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New research reports decline in drawing frequency and quality by children; cites technology, reduced funding, lack of emphasis on art education as factors
Fewer art opportunities may have long-term consequences on future success
The positive correlation between art and its developmental, academic, and social benefits for children has been researched, documented, and acknowledged for decades. In a July 5, 2017, article published by The Atlantic, Amsterdam-based freelance journalist Tracy Brown Hamilton discusses both this connection and new research documenting a decline in the amount, quality, and complexity of children’s drawing over the past 20 years.
In “The Diminishing Role of Art in Children’s Lives,” Hamilton reports researchers’ findings that social shifts and technological advances are probable reasons for this decline among a test group of 11- and 12-year-old Dutch schoolchildren, saying these tendencies are also evident in the U.S., “with many classrooms relying on technology to teach art.”
Decreased funding for teaching the arts is also cited. As educators know, the U.S. government has proposed cuts of $9 billion in the federal education budget (including a $27 million cut in arts education), further threatening the frequency and quality of art education being taught in our schools.
“Extensive evidence suggests that exposure to art in school has long-term academic and social benefits for kids, especially those who are economically disadvantaged,” Hamilton concludes. “As the priority placed on the arts in public schools diminishes, and digital engagement overwhelms students’ experiences with hand-drawing, there could be more at stake than it appears.”
The Atlantic article, which also incorporates links to additional research and commentary about the benefits of arts education, is a compelling read and a valuable reference for art educators. Read the full article here.
Photo: Jewish and Arab preschoolers draw together on the first day of school at the first Bilingual School in Jerusalem. Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
2018 Art Room Favorites Contest Winners Announced
Congratulations to Blick’s 2017 Art Room Favorites contest winners! Each school received a prize pack of 13 assorted products, each pack valued at $500. This is one of the many ways Blick partners with schools to infuse creativity into classrooms! The 2017 winners are:
- Bain Elementary School - Cheyenne, Wyoming
- Lindhurst High School - Olivehurst, California
- Pleasant Grove Middle School - Texarkana, Texas
- Skyline High School - Ann Arbor, Michigan
- West Warwick High School - West Warwick, Rhode Island
Blick’s 2018 Lesson Plan Brochure is Here!
Be sure to check out the new lesson plans in Blick’s 2018 Lesson Plan brochure. Designed for those who teach K-12 students, the brochure contains 15 original, innovative projects for all ages, skill levels, and budgets. To request a free copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org, type “2018 Lesson Plan Brochure Request” in the subject line, and be sure to provide your name and mailing address in the body of the message. Or, to download free PDFs of the lesson plans, click here
2018 Blick NAEA Convention Grant Winners Announced
Blick continues to support art education across the country by sending two teachers to the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conference every year. Last fall, more than 2,000 entries were accepted at the Blick booth during state Art Education Association conferences. Congratulations to this year’s winners, who were chosen in a random drawing. Each received free registration, airfare, four nights of lodging, and daily expenses for the 2018 National Art Education Association Conference, March 22 - 24, 2018 in Seattle, WA — a $2,000 value. The recipients are:
- Sara Gant, Northside High School — Jacksonville, North Carolina
- Peggy Leonard, Lakewood Elementary School — Ann Arbor, Michigan
Stop by the Blick exhibit at your state Art Education Association conference this fall and enter for a chance to win one of our two 2019 NAEA Convention grants. Winners will attend the NAEA convention in New York City.
Blick is a Diamond Sponsor of the 2019 NAEA Convention
Blick Art Materials is pleased to be a Diamond Sponsor of the 2019 NAEA Convention on March 14-16, 2019, in Boston, Massachusetts. We welcome attendees to visit our exhibit space at the Hynes Convention Center to receive a free gift and create inspiring hands-on projects. Completed artwork from our new 2019 lesson plans will be on display.
As a Diamond Sponsor, Blick is proud to continue its support of NAEA beyond the convention and also to support state art education organizations by attending conferences, advertising in organization publications, and providing door prizes, product samples, and workshops.
"With Art I Can Connect to..." Mixed Media Contest Entries Invited
Blick’s 5th Annual Mixed Media Contest invites students in grades K 12 to create a work of art and an artist’s statement that completes the sentence, “With Art I Can Connect to …”
Entries are due by April 13, 2019. Find the complete contest rules here and in Blick's 2019 Materials for Art Education catalog.
Selected finalist artworks will be included in a complimentary Art Advocacy Poster Set available to attendees of NAEA affiliated conferences, and as a downloadable digital slideshow.
View our gallery of 2018 Gold and Silver Medalists here.
The Council for Art Education Recognizes 2017/2018 Youth Art Month award winners
The Council for Art Education Board of Directors voted to recognize the following individuals for contributions to their 2017/2018 Youth Art Month Programs:
Claire Flanagan Memorial (Grand) Award
Wisconsin: Tiffany Beltz, Chairperson
Award of Excellence
New Jersey: Kristy Lopez and Karaen Mannino, Co-Chairpersons
New York: Donnalyn Shuster, Julia Lang-Shapiro, and Heather McCutcheon, Co-Chairpersons
Texas: Gretchen Bell, Vice President for Youth Art Month
Virginia: Jauan Brooks and Kelly Shradley-Horst, Co-Chairpersons
Award of Merit
Alabama: Julie Harrison, Chairperson
Louisiana: Stephanie Bailey, Report Chairperson
Utah: Elizabeth Sampson, Chairperson
Wyoming: Kerry Gentry
Arizona: Desiree Dancer, Chairperson
Arkansas: Amber Lemser, Chairperson
Georgia: Alexandrea Boyington and Krista Lewis, Co-Chairpersons
Hawaii: April Jones, HAEA Vice President
Illinois: Tricia Frost, Chairperson
Kansas: Megan Wendleton, Scrapbook
Maryland: Katherine Hess, Chairperson
Missouri: Deb Straatman, Chairperson
Oklahoma: Ruth Crittendon, Holly Proctor, Glenda Skinner-Noble, Co-Chairpersons
Oregon: Emily Figueroa-Wolfe and Linda Kieling, Co-Chairpersons
Rhode Island: Susan Kolenda, Chairperson
US Virgin Islands: Niarus Walker, Chairperson
To be eligible for recognition, state chairpersons submitted documentation of their Youth Art Month Programs. Documentation was evaluated across a variety of key categories, based on predetermined criteria.
Awards will be presented to the recipients at the 2019 National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention, March 14-16 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Sponsored nationally by The Council for Art Education (CFAE), Youth Art Month is an annual observance, typically in March, designed to emphasize the value of art education for all youth and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Youth Art Month provides a forum for acknowledging the imagination, innovation, and creative skills that a visual arts experience can nurture. Across the country, students, teachers, and communities direct attention to the value of a visual arts education that develops divergent and critical thinking, multicultural awareness, and technical, communication, and expressive skills.
To find out more about Youth Art Month or to participate in Youth Art Month activities, contact your state chairperson, state art education association, or The Council for Art Education at www.councilforarteducation.org.
The Council for Art Education is a non-profit 501(c)(3) association created in 1984 through The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI). ACMI seeks to promote safety in art and creative products through its certification program, and is a major sponsor of CFAE.
For more information contact Becky Finch, email@example.com.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN ILLINOIS TOLLWAY 2019 MAP COVER ART CONTEST
The Illinois Tollway has announced that Courtney Kurtz, a junior at Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox, Illinois, is the grand prize winner of the 2019 Illinois Tollway Map Cover Art Contest celebrating the importance of diversity and inclusion.
The annual contest is sponsored by the Illinois Tollway, Blick Art Materials, and MB Real Estate Services Inc. (MBRE).
Students selected as runners-up in the contest are:
- First runner-up – Caden Elliott, Bolingbrook High School, Bolingbrook
- Second runner-up – Kathleen Lucchesi, Bolingbrook High School, Bolingbrook
- Third runner-up – Angela Farkic, Lincoln-Way East High School, Frankfort
“Winning the 2019 Tollway Art Contest is an honor and a great addition to my resume as I focus on graphic design in my future,” said Courtney Kurtz. “Being part of the Illinois Tollway’s art contest has been a very fulfilling experience and one that I will always remember.”
“Blick is pleased to continue its support of the Illinois Tollway’s annual art contest,” said Blick Art Materials Chief Executive Bob Buchsbaum. “There are too few opportunities for visual artists to gain the recognition they deserve, and this contest is a great way to encourage and support the efforts of young artists. We congratulate Courtney Kurtz and wish her great success as she continues to develop her artistic skills.”
Artwork created by the grand prize winner will be featured on the cover of the Tollway’s 2019 map, which is distributed at no cost to more than 75,000 customers. The grand prize winner and three runners-up will be featured in the Tollway’s annual report.
Awards presented to the finalists include:
- Grand Prize Winner: $400 in gift certificates from Blick Art Materials and $200 in gift certificates from MBRE to use at oasis retail shops and restaurants.
- Runners-up: $200 in gift certificates from Blick Art Materials and $100 in gift certificates from MBRE.
- A certificate of appreciation for all students who participate in the contest
The 2019 Tollway Map Cover Art Contest theme encouraged students to recognize the Illinois Tollway’s commitment to diversity. The Illinois Tollway is a driving force for increasing economic opportunities in the diverse communities the agency serves in 12 counties throughout Northern Illinois. Students from schools throughout the Tollway system were invited to participate in the art contest.
Blick offers 'Future Orders' option for educators and schools
A great way to get the supplies you need, when you need them!
Blick’s “Future Order” program makes life easier for educators and schools. "Future Orders" is an ordering and payment option that encourages educators to order the supplies in advance of the next semester. Just imagine — no scrambling at the beginning of a new semester to make sure you have all the supplies you need!
Blick's Future Orders program offers two primary advantages:
- Product availability is much better when you order in advance.
- Because no payment is due until your order ships, your future payment obligations align with the upcoming school year.
Here's how future ordering works:
- Put together your supply list before the end of the current semester.
- Include the date you'd like your order to ship — this is your "future ship date." If ordering online, select I would like this order to be billed and shipped to me at a future date at the Shipping & Delivery screen.
- Blick will pack and hold your order until that date — helping you beat the new semester rush!
- You won't receive an invoice until your order ships.
To order, choose the method that's easiest for you:
- Shop online at DickBlick.com
- Fax your order to 800-621-8293.
- Email your order to orders@DickBlick.com.
- Call us at 800-447-8192. We're ready to take your order 24 hours a day, seven days a week.