See You at The Met! – Friday March 24, 6-8 pm

Dear Students, Parents and Educators,
You’re invited to the Opening Reception of the Gold Key Art Exhibition at The Met on Friday March 24, 6:00-8:00 pm. The exhibition features Gold Key artwork and writing created by NYC’s most talented teens. All are invited and no RSVP required. Come celebrate the 2017 NYC award recipients and design your own tote bag too!
  • Was your 2017 Art submission awarded recognition at the Honorable Mention or Silver Key level? If so, your work will be displayed digitally at the Opening Reception!
  • Was your 2017 Writing submission awarded recognition at the Honorable Mention, Silver Key, or Gold Key level? If so, you’re encouraged to enter a lottery to read an excerpt of your work at the Opening Reception. Student readings will be limited to three (3) minutes and the countdown begins after you’re handed the microphone. Interested? Enter the lottery at the opening reception from 6:00-6:25 pm. The Honorable Mention/Silver Key and Gold Key lineups will be announced at 6:45 pm after the Welcome Remarks are concluded. Refer to the program schedule for more details.
  •  Design Your Own Tote Bag! A free workshop will be offered to all guests.
  • Free Admission Ticket! All guests will receive a free ticket to view the rest of the museum’s collections. We hope you check out the galleries after enjoying yourself at the Opening Reception.
Scroll down for more information about the Opening Reception.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
New York City Regional Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, March 24, 2017, 6:00-8:00 pm
Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
6:00-8:00 pm
  • View the exhibition of Gold Key works of Art including Film & Animation and Writing from grades 7-12
  • Read Gold Key writing from grades 7-12 on iPads in the Exhibition and in bound notebooks in the Nolen Library
  • See Middle School, 3D and Oversize Gold Key works on a film reel in the Carson Family Hall
  • View a screening of Silver Key and Honorable Mention works of art from grades 7-12 in the Seminar Room
  • Meet Pratt Institute in the Carson Family Hall
6:30-6:45 pm
Welcome Remarks, Carson Family Hall, ground floor
6:45-8:00 pm
Honorable Mention and Silver Key Student Readings
Honorable Mention and Silver Key recipients read short excerpts from their works (up to 3 minutes) in the Carroll Classroom. Readers selected by lottery. Eligible readers may sign-up for the lottery in the Carroll Classroom, 6:00-6:25 pm.
Gold Key Student Readings
Gold Key recipients read short excerpts (up to 3 minutes) from their works in the Carson Family Hall. Readers will be selected by lottery. Eligible readers may sign-up for the lottery in the Nolen Library, 6:00-6:25 pm.
Make a Tote Bag!
Facilitated by The Met. Get creative by designing your very own tote bag in the Studio. Explore how words can become art by engaging with images of primary works of art from the Museum’s collection to spark tote bag design inspiration!
The Museum is open until 9:00 pm. We hope you will explore and enjoy the galleries!

Today (12/16) is NYC Submission Deadline

NYC Educators and Students,

Tomorrow December 16th is the deadline for submissions. Student work must be uploaded by 11:59 pm.

SUBMISSION FORMS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY DECEMBER 16th. The best way to ensure that a submission form is postmarked is to personally visit a post office and hand deliver your envelope to a window agent and request that your properly stamped envelope be postmarked to demonstrate compliance with a deadline.

LAST MINUTE RESOURCE: Do not despair if you’re scrambling at the last minute. The James Farley Main Post Office at 421 8th Ave in Manhattan is open until 10 pm.


Does the submission form have to be received by December 16th or postmarked by December 16th? It must be postmarked by December 16th.

Can I hand deliver my submission form(s) to the Scholastic office?  Delivery via snail mail is recommended, however, you may drop off your submission at the reception desk on the 1st floor of the Scholastic Inc. headquarter building at 557 Broadway. It will be staffed until 7 pm.

Does an educator need to sign the submission form? Yes an educator needs to sign the form irrespective of how and when the work being submitted was prepared. Any educator at a student’s school may sign the form.

I have an exigent circumstance. Can the deadline be extended? No. The deadline of 12/16, 11:59 pm is absolute for all NYC students.

Where can I find the submission form? After logging onto, you’ll see “Welcome to your dashboard”. Below, you’ll see 1. My Profile, 2. My Uploads and 3. Print, Sign & Mail Your Forms, and Pay For Your Submission. To the right there is a button labeled See My Submission Form And Payment Options. Click on that button to generate your submission form.


Reminder: Submission Deadline is December 16th

This is a reminder that the deadline for submissions is Wednesday, December 16th, only two weeks away!

Don’t forget about our newest award category, Editorial Cartoons.

The category, Editorial Cartoons, sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation, is designated for artwork that conveys a political theme or message. Up to three Medal recipients in this category will each be awarded a scholarship of $1,000. This is an incredible opportunity for teens to be recognized and celebrated for their talent and ideas. A fee waiver is available to any student with a financial need.

Editorial cartoons may be in the form of, but are not limited to single panel drawings with captions, sequential comic art, illustrations, digitally created drawings, or animated films with a political theme or message. I sincerely hope that all NYC teens share their unique perspectives about current local and world issues by participating!

Emoti-Con Design Fellow Applications Due January 9th!

Our pals at Parsons are accepting applications to become a Parsons Emoti-Con Design Fellow!

What does this mean?

Emoti-Con is the annual NYC Youth Digital Media & Technology Challenge. The Emoti-Con! Design Fellows are the youth who make Emoti-Con happen! Design Fellows work on graphic design projects (signs, t-shirts, flyers), post on social media to spread the word and get people excited, and help teens get prepared to participate. They also help plan the day, coming up with ideas for everything from swag and giveaways to what speakers should be on the stage. On the day of Emoti-Con, the Design Fellows are the greeters, MCs, and show-runners, and create a brand-new game or design challenge every year that every single person who comes to Emoti-Con participates in! (Note: The Emoti-Con Design Fellows program used to be called “A-Team.”)Emoti-Con group

What do you have to do?

-Be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in NYC!

-Commit to attending 9-11 of the Free Saturday sessions at Parsons The New School for Design January 31-April 18 (except March 28), from 10:00am-1:00pm.

What’s in it for you? (In addition to knowing that you are totally awesome and you have been part of something AMAZING, you will…)

* gain experience in graphic design, game design, event planning, and public speaking from a Parsons instructor — all great skills for college applications, job applications, and life!
* meet awesome teens from across NYC!
* be able to request a transcript you can use for college applications, which will say that you completed a Parsons Pre-College Academy class!
* receive a letter of recommendation from the instructor that you can use for college applications!

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Applications are due January 9th, 2015.

Applications & more information available here!

Take a look at past the Emoti-Cons and learn about the cool projects teens are creating that positively affect the world around them here!


Burns Film Center Educational Programs


Registration is now open for Spring Courses at the awesome Burns Film Center

They offer maker workshops, animation classes, film courses and projects and much more for all ages.  Take a look at all their offerings HERE.

What really caught my eye is their View Now Do Now.  They provide half of a project – and you provide the other half.  That was a terrible explanation…maybe some examples would be best.

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You providethe dialogue

They provide a soundscape

You write describe the place

They have over 70 View Now Do Now projects on their website.  Take a look!


This Friday: Teens Take The Met


Have you heard?  This Friday, Oct. 17, from 5pm-8pm NYC Teens rule The Met.  That’s a full three hours of FREE Friday night fun.

The Met is bringing in 40+ of the coolest organizations around (think 3D Systems, The Intrepid, WNYC, The Roundabout Theatre Company…) to set up activity stations all over the museum for teens ages 13-18.TeensTakeMetFlyer

So, in addition to, you know, hanging out with the work of the most famous visual artists in the world and of all time, you can take a dance class with Ailey Extension, or just hit the floor with DJ Kakez from BETs Black Girls Rock.  Or there’s always designing military apparel and protective gear with the Intrepid, trying your hand at Chinese calligraphy, designing tattoos with MAD, creating and performing short plays, and much, much more.

No RSVP required, just enter through the Education Entrance of the museum on 81st street and show your middle or high school I.D.  Free food and drinks will be available in The Met’s cafeteria.

Visit The Met’s page for more details, including a detailed schedule and map of all the activities.

Dance break, courtesy of DJ Kakez and Trevor Jackson








How to photograph artwork for submission

This is a great topic!  Last year we receive over 6,000 art submissions from NYC teens. Each piece of art is judged by a panel of professional artists using the student’s digital submission – a photograph!

I’m going to take you through some quick tips to getting a clear, easy photo.  This method did not require any fancy equipment.  Anyone can take a reasonably good photo of their art with the right amount of patience.

If you have a nice camera – use that!  This example was done using an iPhone – not great, but it can get the job done.  Repeat, if you have a camera (digital or DSR) USE IT, same thing goes for if you have a tripod or even — access to a professional photography studio – use your resources!

Find a flat, uniform surface, that has access to good lighting. For example: a wall!  I used a table because my office has bright ceiling lighting.

DO NOT USE FLASH.  This is what happens…


Take a photo straight on, so that the angles aren’t skewed like in this photo:


Take many photos and look at them in an online editing program.  You can use a fancy program like Photoshop, but I used a very simple, standard program: Microsoft Office’s Paint.

It took me about 7 photos, because it is very hard to get a steady photo without a tripod (use it if you have it!), but in the end I found one that I was happy with.  Take a look at that right angle!

Without Edit

Once I found the photo I wanted to use, I went back into Paint and cropped the photo, so that only “my art” was visible.

ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS crop backgrounds so that jurors can exclusively focus their attention on your artwork.

With Edit

If my editing program had more advanced editing abilities, I would adjust the brightness of the photo so it could more accurately represent what my art looks like in real life.

Not too bad, huh?  Ready for submission!!

If you want a more detailed/advanced take on photographing art take a look at the video below: