El Camino Real Charter High School
Earth Day Art and Poetry Contest
Earth Day Art and Poetry Contest

“Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher…”
William Wordsworth, The Tables Turned

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2016 ECRCHS Earth Day Art and Poetry Contest

WHO: All students who are currently enrolled at El Camino Real Charter High School.

WHAT: Entries must have a native Southern California nature theme, using examples of native Southern California wildlife, natural settings and wilderness to develop the theme (e.g. no tropical or arctic settings or species). Poems and artwork must be student’s original work. If using a photo model taken by someone else, image must be significantly altered to avoid plagiarism. Art should be no larger than 11 x 17 inches. Acceptable art media are as follows: paint, pencil, colored pencil, markers, ink, pastel (fixed), collage and computer graphics. Three dimensional pieces, photography or photocopies are not eligible in this contest. All entries must include a completed contest Entry Form. Winners will be selected in each of the four grade level categories in both art and poetry to receive a gift card and an award certificate.

WHY: To encourage and inspire student involvement in improving our environment, increase students’ awareness of the connections between our actions here on campus and their impact on the environment, and to celebrate the “greening” of El Camino Real Charter High School.

WHEN: Entries must be submitted by 3:30 p.m. Tuesday March 29th. No late entries will be accepted.

HOW: Details coming soon!

Prompt for Earth Day Art and Poetry Contest

Purpose: To encourage and inspire student involvement in improving our environment, increase students’ awareness of the connections between our actions here on campus and their impact on the environment, and to celebrate the “greening” of ECRCHS.

Theme: Native California, its native species, natural settings and wilderness (e.g. no tropical or Arctic settings or species).

Research: For help with California species, see attached list of sites.

Inspiration Brainstorming: Before beginning the project, refer to the attached list of questions for journal prompts or class discussion.

Using paint, pencil, colored pencil, markers, ink, pastel (fixed), collage or computer graphics, create an original work no larger than 11 x 17 inches that is about the nature of California.

Because custom matting is not possible for the exhibition, students must use the following standard sizes of paper: 6 x 8 inches, 8 x 10 inches, 9 x 12 inches, 11 x 17 inches.

Rubric for Art

A panel of judges will employ the rubric to assess entries. They will be evaluated for Accuracy, Craftsmanship and Creativity (12 points possible):

Accuracy Score: 4,3,2,1 Theme of artwork is California nature and wilderness (including, but not limited to the desert, mountains, coast, forests, and ocean) and the native species that inhabit those areas. Acceptable size and media have been used.
Craftsmanship Score: 4,3,2,1 Artwork is thoughtfully executed, done with care and skill. Elements of art and principles of design are utilized to create a balanced composition.
Creativity Score: 4,3,2,1 Idea or concept is fresh, original (not cliche). Elements of art and principles of design are used creatively.

Rubric for Poetry

A panel of judges will employ the rubric to assess entries. They will be evaluated for Development of Theme, Craftsmanship and Creativity (12 points possible):

Development of Theme Score: 4,3,2,1 Theme of poetry is California nature and wilderness (including, but not limited to the desert, mountains, coast, forests, ocean) and the native species that inhabit those areas.
Craftsmanship Score: 4,3,2,1 Poetry is thoughtfully executed, written with care and skill. All elements of style (word choice, rhythm, imagery, etc.) reinforce the poem’s tone, purpose and meaning.
Creativity Score: 4,3,2,1 Idea or concept is fresh, original (not cliche). Elements of poetry are used creatively.

Judges reserve the right to exclude artwork from consideration that is inappropriate for an educational setting.

Brainstorming/Inspiration:

  • Have you ever been camping or hiking, or otherwise spent time out in nature or the wilderness of California?
  • What do you do when you are out-of-doors in nature?
  • What do you see?
  • What animals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and insects live in California?
  • How are people connected to nature, specifically, in California?
  • What colors can you see in nature?
  • What sounds do you hear in nature?
  • What textures do you feel in nature?
  • Why do you love visiting or spending time out-of-doors, out in nature?
  • What things may harm the California wilderness, its species, the ocean, the desert, the mountains, rivers and lakes, etc?
  • What does spending time quietly surrounded by nature make you think of?
  • How does being out in nature make you feel?
  • How can we protect the wilderness, ocean and desert, as well as the animals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians that are so essential to life?
  • Do you have a memory of being at the coast that was special/powerful/sad/comforting…?
  • What would California/your life/your community be like without its natural settings, the wilderness, the wildlife?
  • What is California/your life/your community like because of its natural settings, the wilderness, the wildlife?
  • Write a letter to your children or your grandchildren. Tell them what you love about California–the forests, the ocean, the beach, the skies, the desert, the mountains, the native flowers, the wildlife, etc. Do you think they will be able to experience and enjoy the same things?

*Photo (Trailhead, Malibu Creek State Park) by Eric Wilson, Director of Sustainability and STEAM Initiatives

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