Our district is predominantly against contests. I personally like to do
one a year with grades 4 and 5 because I make it a point to teach about
making posters, visual awareness, lettering, spacing, etc. When they
get to middle school they seem to make lots of posters including
science exhibits, etc. They need to learn about these things.
Besides, the computer in my room was won in an art contest with a radio
station. I have been on both sides of art contests and know that some
times very few kids enter and you can win "good stuff". I've even had
the newspaper call me and beg me to get kids to enter because they have
almost no entries. I usually do this because I know a few kids will win
whatever prize is offered (last year 3 kids won $25 a piece).
I know there are pros and cons about contests but I pick and choose and
usually know there is a chance of knowing who will win. When a student
wins it is the biggest boost in confidence- someone other than the art
teacher saying that their work is good.
That's my angle. What about you?
Kelly in CT