I had the pleasure of attending the 54th Visual Arts Competition for Young People at the Captain James & Emma Holt White House last night. All of the local high school and middle school art students were competing in the countywide art competition that included such categories as watercolor, decorative ceramics, digital photography, pencil drawing, print making, tempera, pastel, acrylic, colored pencil drawing, marker drawing, and charcoal drawing. My daughter, Ellen, was entered in the watercolor category, and received an honorable mention for her painting she titled Batman and Robin.
I was so impressed by all of these talented young artist that I thought I would share some of their work with you. One of my favorite (and most inexpensive) ways to add character and personality to a space is with children’s artwork. If you need some artwork for a family room, playroom, kitchen or your child’s bedroom, there is nothing easier than framing one of their drawings to hang in those spaces. If you don’t currently have any artwork that you can frame, give your child some markers and paper and ask him to draw something for you (your child may need some guidance from you for ideas to get them started). I would have been interested in purchasing several of the winning pieces from last nights’ showing for my own home, if they had been for sale! With budget cuts being such a hot topic of debate in our schools, I am very glad they haven’t taken away the visual arts programs in our schools.
|This was Ben's favorite! It was painted by a middle-schooler and titled, Self Portrait.|