Art and Essay Contest

Image is a colorful painting of George Washington Carver by a student in the annual Art and Essay contest.
George Washington Carver NM 3rd and 4th Grade Art & Essay Contest

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3rd & 4th Grade Art and Essay Contest


The 3rd and 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, trophies, ribbons, and certificates are provided. The program features free lessons on the park website, classroom visits by VIPs (Volunteers-In-Parks), and connection with communication arts and fine arts curriculum.






2019 Theme: George Washington Carver's Thirst for Knowledge
"From a child I had an inordinate desire for knowledge, and especially music, painting, flowers, and the sciences, algebra being one of my favorite studies."

STUDY AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY

Use the theme to discover more about George Washington Carver. Submit artwork and essays during February.

SCHEDULE A VISIT!

Park rangers and volunteers visit classrooms and present an overview of George Washington Carver’s life and the history of the Monument. Call 417-325-4151 to schedule a classroom visit or a field trip.

START WITH GOOD RESOURCES!

Find resources in this packet and on this website.

ADDRESS FINE ARTS GLEs!

Drawing 1.A; Painting 1.B; Other Media 1.D; Sculpture 2.A; Fine Art 3.A; Theme 3.C

ADDRESS LITERACY STANDARDS!

MO Learning Standard-Writing: 1.A, 1.B, 1.C; Writing 2.B; Language 1.A, 1.B, 1.C
Common Core ELA-Literacy. W. 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.9

FOLLOW THE RULES!

Entries must be received by 4:30 p.m., February 15, 2019.

Please carefully follow the guidelines.

ATTEND THE AWARDS CEREMONY!

Trophies, ribbons, and award will be presented March 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.


3rd & 4th Grade Art and Essay Contest Rules
2019 Theme: "From a child I had an inordinate desire for knowledge, and especally music, painting, flowers, and the sciences, algebra being one of my favorites studies."


Attention Teachers: Entry Sheets

ARTWORK: (individual): Each teacher should submit one completed Art Entry Sheet, and a typed list of all students submitting artwork.

ARTWORK (group): Each teacher should submit one completed Art Entry Sheet per group and a typed list of each group member,

INFORMATIONAL ESSAYS: Each teacher should submit one completed Essay Entry Sheet and a typed list of all students submitting essays.

Art Guidelines

A label with the following information must be securely affixed to the lower back corner of each art entry, so it is out of view of judges: students name (or group member names), school, teacher (include art teacher and classroom teacher, if applicable)

There are two art categories for individuals. Winners will be chosen in each: 2-D and 3-D. Group art projects will be judged separately and winners will be chosen. Awards will be chosen for each grade level.

Size Limitations

Please be careful to observe size limitations. Items oversized will not be eligible for awards. Two-dimensional media may not exceed 24 inches on each side. 2D media includes drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, photography, and mixed media.

Three-dimensional media may not exceed 24 inches in height, width, or depth. 3D artwork needs to be securely mounted to a firm, flat support. Sponsors are not responsible for damage of artwork. Loose items may be subject to loss or damage.

Group projects are encouraged. Groups must consist of 3-5 students. Projects from larger groups are not eligible for awards. Group projects may not exceed 36 inches in height, width; or depth.

Judges will give special consideration to projects that utilize natural and/or recycled materials but please do not include live, potted plants or any food items, such as peanuts.

Informational Essay Guidelines

A label with the following information must be securely affixed to a lower, back corner of each essay: name of student, school, and teacher. Essays handwritten or typed, should be no more than 500 words in length and submitted on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper. Longer essays will not be eligible for awards. Please encourage double-sided pages but do not use staples, folders, or binders.


Digital entries are encouraged! Accepted formats include .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, or .rtf. Submit digital entries to: e-mail us by this deadline.

JUDGING CRITERIA
Evaluations conducted by judges are final. Judging is based of the following criteria:

ARTWORK

Expression of the theme

Originality

Technical ability

Creativity

INFORMATIONAL ESSAY (see scoring rubric)

Theme: meaning and development of message

Organization: essay structure

Voice: how author brings topic to life

Word choice: vocabulary conveys meaning

Sentence fluency: how words and phrases flow

Conventions: mechanical correctness

Presentation: overall appearance

WINNERS (each grade level)

· Certificate of participation for each student

· Ribbon for honorable mention winners

· Trophies and prizes for first place winners in essay, individual 2-D & 3-D art, and group art

· Ribbons for second and third place winners in essay, 2-D art, 3-D art, and group art

· Trophy & prizes for Most Creative Classroom teachers: essay, 2-D & 3-D art, group art

DEADLINE
All entries must be received by Friday, February 15, 2019. Deliver or mail entries to:
George Washington Carver National Monument

5646 Carver Road, Diamond, MO 64840


THE SHOW Entries will be displayed inside the visitor center at George Washington Carver National Monument from March 4 - 29 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Sunday through Saturday. Please invite families to visit the exhibit! There is no charge to visit George Washington Carver National Monument



THE AWARDS CEREMONY

This celebration of the students is on Saturday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m.. at George Washington Carver National Monument. Participating students and families, teachers and principals are encouraged to attend this special ceremony. First place winners will read their essay and interpret their artwork!


Further information may be obtained by calling George Washington Carver National Monument at 417-325-4151 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by emailing the rangers: e-mail us.

Find us on Facebook: George Washington Carver NM

Missouri Southern State University- Department of Teacher Education: http://www.mssu.edu/academics/education/teacher/index.php

Carver Birthplace Association: http://www.carverbirthplaceassoc.org/


Art Entry Sheet (individual entries and group entries)

Teachers, please submit:

1. one completed Art Entry Sheet for your class and for each group

2. one typed list of all students participating in the art category

3. student art entries


If you have any questions, please call the park rangers at 417-325-4151 or email: e-mail us.

Garde Level (circle) 3rd 4th

Classroom Teacher
: __________________________________________________

Art Teacher: __________________________________________________

School Name: __________________________________________________

School Address: __________________________________________________

Email Address: __________________________________________________

Telephone Number: __________________________________________________

Email Address: ______________________________________________________



Informational Essay Entry Sheet


Teachers, please submit:

1. one completed Informational Essay Entry Sheet for each class

2. a typed list of all students participating in the essay category

3. students essay entries

If you have any questions, please call the park rangers at 417-325-4151 or email: e-mail us.


Grade Level (circle) 3rd 4th

Classroom Teacher: __________________________________________________

School Name: __________________________________________________

School Address: __________________________________________________

Email Address: __________________________________________________

Telephone Number: __________________________________________________

CONTACT INFORMATION

George Washington Carver National Monument

5646 Carver Road

Diamond MO 64840

417-325-4151

Website: www.nps.gov/gwca

Email: e-mail us


RESOURCES

This information should be a starting point for research and not quoted verbatim within essays.

Background Information

The mission of George Washington Carver National Monument (Monument) is to maintain, preserve, and interpret, in a suitable and enduring manner, the life and legacy of George Washington Carver for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of the United States of America. The Monument’s enabling legislation requires the NPS to care for artifacts related to the life of George Washington Carver, the Moses Carver farm, and other patriotic items, and to maintain roads or trails.

The current landscape of the Monument is a combined setting of fields, woodlands, streams, riparian corridors, and the manicured lawns and gardens surrounding the visitor center. A prairie ecosystem was established in fields that were previously farmed.

The park is located in Newton County in southwest Missouri and is composed of the tract of land that was the 240-acre farm of Moses Carver. The farm was the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver, the distinguished African American scientist and educator who became known for his work at Tuskegee Institute.

On July 14, 1943, the bill authorizing the establishment of the Monument passed and became Public Law 148 of the 78the Congress. Congress directed the National Park Service (NPS) to maintain and preserve George Washington Carver’s birthplace as a suitable and enduring public memorial in his honor. This was the first time in United States history that a birthplace site was designated as a national monument to someone other than a United States President and the first time a unit of the National Park System was established to honor the contributions of an African American and of the African American experience.

Excerpt from 1943 Congressional Hearings establishing the Monument

“Occasionally there moves across the stage of time a historic figure, a creative teacher, a profound thinker, a humble servant, or an inspiring teacher. George Washington Carver was all of these. The memorial we can create only indicates to the world that once there was a man named George Washington Carver, whose life was a source of inspiration to all men, a pillar of hope to his race, a fountain of service to his fellows, a tower of devotion to his God; and that this man achieved a worthy and enduring stature in the memories of men.”

George Washington Carver quotes (many others are available at the Monument): You are right to be impressed with what I have accomplished, but if you only knew the odds against which I struggled, you would be astounded.

Well, it was like this. I always wanted to know why things were like they were. The first thing I remember wanting to know about was rain. What was rain? What made rain? The hail and snow. When I was growing up I had a little plot of ground that I turned into a sort of flower hospital and nursed sick plants from all over the neighborhood. I was always wanting to experiment.

When just a mere tot in short dresses my very soul thirsted for an education. I literally lived in the woods. I wanted to know every strange stone, flower, insect, bird, or beast. No one could tell me.

Day after day I spent in the woods alone in order to collect my floral beauties and put them in my little garden I had hidden in brush not far from the house, as it was considered foolishness in that neighborhood to waste time with flowers.

Check out the WebQuest, Carver Biography Cards, Character Education lesson plans, and more at: https://www.nps.gov/gwca/learn/education/curriculummaterials.htm

 
The photograph is for the park's annual 3rd and 4th Grade Art and Essay Contact (2019). The image includes the Carver statue and NPS arrowhead and logos for park partners. The image also includes informational text for the event.
George Washington Carver 4th Grade Art and Essay Contest

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Last updated: December 2, 2018

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5646 Carver Road
Diamond, MO 64840

Phone:

417.325.4151

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