The 17th Annual Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Calendar Art Contest wrapped up with a reception at the Oregon State Fair on Sunday, August 26, 2018. Thirteen students were honored at the reception held on the Creative Living Stage in Columbia Hall. Parents, grandparents and educators attended the reception to celebrate the young artists.

The Calendar Art Contest encourages students to learn about and discover the vast number of agricultural commodities and natural resources that are produced in the state of Oregon. Oregon agriculture is extremely diverse and beautiful which makes for a fun, eye-catching calendar. This year, 2,011 students entered artwork featuring Oregon agriculture and natural resources into the contest. The Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Board of Directors selected 13 pieces of artwork to be featured in the annual calendar and 30 pieces to be recognized as honorable mentions. The winning students received a $50 award and were recognized at the reception.

Hain K. pictured with her teacher, Mrs. Arik, AITC Board of Director, Tammy Dennee and Executive Director, Jessica Jansen.
Sonia S. pictured with her teacher, Mrs. Arik, AITC Board of Director, Tammy Dennee and Executive Director, Jessica Jansen.

During the reception, students had the opportunity to describe their artwork and share how it represented Oregon agriculture. The 2017-2018 calendar entries included everything from beef cattle to salmon, logging trucks to tractors, and cherries to cheese. It was a very special moment to hear the students talk about their artwork and listen to their teachers explain how they use the contest as well as other resources in their classrooms.

Anam Arik, the art teacher at Carden Cascade Acadamy in Hillsboro shared how she uses the Calendar Art Contest in her classroom. Mrs. Arik said, “In preparation for the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom calendar contest, we decorate our school and use this amazing opportunity to educate students about the vast variety and importance of Oregon agriculture. During art class, all the students love to see previous winners and honorable mentions as they enjoy coming up with their own creative ways of making artwork.”

Two of Mrs. Arik’s students have artwork featured in this year’s calendar. Sonia Seligman drew an outline of Oregon highlighting delicious Oregon blackberries and Hain Kim drew a variety of fresh vegetables.

Adalyn’s drawing featured a John Deere tractor.
Adalyn B. joined on stage by her teacher, Ms. Tempel. Emcee, Tammy Dennee asked Adalyn a few questions about her artwork.

Adalyn Barham, a kindergarten student from Tangent Elementary School was also a winner of the contest. Adalyn drew a John Deere tractor that will be featured in the month of March. Adalyn said, “It’s a John Deere Tractor. I made it a John Deere because my PopPop loves John Deere and I wanted it to remind me of him. First I drew the body of the tractor like where you sit when you drive. Then I did the engine. Next I did the big fat tire in the back and then the small one in the front. And then I chose to paint it green like a John Deere with black tires and the wheels yellow.”

Adalyn’s teacher, Sadie Tempel, joined her on stage during the reception. Coming from an agricultural background, Ms. Tempel enjoys teaching students about the diversity of agriculture in their community.

These are just a few of the outstanding and impactful examples of students using art to learn about Oregon agriculture. We are very appreciative of our generous sponsors; Oregon Blueberry Commission, Oregon Seed Council and Shelton Turnbull Printing for making this contest possible for students.

Students are welcome to submit their artwork for the 2019-2020 school-year calendar until May 8, 2019. Creativity is highly encouraged! Contest details as well as previous winning and honorable mention artwork can be viewed on the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom website. Calendars are free to Oregon educators and can be ordered for $4.

Students honored at the AITC Calendar Art Contest reception at the Oregon State Fair. From top left, Anna L., salmon; Hannah D., Christmas trees; Isabel F., cherries; From bottom left, Sonia S., Oregon blackberries; Hain K., vegetables; Pauline G., tulips; Adalyn B., tractor; Waverly C., apple tree; Elizabeth F., horse herding cattle.