|The Yule Goat (1912) by Swedish artist John Bauer|
Throughout Northern Europe, there are local traditions that celebrate midwinter. Even though many have been subsumed into Christmas festivities, some of these practices preserve very old rituals. Your goal with your original piece of visual art is to capture the spirit of both midwinter and Norse mythology. Will you draw dwarves sneaking into the house to taste the cooking when nobody’s looking? Odin riding Sleipnir through the snowy city streets while everyone’s asleep? Thor driving his goats through the starry skies at night? It’s up to you!
I strongly suggest doing some reading and research on midwinter celebrations in Northern Europe before you start working on your artwork. Do you know about the Yule Goat? The Yule Lads? Frau Holle? Krampus? Most importantly – can you think of a way to tie these traditions to Norse myth?
If you need some ideas about Norse mythology, browse The Norse Mythology Blog Archive. You can also check out the winners of the Midsummer 2013 Art Contest in the three categories: kid, teen and adult. Most importantly – be creative!
I am very proud to announce the judges for the art contest. Both of these wonderful artists create thoroughly modern works that show great respect for and understanding of the complicated issues in the original Norse myths. In my classes on Norse mythology and religion, I use works by both of these creative illustrators to show how artists who have a deep engagement with the myths can bring out subtleties from the source material in their visual interpretations. The three of us will judge the entries together.
|Völuspá: The Norns & the World Tree|
2003 Faroe Islands postage stamp
featuring art by Anker Eli Petersen
|The gods, goddesses & giants of Norse mythology – from the cover of Erik Evensen's|
Gods of Asgard graphic novel. How many can you name? Click the image to enlarge.
There will be three winners in each of the following categories:
Kids: Age 12 & under
Teens: Age 13-19
Adults: Age 20 & up
1. Be on the theme of midwinter.
2. Contain at least one element from Norse mythology.
|Bonfire from Moominland Midwinter|
by Swedish-Finnish artist Tove Jansson
2. Original art only; no photos or collage.
3. Art must be kid-friendly; no nudity or violence.
4. No copyrighted characters. Let’s leave the Marvel Comics to the professionals!
5. One entry per person, please.
HOW TO ENTER
Send an email to Yule2013@live.com that includes the following:
1. Your full name (kids can give first name and last initial)
2. Your age (as of December 18, 2013)
3. Your location (city, state/province, country)
4. A short description of your artwork that explains how it portrays midwinter and what element(s) you have included from Norse mythology
5. Your artwork (as an attachment)
Seriously, don’t forget to include your art as an attachment!
Midnight (Chicago time) of December 13, 2013
|Norse Mythology Online logo|
features Skaði the giantess
painted by Erik Evensen
The three winners in each age group will be featured on The Norse Mythology Blog, The Norse Mythology Facebook Page, The Norse Mythology Google+ Page, The Norse Mythology Pinterest Page and The Norse Mythology Twitter Page. Your art and your description of it will be posted on all the many sites of Norse Mythology Online and will remain permanently in the The Norse Mythology Blog Archive.
December 18: Kid winners announced
December 19: Teen winners announced
December 20: Adult winners announced
It’s time to sharpen your pencil and start drawing. Good luck!