Global Arts Competition Showcases Young Artists’ Talent

It’s time to get creative!

The Meritas International Art Awards program is underway and student artists are in the midst of brushing, sketching and designing their best work for submission.

This annual competition is an opportunity for Meritas students from around the world to enjoy the arts and gain recognition for their creativity. The Meritas International Art Awards were organized by Shelley Weiss and Sue Greeley, visual arts teachers who wanted to bring all Meritas schools together through an annual, online competition. By holding the competition online, they believed students from various countries could easily showcase their work and become inspired by pieces from different cultures.

While the types of submissions vary by year, the Meritas International Art Awards are open to all types of visual arts. Recent submissions have included 2-D drawings, paintings and mixed-media, prints, as well as 3-D models and ceramics.

2012 winner of Best in Show (Grade 9-12): Tammy Qiu, North Broward Preparatory School

This year’s competition also brings an exciting new digital arts category. Some students at schools within the Meritas network take classes where they learn digital arts through programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. These classes also provide students with lessons on Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools, which are used to teach them about engineering and architecture. Meritas opened this new category to ensure that students’ interests in digital arts are represented in the competition.

Winners will be chosen from various categories based on the grade of the artist as well as the type of artwork. All submissions are judged by Meritas teachers and are evaluated based on the “Five C’s” of Content, Craftsmanship, Creativity, Communication and Composition.

Students, be sure to submit your creations by February 12, 2013. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2013. Remember to check back then to view the online gallery of all submissions and winners.

Good luck to all students! We’re excited to see all of your incredible artwork!

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