Every year, between Oct. 1- Dec. 1, the Wyland National Art Challenge encourages thousands of students across the nation to think about the many conservation issues we face around the world and interpret them through art.
Students can choose to work collaboratively on mural projects or create individual works of art and earn a chance to win classroom prizes and scholarships. It is our hope that the process of interpreting their relationship to the natural world through art will lead students to a greater understanding of their role as future caretakers of our water resources.
Three Ways To Participate
1) Individual Art
Students may participate in the individual art contest in conjunction with their classroom mural or on their own. Mural participation is not required for the individual art contest. The individual art can be a drawing or painting and can be on any medium and any size. One winner will be selected from each grade category from Kindergarten thru 12th grade and their prize will be $50 for art supplies. A winner from either 11th or 12th grade will also be selected to win a $1,500 scholarship.
2) Individual Photography
Students from grades Kindergarten thru 12th grade may participate in the individual photography contest. One winner will be selected from either 11th or 12th grade and receive a scholarship for $1,500. An additional winner from Kindergarten thru 12th grade will be selected to win a camera with a retail value of $500.
The photography medium: In order to be displayed in our online gallery without being stretched or distorted, photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .jpg, or .gif format, edited for web, at least 3,000 pixels wide and no larger than 10 MB. High quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible.
3) Classroom Mural
Teacher's are invited to create with their students a 4'x8' or larger mural painting celebrating how conservation shapes our lives and worlds. The mural can be on any medium and can be larger that 4'x8'. Each mural must be accompanied by five individual drawings or paintings from students as part of the process of discovering their subject matter and theme for their mural. These 5 drawings or paintings will then be entered into the individual art contest.
One winner will be selected from each of three grade categories including Kindergarten thru 4th, 5th thru 8th, and 9th thru 12th. The teacher of each winning class will receive $1,000 for art supplies.