Tips for Creating your Entry
Following is a list of helpful hints for teachers and students:
- Follow the size requirement of 9" high by 12" wide.
- Get outdoors to observe, photograph, and sketch live waterfowl.
- Create original art, not copies of someone else's work.
- Use the medium you are most comfortable with.
- A good drawing makes a good painting; refine your image at the drawing stage.
- Create a solid, balanced design such as one that includes a triangle of elements.
- Match the species and its seasonal plumage to the correct habitat.
- Make your species the center of attention.
- Focus your detail on waterfowl anatomy.
- Don't overdo background scenes; keep it simple.
- Use bright, bold, and warm colors.
- Use contrasting colors and crisp edges to make your image "pop" from the page.
- Consider what your artwork would look like as a small stamp.
- Get critiques of your work from artists, teachers, biologists, and others.
- Don't forget to postmark your entry by the annual Tennessee entry deadline of March 15.