My name is Amber and I coordinate the US Fish and Wildlife Services Junior
Duck Stamp contest. Each year over 34,000 students submit artwork with the
hope of being selected as the National Junior Duck Stamp winner. In recent
years we have had problems with students copying or "lifting" ideas from
other artists and wildlife photographers. Not all the art students live
in places where they can view wildlife in their natural habitat and take
their own photographs.
As art teachers, how do you teach your students about plagiarism? We are
looking for ANY materials that you are willing to share with the Junior
Duck Stamp program including powerpoint presentations on the topic,
overhead slides that show examples of plagiarized artwork, suggestions of
creative methods for teaching this topic or tips for students about how to
reference images without copying it. We are striving to provide visual
examples of the difference between referencing artwork and copying it.
Your ideas and suggestions will help create our "anti-plagiarism" website,
brochure materials, and teacher/student reference guides.
Feel free to email me directly at email@example.com OR respond back to
the whole group.
FYI: The following is already being done to prevent plagiarism: (Although
this is clearly not enough).
1. There is a paragraph in the annual brochure about plagiarism.
2. Every entry form must have a teacher/parent signature that states the
work is not plagiarized.
3. Next year, students will be required to submit a list of the artwork
and photographs they referenced to create their original piece.
I greatly appreciate your ideas, comments, and help!
US Fish and Wildlife Service