Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The time is NOW! The 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are open for entries!
You can start your submission process in three easy steps:
  1. Get the Info! Learn how to enter and find your local program for your region’s guidelines and deadlinesOur Regional Requirements and Deadlines.
  2. Create an Account! Once your masterpiece is complete, create your Scholastic Awards account and upload your work. Your account will be your creativity command center!
  3. Stamp It and Send It! Sign your submission forms and then mail them off with your submission fee to your local program.
  4. Categories including Photography - Category Description
    Images captured by either an analog or digital camera.

    Examples (including but not limited to)
    Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, etc.

  5. Digital Art – Category Description
    Computer-generated artwork OR artwork captured digitally and heavily collaged or manipulated to produce a new image.
    The production of digital art relies heavily upon computer software such as Adobe Photoshop. Works that are digitally collaged, cloned, layered, merged, distorted, or heavily manipulated with computer software must be submitted in the Digital Art category.

The Future New Creative Challenge asks students to produce work that challenges the boundaries of the Scholastic Awards’ current categories.

Future New means on the cutting edge of creative practice. Work submitted to this category should address the issues and concerns of our time through conceptual, social, or political content. Work can be executed as—but is not limited to—installation art, performance art*, interactive text, sound art, re-purposed materials, or new and applied technologies. Along with the work, the student must submit a written statement that describes in detail the processes used to create the work and/or relevant content that situates the work as innovative. A Future New work must be both thought-provoking and reflect creative excellence.

Send Future New Submission Forms to:

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
ATTN: Future New
557 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

National Portrait Gallery Teen Portrait Competition

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery opens a “call for entries” for the third annual Teen Portrait Competition. Artists between the ages of 13 and 17 may electronically submit portraits to the juried competition in the medium of painting and drawing, photography, and video through Wednesday, September 30 2015. The grand-prize portrait will be printed and displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in 2016.

The theme for entries is interact and interaction.

Interactverb: in·ter·act \in – ter -’akt\: to talk or do things with other people: to act together: to come together and have an effect on each other.

Interactionnoun: in·ter·ac·tion \in – ter -’ak – shen\: mutual or reciprocal action or influence.
Portraiture implies an interaction between the sitter (person in the portrait) and the spectator (person viewing the portrait). Portraiture can also imply an interaction with the setting, with only you or with others, or about an experience. “We are looking for portraits that share the theme of interaction and we want the competition to be available to all teens nationwide,” said Blair Kirkbaumer, Teen Programs Coordinator for the National Portrait Gallery.

Link to Website

Link to Entry

Monkey Selfie Lawsuit

selfie_1.jpg.crop.promovarmediumlarge.jpg.crop.promovarmediumlarge.jpg.crop.promovarmediumlargeThis week, PETA filed a copyright infringement suit against David Slater, the wildlife photographer you may recall from last year’s ever-amusing monkey-selfie controversy. In 2011, during an expedition in Indonesia, a black crested macaque grabbed Slater’s camera and began gleefully snapping pictures of itself. One of its shots, posted above this story, miraculously turned out to be a perfectly focused, adorably stoned-looking selfie that was republished around the world. But Slater’s luck ran dry when Wikipedia editors posted the portrait, claiming it belonged in the public domain. Their reasoning was simple: In the United States, the copyright for a photo typically defaults to whoever hits the shutter. Since, in this case, a monkey did the pressing, and apes can’t claim copyrights, the image had no owner.

The activist group is suing Slater and the self-publishing platform he used to produce his book, Blurb, for damages on behalf of the macaque that snapped the selfie—its name is apparently Naruto—claiming that the monkey is the rightful owner of the copyright. How come? According to PETA’s lawyers, U.S. copyright law never explicitly states that an “author” must be human. “While the claim of authorship by species other than homo sapiens may be novel, ‘authorship’ under the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. § 101 et seq., is sufficiently broad so as to permit the protections of the law to extend to any original work, including those created by Naruto.” Should PETA win, it says proceeds from the suit as well as future profits from the photo would be used to care for Naruto, his primate community, and the reserve where they live.

Link to Full Article

Inside a Camera at 10,000 fps – Slow Mo Guys

Video Link

History of the Camera Infographic


30 Art-Writing Cliches to Ditch

It’s a new year, which is a fine excuse as any to ditch old bad habits. Here below, I have assembled a not-at-all exhaustive list of art-writing words that I could do without in 2015. I admit, I’ve been guilty myself of abusing some or all of them—but of course that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for.

4) challenges
Particularly in these usages: “challenges the viewer…” or “challenges ideas of….” Very few things are genuinely challenging, particularly when the art crowd is so very blasé about being challenged.

5) concerns
Artists are “concerned with issues of representation,” or “tackle concerns of authorship.” They are really “concerned” about these things! It’s super “concerning!”

6) controversial
There are artworks that really merit the label “controversial,” but the term is killed by overuse. Just because people are saying mean things about something on Facebook doesn’t mean it is “controversial.” It just means that it is on Facebook.

Link to the full list. (Required reading for AP Photo students)

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Contest – Dec. 17th Deadline

Sign Up!

Submissions for the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards will begin on September 15, 2014. To get
started, visit our SIGN UP PAGE. Be sure that you have your school zip code handy so that we can get
you the guidelines and deadline for your Local Program.


The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates technical skill, personal voice or vision, and
originality. After you have created your work, uploaded it to your Scholastic Awards Account! Click HERE
to see examples of works from past National Medalists.

Wendy’s award winning entry on page one!

Stamp it and Send It!

After uploading your work, print your submission forms, have a parent/guardian and an educator sign
them, and then mail them to your Local Program. Mailing instructions can be found on the submission
form or on your LOCAL PROGRAM’S WEBPAGE.

Category Descriptions

For a full list of category descriptions, click HERE.

Judging Criteria

Originality Work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges
notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.

Technical Skill Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice,
and show skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative.

Personal Vision or Voice Work with an authentic and unique point of view and style.

Blind Judging

The Scholastic Awards are adjudicated without knowledge of the artists/writers identity. Please make sure
that your submission does not contain any personal information.

Freedom of Expression

Young artists and writers are free to explore any and all topics. There are no pre-defined prompts and no
work is ever disqualified from the Scholastic Awards because of the nature of its content.

National PTA Reflections Art Contest

The arts—and the National PTA Reflections program—support student success and serve as a valuable tool for building strong partnerships in your school community. Celebrate arts learning in your school community with Reflections.

National PTA Reflections welcomes all grades and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Annually, thousands of students will reflect on a common theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

The world would be a better place if… is the theme for the 2014-2015 school year.

PTA Reflections Program info

Photography Rules

Entries due to Lab 32 by Dec. 12th

Johns Hopkins Photography Competition

A juried exhibition of mixed media art by MCPS high school students.
Submit any original 2-D art (painting, drawing, mixed media, etc.) based on the theme “Out of the Ordinary” for the jurors. Selected works will be displayed at Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus.
We will also host a Montgomery County high school student photography exhibition. Submit any original photograph based on this year’s theme. The selected pieces will be displayed at Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus.

Submission deadline for all entries: Friday, January 9, 2015 by 5:00pm Show Reception: January 29, 2015, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Size requirement photography: 8” x 10” photograph in an 11” x 14” mat • Artist must be a MCPS high school student. • Up to two artists may collaborate on a single piece. • Submissions must be made by your art teacher. • Works must be labeled on the back. Labels will be provided.

Work must be suitable for display in a public artspace. The owners of the building (and their representatives) have final say as to whether work is appropriate for display in the building.

100+ Creative Photography Ideas: Techniques, Compositions, Mixed Media Approaches

brestbrest photographyStudents taking high school photography often search the internet looking for tips, ideas and inspiration. This article contains well over 100 creative techniques and mixed media approaches that Fine Art / Photography students may wish to use within their work. It showcases student and artist examples along with brief descriptions of the techniques that have been used. Approaches relate specifically to mixed media photography techniques, technical / trick photography ideas and interesting, fun or unique compositional strategies.
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