Fairfield fourth grader wins DNR art contest
Lauren Kraemer, a fourth-grade student at Washington Elementary School, recently was selected a winner in the 2013 Iowa Department of Natural Resources “Take It Outside” art contest.
Lauren was awarded the “Best Use of Color” in Category II: Grades 3-5 in the poster contest. Lauren will receive a certificate of participation, and her artwork will be displayed in the DNR building during the Iowa State Fair Aug. 8-18 in Des Moines.
More than 1,700 Iowa students, ranging from kindergarten to grade 12, participated in this year’s Iowa DNR art contest. Entries showcased children visiting native Iowa wildlife in their natural habitat while camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, wildlife-watching and more.
This year’s art contest theme focused on Iowa’s native wildlife. Iowa is rich in tradition and abundant with natural resources. Iowans contribute $4.3 billion to the state’s economy through their outdoor pursuits — hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, boating, target shooting and wildlife-watching.
According to DNR officials, one of the reasons Iowans enjoy outdoors is the fish and wildlife resources. The state has all sorts of native animals – a host of invertebrates, 140-plus types of fish, more than 400 species of birds, almost 60 kinds of mammals and almost 80 reptiles and amphibians.
Schools were invited to submit posters in the following categories: Kindergarten-Grade 2; Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8; and Grades 9-12. All categories were for original hand-drawn artwork.
Winners were selected based on portrayal of theme, creative expression, originality, visual appeal and artistic merit.