The 6th In My Homeland International Children’s and Youth Drawing Contest is underway with entries being received until the end of the year. The contest encourages children and youth worldwide to depict their homeland.
This year the jury made up of professional artists, art teachers and representatives of art magazines from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Poland and other countries will award first, second and third degree diplomas in 7 age groups. These paintings, along with those awarded exhibition participation diplomas, will make up the 6th International In My Homeland Children’s and Youth Art Exhibition that will open spring 2011 in Minsk. The works will be also displayed on the Green Cross Belarus online gallery
and Children Art (www.children-art.org
) galleries. An art album with reproductions of the works displayed in the exposition, a full list of all the winners and interviews with members of the jury will also be created. Furthermore, a number of other contest diplomas and teacher’s awards will also be given.
Children aged 5-14 years may submit entries in the following categories:
- A joyful day
- Portrait of a hero
- Tea party
- Based on beloved verses
- Free topic
Students in the 15-20 age group may select their topic of choice to depict in the following styles:
- Still Life
Last year a total of 12,890 works from 29 countries were received with 66 young artists being awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. In addition, a further 200 children received International Art Exhibition Diplomas, 964 children received Diplomas of the Contest and more than 2,000 children received personal ‘Thank-you’ letters from the Organizing Committee. Furthermore, 187 teachers received special diplomas and 266 of the top art pieces were complied in an art album. The exhibition of last year’s entries opened at the Palace of the Republic in Minsk in April. Furthermore, mobile exhibitions are currently travelling in Poland, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.
The art contest is organised by Green Cross Belarus with the Ministries of Education, Culture, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus. The contest seeks to spread ecological awareness and conservation among both children and adults, encourage the discovery of nature’s beauty and build ties between the world’s youth. Since its inception, “In My Homeland” has involved over 14,000 teachers, and 50,000 children and youth from 31 countries.