Friday, May 24, 2013

Big Crab Contest 2013 - 5th annual

Mrs. D's Class at Christmas
Please note the composition of the Crabs this year.  
The students were instructed to create the pictures entirely on their own. I think you will agree that the great variation in interpretation this produced is fascinating. 

Autumn - Best All Around Crab
Don't forget to note the lipstick on the Rockfish
in her claw, and the tiny crabs in waiting. 

Matthew - Fuzziest Crab
A new category this year. Rhymes with "warm."
Closest thing to a cuddly crab we've seen. 

Emma - Most Artistic
I find this interpretation, clearly from the Red Ryder School,
to be definitely Fin de siècle. You have a great future, Emma.  

Nai'ema - Biggest Claws
You have to appreciate the asymmetry of this crab. 
Just when your brain is creating an anthrophomorphic
picture, that fifth leg throws it catawampus.

Georgann - Best half-cooked
This reminds us that crabs when cooked go blue to red.
There is much risk in going from blue to red; many of us
would prefer red to blue.

Evan - Cutest
The simple lines of design, the stylized appendages, this
goes to make a crab compact and appealing.

Jaidyn - Slitheriest Crab
 There is much to ponder here. Piercing eyes, smeared
lipstick, happy companions. There is a story behind this crab.

Mason - Crabbiest
This is a much sought after prize in the First Grade Set.
We just thought that Mason's looked like the closest to the ideal.
Remember, there are crabby qualities other than grumpy!

Imani - Tastiest
We gave Imani a mulligan on this one since, 
while perhaps King of the Bay, the uninitiated might get confused, 
and think he came from Alaska. 
But all that crab's going to taste real good this Summer.

 Jordan - Looks most like Mrs. D
Whoops! The judges made a mistake here, it should be Ms. Krabs.
But, they were overwhelmed by the colors (and the purple stockings).

Jonathan - Most Crabs on a Page
Actually, it is the ONLY entry with more than one crab.
There are some other aspects of the composition that are noteworthy. We're not sure if Van Gogh liked crabs, but you have to like the Starry Night. (don't forget to count the legs)

Braxton - Skinniest Crab
This guy is definitely on a diet. But, then, he lives under a rainbow.
And, of course, he's a friendly sort.

Emilie - Bluest
Yes, in their native habitat, crabs are blue. They also 
play slide guitar and a harmonica. They sing sad songs
about Jimmies and She Crabs. 

Jose - Most Colorful
I have a hard time getting my brain around what prompted
this color scheme. It is almost geod like. Note the stance.
Ready for action.

Omar - Happiest
Omar realizes that brushing teeth is important business. 
He is also quite capable of recognizing the true essence of that rara avis, the happy crab.

Benjamin - Most Handsome
Ben really wanted the crabbiest trophy. But the bow tie did it for him.
Sorry, Ben, you'll appreciate handsome when you grow older.
(P.S., it isn't Squidward)

Emmanuel - Looks most like Dr. C.
Not only is there a bow tie, there is a stethoscope.
There is also a rather sinister mustache. Can't have everything.

Marilyn - Fattest
Please note that this is a Ms. Crab. So, Sponge Bob's influence 
is not universal. Note also the neat bracelets this happy crab has.
The apparatus in the right lower corner is probably the pot
that Ms. Crab has just jumped out of. Tasty.


Mikayla - Most Original
One has to be impressed with the detail of this crab.
When the judges picked it most original,
it was for the draftsman(woman) quality of the rendering.

Charlie - Most Sparkly
Unfortunately the picture doesn't show the blue sparkles
Charlie added to his rendition. Texture, Charlie, texture.
Makes you want to pull out your nutcracker and hammer.

Braden - Funniest
This little guy is just laughing his way across the bottom of the Bay.
There is a ghost in the background, but we won't mention it.
Don't want to scare him, do we?

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this wonderful blog! As a marine ecologist with a particular fascination with crabs, I am delighted to know there is an annual drawing contest that features these amazing critters. The commentary and the drawings make me smile and I want to print them all out to hang on my fridge.