Youth Bird Drawing Contest

Each spring, Tahoma Audubon sponsors a bird drawing contest for Pierce County youth in grades 1-8. Keep checking back for our 20th annual YBDC contest information…

2018 YBDC Birds and Cirriculum:

 
  Photos courtesy of Mick Thompson

Photos courtesy of Mick Thompson

FEATURING: RAPTORS

This year's contest features three backyard birds common in the Pierce County region:

 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 30

  

Youth residing in Pierce County in grades 1-8 are invited to participate in our 19th annual art contest by drawing one of the three birds above: the American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk, or the Peregrine Falcon. 

This is a free contest. Awards and prizes will be given by grade categories 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8. Prizes are generously being donated by Arts and Craftsman Supply Tacoma. Selected artwork will be framed and put on display at the Tacoma Nature Center this summer! 

The 2018 contest submission deadline is April 30. 

Presented by:

 
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Draw one of these birds in their natural habitat

This year's beautiful birds represent species that you're likely to see near where you live in Pierce County and throughout Washington State. 

As you watch these birds of prey, pay attention to the areas where you see these birds. What are the surroundings like? Where do the birds like to spend their time? What types of plants and trees do they seem to use? Pay attention to how they use their strong talons, excellent eyesight, and hooked beaks.

Use these observations to inform your drawings—and then think about what you can do to be sure these birds continue to have places where they like to be. 

Teachers, we've put together a lesson plan to help you incorporate the drawing contest into your curriculum. You can download the lesson plan (.pdf).

SAVE THE DATE

Artists Awards & Reception: May 30, 2018, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Tacoma Nature Center

A special reception for contest winners and prize awards will be given at the Tacoma Nature Center on the evening of May 30, 2018. Selected winners will also be recognized in the June/July issue of Tahoma Audubon's newsletter, The Towhee, and winning artwork will be framed and on display at the Tacoma Nature Center this summer from May 30 - Aug. 31.

RULES AND SUBMISSIONS

Rules:

  • Your drawing must show one of the three birds above in its natural habitat.

  • Your artwork should be on paper not larger than 11 inches x 14 inches.

  • You can use pencils, paints, crayons, pens, markers, pastels or watercolors or any other tool that works on paper!

  • You must include a submission form with your entry. Download the form here (PDF).

  • Entries will be judged based on: 1) Depicting one of the three contest birds, 2) depicting the bird chosen in a habitat natural to that bird, 3) Demonstrating the artistic expression of the student.

Submissions are due by April 30. To submit your entry, you can:

  • Mail submissions to Tahoma Audubon, 2917 Morrison Road W, University Place, WA 98466

  • Drop off submissions at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S Tyler St, Tacoma, WA 98405

  • After the contest, you can pick up your artwork at the Tahoma Audubon office. Artwork will not be returned via mail.

Winners: 

  • Awards and prizes will be given by grade categories 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8. Prizes are generously being donated by Arts and Craftsman Supply Tacoma.

  • In early May, entries will be judged and winners will be notified.

  • Winners will be honored at a special reception on May 30th and their artwork will be framed and displayed at the Tacoma Nature Center from May 30 - August 31.

  • All winning entries will receive one complementary annual Family Membership to Tahoma Audubon.