Friday, December 26, 2014

Student Artists Can See Their Duck Drawings Become Stamps: Call for Art

If you're an art teacher, perhaps your students might enjoy a project like this to tackle. Here's the press release that ended up in my inbox.

Call for Duck Stamp Art

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

December 23, 2014
Contact: Lynda Knutsen
218-449-4115 Ext. 202
Lynda_Knutsen@fws.gov

Draw a Duck to Conserve Wetlands 
Entries Being Accepted for 2015 Junior Duck Stamp Contest 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting entries for the 2015 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest, which in Minnesota is administered by Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge. Student artwork will be judged in four grade groups: kindergarten through third, fourth-sixth, seventh-ninth, 10th-12th. Submitted artwork must feature a native North American waterfowl species. A full list of permitted species as well as an entry form and information about the contest is available at www.fws.gov/juniorduck.

Three first place, three second place and three third place, along with 16 honorable mentions will be awarded in each age group. In addition, the conservation message and special student honors will be awarded. The artwork will be judged on original design, artistic composition and suitability for reproduction on a 1-inch by 1½-inch stamp.

A Best of Show entry will be selected from the twelve first place winners and entered in the national contest held in April. The national winner’s artwork is used to create a Junior Duck Stamp each year. The stamp is available for $5, with proceeds used to support conservation education and contest awards. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2015, and mailed to Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, 22996 290th Street NE, Middle River, MN 56737. For more information, contact Lynda Knutsen at 218-449-4115 or lynda_knutsen@fws.gov.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program is a dynamic educational program designed to spark youth interest in habitat conservation through science, art, math, and technology. Students in kindergarten through high school are encouraged to interpret the natural world through artistic expression. By providing a basis for participation in the Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, the activities encourage students to move beyond simply "learning about" wildlife and wildlife art to testing their abilities as wildlife artists. The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service.

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Photo courtesy John Heino Photography.

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