Walgreens is having an art contest where young teens use their creativity to share how they feel about what is happening in their world. Upon entering the contest, teens are asked to choose a topic they would like to talk about in their art pieces. These topics include Gender Identity, Social Media, Cyber Bullying, Self-Esteem, and much more. As a teen enters their artwork, they must go through the first round of the contest, which is public voting. Their artwork is posted on the Walgreens Expressions Challenge website where anyone can vote for their favorite artwork. The public voting started on August 15 and ends on December 15. This gives teens time for their artwork to gain as many votes as they can.
As I entered the contest I was a bit nervous since I have never entered a contest. The main reason I entered the contest was for the money, so I can save it for when I go out into the real world. I am saving as much money as I can to have a head start in life, and this contest will help me greatly. I first heard about Walgreens’s contest from Mrs. Borcherding in my independent art class. I personally was thrilled to hear about it, especially since first place is a cash prize.
I entered the contest without knowing what I was going to draw. I had to go through trial and error before I finally came up with an idea. My idea was to draw what I felt and what other young teens struggle with in life. I knew that I had to dig deeper into the meaning of my artwork and come up with something I have never done before.
My artwork that I submitted into the contest explains the struggle I had to go through and what other teens may have experienced. I, personally, have never made a drawing where I included a piece of me because I always felt it was unnecessary and I never wanted to show how I felt. But I understood that I had to come out of my comfort zone and include this deeper meaning into my artwork in order to have a chance of winning.
I do hope that I can win first place, but if in the end I win second place, I will still be happy. For anyone who has not voted yet, please do so in the link below. Dori McCarty and I are both competing, and we are trying our hardest to win, so please vote for her artwork as well.
Thank you to everyone who took their time and voted for my artwork.