Brentsville student artists earn honors in Youth Art Month contest
Posted on 03/01/2018
Picture of artwork for Youth Art Month flag contest

Two Brentsville District High School seniors are winners in the high school division of a Youth Art Month flag contest sponsored by the Virginia Art Education Association. Colette Vaughn took first place, and Emma Downes was third. The students are taught by Cheryl Miehl.

The theme of the contest was Building Community through Art, so both artworks speak to that theme. 

Colette used colored pencil and ink to create a high-contrast silhouette of a city sky line against a warm evening sky. Her skyline reflects in the water below but instead of seeing the simple reflection of the buildings, each one has been replaced with recognizable artist tools, those tools that help build her community.

Emma used marker and colored pencil to create a series of paper doll chains that resemble construction workers lined up atop a brick wall. Each construction worker figure holds in its hand an artist's tool used to help build their tight-knit community linked by love and appreciation for the arts.

Art education associations across the nation hold contests in observance of Youth Art Month. Grand prize winners in each state will see their art displayed on a 3 x 5-foot flag at the National Art Education Association Convention and at state conferences.

Youth Art Month flag design by Emma Downes

Youth Art Month flag design by Colette Vaughn