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Re: [teacherartexchange] contests in general

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From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jun 15 2007 - 10:33:53 PDT


I don't do most of them, simply because I think it sends the wrong message
to the kids when the company in question takes the artwork they want and
then throws the rest of the artwork away. Since they would never do that
with professional artists I don't think they should do it with student
works. Some of them don't follow through with the "prizes". Some of them
drastically alter the artwork to be what these untrained adults think of as
"child art". Yes, it is great PR for the art program when they win, but I
think it sends the wrong message to the students. I like the Crayola
Dreammaker's contest - they return all unused art, and the art they do keep
they send the child a plaque with a photo of their artwork. The artworks
that are returned come with a certificate honoring the student for having
been chosen. That is my .02 anyways.
~Michal
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist
http://www.geocities.com/theartkids
http://spotlight.digication.com/maustin

> What are your opinions about contests in general?
>
> What are the pros and cons?
>
> Diane

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