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I throw all the information on the poster contests I think are worthwhile in
a folder. Then, after about two months of school I correlate a list of all
the competitions that I think the students might enter. I include name and
theme of the contest, sponsor, rules, format, school and contest deadline
(some are estimated) and prizes. Although I haven't gotten the info for the
year on most of the contests, their deadlines and rules are usually very
similar. Themes do change, though many contests pick winners that do not
necessarily reflect the annual theme, but general sentiments of the sponsor.
I then do a unit on poster/graphic design. Students must pick at least one of
these contests to do an entry for. I usually have small stacks of posterboard
cut to required size for a few of the contests I think will be most popular.
After each class I cut more, after determining what sizes are being used. I
will have several for entries for some contests, none for others. After they
have completete their entries, I exhibit them all at the same time, by
Also on the list, under another heading, I include information on annual
local and state shows and competitions that we will be entering during the
year (and denote which ones I require them to enter). I also put scholarship
information on the list for juniors and seniors. I make this whole list
available to parents at Open House and the other 3 times during the year when
I ask them to visit the art room. Sometimes they encourage their artist
offspring. I also make the list available to students who are not enrolled in
art currently. Scheduling hinders a few intersted souls from getting in the
class. I leave the list posted in my room all year so that anyone so inclined
may enter other shows or competitions. Interested students keep up with
pending deadline better than I do.
This list takes awhile to compose the first time (t usually fills a legal
sheet front a back), but is not much to update. I also a revised sheet second
semester after I know more specifics.
My old motto is: "You can't be a winner if you don't enter!"
Works for me,
> Art contests or poster contests- they're everywhere! ...I'd like to know
some of your > feelings about the contests and how you have dealt with them.