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

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Subject:
Social Studies
Common Core Standards:
3.L.1, 3.L.2.a, 3.L.3, 4.L.1, 4.L.2, 4.L.3
State Standards:
Missouri State Standards Writing: 1.A., 1.B, 1.C; Writing: 2.B; Language 1.A, 1.B

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 3rd & 4th graders in the four-state region (MO, KS, OK, AR). This year, the contest will be completely online. Contest details follow. Entry deadline is extended to COB on Monday, February 22th, 2021.

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.

Contest Rules

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

Entry Rules and Submission

  • entries, judging, and awards will be completed virtually
  • open to 3rd-4th graders in the four-states region
  • 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 22, 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.

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: 
https://www.nps.gov/gwca/learn/education/index.htm

Partners: The George Washington Carver National Monument 3rd & 4th Grade Art and Essay Contest is generously supported by Department of Teacher Education - Missouri Southern State University, Carver Birthplace Association, 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 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 _____________________

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

Teacher signature ___________________________________  
Date _____________________          

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Last updated: February 18, 2021