Lenox Peeps Show Diorama Contest Presents Creative History Learning Opportunity

Let Your Puns Run Wild!

Peep through a history book or two in order to get ready for what might be the punniest contest of the year – the Lenox Peeps Show Diorama Contest calls for entrants to create dioramas featuring Peeps of any species as miniature mannequins in important moments in history. The most creative of dioramas not only dramatically display a piece of history, but use puns either in their title or within the diorama itself (think Declaration of Indepeepdence or the Leaning Tower of Peepsa). Read the rest of this entry »

UMass Lowell’s Cool Science Contest

Power of Public Art Drives Critical Thinking in Community Based Learning

Public art is designed to make us think. Whether it’s about local history, traffic safety, or our cultural heritage, public artwork sends a message. Children have the opportunity to create public artwork to send a message about climate change by participating in UMass Lowell’s Cool Science contest! Young artists can learn about climate science and art with a purpose by creating entries, and winners might get to see their art made public. Entries are due by Dec 1, 2014.

Public art plays an important role in communities throughout western Massachusetts. Murals, sculptures, chalk drawings, and installations in public spaces help to share history, culture, and new ideas with everyone who sees them. Public art is, perhaps, the most accessible of all art forms – viewing does not require intentionality, it simply requires eyes to be open to the world. One of the best parts of public art is the power that it has to spread meaningful messages – to remind us to love one another, to make us think about how we treat public spaces, and to even make us look twice before crossing the street.

Currently, students have the opportunity to submit artwork into a public art contest. UMass Lowell’s annual Cool Science artwork competition asks students in grades K-12 (or homeschool equivalent) to create works of art inspired by their learning about climate change. Winners of the contest will have their artwork displayed on clean fuel-burning city buses in Lowell, providing young artists with the opportunity to have their message-sending masterpieces turned into mobile public art.  Read the rest of this entry »

Massachusetts Marine Educators’ Marine Art Contest

Marine Art Contest for K-12 Students

Kids whose favorite artistic subjects are sharks and octopi can put their drawing and identification skills to good use in the Massachusetts Marine Educators’ Marine Art Contest!  Open to students in grades K-12, the contest is open to art related to or inspired by the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.  Located between Cape Ann and Cape Cod, the area is home to marine life from plankton to humpback whales!  The area is rich in artistic inspiration, and students can learn to identify coastal plant and animal life while working on artistic representations of the area.

We are far enough from the coast here in Western Massachusetts that the ocean is not often on the minds of our students.  The Atlantic is, however, fascinating and presents lots of unique opportunities for learning.  But when you can’t make it to the beach for a day of exploring, the next best substitute is a study of the area at home!  To prepare for the contest, search field guides to learn about plant and animal species, look over maps, track tide patterns, and understand the chemistry of salt water.

Submissions to the contest will be divided into five categories, and can be created in any 2D medium.  Due on April 25th, 2013, entries can be submitted online.  Winning pieces will be displayed on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary website and used in the Massachusetts Marine Educators’ outreach programs. Download more info here: 2013 Marine Art Contest for K-12 Students.

[Photo credit: (ccl) Mark Peters]

Be Kind to Animals Week: Writing & Art Contest for Kids


Be Kind to Animals Week


The Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society & The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art present Be Kind to Animals Week Writing and Art Contest, for kids in grades K-6th, in celebration of Be Kind to Animals Week (Week of May 4-10, 2008). Click on the above poster to read the contest rules. Entry Deadline: Friday, April 18, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

All contestants will be honored and prizes will be awarded at the Be Kind to Animals Week Reading and Art Show Celebration on Saturday, May 10 at 3:00 pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Entries will be on display at the Eric Carle Museum on May 5-10, 2008.

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