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Wyland National Art Challenge
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Wyland National Art Challenge

October 1, 2018 - December 1, 2018


The Wyland National Art Challenge invites students from every school in the nation, grades K-12, to discover through art the wonder of our blue planet. Celebrating group and individual efforts, the contest raises community awareness on water conservation.

Students are encouraged to discover the latest issues related to water and environmental health and collaborate on a large scale mural project. In addition to the group mural contest, individual art can be entered for both the individual art contest and an individual photography contest. The theme is simply conservation. Promoting clean water and healthy oceans, the Wyland Foundation provides students with a wide palette to explore things we can all do for a healthy planet including our water and ocean.

Teachers can click here to download a Teacher's Guide with a guide on how to create a mural as well as guidelines for the individual art. More than $5,000 will be awarded including scholarships.

Download the Teachers Guide.

Download the Eutrophication Lesson Plan

Download the Official Art Contest Rules.

For any questions email artchallenge@wylandfoundation.org

Three Ways To Participate

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.

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.

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.

2017 $50 Gift Certificate Individual Art Winners

Kindergarten Winner
Title: Ocean Bubbles
Name: Caleb

First Grade Winner
Title: Riding the Waves
Name: Sophia

Second Grade Winner
Title: Shark in Ocean
Name: Brenden

Third Grade Winner
Title: Waves are Great
Name: Kimmy

Fourth Grade Winner
Title: SeaDragon in the Coral Reef
Name: Jackson

Fifth Grade Winner
Title: Save The oCEAN
Name: Danny

Sixth Grade Winner
Title: Trash Hurts All Living Things
Name: Amelia

Seventh Grade Winner
Title: Water is our Planet
Name: Amy

Eighth Grade Winner
Title: Seascope
Name: Catherine

Ninth Grade Winner
Title: Pacific Light
Name: Nethmi

Tenth Grade Winner
Title: Keep Calm and Take Care of Seals
Name: Diana

Eleventh Grade Winner
Title: Nothing Without Water
Name: Handeul

Twelfth Grade Winner
Title: Ocean Wave
Name: Samantha

2017 Classroom Mural Challenge Winners

Kindergarten - Fourth Grade Mural Winner
School: Little Shasta Elementary
Teacher: Carolyn Hill

Fifth - Eighth Grade Mural Winner
Title: The Art of Water
School: West Pine Middle School
Teacher: Alima Newton

Ninth - Twelfth Grade Mural Winner
Title: Water Is Life
School: Atlantic Coast High School
Teacher: Kelly Delaney

2017 Individual Photography Challenge Winners

Individual Photo Winner - Camera
Title: Enclosure
Name: Josh

Individual Photo Winner - Scholarship
Title: Blue Mountain
Name: Danielle

Submission Form

Please choose the appropriate art category and submit your artwork.

Teachers submitting individual artwork for students requires a submission form for each child.

Collateral material may be emailed to artchallenge@wylandfoundation.org

Uploaded art files should be high-resolution with dimensions no greater than 3,000 pixels wide and filesize no greater than 3MB. Acceptable image formats are JPG or PNG.

Select Your Submission Type

For any questions email artchallenge@wylandfoundation.org

Past Mural Winners

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