Wildlife Forever® STATE-FISH ART ® Contest - Competitions and Contests for Indian Students


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Wildlife Forever® STATE-FISH ART ® Contest

The contest was inspired in 1997 by a 5th grader’s homework assignment,  She discovered there was little information on all the different state-fish in the U.S. The annual nationwide contest is now running into its 20th year educating kids, teachers and parents on aquatic resources, conservation and each state’s State-Fish. And … the rest is history!

Fish On! a comprehensive lesson plan, integrating science and art, is available to enhance the STATE-FISH ART Contest. It is FREE to download or will send you a CD at no charge.
After learning about fish and their aquatic environment, from the Fish On! Lesson Plan, students take their newly-found knowledge and create a “learning portfolio” contest entry.

A State-Fish Art Contest Entry Consists of Two Parts:
Part One
Create an original HORIZONTAL 9″X12″ ART ILLUSTRATION of ANY STATE-FISH on the “official state-fish list”

Part Two
A personally written essay (ONE SIDE OF ONE PAGE) relating to their chosen fish species, its behavior, habitat or conservation issues and/or needs.

The STATE-FISH ART Contest is open worldwide to all children in grades K -12 in public, private or home-school, any youth group, after-school program, youth camp, scout troop, art class, etc., or
just an individual kid that wants to enter! Essentially any child of K-12 age is eligible as long as a

responsible adult reads, agrees to and signs their entry form. 

AN ENTRY INCLUDES BOTH ARTWORK AND WRITING (sometimes referred to as “essay”).
• should be HORIZONTAL, without a mat, frame or border.
• should be 9”x12” and not exceed 1/4 “ in total thickness.
•depict ANY designated state-fish or Ontario, Canada designated fish. Information on the fish eligible for entry in 2018 is on the website - follow “Official Fish List” on the dropdown menu
• should show the fsh in its natural habitat.
• should be the contestant's original, hand-done creation and must not infringe upon any copyright laws. Photographs and computer-generated artwork will not be accepted.
• should not have the artist’s signature, initials or name on front. Other writing OK as long as it is part of the art (i.e. name of a boat or pier)
•mediums may include, but are not limited to, oils, scratch-board, pointillism, chalk, pastels, charcoal, colored pencil, acrylics, dry brush, watercolor, crosshatch, lead, collage, linoleum printing, tempera and crayon. IMPORTANT NOTE … please spray chalk and pastel entries with a fixative to eliminate scuffing & smudging. A loose cover sheet may be laid over the face for protection during shipping.

• should not exceed one side of one page in length.
• should show the student’s personal knowledge, connection to and/or understanding of their chosen state fsh, its habitat, behavior or conservation needs/issues.
• should be original … in the student’s own words … and may be an essay, story, poem or in any other creative form.
• may be handwritten or typed, be decorated or have illustrations and/or be creative in appearance. However, the words should be the focus.
• should include the student's name, grade and state on the back.
Any entry not following the guidelines will unfortunately be disqualifed from the competition.

Entries must be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, March 31, 2018

Click here for more information, entry forms and to participate

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