Steven Paul InstaThe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are excited to announce a larger than life public display of 2014 Gold Medalist Steven Paul’s photo, Lost Time!

As part of their support for the Awards, Colossal Media is installing Lost Time, a photograph by Gold Medalist Steven Paul, a senior at Edward R. Murrow High School, as a massive, hand-painted public mural on the wall of a building at Broadway and Bedford Streets in Brooklyn.

We stopped by over the weekend to check out the process, and you can still watch them paint today as they finish up painting the face and hair. There is a beautiful pedestrian mall with tables situated under umbrellas and plenty of yummy restaurants, so grab a slice of New York style pizza and watch the Wall Dogs work their magic! Read More

This post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog. By Brittany Sullivan.

Tyra AThe 91st annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Celebration is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate some of the most outstanding young artists and writers from all across the country. On Friday, June 6, national Scholastic Art & Writing Award-winning students will be honored during the National Awards Ceremony, live-webcasted from the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Since the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers announced the 2014 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards winners in March, we have had the privilege of getting to know some of these talented teens, including the Art Portfolio Gold Medal Award recipients. This year, 16 high school seniors received the Portfolio Gold Medal Award, the highest Scholastic Art & Writing Awards honor, which includes a $10,000 cash scholarship. After their big win, the Portfolio Gold Medalists have made television appearances, been featured in local papers and done radio interviews to discuss their award and what it took to get on the path to Carnegie Hall.

Before the National Celebration kicks-off in New York City next week, we wanted to give you a glimpse into the creative minds of the eight Portfolio Gold Medal artists. From vital organs made out of fabric to quirky self-portraits and even intricate pencil shavings sculptures, these eight teens are sure to impress you with their incredible talent, undeniable creativity and bold personalities. Read More

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Contour by Luis Zepeda, 2014 Gold Medal Art Portfolio

Have you ever had a dream where you find yourself naked at school? While that may be a nightmare for most, Luis Zepeda likes to infuse his works with a touch of humor, which in his 2014 Gold Medal Art Portfolio, the humor comes from a nude Zepeda. More of his work is shown below. Shannon Daniels aims to communicate acute observations about her family based on her experiences growing up with a strong link to her parents and grandparents in New York City. “Persimmon peels left on the kitchen table. The chipped keys of a piano that is out of tune. Everyday objects like these reveal whole histories of the people who use, save, and discard them.” says Daniels.

Daniels, a student at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, continues to describe her portfolio in her writers statement: “To approach and relay my encounters with giant, ubiquitous beasts – death, racism, and poverty – I have learned to begin with the ordinary, the small. From hearing family stories over the kitchen table to grocery-shopping in Chinatown market stalls, I’ve discovered that moments that are dismissed as banal or mundane can unfold daily, unspoken truths.” You can read excerpts from her pieces Scale (below) and Ars Poetica (following Luis’ work). Read More

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If you’re in New York City this summer, be sure to visit Scholastic Awards alum Mel Bochner’s show Mel Bochner: Strong Language at the Jewish Museum, up now through September 21. Featuring more than 70 works, this show focuses on the artist’s career-long fascination with the cerebral and visual associations of words. Read More

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Ford Town, USA 1960 by Laurel Taylor. Age 16, Grade 11, Cincinnati, OH.

Duck Tape® has always been known as a fix-all for DIY repairs, but with the addition of colors and prints this once utilitarian tool has quickly become a craft medium that is both unique and accessible. Sponsored by Duck Tape®, this award encourages new forms of creativity, individuality and personal expression. One award of $500 is presented to a student that expresses their artistic skills using Duck Tape® in their creation. Read More

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Global Warming by Yoonjie Park
made with acrylic paint, clay, and candy

In honor of Earth Day, here are some innovative student works that are environmentally conscious and include a wide array of recycled, or upcycled, materials! We hope these works will help inspire your next creation!

To add to the fun, here are a few links for some great recycled craft ideas.

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