Last year I read a post on someone's blog (if it was you, thank you!) about Celebrating Art. Celebrating Art lets you submit photos of student artwork (or students can submit their own from home) to be considered for publication in a really nice hardback book. I submitted work for each school on their website (you have to create an account to keep track of all your information) and ended up with several students getting work accepted. I actually had quite a few but lots did not turn in the permission form, and since we didn't get them until a few days before school got out, I didn't get the chance to remind them. There are two deadlines a year, one in November, and one in April. If you get enough students published, you get a free copy of the book for your classroom. I went through and found all of my students but I haven't even had a chance to check out all the other awesome artwork yet! I did make sure to mark pages with my students' work so my principals could find the right pages when I left the book for them to check out.
I thought I would just try the contest once to see how it went and overall, I'm very pleased with my experience! If you have any questions, the company is very quick to respond. I had a question about permission and they answered the same day. *I wanted to make sure that you don't have to get permission to submit and they confirmed. Parents only need to give permission for work to be published in the book.
Below are some photos of pages that featured my students' work with the links to posts about the project.
Forgot to post about Kindergarten self-portraits...
...and forgot to photograph 2 more projects published in the book: one of my 3rd grade Architecture 2 Ways and 1st grade Circle Printing
More 4th grade shape paintings and Aboriginal-Inspired animals