by R. Andrew Hawes, Art contest coordinator & judge
On the heels of its successful Essay Contest, Home School Legal Defense Association held its first annual Art Contest this fall. The theme was "Freedom in America-Past or Present, Real or Imagined." Homeschooled students from HSLDA member families throughout the United States submitted photographs of their artwork for the preliminary round. Ten finalists were selected in each of three age categories. There were 127 entries in all, 46 in Category I (ages 7-10), 51 in Category II (ages 11-14), and 29 in Category III (ages 15-18). The finalists then sent their actual artwork to HSLDA for the final judging.
|The 2003 Art Contest was sponsored by Home School Legal Defense Association. Watch for the announcement of next year's topic.|
Congratulations to the 18 winners of the 2003 HSLDA Art Contest! Photos of the winning entries are included in this article. Photos of all 30 final entries can be viewed online at http://www.hslda.org/artcontest/final2003/default.asp.
On a personal note, it was a real joy for me to be able to serve as both judge and coordinator of the art contest. I spend most of my time as HSLDA's webmaster, developing and maintaining our websites. But from my early days in elementary school, it was clear that art would play a big role in my life and in who God wanted me to be. I was blessed with talent and wonderful opportunities to learn and grow as an artist. Strongly influenced by those positive early experiences, I was excited about coordinating HSLDA's Art Contest and providing homeschooled students with the opportunity to demonstrate their talent and learn from the experience of participating in a national competition with experienced judges. It is my hope that this contest will encourage students to pursue the arts and realize their own God-given potential.
Special thanks goes to this year's other judges. They brought decades of experience, love for students, and passion for art to the contest. Please be sure to read their bios and comments. In making their final decision, the judges looked at the artistic ability expressed by each entry as well as color, composition, and theme interpretation. The judges were impressed with the quality of work created by our homeschooled artists and had a hard time selecting the winners for each of the six places in the three age categories.
We are already looking forward to next year's contest, and I hope you are, too. Watch for 2004 HSLDA Art Contest details to be posted next spring.