Winners Announced in Sakura's Nationwide Cray-Pas Art Contest

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Sakura of America annouced winners of its 11th annual Wonderful, Colorful World Art Contest.

Art materials manufacturer, Sakura of America, announced winners of its 11th annual Cray-Pas Wonderful, Colorful World Art Contest. Over 4,500 pieces of student art done in oil pastels were submitted to this year’s contest by U.S. and Canadian teachers. A judging panel of professional artists & art educators chose the three winning pieces in each of three grade level categories.

Michael Tai of Sharron Art Center in Piscataway, NJ won the first-place in the Kindergarten through 2nd grade category, Alexis Buckles of Sonoma Elementary in Modesto, CA won first-place in the 3rd through 5th grade category with artwork titled, “Evening Storm”, and Tyne Monet Brooks of L.J. Alleman in Lafayette, LA won first-place in the 6th through 8th grade level category with artwork titled “Snow Dance”. First-place students win a $200 U.S. Savings Bond, an award certificate, a shirt imprinted with winning artwork, a generous supply of Sakura art materials, products & gift certificates supplied by participating sponsors. See winners list (pdf attachment) for all placing, honorable mention & finalist information.

Furthering Sakura’s goal of encouraging art education, teachers of winning students also win prizes. The teachers prizes include: a shirt imprinted with the winning student’s artwork, a generous supply of Sakura art materials, writing instruments, products & gift certificates supplied by participating sponsors.

Sponsors for this year’s contest include the following: ArtWare by You (which provides the shirts imprinted with the winning artwork), Dick Blick Art Materials, Michael’s Arts and Crafts Store®, Triarco Arts and Crafts, Inc., General Pencil Company, Silver Brush Ltd., Sax Arts & Crafts, Star Products, The Artist’s Magazine, Nasco, School Arts, Sun Gallery, Arts & Activities, C-Thru, American Artist, McCallister’s Art Supplies, H.R. Meininger Company & Teaching PreK-8.

The top 10 winning artwork pieces, as well as winners from past years, can also be seen on Sakura’s own Wonderful, Colorful World online art gallery at

Cray-Pas oil pastels were invented over 81 years ago in Japan to bring a professional-quality art material to children at an affordable price. Cray-pas is available in three different levels from student to professional artist-quality: Junior Artist®, Expressionist® & Specialist®.

Headquartered in Hayward, CA, Sakura Color Products of America, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of privately held, Sakura Color Products Corp. of Osaka, Japan. Sakura also manufactures the popular Gelly Roll® gel pen, Pigma® Micron fine-line pens, as well as many other high-quality writing instruments and art materials.


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