administrators of NJ Annual Emerging Artist High School Exhibit at Kean University. This year I entered the work from my student Priyanka (above). Congratulations! Her colored pencil and acrylic portrait won a Merit Award. She is among the 10 award winners that will go on to the next round of competition by submitting their portfolios for review. I look forward to this event each year as it demonstrates the wide range of artistic experiences that the students from all around New Jersey are experiencing through their visual arts programs. Special thanks to all of the AANJ members that make this show possible each year.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards deadline is this month. If you plan on entering your work you need to upload your images and print out your forms. Remember I need to sign your forms before you can mail them. They should be mailed before the winter break to ensure that they are received on time and you do not miss out on this opportunity.
"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