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2/12 – 3/11 Ice Age Art Contest for Kids in Grade 3 – 4 | 5 – 6 | 7 – 8

Calling all young artists with wild imaginations! Get ready to unleash your creativity and take a thrilling journey back in time to the Ice Age. The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is hosting an epic Art Contest, and we want YOU to be a part of it!

We’re on the hunt for awe-inspiring artworks showcasing the extraordinary creatures that roamed North America during the Ice Age. Picture this: dire wolves, mammoths, giant ground sloths, mastodons, cave lions, and more! Let your imagination run wild as you bring these ancient beasts back to life through your drawings, sketches, or collages.

We’ve got you covered with a special video tutorial from the talented science illustrator Hannah Caisse. Watch her as she reveals the secrets of painting an extinct Ice Age animal. From choosing your favorite creature to researching fascinating facts, Hannah will guide you every step of the way. Get your creative gears turning and let the adventure begin!

How to draw an Ice Age animal with Hannah Caisse

Prizes Await!

But wait, there’s more! Three lucky winners (one from each age group) will be chosen to receive incredible prizes. Each winner will be awarded a one-year “Family Level Membership” to the museum, granting you and your loved ones access to a world of wonders. And that’s not all! You’ll also receive a $25 gift certificate for our awesome Museum store, filled with treasures waiting to be discovered.

Get Ready for Fame!

The winners will be announced on our social media platforms, making you an instant celebrity among art enthusiasts. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the chosen artists will be invited to an exclusive photo shoot at the museum and the winning artwork will be on display during our annual The Art of Nature exhibit. Let your talent shine!

Show Off Your Skills!

Once your artwork is complete, it’s time to make your mark on history. Submit your paleontological masterpiece to our museum contest. Capture a photo of your artwork (or scan it) and upload it to the submission portal. Brace yourself for the excitement of sharing your talent with the world!

  • Submit artwork as a high-resolution image of the student’s original artwork, with a minimum size of 2,400 pixels by 2,400 pixels.
  • Each file should be smaller than 5 Megabytes in size.
  • Artwork must be in .jpg or .png format.
  • Artwork is limited to one entry per student.
  • Artwork has to be an animal that roamed North America during the Ice Age
  • Art can represent the following mediums: drawing and painting (i.e., pencil, charcoal, pastels, colored pencils, oil paints, acrylics, water media, mixed media/collage) and original digital creations (which may not include AI or digital image generation of any kind).
  • Keep the original artwork. The Museum will print and frame copies of the winning pieces to be exhibited in this year’s The Art of Nature exhibit, an annual celebration of scientific illustration. 

Important Dates

  • Contest Submission Period: February 12, 2024 – March 11, 2024 (midnight PT)
  • Winner Notification via Email: March 14, 2024
  • AON Exhibit Opening: March 22, 2024 (with an invite to honor the winners!)

Eligibility

The contest is open to all children grades  3-4 |  5-6 | 7-8  who are attending public, private, parochial, and home schools in Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, San Benito County, Santa Clara County, or San Mateo County.

Submitting Entries

The Art Contest submission period begins on February 12, 2024, and concludes on March 11, 2024, at midnight PT.  We are asking schools, organizations, and community groups to encourage parents to submit one entry per student.  Entries must be submitted using the Art Contest website.  If you are a teacher who would like to submit a student’s artwork, you may do so. However, you will need to have a parent/guardian complete this permission form and include the signed form when submitting artwork.

Criteria

Entries will be evaluated based on originality, interpretation of subject matter/theme, creative techniques, composition, and overall art appearance.

Judging

Contest officials from the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History will select the top submissions from each grade (3-4 |  5-6 | 7-8)  and present them to a panel of five judges. Those judges will make selections based on the above-mentioned criteria to determine which pieces will be awarded the winner in each grade level and honorable mention.

Submission Terms & Agreement

When submitting artwork, you must agree to the following terms and conditions. They have been listed here for your convenience, but are also available for review when you submit artwork.

I certify that the submission, including text and illustrations, and any ancillary material were made by the Applicant indicated, and were not copied from another work, photograph, illustration or website, nor made by another.   I represent that this submission does not infringe any third party intellectual property rights, nor does it contain any material that is defamatory, vulgar, or otherwise inappropriate.  I understand that the submission, including text and illustrations, and any ancillary material will become the property of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (SCMNH). I give permission to SCMNH to use, reproduce, prepare derivative works, publish, distribute copies to the public, perform publicly, and display publicly the submission, including text and illustrations, and any ancillary material, including but not limited to, Applicant’s first name, school, grade/level of study, and any photographs and/or videos containing the Applicant’s image and/or voice, for all purposes deemed appropriate by SCMNH.  SCMNH may distribute the submission, including text and illustrations, and any ancillary material through a variety of media, including but not limited to print, social media, websites, or any other means.  SCMNH  may also permit a third party to exercise SCMNH’s rights, including but not limited to the right to display or distribute the submission, including text and illustrations, and any ancillary material, in a manner SCMNH  deems appropriate. 

I understand that my submission may be eligible for appearance at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, and other locations if selected, but that no further compensation of any kind will be paid by SCMNH or any of its authorized third parties to use, reproduce, prepare derivative works, publish, distribute, perform publicly and/or display publicly the submission, any ancillary material, or student information, image or voice as provided for in this agreement. I hereby unconditionally release SCMNH, its employees, SCMNH ’s contractors and their employees, and SCMNH  representatives from any and all claims and demands arising out of the activities authorized under this agreement.

I certify I am at least 18 years of age and have read the foregoing Official Rules and fully understand and agree to the contents.

Requirements

  • Artwork must be an original work of the student, created by hand without the use of AI or digital image generation of any kind.
  • Original digital artwork is allowed, but must be the sole and full creation of the student participant.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in grades 3-4 |  5-6 | 7-8 
  • Artwork is limited to one entry per student.
  • Artwork should be submitted as a high resolution (e.g. minimum of 2,400 pixels by 2,400 pixels) image of the student’s original artwork.
  • Each file must be under 5 Megabytes in size.
  • Artwork must be submitted in .jpg or .png format.
  • Keep the original artwork, since the original artwork of the three winners of the contest will be exhibited in The Art of Nature 2024 exhibition.
  • Art can represent the following mediums: drawing and painting (i.e., pencil, charcoal, pastels, colored pencils, oil paints, acrylics, water media, mixed media/collage) and original digital creations (which may not include AI or digital image generation of any kind).
  • Each piece of Art must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian of the student.

Additional authorizations and requirements are contained in the Official Entry Form that must be acknowledged and agreed to with each submission.