From the Editor: Art, Writing, and Skateboards
Last night, nearly 1,500 middle- and high-school kids from across the country -- along with their parents, teachers, and friends -- packed into Carnegie Hall for the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards national ceremony. These students were among the 2011 national Art & Writing Award winners, and they were recognized at the event for their creativity and work as artists and writers. They all wore silver or gold medals (some had more than one!), and 16 high school seniors were recognized as Gold Portfolio winners (those kids won awards that included $10,000 scholarships).
Kid Reporter Grace McManus was at Carnegie Hall and spoke with Gold Portfolio winners Victoria Ford and Leonardo Laurenceau as well as artist John Baldesarri, who won an Art & Writing Award around 1948. Grace's story about the event will hit the Kid Reporter website later this week. But for now, here's a little taste of the event -- Tony Hawk, who judged the competition's video game design category, skateboarding down the aisle before taking the stage to speak to the students!
(Photo: Stuart Ramson/Insider Images for Scholastic)
Do you paint, take photos, sculpt, or do other artistic things? Do you have a favorite artist or writer? Let us know in the comments below!
--Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Editor Dante A. Ciampaglia