The competition, which is run by Terrington Hall School in association with the Gazette and Herald and The Press, is now in its third year, and has proved a big success with nurseries and pre-schoolers aged 2-4 across Ryedale, York and the surrounding area.
Last year, more than 500 artwork entries were submitted on the subject of bestselling children’s book ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.
‘This year, with the early years’ theme of minibeasts as its focus, the competition offers even more scope for young imaginations,’ said Veronica Whitfield, Head of Terrington Hall Junior School.
‘There are so many subjects to choose from – butterflies, ladybirds or dragonflies, snails, worms or centipedes, bees, ants or grasshopper – and a wealth of books to encourage children’s natural artistic creativity.
‘Nursery favourites at Terrington Hall include Eric Carle’s timeless ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, the rhyming text and bold illustrations of ‘Mad about Minibeasts!’ by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz, and the delightful ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.’
This year the competition will be judged by local children’s books illustrator and artist Simon Mendez.
Simon studied Art at York Technical College before gaining a degree in Scientific and Natural History Illustration from Blackpool College. His varied career has ranged from advertising to illustrating children’s books for which he has won a number of awards, including successive years at the Association of Illustrators. He lives in Terrington with his wife, five-year-old twins and Dillon the dog.
Mr Mendez said: ‘I am thrilled to have been asked to judge the competition. I have plans to illustrate a book on bugs later this year so it’s a good chance to keep an eye on the rising competition from the younger generation!
Once again, artwork entries – paintings or collages – are welcomed from nursery and pre-school children aged two to four. This year, every entrant will receive a 10% discount voucher from new competition sponsor Hobbycraft.
Each child’s work will be considered and Hobbycraft vouchers totalling £120 awarded to the leading young artists at ages two, three and four and to the nurseries or registered pre-school setting they attend.
For the best overall entry from across all age-groups, vouchers totalling £225 will be awarded to the child and their nursery or registered pre-school setting. There will also be ten £10 vouchers for highly commended artists.
The prizes have been sponsored by local businesses Barnitts, Minster Alarms, Ray Chapman Motors and Rodgers of York, as well as Hobbycraft.
All entries will be on display at Terrington Hall School on Saturday 7 June 2014 when Simon Mendez will be on hand to present the prizes for the most imaginative entries. Doors open at 10.30am. The fun-filled family morning will include children’s craft activities and light refreshments. All are welcome.
Terrington Hall headmaster Jon Glen said: ‘I am looking forward once again to viewing the entries for this competition. We are honoured that Simon Mendez has agreed to be our judge and I look forward to welcoming the competitors and their families to the exhibition.’