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Feb. 16, 2009 — Coming soon to an envelope in your mailbox: Stamps designed by St. Croix youths.
Three talented students at Country Day School recently earned ArtStamps 2008 National Artist Achievement Awards. Maggie Zumwalt, Matthew Low and Nick Colon were among a select group that a national organization categorized as worthy of designing postage stamps.
ArtStamps, a school fundraising company, turns student artwork into U.S. Postage stamps. ArtStamps honored only 50 students throughout the nation in five age categories for their originality and creativity. The V.I. students are donating money made in the purchase of the stamps to the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCA).
"I am so proud of the kids," says Cynthia Hatfield, art teacher at Country Day. "The students' artwork was selected from thousands from all over the country."
Hatfield's students in the third and fifth grade entered the competition. ArtStamps selects a theme for each month. If a student's submission matches a theme for a specific month, they are selected to compete in the contest for that month.
"I suggested they do their favorite animals or something they like," Hatfield says. "All they needed to do was fill the whole space and create something they like."
Zumwalt, a fifth grader, won first place in the 10-to-12-year-old category, earning $500.
"I like horses and dolphins, so I chose a horse," Zumwalt says. "I was about to give up on the horse halfway and do a dolphin, but Ms. Hatfield wouldn't let me quit."
Her entry was a horse silhouette against an orange sunset done in tempera paint.
Hatfield says the young artists see a painting in their mind one way and it may not come out the way they want it to.
"It is always good to have someone encourage them to continue," she says.
That encouragement helped turn Zumwalt into a winner.
"I was really happy to win," Zumwalt says. "I express myself with art."
Zumwalt, the daughter of David and Emmy Zumwalt, says she can remember drawing funny stick horses with chunky crayons and pencils when she was little. Her favorite class is art, and she loves to draw all the time. She would like to have a career in art..
"My parents gave me $100 to spend," Zumwalt says. "They want me to save $350, and I have to give my brother $50."
She wants to spend her cut on art supplies.
"Maggie and Matthew can definitely succeed at art," Hatfield says. "I will keep an eye on them and watch their work."
Matthew Low, 8, son of Melanie and Michael Low, won $50 as runner up in the 7-to-9-year-old category. He drew a ladybug under a magnifying glass in colored markers.
"I got my idea from a kids detective TV show called 'Kids Next Door,'" Low says.
Hatfield says she has taught for 20 years and has never seen someone think of the magnification the way Low did.
"It was an unusual point of view," Hatfield says.
Fifth-grader Nick Colon, son of Pam Colon and Heb Muriel, picked up an honorable mention in the age 10-to-12 category. He thought his plans to render a night sky would be easy, but he painted a sky of rainbow colors — which wasn't.
Colon has won a number of sports-related awards, but never anything for art until now.
"I was amazed to be so lucky to win," he says.
Colon participated in an art workshop last year at CMCA and learned the center is struggling financially. He instigated the idea of the school donating to CMCA. So far the students have donated $651to CMCA.
Third-grader Alexandra Starr, 8, also got an honorable mention in the annual 2008 contest.
To view the students' artwork, go to myspiritstamps.com/stcroix.
ArtStamps developed the National Achievement Award to promote creativity in schools. ArtStamps converts student art created in the classroom into U.S. postage, which is then sold by students to support their schools. This award is designed to remind students, parents, teachers and school administrators that creativity is important to every child's education.
Based in Farmington, Conn., ArtStamps a privately owned company, believes in supporting the creativity of youth by allowing them to experience school fundraising in a unique way. More information about ArtStamps can be found at myartstamps.com.
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Feb. 16, 2009 -- Coming soon to an envelope in your mailbox: Stamps designed by St. Croix youths.
Three talented students at Country Day School recently earned ArtStamps 2008 National Artist Achievement Awards. Maggie Zumwalt, Matthew Low and Nick Colon were among a select group that a national organization categorized as worthy of designing postage stamps.
ArtStamps, a school fundraising company, turns student artwork into U.S. Postage stamps. ArtStamps honored only 50 students throughout the nation in five age categories for their originality and creativity. The V.I. students are donating money made in the purchase of the stamps to the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCA).
"I am so proud of the kids," says Cynthia Hatfield, art teacher at Country Day. "The students' artwork was selected from thousands from all over the country."
Hatfield's students in the third and fifth grade entered the competition. ArtStamps selects a theme for each month. If a student's submission matches a theme for a specific month, they are selected to compete in the contest for that month.
"I suggested they do their favorite animals or something they like," Hatfield says. "All they needed to do was fill the whole space and create something they like."
Zumwalt, a fifth grader, won first place in the 10-to-12-year-old category, earning $500.
"I like horses and dolphins, so I chose a horse," Zumwalt says. "I was about to give up on the horse halfway and do a dolphin, but Ms. Hatfield wouldn't let me quit."
Her entry was a horse silhouette against an orange sunset done in tempera paint.
Hatfield says the young artists see a painting in their mind one way and it may not come out the way they want it to.
"It is always good to have someone encourage them to continue," she says.
That encouragement helped turn Zumwalt into a winner.
"I was really happy to win," Zumwalt says. "I express myself with art."
Zumwalt, the daughter of David and Emmy Zumwalt, says she can remember drawing funny stick horses with chunky crayons and pencils when she was little. Her favorite class is art, and she loves to draw all the time. She would like to have a career in art..
"My parents gave me $100 to spend," Zumwalt says. "They want me to save $350, and I have to give my brother $50."
She wants to spend her cut on art supplies.
"Maggie and Matthew can definitely succeed at art," Hatfield says. "I will keep an eye on them and watch their work."
Matthew Low, 8, son of Melanie and Michael Low, won $50 as runner up in the 7-to-9-year-old category. He drew a ladybug under a magnifying glass in colored markers.
"I got my idea from a kids detective TV show called 'Kids Next Door,'" Low says.
Hatfield says she has taught for 20 years and has never seen someone think of the magnification the way Low did.
"It was an unusual point of view," Hatfield says.
Fifth-grader Nick Colon, son of Pam Colon and Heb Muriel, picked up an honorable mention in the age 10-to-12 category. He thought his plans to render a night sky would be easy, but he painted a sky of rainbow colors -- which wasn't.
Colon has won a number of sports-related awards, but never anything for art until now.
"I was amazed to be so lucky to win," he says.
Colon participated in an art workshop last year at CMCA and learned the center is struggling financially. He instigated the idea of the school donating to CMCA. So far the students have donated $651to CMCA.
Third-grader Alexandra Starr, 8, also got an honorable mention in the annual 2008 contest.
To view the students' artwork, go to myspiritstamps.com/stcroix.
ArtStamps developed the National Achievement Award to promote creativity in schools. ArtStamps converts student art created in the classroom into U.S. postage, which is then sold by students to support their schools. This award is designed to remind students, parents, teachers and school administrators that creativity is important to every child's education.
Based in Farmington, Conn., ArtStamps a privately owned company, believes in supporting the creativity of youth by allowing them to experience school fundraising in a unique way. More information about ArtStamps can be found at myartstamps.com.
Back Talk Share your reaction to this news with other Source readers. Please include headline, your name and city and state/country or island where you reside.