Governor’s Mansion Centennial Visual Art and Essay Contest

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2014) – Kentucky public, private and home school students are invited to submit original artwork and/or essays in the Governor’s Mansion Centennial Visual Art and Essay Contest sponsored by First Lady Jane Beshear, the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Centennial Committee and the Kentucky Department of Education.  The contest is part of a yearlong series of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the current Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, also known as the “People’s House.”
 
“The yearlong Centennial Celebration is an exceptional opportunity for Kentucky students of all ages to learn about the architectural, political and social history of the Governor’s mansion,” said Mrs. Beshear.  “These contests are a perfect way to get students involved in the Celebration, and winners will be honored at a special ceremony and have their works displayed at the Mansion alongside historical Centennial exhibits.”
 
The visual art contest is open to students in grades K-12. Students may use any medium to create a two- or three-dimensional artwork that reflects one of the visual art contest’s themes. First, second and third place winners will be named for students in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.  Students must submit digital images of their work for judging.
 
The essay contest is open to students in grades 4-12 who must choose one of three writing prompts for the theme of their essay.  First, second and third place winners will be selected at the following award levels:  grades 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. 
 
First place winners in each age group will receive a $100 prize, join the First Lady for lunch at the mansion and have their work publicly displayed at the mansion.  Prize-winning student art work and essays will become sole property of the mansion as part of the mansion’s permanent collection. 
 
Complete contest information, rules, judging criteria and an official entry form are available online at http://governorsmansion.ky.gov/centennial/contest/.  Only electronic entries submitted via e-mail will be accepted.   The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 14.  Questions may be directed to maryann.miller@education.ky.gov or rebecca.blessing@education.ky.gov.
 
All Centennial events and exhibits are sponsored through private donations to the Kentucky Executive Mansions Foundation, Inc. (KEMFI).  KEMFI is a 501(c)(3) organization established to undertake, promote and assist financially and otherwise support the modification to the restoration, maintenance and preservation of public buildings, sites, structures, places and objects of historic significance owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
 

Fall 2013- 3rd grade

The third grade has been learning about our favorite elephant, Elmer, who is patchwork.  Elmer thinks the other jungle animals are teasing him, so he changes himself to fit it.  At the end of the story Elmer learns that being patchwork is a part of who he is and is one of the reasons his friends love him.  We created Elmer elephants using different patterns.

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Art Contests!

We are excited to announce three upcoming art contests!

 

Celebrating Art Contest

Any student grades K-12 can enter for free.  Contest divisions are K-3, 4-6, 7-9,and 10-12.  You can enter any artwork that can have a still digital image, like painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, not photography.  More information is available at: http://www.celebratingart.com/

 

Deadlines:

If you would like Ms. Baird to enter your artwork online, please have it to her by Monday, April 8th.

If parents would like to enter work online, it is due by Tuesday, April 9th.  THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO APRIL 18th, 2013. 

 

 

Save the Frogs 2013 Contest

Any student can enter this contest to encourage awareness to “Save the Frogs”.  The artwork must be original and not traced.  Full contest rules available on:  http://www.savethefrogs.com/art/index.html

 

Deadlines:

If you would like Ms.Baird to photograph and enter your artwork please turn it in by Friday, May 3rd, 2013.

If parents would like to enter work online, the deadline is October 15th, 2013.

 

 

There are more contests available at: http://www.art-made-easy.com/art-contests-for-kids.html, including Doodle 4 Google.

 

Please let Ms. Baird know if you have interest in any other contests.

Landscape & Still Life

The third grade has been learning about the three types of subject matter: landscape, still life, and portrait.  They learned that landscapes have a foreground, middleground, and background.  They learned that objects appear smaller when they are further away.  We created an imaginatively colored landscape based on David Hockney’s Mulholland Drive.

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The third grade has learned that a still life shows objects that do not move.  They learned that objects overlap to create distance and shadows can help show where light is showing.  The third grade learned how to draw from observation.

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Celebrating Art- Art Contest

We are excited to announce an art contest!

 

Celebrating Art Contest

Any student grades K-12 can enter for free.  Contest divisions are K-3, 4-6, 7-9,and 10-12.  You can enter any artwork that can have a still digital image, like painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, not photography.  The winners in each grade category will be published in a book. The top ten students in grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 will receive a $25 check in addition to being published.

 

More information is available at: http://www.celebratingart.com/

 

Due Dates:

If you would like Ms. Baird to enter your artwork online, please have it to her by Thursday, November 22nd.

 

Parents can enter their students’ work online by Thursday, November 29th.  This is the final date for submissions.

 

*We had two students who were published in the Celebrating Art book last fall.  We are excited to offer this opportunity again.

3rd gr.- Fall Artwork

The 3rd grade has been learning about pattern, artistic expression, and color.  We read Elmer by David McKee which tells the story of an elephant who learned to love being different.  We created elephants using nine different patterns.  The 3rd grade has been learning about I and the Village by Marc Chagall.  We created artworks that used symbols from our memories.  We learned about the abstract art of Mark Rothko and created paintings using warm colors.

    

 

Welcome Back!

School is back in session and in full swing!  I apologize for the delay in posting, but this year is promising to be delightfully busy.   The art room has been a great place to be for out first few weeks of school!  I am so excited to see what Simmons students will create this year.

I would like to thank all the families who have generously donated supplies to the art room.  If your family has or could save any of the following supplies, we will put them to good use.  You can send any of these supplies in at any time.  We will continue to use them throughout the year.

-Cleaned egg cartons

-Baby wipes

– School-friendly magazines

-Q-Tip Cotton Swabs

-Styrofoam plates

-Paper towels

Thank you for all your continued support!

 

 

April Art Contest

Get published!  Win prizes!

Any student in grades K-12 can enter for free.  Contest Divisions are grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12.

Any art that can be digital photographed can enter (painting, drawing, collage, sculpture).

Parents can enter you online at www.celebratingart.com.  Do not mail artwork.

The contest deadline is April 3rd, 2012.

This contest also had a December deadline.  Simmons had two students get published in the artists book: Emma Goh, 2nd grade, and Morgan Elmore, 4th grade.  We would love to see more Simmons students earn this wonderful honor.

2011-2012 Yearbook Cover Winners

We are very proud of the participation for the 2011-12 yearbook cover contest.  So many students created beautiful artwork.  The top 5 covers were placed in the library and 3rd-5th grade students voted for the winners:
 
On the front cover, 1st place winner: Jose Ochoa– 5th gr.
On the back cover, 2nd place: Christan Bishop– 4th gr.
On the back cover, 3rd place: Kaylee Dugan– 5th gr.
On the back cover, 4th place: Emily Ross– 3rd gr.
On the back cover, 5th place: Anna Haury– 4th gr.
Congratulations to our winners!  To pre-order your yearbooks now, please see Mrs. Tincher.