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Student artists needed for Battle of Plattsburgh poster contest

North Country teachers are seeking fourth grade artists to create a new logo for the Battle of Plattsburgh festivities for 2013.

North Country teachers are seeking fourth grade artists to create a new logo for the Battle of Plattsburgh festivities for 2013.

PLATTSBURGH — North Country teachers are seeking fourth grade artists to create a new logo for the Battle of Plattsburgh festivities for 2013.

This year will mark the 16th year for the annual Battle of Plattsburgh Poster contest. The winning poster will be put on the event admission buttons, will be hung at the Battle of Plattsburgh Museum, 31 Washington Road, and the winner will receive a cash prize. The first prize winner receives $100, the second place $75 and third place receives a $50 award.

The contest is open to all students in grade 4, including those in private and public school as well as home-schooled. Students should submit one poster to their art, history or homeroom teacher. The poster must be in color and no larger than 12 x 18 inches. Judges will look for creativity and focus on key elements of the land and/or naval battle.

Contest organizer Jane Claffey said each year the judges are impressed with the quality and creativity the students share.

“Every year we get upwards of 300 submissions and the kids do great creative works and they do their own research,” Claffey said. “They can work on their posters at home, in school, anywhere as long as the piece is themed around either the land or water battle of 1812 in Plattsburgh.”

Non-winning pieces submitted will be hung in windows of downtown shops, a collection will be hung in the Champlain Centre Mall, and at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, she said.

Claffey said the previous year’s submissions have had drawings of ships, French and American flags, militia drawings, the symbolic rooster which legends say gave hope to the American soldiers to win the battle, and one year a collage of battle images was used to form the outline of a ship.

“It’s a really fun project and it’s something that has brought out the artist in these kids for the first time. Last year our winner’s mother said her son’s feet didn’t touch the floor for three weeks as he worked on his poster,” said Claffey. “All of the submissions are great, even the ones that do not win.”

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