George Lu and Tony Pan. Three Trials of Tito. Grade 8, Age 13. 2010 Gold Medal, Video Games.

You might already know the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have a video game design category (sponsored by AMD!). But did you know that now teachers have a place to go to online to find tools for their students to design their own video games? AMD Foundation, the Alliance and Scholastic come together thanks to AMD Changing the Game, to bring you video gaming excitement and education with a new online initiative – Level Up!

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Here at the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, we’re always on the look-out for exciting ways to encourage creative thinking. We recently stumbled upon Whyville, an online island off the coast of Southern California that offers visitors and residents access to virtual tropical reefs and ski slopes, games, theaters, museums, community centers, art projects and shopping. Users can go SCUBA diving, start their own fashion labels, organize events, and even learn math and science through playing games. Even better, earn clams along the way. Read More

Since we added the Video Game Design category to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards last year, we’ve begun to discover some of the industry’s future leaders. But we’re not the only ones taking an interest in video games. Recently, fashion brands and independent designers alike have been getting in touch with their inner gamers to create accessories, leggings and even entire lines of clothing. Mix and match your favorite brands with the ghosts of video games past. Here are a few examples!

Stay warm with a Super Mario Brothers’ Princess Peach Scarf, from Urban Princess’ Etsy Shop:

Photo: Urban Princess, Etsy.

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If he could describe his art in a single word, he would say: “Grape.” If he could have a superpower, he would want to be like a hydra so that he could have two heads and sing while simultaneously playing the melodica. Meet our guest blogger and Brooklyn native Joshua Krieble, a young filmmaker whose Landscapes within Landscapes won a 2010 National Gold Medal. In addition to film, Joshua also won a Gold Medal in video game design (“The Walls”) and a Silver Medal for Poetry (“6.796 Billion Tiny Shapes”).

JOSHUA KRIEBLE: I got the idea for Landscapes within Landscapes when my film teacher told me to film something in five minutes. Read More

Concept artists work across diverse industries – automotive, video games, animation, theater, movies and toys – to bring ideas to life. Recently, Senior Concept Artist Chris Bourassa at Vancouver-based Propaganda Games shared some of his tips for emerging artists interested in working on concept art for video games and film. Read More

You’ve been waiting, and it’s finally here – (drum roll, please) – we’re thrilled to announce the 2010 National Winners of The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

We received over 165,000 submissions to The Awards this year – a record number. Teens from Alaska to Maine submitted poems, plays and personal essays; hats made of paper and birds made from books; and self-portraits in almost every kind of media.

More than 1,300 creative teens received National Gold and Silver Medals, and fifteen Portfolio Gold Medalists earned highly coveted $10,000 scholarships. One of our 2010 Jurors said it best: “Students exhibited great talent and ambition and, most of all, sincerity through their creative process.” Visit our online gallery to view National Works from 2010, selections of which will be on display at the World Financial Center in New York City this coming June.

Congratulations to all the students and teachers who participated. We hope to see more of your creative works in the 2010–2011 program year. Here’s what our friends at Scholastic Inc. had to say about this great achievement!

(Image, above: Kate Humphrey, The Birds, 2010 Gold Medal)