Bay Farm Student Wins National Art Competition

Analiese Tan--Analiese Tan’s submission shows a woman playing the piano in the woods and includes a multiplicity of patterns and colors.

Bay Farm Student Wins National Art Competition

Bay Farm Elementary School student Analiese Tan’s artwork recently won a national contest for the cover of Music K8, a teaching resource for music teachers across the country. It is the first time a Bay Farm student has won first prize in the contest.

Tan’s submission shows a woman playing the piano in the woods, and includes a multiplicity of patterns and colors, as well as an allusion to Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” “The woman is playing about the world,” said Tan, a fifth grader. “It was great giving Bay Farm its first win!”

Reve Francisco, a fourth grader at the school, was designated as a finalist in the contest. He says his submission expressed his fear around the fires last year, which threatened his family’s cabin in the Tahoe region. “I put a wall of musical notes in my cover art, showing it protecting the cabin,” he said.

Bay Farm students Sara Smith, Yuna Son, and Akshay Kapoor won honorable mentions in the contest. All five submissions are available on the Music K-8 website.

“I’m so proud of my students for being brave enough to share their artistic talents,” says Bay Farm music teacher Bonnie Nelson-Duffey, who encouraged her students to enter the contest. “After sending contest artwork for over 10 years, I’m thrilled to have Bay Farm students acknowledged with such high honors. I’m sure this will increase enthusiasm for our young artists next year. Linking music and art in this way has been a delightful experience for all!”

Analiese Tan   Tan’s submissions will be placed on the cover of a teaching resource guide for music teachers across the country.