Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Blog Book Illustration Contest in Maine

Rose Raymond
Library Tech
Granite St. Elementary School
Millinocket, Maine
2015 TTEC Cohort

June 19, 2015

Millinocket, ME In 2014 students at Granite St. Elementary School participated in an art contest sponsored by the Millinocket Literary Club.  Millinocket was designated an Appalachian Trail Community in July of 2013 and the Literary Club wanted the artwork to be a part of an advertising/fundraising campaign that would promote the Appalachian Trail and the Katahdin region.  Students were read, Ellie’s Long Walk, the True Story of Two Friends on the Appalachian Trail, by Pam Flowers.  A Mountain Adventure, by Patricia Griffith Morgan, about Mt. Katahdin, and S is for S’mores, a Camping Alphabet, by Helen Foster James.  Each book brought about discussions on what it would be like to hike, what you might see, and what you should bring.  I brought in my pack, a hiking pole, a picture of a lean-to, etc.  The only criteria we had for students was that they use the A.T. symbol somewhere in their artwork.  On week four Mrs. Grabber the art teacher took over the project, helping students put their thoughts about the A.T., Katahdin, and hiking on paper.  The artwork was amazing!  These illustrations were given to the Literary Club who selected one honorable mention and one winner in each classroom.  The winning illustrations were then given to the A.T. committee who had them made into postcards that would be sold throughout Maine communities promoting the A.T.  Proceeds from the sales of the postcards would go into the general fund of the Appalachian Trail Town Community.
The book illustration contest was a great wintertime project ending with a springtime assembly announcing the winners.  The winners were presented with their original artwork in a glass frame.

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