Education – Art Content

The Sherman Museum Civil War Art Competition

Entries may be submitted in one of two categories, based on school grade. Category I includes grades 1 through 3 and Category II includes grades 4 through 6. Contestants must be a student enrolled in and attending a U.S. based school. Home schools are also eligible. Entries must reflect something that was learned through the Civil War exhibit at the Sherman Museum.

Contestants are limited to one entry each. Entries may be in a medium of the artist’s choice (oil, pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, water color, pastels, etc.). Submissions should be on good quality bond or drawing paper, or illustration board. Preferred sizes are 8½”x11″ or 11″x14″; matting is optional. Compositions must be original. Photographs may be used for reference, but artwork determined to have been traced or copied from an existing work of art will be disqualified.

Entries must arrive at the Sherman Museum by November 4, 2011 and must be accompanied by an entry form signed by the student’s parent, guardian, or teacher attesting to the originality of the work and verifying the artist’s grade level as of November 4, 2011. The artist’s name, age, home address, phone number, and grade must be printed on the back of the entry or on an attached note.

The essay is to be attached to the entry form. The essay can be up to 250 words and should explain the artist’s motivation and reason for choosing their subject.

Entries will be judged based on the following:

• Artistic merit: based on grade group and technical skill
• Creativity
• Appropriateness of the supporting statement

No work will be disqualified on the basis of its content.

The entries will be judged in the following weeks after the due date and the winners will be notified. The winning artworks will be on display at the Sherman Museum for the rest of the calendar year.
Art Contest Entry Form