Scholastic Art Awards
The purpose of this thread to-
1. Tell people who are still in high school about the Awards, in case your teacher hasn't. http://www.scholastic.com/artandwrit...ndex_page6.htm
2. Connect with any previous winners and talk about the awards (I just got back from the awards ceremony in New York a couple days ago). We could talk about whether the portfolio gold judging was sound, or how the workshops went, etc...
3. Explain how to get money through Scholastic.
The Scholastic awards are a good way to obtain scholarship money, especially if you win on the national level. The Scholastic Awards is a prestigious (and HUGE) national art contest (with regional levels) that gives recognition to High School and Middle School students in a variety of visual art (and also writing categories).
Something to keep in mind is that you don't necessarily need to be given scholarship money from the contest itself (in fact, the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers [the people who host the National contest] directly give scholarships only to the national gold portfolio winners). HOWEVER, they have connections with a huge number of schools, who they notify if you get a national win. Just give them the name(s) of where you're applying and they'll send an announcement of what you won. So, through Scholastic, you ultimately win scholarship money from your desired college, not the Alliance itself.
From personal experience, my national portfolio award got me additional money on top of the scholarship they already offered me. Most colleges put a lot of weight on the scholastic judges (perhaps even more than their individual evaluators) so it's possible that you might end up getting more money from your college as a result of your award than what the college decides you should get for a scholarship.
As a warning, though, each school is different. Some might give out less money for the same thing. Sometimes it's a flat amount (like a few thousand) and other times it's variable.
Keep in mind that you don't have to win nationally in order to get money. Local sponsors (like colleges) can offer scholarships (especially for regional portfolio winners). Other colleges also offer scholarships for choice portfolios, around a few thousand. Third parties, anywhere from artists clubs to framing companies can also give "scholarships", which are really just cash prizes. They're assuming you're going to use the money for college (or hoping you will, hehe). Usually these cash prizes are under $1000.00.
MY BIG ADVICE HERE IS TO ENTER A PORTFOLIO YOUR SENIOR YEAR, not a whole bunch of individual works. If you feel like you have eight strong pieces, by all means do so. You will get rewarded more financially. Additionally, because you're only allowed to enter a portfolio if you're a senior, you're competing with a smaller group. I was very close to making the mistake of entering several things separately, for fear that my stronger pieces might be "brought down" by my weaker ones. However, when I found out I was allowed to pull out pieces from previous years, I decided to enter the unit (with what I thought was my strongest piece entered separately).
From my experience, if you enter things most appreciated by this website, your chance of winning a gold national portfolio is pretty much nothing. The judges tend to heavily favor a "fine artsy" portfolio- no "illustration-type" stuff. They are also looking for consistency-- just about every single example of a national gold portfolio winner I've seen is made in the same medium, with the same type of subject matter, the same style, etc... They're looking for someone who's "found their voice", not even someone who's a "master of all trades". At least this is what I've seen with the winners of the last several years.
From one who judged the contest both locally and nationally:
Originally Posted by Storyboard Dave
Originally Posted by Storyboard Dave
Last edited by Zirngibism; January 15th, 2008 at 12:33 PM.
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Hey. Rising senior, here. I won one gold key/ silver national photo and one gold key computer art. Region at Large. thesinfulsaint also entered some stuff and won something.
There is a post about this in the scholarship part of the forum.
I was invited to attend the award ceremony, but didn't actually attend because we, as a family collectively, could not for the life of us find the forms to turn in on time. Teehee.
How was it?
Did you submit a portfolio or just individual pieces?
And I second the spreading of the word. I had no idea about this contest from school.
Aww, thanks for the plug, bluefruitbowl! I won 2 regional gold keys for an oil painting self-portrait series and a graphite portriat. I won a national silver award for a colored pencil drawing of my car. I, like bluefruit, was invited to go to the national ceremony, but there were conflicts and I wound up being unable to attend. It sure sounded nice, though!
Just wanted to say that I think this thread is a great idea. I wish I had known about Scholastics earlier in high school. Last year was the first year that I had work in the show.
Good luck to everyone this year! I hope to see some portfolio gold awards from CA.org
As someone who judges this competition, I would highly recommend that people enter it. They have money galore for scholarships and if you've got what it takes to impress the judges (and they're from all walks of life and perspectives), you could go home with some decent cash for your education.
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This is a ridiculous question, but I can't for the life of me find any sort of registration/submission form(s) on the website. Is this something you have to be nominated for, then? *confused*
I'm interested in this award, but I've graduated Grade 11 (without plans of doing 12) - can I still participate? (Additionally, I live in the Middle East)
This is from the website:
"Who Can Participate? Young artists and writers currently enrolled in grades 7 – 12 and who attend a public, private, parochial or home-school in the United States, U.S. Territories or U.S.-sponsored schools abroad. Canadian students in equivalent grades are also eligible as part of the Region at Large."
It looks like you have to be currently enrolled and in a Canadian or U.S.-sponsored school.
to chocolatecello, the forms aren't up yet for the upcoming year. I'd expect registration to start sometime mid-September.
Just out of curiosity, is it possible to submit a portfolio with certain individual pieces in it submitted in other categories?
I'm not exactly sure what you mean. I haven't been through process, but I assume it would be best not to submit duplicate images. Are you putting the artwork in categories and want to put some works in more than one category?
Basically, I want to submit an Art Portfolio. However, I want to submit some pieces in the portfolio in their corresponding categories, just in case my portfolio as a whole isn't good but some of it is. Can I do that?
Originally Posted by emily g
I don't think so, unfortunately.
Curses. I'll have to actually think about this then.
Originally Posted by thesinfulsaint
Something else to keep in mind is that, on the regional level, they don't allow the same person to enter more than 1 portfolio (I know from experience- I'd entered in an analog portfolio and tried to get in a "computer art" [fractal stuff, not digital painting] and they wouldn't let me.)
Originally Posted by bluefruitbowl
Hm... what region were you in? Was it Northeast Ohio? I ask because both thesinfulsaint and I were in that region (In fact, some of her work was on the other side of the wall my portfolio was hanging on )
You might have been able to find the forms for the ceremony online... and if they're not up there they should be...
I submitted a portfolio and one individual piece my senior year, but I got awards for single works 3 years previous. I think on my sketchbook I labelled some of the things that won on other years (totals 7 national awards for single works total, 3 golds and 4 silvers, and I think a couple honorable mentions but I don't remember).
It's too bad more schools don't get the word out. If anything, it's a way for us non-athletes to get some recognition. I'd imagine the contest gets a list of every public high school and e-mails them every year. I'm not as sure about private schools (though they did participate).
The ceremony was pretty neat. At the beginning, we all walked onstage, single file, while the "Nuttin' but Stringz" group played. There was a speech from the Scholastic CEO, and some actors gave readings of some of the gold writing award winners. They were supposed to have someone famous (I think it was a newscaster) give the main speech, but they were sick so they had an actor instead. Finally, a well-known singer (I so under a rock and don't know her name) sang. Sorry you weren't able to come :-\
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