Four students from Chewonki Elementary and Middle School received the honors as part of the 27th Annual Junior Duck Conservation and Stamp Design Program, a collaborative effort between Maine Audubon and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Alna’s Zella Morgan received 3rd place for her duck painting, while Wilton Scott of South Bristol, Zea Arbuckle of Newcastle and Micah Loosigan of Woolwich received honorable mentions.
According to Maine Audubon, the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp educational program, a multi-part curriculum designed to meet national science education content and national visual arts standards for students. kindergarten to grade 12 students. After studying the anatomy and habitat of waterfowl, students express their new knowledge by drawing, painting or sketching a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species.
“The Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition is one of our favorite integrated education units, incorporating natural history, waterfowl, waterways, art and conservation,” says Coreysha Stone, visual arts specialist at Chewonki. “We are fortunate to be located on the edge of an estuary. We were able to spend precious time in the field doing habitat studies with the support of Kyle Wonser, science educator for our traveling natural history program. A few months of this type of very focused work really strengthened the capacities of the students and improved their compositions.
“This unit was one of the longest of the year, starting in November and ending in February, as we slowly developed observational drawing and watercolor skills. The students were very engaged during those months and really looked into any artistic challenges they took on, ”says Stone. “I recently asked students, ‘What has been the most exciting, memorable, or challenging lesson for you this year? “. The duck stamps repeatedly emerged as a lesson in which students felt they had learned the most and progressed the most. It’s an annual unit that students at multiple levels can experience two years in a row, truly honing their craft over a period of time.