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, 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.






2020 Theme: Unkindness to anything means an injustice done to that thing.
Supporting quote
"If I am unkind to you I do you an injustice, or wrong you in some way. On the other hand, if I try to assist you in every way that I can to make a better citizen and in every way to do my very best for you, I am kind to you..."
George Washington Carver, 1914


Why include Art & Essay in your instructional time?
It strengthens writing and language skills! Students draft, revise, and edit their essays. Judges follow the 6+1 trait writing guidelines.
Missouri Learning Standards - Writing: 1.A., 1.B, 1.C; Writing: 2.B; Language: 1.A, 1.B, 1.C
It encourages creativity and artistic expression. Students create artwork, conveying meaning and historical context to connect with the theme.

Teachers say:

  • The most meaningful project-based learning activity of the year! Ms. Arnold
  • We love doing the George Washington Carver Art and Essay Contest because we learn more about the history of George Washington Carver. Mr. Cole
  • I love having my students participate in challenges which directly relate to the "real world." Not only is it invaluable information but it is my hope they will take this knowledge and apply it to their lives. Ms. Gilbert
  • The smiles at the awards ceremony and seeing the results of their hard work is worth it! Ms. Stokes

Details, details

Study about George Washington Carver-African American scientist and educator. Invite park rangers to your classroom: 417-325-4151. Find more resources on this website. Submit entries by February 14, 2020.

The award ceremony
Trophies, ribbons, and awards will be presented March 28, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. wining students will present their work?

3rd & 4th Grade Art and Essay Contest Rules
2020 Theme: Unkindness to anything means an injustice done to that thing.


Attention Teachers: Entry Sheets

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

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 2-D and 3-D for each grade level. Group art projects will be judged separately and winners 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 the 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, included below)

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 14, 2020. Deliver, mail, or email entries to:
George Washington Carver National Monument

5646 Carver Road
Diamond, MO 64840

e-mail us


THE SHOW Entries will be displayed inside the visitor center at George Washington Carver National Monument from March 9 - 28 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 28 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 park 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: https://www.facebook.com/Carver-Birthplace-Association-CBA-157374007648282/


Art Entry Sheet - individual OR and group entries (circle one)

Teachers, please submit:

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

2. one typed list of each students participating in the art category, individual or group

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. one 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
Email: e-mail us

Background Information

The mission of George Washington Carver National 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 park's enabling legislation requires the National Park Service 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 Park 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 in Alabama.

On July 14, 1943, the bill authorizing the establishment of the Park 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 Park

“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 Park):

  • 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 George Washington Carver Biography Cards, Character Education Lesson Plans, and more on this website.

 
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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Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

5646 Carver Road
Diamond, MO 64840

Phone:

417.325.4151

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