Southern California Coast Painting

©Gardner Symons


The California Coastal Commission has announced their 2017 California Coastal Art and Poetry Contest for K-12 California students.

Contest Information

Who: All California residents in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate. There are five grade categories for awards in both art and poetry: K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th grade.

What: The art and poetry must have a California coastal or marine theme to be eligible. Please refer to the Contest Guidelines on the entry form, and the contest page for complete rules. Art entries: please include a short statement of a paragraph or less on how the coast or ocean inspired your creation.

When: Entries must be postmarked by January 31, 2017.

Need a new way to connect art and science?

This fall we are offering a free program to inspire classrooms preparing for the Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. During this virtually interactive program, Academy museum educators will teach methods of how scientists create and use art, as well as showcase other styles of art from early pioneering naturalists to the contemporary artists of our time. Programs will be offered for grades K-3 on November 30 or December 15 and for grades 4-12 on November 8 or December 1, on all days at both 9:10am and 10:10am PST. Visit Art Inspiring Action CalCoast As Your Muse to learn more and to register! Limited spaces are available.

Or explore lessons integrating art and science from a collaboration with the de Young Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.


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