Oakton Foundation Art Competition

Posted by Stillwater Christian School at 12/7/2016

Over the past four weeks, SCS high school art students have been working on pieces to enter in a nation-wide visual arts competition sponsored by the Oakton Foundation. The competition seeks to identify young artists who share in the foundation’s vision that art is worship, and artists are called to co-create with God. Students may work in a wide variety of mediums including oils, acrylics, water color, charcoal, or pencils. They have been asked to also submit a brief writing piece, both biographical and explaining what they are hoping to communicate through their artwork.

Barbara Beckwith, director of Stillwater Christian’s art program, is enthusiastic about the competition and has encouraged all high school art students to take part. She learned about the Oakton Foundation competition this summer and thought the process would be rewarding for students, as it strives to have them produce works with meaning. All students who elect to study art with Mz. B understand that her courses focus on the technical components of art and help them improve their skills, but they know that the question they’ll be asked most in class is why. Why that choice in subject matter? Why that color? Why that perspective? Beckwith strives to make students think: to really contemplate and understand the choices they make, both in class and in life.

Students gave great thought to their pieces before creating and sharing them, and many are now on display in the elementary building. We encourage you to take a few moments to slow your walk through our hallways to read and view more of the creations of our thoughtful and talented students.


In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all. – Isaiah 11:6

This verse in Isaiah has always held a special place in my heart; it is a verse that holds new wonder for me every time I read it. I decided to let it be my inspiration for this painting. On one glorious day, predator and prey will become friends, and there will be enemies no more. This painting reminded me of God’s power, creativity, and majesty whenever I sat down to work on it. It reminds me that one day there will be peace in this world.
–Tayler Evenson, grade 11


This picture is showing how you should always keep your eyes set on the Lord. My inspiration has come through the many hard times that I’ve been through, especially the process of moving. It was difficult moving from two different states in just two years, and I had to rely on God for a lot of things. This picture reminds me that the Lord has your life under control, and He knows what is best for you, so this is just a reminder to keep your eyes set on God, especially through the tough times in your life. 
– Madison Schwartz, 9th grade



John 8:12  When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

This verse was the most influential thing for me in the creation of this painting. In a world filled with darkness, Jesus is our only hope. We should look to him always, whether in times of prosperity or in times of pain. His divine light shall guide us through the evil that is our everyday trial. He is our lighthouse in a sea of sin.  - Vincent Friel, 10th grade