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“Great Seal Of Mississippi” Art Contest

From our friends at the Mississippi Arts Commission:

“Great Seal Of Mississippi” Art Contest

Create a lesson plan using the Great Seal of Mississippi and create a fabulously imaginative seal for our Governor and legislators!

 Objective: to create an art integrated lesson using the Great Seal of Mississippi as the focal point.

Goal: to embellish the Great Seal of Mississippi with materials, symbols, and objects that are native and significant to our state and learn more about our state.

Purpose: the top 3 winning seals will be framed and presented to our Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House at our Day at the Capitol in March as an example and a reminder of the role the arts play in education.


  • Each school receives 5 poster size seals that you are free to copy and distribute any way necessary. (They must remain poster size)
  • Hold a school-wide or classroom contest as a part of your lesson.
  • Present your school’s one winning entry to the Mississippi Arts Commission by December 14th on one of the original poster boards provided with the information printed on the front and the integrated lesson attached to the back (use attached form).
  • Any classroom can participate by creating an art integrated lesson based on the seal. Think creatively! Here are a few examples:
    • A history class can research the origin and meaning of the symbols used on the Great Seal, and then embellishes the seal using materials native to Mississippi.
    • A math class can use the seal for counting, adding, subtracting; to measure and calculate circumference, diameter, radius, area, and formula; then embellish the seal using the mathematical findings in symbols and native materials as manipulatives.
    • A language arts class can research the story behind our seal and write about the findings; write a descriptive paragraph before and after embellishing the seal with found or recycled objects; write a persuasive paragraph explaining why certain recycled objects were used; create a poem about the many resources around our state.
    • A visual art class can research bas-relief, collage, and assemblage and their uses in art and then create a collage of recycled materials or native materials or a bas-relief using textured medium, paint, or wallpaper paste.  Any material is acceptable but remember, this is not a coloring contest!
  • Hold your own in school contest to select your one winner. Bring or mail us your winning poster with the complete lesson attached to the back and all the information filled in to the Mississippi Arts Commission office by December 14th.

The top three posters will be selected and the students will be invited to come to Jackson during Day at the Capitol and present the beautifully framed seals to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House.

Lesson Plan Form and additional information. (PDF)

NOTE: All art integrated lessons should include reference to the elements and principles of visual art and site the competencies for their grade level subject area and visual arts content standards.

via the Mississippi Arts Commission



The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.