Heart Study holds kids’ art contest

Published 4:31 am Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Bogalusa Heart Study is sponsoring an art contest in February, honoring “American Heart Month,” to bring greater awareness to the importance of heart health and the significance of the Heart Study in the community. Many students will have friends and family such as grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles or cousins, who have taken part in the Heart Study over the 45 years it has existed in Bogalusa.

Students are requested to reflect the theme, “The Heart of Bogalusa,” in their work and to incorporate either literally or symbolically imagery of the heart, Heart Study and unique aspects of the community, its history, and the importance of a healthy heart. This contest will allow students to showcase their artistic talents while learning about the Heart Study, their community, fighting heart disease and building healthier lifestyles.

All elementary and middle school students are encouraged to participate in the contest as a great way to showcase their talents. The competition will consist of two divisions — kindergarten to third grade, and fourth grade to eighth grade.

Submissions may be in an any two-dimensional medium, including watercolor, marker, paint, ink pen, pastel, oil pastel, charcoal, etc., and should consist of a drawing, illustration or painting. All submissions should be on a posterboard of standard size (22 inches by 28 inches), preferably with foam or cardboard backing to facilitate future display — this is optional, and not required.

The contest winners will receive:

  • The honor of published art work on the Heart Study newsletter, web page and social media. First place in each division will receive a $100 Walmart gift card, second place will receive a $75 card, and third place will receive a $50 card.
  • All entries will be displayed at the Bogalusa Heart Study clinic and on the study’s website.

Individual artwork will be judged on the following three criteria by a panel of local artists:

  • Concept/design — Does the artwork address the theme in a clear and inventive way?
  • Technical skill — Does the artwork show an understanding of visual art principles such as use of color, shading, light and form?
  • Creativity — Does the artwork showcase an original point of view? Does it provide a fresh perspective on the theme?

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Feb. 28. Submissions may be turned in at any local school front office at any time, up until the deadline date.