Happy Birthday Andy! Kids celebrating at the Andy Monument in New York City.

Did you know that famed artist Andy Warhol won a Scholastic Art & Writing Award as a teenager? And did you know his birthday is August 6? We’ll be celebrating his special day, and we want you to join in on the fun! Share your Andy photos and facts with us as we fete this fabulous Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alum.
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Mara Sprafkin at the Atelier

By Paul Handler, Mara Sprafkin’s Studio Assistant

Mara and I recently spent two weeks inside a set of storefront windows as part of Atelier, a project set up by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and hosted by the World Financial Center. Joining us behind the glass were five fellow Alliance Alumni and our favorite tweeter Nora Gomez.

When Mara works she tends to spread out. And while she initially attempted to adhere to the intended set up (i.e. sitting on a stool and painting on canvas at an easel), she quickly abandoned all of those things and made a nest for herself on the floor, moving from canvas to paper. Read More

As the school year comes to end and the days get warmer, we should all remember to keep creative in the coming months! We’re pleased to announce a new summer initiative, START.WRITE.NOW. With tips of things to do, a place to submit and share photos, and the opportunity to contribute to a collaborative story, START.WRITE.NOW is the place to keep the imaginative wheels in your head turning this summer.
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We hope 2011 Scholastic Award winners from across the country are gearing up for the National Celebration at the end of the month… we certainly are! Before, during and after the big shebang, we want to hear what all of you are saying, see what you’re up to, and give you some tips on what to do and see. Enter “The Hub”- your one-stop for all of the info you’ll need.
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David Shannon, author/illustrator of NO, DAVID! and its sequels

This post originally appeared on Scholastic’s On Our Minds blog May 18 2011, post by Ivy Li

For the past two weeks, we’ve showcased several of the twelve children’s books illustrators’ artistic interpretations of our global literacy campaign Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. The works, featuring some of the most beloved characters in children’s literature, were created to help raise money for literacy nonprofits Reach Out and Read and Reading Is Fundamental via an online auction – open now. If you missed our coverage of the artwork so far, click here.

It’s our hope that the amazing artwork will inspire children all over the world — whether they see the posters hanging in their classrooms, the library, or at home –  and remind them that reading is important and shapes who we become.

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Production still from the series Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 5, Episode: Systems. © Art21, Inc. 2009.

Guest blogger Jonathan Munar, Manager of Digital Media and Strategy at Art21, writes about John Baldessari, recipient of of our 2011 Alumni Achievement Award.

“I don’t do anything, I just sit in my chair all day.” That is the response that John Baldessari gave to Art21 Executive Director Susan Sollins when she invited him to join the roster of artists for the fifth season of the Art21-produced PBS series, Art in the Twenty-First Century. Sollins’s response was, “Okay, you do that. Sit in your chair and we’ll film.”  “And it worked out just splendidly,” recalls Sollins.
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