Art and Essay Contest

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George Washington Carver NM 3rd and 4th Grade Art & Essay Contest

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3rd & 4th Grade Art and Essay Contest


The 3rd & 4th grade Art and Essay Contest celebrates Black History Month while encouraging students' creativity through essay writing and creating original artwork. Based on the annual theme, student work is recognized with an art show and display of essays, plus an awards ceremony. Awards, ribbons, and certificates are provided. The program features free lessons on the park website and virtual classroom visits.





 

2022 Art and Essay Contest for 3rd and 4th Graders

Theme-Kindness

Based on George Washington Carver's quote, giving advice that a kind student "...takes his (or her) share of the world and lets other people have theirs."


Teachers, your students are invited to enter original artwork or essays based on the theme and quote. The contest is open to 3rd & 4th graders. Winners become park rangers for a day! Entry deadline is March 9th.

George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of the renowned scientist and educator. George Washington Carver was a prolific writer and creative artist. This contest strengthens writing skills and encourages artistic expression.

Theme - Kindness, based on George Washington Carver’s quote from his Eight Cardinal Virtues letter: “…who takes his share of the world and lets others have theirs.”

Entry Rules and Submission

  • entries, judging, and awards may be completed in person or digitally
  • open to 3rd & 4th graders

  • must be submitted by a teacher or home educator
  • limit one essay and one art piece per student; no group projects
  • 2-D or 3-D artwork, digital or traditional materials, must not exceed 24” on any side, and include a title; submit my mail, in person, or email one photo as .jpg or .pdf
  • essays limited to 500 words, typed or hand-written, and must include a title; submit my mail, in person, or email one file as .doc, .pdf, or .jpg
  • no identifying information on entries! Use the cover page.
  • entry deadline: March 9, 2022.

Judging

Art judges are artists, art educators, and others interested in youth art. Art is judged on theme expression, originality, technical ability, creativity. An art show will be set up in the visitor center beginning March 14th. Essay judges are pre-service teachers, retired educators, authors, and others interested in youth writing. Essay judging is based on the 6+1 traitwriting scoring guide (see below).

Awards

An awards ceremony and reception is set for April 2nd, 2022. First place winners receive a biography of George Washington Carver and get to be a park ranger for a day! Their teacher also receives a biography. 1st-3rd place winners receive a ribbon, and all participants receive a certificate. Special guest: Roary the Lion from Missouri Southern State University will join the awards fun! Get your photo taken with Roary!

Teacher Resources

  1. Eight Cardinal Virtues letter (included)
  2. Carver the Artist lesson plans (call or email to have this sent to you)
  3. Film (12 min.): George Washington Carver, A Man of Character https://www.nps.gov/gwca/learn/education/curriculummaterials.htm
  4. Virtual Visits with park rangers and Volunteers to discuss the theme

Partners

This contest is generously supported by:

Send Submissions To:

e-mail us
For questions, call 417-325-4151
George Washington Carver National Monument
5646 Carver Road
Diamond, Missouri 64840

 

Cover Page and Release Statement

Please type or print the following information.

Student Name _____________________________________________________________ Grade Level _______
Title of Art and/or Essay ______________________________________________________
School Name ______________________________________________________________
Teacher Name ______________________________________________________________
Teacher Email ___________________________________________________ Telephone ______________________

George Washington Carver National Monument 3rd & 4th Grade Art and Essay Contest Release Statement

I declare and affirm that I am the person who created the work submitted and that I consent to the art and/or essay being entered in the Art and Essay Contest and for it to be displayed, should it win 1st-3rd place, on the George Washington Carver National Monument website and/or in other publications at George Washington Carver National Monument.


Student signature ____________________________________ Date_____________________

I affirm and declare as set forth above that I am the student’s parent or legal guardian and that I consent to the art and/or essay being entered in the Art and Essay Contest and for it to be displayed, should it win 1st-3rd place, on the George Washington Carver National Monument website and/or in other publications at George Washington Carver National Monument.


Parent/Guardian signature ____________________________ Date______________________

 

Eight Cardinal Virtues

Reprinted from a letter by George Washington Carver

January 9, 1922

Mr. L. Robinson,

I wish to express through you to each member of the Senior class my deep appreciation for the fountain pen you so kindly and thoughtfully gave me for Christmas.

This gift, like all the others, is characterized by simplicity and thoughtfulness, which I hope each member will make the slogan of their lives.

As your father, it is needless for me to keep saying, I hope, except for emphasis, that each one of my children will rise to the full height of your possibilities, which means the possession of these eight cardinal virtues which constitutes a lady or a gentleman.

1st. Be clean inside and outside.
2nd. Who neither looks up to the rich or down on the poor.
3rd. Who loses, if need be, without squealing.
4th. Who wins without bragging.
5th. Who is always considerate of women, children and old people.
6th. Who is too brave to lie.
7th. Who is too generous to cheat.
8th. Who takes his share of the world and lets other people have theirs

May God help you carry out these eight cardinal virtues and peace and prosperity be yours through life.


Lovingly yours,
Geo. W. Carver

 

Essay 6 + 1 Trait Scoring Guide
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GWCA Art & Essay 2022 Rubric
George Washington Carver NM Art and Essay Contest for 3rd & 4th Graders Rubric.

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Last updated: February 23, 2022

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