Scholastic Art Award Winners
Megan Mills ‘ 20
Spotlight on BHS Artists
Students currently enrolled in art classes at BHS are given a plethora of opportunities to create different types of art. So imagine having the choice to create whatever you wish. Now imagine your piece winning the CT Scholastic ART Award.
The CT Scholastic Art Award offers new and old contestants a chance to showcase their talent by competing in this program with many awards possible. According to the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards website, judges look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
This year, two students, Thomas Conlin’19 and Lorennah Granfors ‘19 received awards and three students, Jamie Breeland ‘19, Megan Greene ‘19 and Teddi Ferraro ‘21 received honorable mentions.
Students from Bethel Middle School and many other schools around the state participated, but there was a fee attached to the entries.
“This year we were able to submit 20 works of art. There is a fee associated with that and we can submit 20 works within that fee. If we wanted to submit more works, or more portfolios, we would have to pay more money,” explained K-12 ART Coordinator, Mrs. Lacey.
While there has been no specific theme requirements, there are categories set in place for different types of art, such as paintings, drawings, ceramics and even special considerations for other forms of art such as sculptures and digital art.
Granfors’ and Conlin’s art pieces were unique enough to win the top spots in the competition, earning the Gold Key awards, which was $80,000 scholarships from the University of Hartford for their artwork.
Granfors created a piece called “Down Memory Lane: The Coast of Maine” which was a painting of a landscape featuring a lake and plants, while Conlin created a ceramic bakery.
“I put a lot of work into that piece and to be awarded a scholarship I wasn’t expecting was just exciting,” explained Conlin.
While some students drawings or sculptures may only take a few days to finish, others chose to spend months perfecting their art. Gransfors is one of those students.
“The one that won the gold key took me over a month to do which usually we do four pieces every semester… I stayed after school, painted it at home, in class, basically everywhere I went, I worked on it,” said Granfors.
Congratulations to the winners!