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 & 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.





2021 3rd & 4th Grade Art and Essay Contest- Helping and Healing

There is beauty in well tilled fields, in healthy and happy people, beauty to living in harmony with others.

George Washington Carver


Teachers, your students are invited to enter original artwork, or an essay based on the theme. This annual contest is open to all 3rd & 4th graders in the in the four states region (Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas). This year, it will be completely online! Contest details are on the following pages. Entry deadline is February 12, 2021.

Contest Rules

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

Theme

Helping and Healing, based on George Washington Carver’s quote: “There is beauty in well tilled fields, in healthy and happy people, beauty to living in harmony with others.”

Entry Rules and Submission

  • entries, judging, and awards will be completed digtially
  • open to all 3rd-4th graders in the four states region (Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas) must be submitted by a teacher, including home educators
  • limit one essay and/or art piece, per student; no group projects
  • artwork, 2-D or 3-D, may be created digitally or with traditional materials, must not exceed 24” on any side, and include a title; submit 1-2 photos of entry, as .jpg or .pdf
  • essays limited to 500 words, typed or hand-written, and must include a title; essays may be submitted as .doc, .docx, .pdf, .jpg, or .rtf
  • No identifying information on entries! Use the cover page.
  • entry deadline: February 12, 2021

Judging

Art judges are artists, art teachers, and others interested in youth art. Art is judged on theme expression, originality, technical ability, creativity. Essay judges are pre-service teachers, retired educators, authors, and others interested in youth writing. Essay judging is based on the 6+1 trait writing scoring guide (see below).

Winners will be posted on the park’s Facebook page at 2 p.m. on March 19th, 2021. First place winners receive a biography of George Washington Carver, 1st-3rd place winners receive a ribbon, and all participants receive a participation certificate.

Resources

Learn more about park education programs.

Partners

The George Washington Carver National Monument 3rd & 4th Grade Art and Essay Contest is generously supported by Missouri Southern State University-Department of Education, Carver Birthplace Assocation, Spiva Center for the Arts, and Volunteers In Parks at the park. Thanks to each and every one!

Send Submissions To:

e-mail us for questions, call 417-325-4151

Cover Page and Release Statement

Please type or print the following information

Student Names ______________________________ 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 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.


Parent/Guardian signature __________________________ Date___________


I affirm and declare the art and/or essay was created by the student identified above.


Teacher signature __________________________________ Date _________



 
George Washington Carver NM Art and Essay Contest Writing Scoring Rubric
6 + 1 Trait Writing Scoring Rubric- George Washington Carver NM Art & Essay Contest

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Last updated: December 8, 2020

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Diamond, MO 64840

Phone:

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