By: Hannah Weisenberger
This year marks the 95th anniversary of the Scholastic Art and Writing competition. The competition is a way for high school students to showcase their artistic talents and individuality. The founder, Maurice Robinson, explained that the Scholastic Awards were created “to open avenues of expression to young people before the springs of imagination have run dry.”
Each art teacher can enter up to “30 individual pieces of artwork,” explained Mrs. Drexler, an art and photography teacher at Male. However, that does not include art portfolios. Seniors are the only ones that are able to enter portfolios and they can enter up to two portfolios that consist of eight pieces each.
One senior that has entered art in the competition this year is Hannah Childress. Childress entered four pieces, each of which has their own meaning. Two of her pieces were linoleum prints; one black and white, while the other was multicolored. She also created a monotype with blue ink. Lastly Childress entered a digital photograph into the competition.
Of Chlidress’ four pieces, her favorite is one of her linoleum prints. The print is “a body with flowers shooting out of the head, almost as if the person was a vase,” stated Childress. This piece of art is her favorite because she has “always loved flowers” and “loves drawing them.”
Another student who submitted art to the competition was Amaiya Crawford (11). Crawford entered eight pieces: two linoleum prints, two paintings, two sketches, and two etchings. This is Crawford’s second year entering art into the competition. She explained that each of the pieces that she entered this year consist of different subjects. Her favorite piece is a painting of herself where her “neck opens up into a big mouth,” elaborated Crawford.
Mrs. Drexler agrees that Male has high expectations this year for the competition stating, “we feel like we have submitted strong work.” With that being said, no one knows what exactly the judges are looking for so the Male High Art department will be keeping their fingers crossed when they receive the results on January 19th.