Five Fun Art Competitions for KidsPosted by Sarah W on September 20, 2012
Do you have your own personal kid art gallery at home? If you’ve got a child that loves to make art, it might be time to let that creative spirit blossom somewhere other than the fridge. Why not sit down with your child and look at entering a youth art competition? SABusyKids has found some fun and rewarding competitions that could be a great outlet for your artist.
Humans in Space: Youth Art Competition
Deadline: October 21, 2012 by midnight
For: 10 – 18 year olds worldwide
Be inspired, be creative, and be heard. This art competition wants to see your child’s vision of the future. How do you think humans will use science and technology to explore space, and what mysteries will we uncover? Your child can share it through musical, literary, visual, or video artwork, wherever her creativity leads her. Winners of the competitions receive awards and have their art displayed/performed worldwide, viewed by scientists, astronauts, engineers, artists, and the public, as well as being displayed in the online gallery. Get details on how to enter here.
Deadline: Decemeber 7, 2012 from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
If your child prefers cowboys to aliens, the Western Art Contest and Exhibit at the SA Rodeo might be just what you’re looking for. All entries must have a western theme, so saddle up and mosey on over to the art room. The contest takes place in December, and then entries are displayed during the Rodeo in February. If your child’s art places at the top of the contest, it will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on the last Sunday of the Rodeo and that money goes to support scholarships for student artists. And, selected students may be invited to participate in the Western Art program at Schreiner University. Giddy up and get creating, you can find more details online.
Celebrating Art: Art Contest
Deadlines: November 29, 2012 & April 9, 2013
For: Students grades K – 12
Here’s a more free-form contest celebrating art, with the chance to win prizes. Students and teachers are encouraged to work together on this. You can submit any piece of art that you can take a still photo of. That means paintings, computer graphics, sculptures, drawings, you name it (but no photography submissions, just photos of your art creation). The contest is judged by grade divisions and 10 winners in each division for each contest will share over $5,000 in prizes with their art teachers. Plus, winners get a free copy of the art book their work will be published in. This is a great way to get your art out there. See contest details online.
For: Kids 16 and under
Send a drawing of your favorite animal to this monthly contest at Animal Rescue. Every month, one drawing is selected to be posted on the website, plus the winner and five runners up receive an official “Animal Rescue” prize package. But know that when you send in a submission they keep them, you won’t get it back. So, if it’s something you want to hold on to, be sure to make a copy or take a picture to keep. This is a great opportunity for an animal lover or animal artist to stretch his drawing arm and test his skills. Details online.
Deadline: March 25, 2013
For: Artists ages 3- 12
Imagine your best day ever. Then imagine it on the cover of a magazine. The cover art is up for grabs on the July/August issues of the U.S. Kids Magazines Turtle, Humpty Dumpty, and Jack and Jill, and the theme for this year’s art contest is: “Your Best Day Ever!” The contest runs for three different age groups: Turtle is for ages 3-5, Humpty Dumpty for ages 5-7, and Jack and Jill for ages 7-12. You get just one entry per person, and you can enter online or through the mail. First place winners get their artwork on the cover of the magazine for their age group, and for first, second, and third place winners, U.S. Kids will make a donation to the art department of the winner’s school or other non-profit art program. Find more details and enter online.
Encourage your child to share his artistic spirit with others. Entering a contest can be a lot of fun, and seeing your art featured somewhere online or in print is an awesome reward. There are some really neat opportunities for young artists out there, you just have to find the one that speaks to you.