Vibrant Artwork Wins Prizes for Kids and Schools in 17th Annual Cray-Pas Wonderful, Colorful World Contest

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Schools from around the US and Canada submitted thousands of pieces of colorful Cray-Pas® oil pastel artwork from young artists in Kindergarten to the 8th grade for this showcase of student work. The students who won 1st-3rd place will receive prizes from over 20 contest sponsors as well as a large amount of supplies from Sakura of America to support their school art programs.

Sakura of America is pleased to announce the results of its 17th annual Cray-Pas® Wonderful, Colorful World Contest. Schools from around the US and Canada submitted thousands of pieces of colorful Cray-Pas oil pastel artwork from young artists in Kindergarten to the 8th grade for this showcase of student work. The students who won 1st-3rd place will receive prizes from over 20 contest sponsors as well as a large amount of supplies from Sakura of America to support their school art programs.

The paintings were categorized into three age groups: Kindergarten to 2nd grade, 3rd to 5th grade, and 6th to 8th grade. Veronica Dondero, Cray-Pas Contest curator, spent days evaluating the artwork and choosing the top 50 pieces in each age group. According to Veronica, “In selecting this year’s finalists, I followed Sakura’s long-established guidelines: I look for the various application and blending techniques employed by the artist, for the imaginative and creative use of color, and for interesting and age-appropriate form and composition. In addition to technical matters, I also consider the feelings, humor, magic and individuality the artist communicates in the piece. My intention is to present art pieces that exemplify these criteria.”

On Saturday, February 4 at the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) in Oakland, CA, a panel of six judges in the art education and art and design industries carefully evaluated the top 150 finalists. They selected their favorites based on factors including technical skill and creativity, and then debated over the top pieces until each age group had three clear winners. The top pieces in the 2012 Cray-Pas Wonderful, Colorful World contest are:

Kindergarten to 2nd grade

1st place: “Untitled” by Darren Tseng of Apple Art Studio in Diamond Bar, CA

2nd place: “Birds Paralyzed by the Mere Pluck of a Bowstring” by Ethan Hu of Visual Art and Design Class in Dublin, OH

3rd place: “Untitled” by Joanne Kang of Sun Art in Germantown, MD

3rd to 5th grade

1st place: “S17-Pandora Fly” by Daniel Zhou of Visual Art and Design Class in Dublin, OH

2nd place: “Two Egrets” by Minjung Shim of DaVinci Art Studio in Irvine, CA

3rd place: “Eat or Not” by Kaylee Kim of Won Park Art Studio in Duluth, GA

6th to 8th grade

1st place: “Fun Day with My Grandfather” by Jennifer Tsogtsaikhan of Mon-Ael Mongolian Cultural Center for the Arts in Denver, CO

2nd place: “Technical Overload” by Courtney Conner of St. Joseph Academy in Brownsville, TX

3rd place: “Self-Portrait” by Bradley Hollington of William J. Clark Middle School in Orangeburg, SC

The 2012 Cray-Pas Contest exhibit will remain on display at MOCHA until June 3, 2012. The artwork of all 150 contest finalists can also be viewed in Sakura’s online gallery at http://www.sakuraofamerica.com/2012winners.

Sakura has run the Cray-Pas contest for the past 17 years in celebration of Youth Art Month, and each child's artwork makes a great contribution. Each year after the contest judging ends, hundreds of entries are selected for the World Awareness Children's Museum in New York for their art exchange program, or included in youth art exhibits around the world.

Contest sponsors for the 2012 Cray-Pas Contest include American Artist Magazine, Artograph, Arts & Activities Magazine, Blick Art Materials, Canson, C-Thru Ruler Company, General Pencil Company, HR Meininger, Michaels Arts and Crafts, Nasco, the Oil Pastel Society, Original Works, Pacon, Sax School Specialty, School Arts Magazine, Silver Brush Limited, Star Products, Triarco, United Art & Education, and Sakura of America.

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