Introducing the 2021 ‘Create from the HeART’ contest winners.

Three exceptional student artists share a bit about their life and work.

Meet 5th grade Ella, from Washington.

Where do you live, and what is your favorite part about living there?

I live in Olympia, WA, and I love the mountains, especially Mt Rainier. They are so pretty. We went there one day on one of the hardest hikes by accident.

What is one interesting fact about you?

I went to France and London and saw a bunch of different artworks that inspired me to keep drawing and trying my best.

What makes you happy? Why? 

My friends and family because they support me no matter what.

Where do you create your art (for example, at school, at home, at a community center, etc.) and why is creating art important to you?
I create my artwork at home and at school. Its important to me because sometimes its hard for me to say something or write it down so I draw it.

Winning Artwork:

Indianola

Art Project Used: Persian Miniatures

Students learn about Persian Miniatures. They then create an illustration of a story or poem of their choice using an engraving technique that involved coloring a pattern, painting over it, then carving back in the design.

Artist Statement: “In [the book] “I Can Make This Promise”, Serenity,Roger and Edith are standing on a hill looking at the beach in Indianola.”

About “I Can Make This Promise“: In her debut middle grade novel—inspired by her family’s history—Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family’s secrets—and finds her own Native American identity.

What would you like people to know about ‘Indianola’, the artwork that won this contest?

That it’s from a book called “I Can Make This Promise” and they are sitting on the beach looking into the sunset

What part of your artwork are you most proud of? Why?

The people because i never draw people and this is my first time drawing people in that perspective

All the winning artworks are part of 2022 Swag Collection. This collection is ONLY available for a limited time, and is your chance to get a T-shirt, hoodie, mug, or tote featuring the artists and artworks that won our 2022 student art contest! Shop the collection by clicking here

Meet 4th grade Olivia, from Connecticut.

Where do you live, and what is your favorite part about living there?

I live in Connecticut and my favorite part about living here is that we are near everything. Our town has a lot of fun places for activities, there are beaches nearby and we live close to Boston and New York City.

What is one interesting fact about you?
My hair changes to a reddish color in the sun.
What makes you happy? Why? 

My family and my cats Tiger and Lily. Because my family is very loving and my cats are the best.

Where do you create your art and why is creating art important to you? 

I create art at home. And I enjoy creating art cause it’s fun!

Runner Up 1:

Bedtime Story

Art Project Used: A Toy’s Story 

In this project, students draw their favorite toy (or two!) from observation, then use the background to share where their toy goes in their imagination.

Artist Statement:

“My art work is based off my room. The big squishmello is my favorite stuffed animal to sleep with. And the lion that’s also on my bed is crocheted by my mom when I was a baby.”

What part of your artwork are you most proud of? Why?

I am the most proud of the marbled color on the squishmello. And the texture of my favorite snack spilling on my bed.

Meet 5th grade Scarlett, from Ann Arbor.

Where do you live, and what is your favorite part about living there?

I live in Ann Arbor, MI. I like the variety of people here.

What is one interesting fact about you?

I basically self-taught myself on my drawing style

What makes you happy? Why? 

My family and friends make me happy, well they are good people. and help me out.

Where do you create your art and why is creating art important to you?

I create art anywhere, mostly at home. I do doodle at my school, and I love drawing

Runner-Up 2:

Fire Heart

Art Project Used: Superheroes! 

In this project, students develop the backstory for a Superhero, then create a drawing of their superhero in the style of a comic book cover. The details they use should show some aspects of the Superheroes ‘story’.

Artist Statement:

“This girl you see is Quinn, she is 16 years old, And she has magma like powers, she is currently on the top of the building where she lives fighting against her enemy who we can not see, and she is almost falling off the building, She is trying her hardest”

What part of your artwork are you most proud of? Why?

The background. I’m not good with backgrounds.

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Our second annual Give With HeART Student Art Contest will close on midnight Eastern on Sunday, 12/04! 

There are a couple ways that you can participate: 

  • Submit artworks by students using Doodles Lessons (aged 5-11) that you have made with your class (link here​) 
  • Encourage students to attend a live art-making event with their caregivers (registration here​) 

Either way, if they win YOU win! Amongst their prizes, they'll receive a $150 gift card to Blick – for their class.