Octopus Drawing Challenge

Explorers Club and OctoNation Present:

The Octopus Drawing Challenge

May/June 2022

Get ready for The Explorers Club’s World Ocean Week, coming June 6th-10th, with an exciting deep dive into the incredible world of the octopus! With the help of OctoNation, students can learn about incredible octopus superpowers (adaptations), learn how to draw them and then enter a drawing contest for a chance to win some exciting prizes!

Live Classroom Events

Octopus Superpowers With Octonation Founder Warren Carlyle 

May 2nd @ 12:00pm eastern

Octopuses are the superheroes of the ocean, with abilities ranging from extreme camouflage to squeezing through impossibly tight spaces to losing and regenerating a limb! Join us as we explore some of their incredible adaptations, we promise you’ll never look at these amazing molluscs the same way again!

Warren is the Founder & CEO of OctoNation, a nonprofit organization that works to inspire wonder of the ocean by educating the world about octopuses. As a professional community building strategist, Warren has built relationships with underwater photographers, artists, scientists, and aquarists to achieve this mission. OctoNation is now a 600,000+ person organization, celebrating all things octopus!

Register: https://forms.gle/XZRojBx5YjsyXEHy6

Learn to Draw an Octopus With OctoNation Illustrator and Designer Chris Adams

May 5th @ 12:00pm eastern

You’ve learned about amazing octopuses’ superpowers, now get ready for the drawing contest with lesson on how to draw these delightful molluscs.

Chris is an illustrator and designer with a passion for art and education. He inspires others to think about the ocean by creating whimsical characters that show off the amazing and unique nature of the octopus. Chris also brings us his design expertise with over 10 years of experience working with brands like American Express, Coca-Cola and Disney.

Register: https://forms.gle/XZRojBx5YjsyXEHy6

The Drawing Contest

Armed with their new knowledge of octopus superpowers and new skills for drawing one, students can put pencil to paper to draw their own octopus. The rules are simple, on a piece of paper, at least 8.5×11 inches, they can draw an octopus using one of its superpowers. It can be one they learned about in the lesson or they can do some research and pick a different superpower. Pictures can be in colour or they can be left in black and white with good details. If students want to get really creative, they can choose to draw an octopus with a new superpower or more whimsical. 

Rules

1) Drawings are on paper at least 8.5×11 inches and in colour.

2) Students can choose to draw an octopus using a superpower (adaptation) that they have and choose whether it will be in colour or remain in black and white. The third option is to choose to draw an octopus in a more whimsical way, with a new superpower to help it survive in it’s environment. 

3) Make sure students include their name in the corner of the drawing.

Contest End Date: May 31st @ 5:00pm eastern

Teachers can scan or take photos of their students’ drawings, sending them to ebtsoyp@gmail.com and using the email heading ‘Octopus Contest Submissions’. Teachers, please include your name, grade, school and location in the email. You might also choose to collect all the drawings in a Google folder, sending the link to us.

All submissions will be displayed at the Explorers Club headquarters in New York during World Ocean Week, June 6th – 10th.

Winners will be announce live on June 7th during a special octopus event, live from the Explorers Club in New York!

 

Prizes

Grand Prize – if your whole class sends in a picture, you’ll be entered in a draw for the grand prize. This will be:

  • A giant octopus stuffed animal
  • A small octopus stuffed animal for each member of the class
  • A t-shirt for the teacher
  • An Explorers Club octopus sticker for each student 

Prizes for Pictures (Colour) 

  • 1st Prize: a medium octopus stuffed animal, a t-shirt, 10 octopus stickers
  • 2nd Prize: a medium octopus, 10 octopus stickers
  • 3rd Prize: a small octopus, 5 octopus stickers 

Prizes for Pictures (Black and White) 

  • 1st Prize: a medium octopus stuffed animal, a t-shirt, 10 octopus stickers
  • 2nd Prize: a medium octopus, 10 octopus stickers
  • 3rd Prize: a small octopus, 5 octopus stickers

Prizes for Bonus Whimsical Pictures 

  • 1st Prize: a medium octopus stuffed animal, a t-shirt, 10 octopus stickers
  • 2nd Prize: a medium octopus, 10 octopus stickers
  • 3rd Prize: a small octopus, 5 octopus stickers

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