Katrina Scott. Feast Upon. Grade 12, Age 17. 2011 Gold Key, Art Portfolio.
We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We’re so thankful for the opportunity to get to know so many amazing and talented young artists and writers every year, and hope the above painting and poem below inspire you. The following comes from Allyson Peurifoy, Age 14, from Walterboro, South Carolina. It received a Silver Key in the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
As I wait,
an aroma of poetry fills the room.
My fingers run along
the tasseled table cloth,
and trumpets are blown.
I slowly cross my legs,
tuck my napkin into place,
and am served platefuls of poetry. Read More
Untitled (Separate Yourself From the Animals), 2013. By Justin Nissley.
Guest post by Justin Nissley (2001 Scholastic Awards winner) whose art is currently being shown in a group exhibition at the Taubman Museum of Art until January 25. Justin received his BFA in Studio Art at Virginia Tech, and now resides and works in New York City. He was also a part of our first artist-and-residency program, the Atelier, in the fall/winter of 2011.
New York City is a great place for an artist to live. There is so much to see and do, and artists can visit many local galleries to get their finger on the pulse of what is happening in the art world. I think going to look at art is one of the most important things an artist can do, other than creating it.
My art for the past 7 years has been figurative, and mostly painting portraits. I’m drawn to the face because I’m constantly surrounded by people, and each person is fascinating in his or her own way. Recently, I started doing charcoal drawings of people in gas masks. Read More
Comics legend Stan Lee has launched a charity auction of these awesome YO! vinyl figures to benefit the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! We are so thankful to Stan’s POW! Entertainment and 3CoconutMonkey for supporting our work and the tens of thousands of young artists and writers we serve each year across the country.
Over 40 talented artists and celebrities joined the cause by creating their own unique YO! figures to support creative teens. You can view and bid on all of them right here. Read More
(Photo Credit: Academy of American Poets).
As autumn swept across New York City, the 2013 Class of National Student Poets prepared to leave their hometowns for the Big Apple. Home of Walt Whitman and cobble stone streets. Home of Brownstones and Marianne Moore. The National Student Poets read more poems. They matched the names of poets they have loved and known on paper with their headshots; ready to recognize them in person and spot them out of the crowd. “Poet! I implore you!” They decided what to pack (slacks? jeans?). They wondered if they could even squeeze in a Broadway Show or extra slice of New York pizza into their trip. They filmed the incredible “Poets in the Park” on a crisp, beautiful morning in Central Park. And what brought them to this great and literary metropolis? All five attended – and took part in – the Academy of American Poets’ Poets Forum from October 24 – October 26, 2013. Read More
Duck Tape® has always been a fallback tool for DIY repairs, but we’re seeing it used more and more as a medium by many artists. In fact, there’s been a steady increase in the number of art submissions made with duct tape over the years, and we’ve now created a unique opportunity for students to express their artistic skills using Duck Tape®.
Through this special partnership, one student will receive a $500 cash prize for their submission made with Duck Tape® in the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which are currently open! Read More
After attending the incredible Academy of American Poets’ Poets Forum, the five National Student Poets filmed and edited their own short film in Central Park entitled, Poets in the Park. Check it out!
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partner to present the National Student Poets Program (NSPP), the country’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. Five outstanding high school poets whose work exhibits exceptional creativity, dedication to craft, and promise are selected annually for a year of service as national poetry ambassadors.