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Sixth Grader Wins National Art Award

Sixth grader Amanda Tutera from Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School, recently won the national award in the Unilever International Schools Art Project (USIAP). The USIAP is a competition that is part of a series of annual contemporary art commissions at the Tate Modern in London. Amanda won with her entry with this year's theme, "Beauty and Difference." She incorporated science, geography, social studies, history, math, language arts and Spanish into an art project of creating butterflies with dot painting technique native of the Aboriginal Tribes of Australia.

Both Amanda and her teacher Vickki Thacker will travel to London, where Amanda's entry will compete with student work from 24 countries.

The goal of the project is to encourage young people to create original works of art on a given theme relating to the work of the commissioned artist for the Unilever Series. Entries are judged within the U.S., with finalists being sent to London for international judging, and the final winner's art will be exhibited at the Tate Modern.