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
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
Sham Habteselasse. Holocaust. Grade 12, Age 18. 2013 Silver Key, Art Portfolio.
This year, we’re excited to be teaming up with the Gedenk Movement to present a special creative challenge, The Gedenk Award for Tolerance, which asks students to create original art or writing that reflects upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides and attempts to raise awareness of the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society.
Five Scholastic Awards participants will receive National Medals and $1,000 each for their work addressing the Gedenk Movement’s important mission. Read More
Guest post by Timothy H. Lee (2006-08 Scholastic Awards winner) on his inspiring journey to becoming an artist and his experience in our first Art.Write.Now.Pop-Up! flash residency in the Scholastic flagship store’s main display window from September 29 – October 4
It’s been 3 weeks since my residency at the Scholastic building storefront ended, and I find myself finally transitioning back into a private studio practice. I was surprised at how difficult it was to transition from working in front of hundreds of people a day, to spending quiet nights painting alone. Although my residency only lasted a week, my experience there was one that had a profound impact on my life: not because I met Nick Cannon, or was interviewed by Hi-Fructose, or even because of the opportunities I received as result of my exposure (though I will not lie and say those weren’t amazing perks). The Art.Write.Now.Pop-Up! served as a confirmation that becoming an artist was the right decision. Read More
WNYC Radio host Brian Lehrer
Write. Rewrite. Stop.
These three words, dispensed tersely from award-winning radio-journalist and WNYC Radio host Brian Lehrer, comprise his best advice for teen writers and especially for all of you who plan to enter the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. To elaborate a bit—just a bit—here are his tips:
- Write every day. If you want to make it at something, do it all the time.
- Write long, write medium, write short….but keep writing.
- Write along with your life. Write about the mundane things that happen in your day and you’ll wind up finding meaning in them that you didn’t know was there until the writing made you start to think.
- Write about things outside your life: Notice the things that capture your interest. Make a note of what they are. Write about why THAT made you stop and think. Then check ‘em out more fully (see next tip!).
On October 3rd, we partied like it was 2013—The Best Teen Writing of 2013, to be specific! Our book launch party for the newest edition of our annual anthology of Award-winning writing featured guest host, WNYC Radio host Brian Lehrer, who interviewed Loretta López, 2010 Portfolio Gold Medalist and the book’s Editor. Here’s a brief excerpt:
In your introduction you write about the role of technology today and our quick access to information. Can you speak more about that?
A lot of our experiences right now are very passive, about just watching. What I love about this book is that every writer in this book took the time to sit down, face themselves and pay attention; be frustrated in the process of writing and I like that.
Did you find frustration in the writing process? You told me you are writing a novel. What is your approach to writing?
I realized a while ago that if you just wait for inspiration to hit you you’re going to wait a long time. I write every day for at least two hours– I force myself and set my alarm. Then I go out and see people, return and dive back into a fantastical world I’m creating. Read More