Every year, the National Museum of Nature and Science holds a botanical illustration contest as one of the learning support activities to help people understand plants.
In the first year of Reiwa, the 37th year was celebrated, and 1,037 entries were submitted from all over the country. As a result of the examination, 83 award-winning works including 3 awards from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology were decided.
Selected works will be exhibited at Tsukuba Experimental Botanical Garden from Saturday, February 13th to Sunday, February 28th, 2021 at the Ueno Main Building from late June to mid-July 2021 at the Natural Education Garden. It is scheduled to be held from mid-September to mid-October 2021.
Organizer: National Museum of Nature and Science (Director Yoshihiro Hayashi)
Sponsored by: National Science Museum Council
Purpose: By drawing a botanical illustration, the purpose is to correctly observe the shape of the plant, to understand the plant more deeply, to deepen the affection for the plant, and to have a high interest in the connection between people and the plant. To do.
Recruitment department: "Elementary school student department" "Junior high school student / high school student department" "General department" 3 departments
One piece per person, unpublished original work, paper size is B4 size or cut into eight pieces, thickness is within 5 mm, painting materials are free.
Reception period: September 1, 2020 (Tuesday) -October 31, 2020 (Saturday)
Total number of applications: 493 points for elementary school students, 383 points for junior high school and high school students, 161 points for general students (total 1,037 points)
From the standpoint of botany, art, and education, the judges will conduct a comprehensive study at the National Museum of Nature and Science on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, based on the attention of observation, accuracy of expression, and artistic beauty. The examination was conducted in the building meeting room.
Norio Nishino Former Professor, Faculty of Education, Joetsu University of Education
Mieko Ishikawa Botanical illustrator
Jin Murata Specially Appointed Professor, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
Endo Ichizoku Tsuchiura City Tsuchiura Daini Junior High School Teacher
Tsukasa Iwashina Honorary Researcher, National Museum of Nature and Science
Masanobu Higuchi Director, National Science Museum Tsukuba Experimental Botanical Garden
Elementary school students:
Until now, there have been observational record works of plants grown at school, but the decrease in such works may be due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection. However, in such a situation, I am impressed that he observed and drew it well. As a trend in recent years, the number of bold and energetic works has decreased, but the diversity and individuality of the works are maintained. I hope that the children will continue to draw botanical illustrations.
Junior high school and high school students:
The number of entries has decreased, but the quality of the work has been maintained. It is presumed that the children who can honestly feel the charm of the plant drew and applied. Like elementary school students, he often drew in the corona.
The general department has a high level of skill, and it is difficult to select each time, but this time it was remarkable. The level was high and there were many well-drawn works. Up until now, there were many applications from older people, but this time there were works by relatively young people, and the variety of subjects was increasing. In addition, there were many works in which the author could feel the drawing.
Special Encouragement Award (School Award): Kushiro Junior High School attached to Hokkaido University of Education
Please download the file data of the press release and see the winners of the honorable mentions and semi-honorable works in each category.
National Science Museum Tsukuba Experimental Botanical Garden (4-1-1 Amakubo, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture)
Date and time: February 13th (Sat) -February 28th (Sun), 2021
Open space on the 1st floor of the National Museum of Nature and Science (7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo)
Date and time: Scheduled from late June to mid-July 2021
Institute for Nature Study attached to the National Science Museum (5-21-5 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Date and time: Mid-September to mid-October 2021
Information about the exhibition will be posted on the website of each facility.