Do you have a budding artist? Check out this list of art contests they can enter (sorted by due date)! A contest is a great way to encourage children to keep practicing their art at home. They may already have a piece of art they’re proud of that qualifies for one of these contests, or they may decide to create a piece specifically for one of these contests. With prizes up to $1,000, some of these contests can be very exciting! Be sure to read the full rules for a contest before you enter.

(Last Update: May 14, 2018)

Want me to include YOUR art contest? Please email me at at least 3 months prior to your art contest deadline.

Looking for a Photo to Reference?

Drawing from a photo is great, but sometimes you and your students don’t have a photo of your own that’s quite what you’re looking for. Using someone else’s photo without permission is copyright infringement!

This is why I have a stash of photos available on Flickr ( with an “Attribution Creative Commons” License. This means you’re welcome (and encouraged) to use my photos to create new works of art for fun or for sale, as long as you let people know where the original photo came from. I’d love to see all the beautiful things you make from my photos, so let me know! ūüôā Learn more about copyright and my terms of use here!

Check the rules of the art contest you’re entering and make sure they allow students to use someone else’s photo as a reference. Many contests for Jr High students and older require students to take their own photographs or draw from life.

2018 Art Contests

AFHE (Arizona Families for Home Education)


JQA International Environmental

Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art

Together: A UK-German Centenary Project from Never Such Innocence

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

Peace Pals International

BMW Marathon

Advena World

Celebrating Art

Design Your Own Dino

2019 Art Contests

U.S. Kids Magazine

Perpetual Art Contests

 Crafty Shops Kid Art Contest

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Look and Learn Art Competition

  • Ages: 0-18
  • Subject:¬†Varies month by month (Dec. 7: Kids’ Fashion 2020, Jan. 8: Mad Dictator, Feb. 7: Whirlpool, Mar. 7: Box of Chocolates, Apr. 9: Rough and Smooth, May 7: Transportation of the Future
  • Prize: about $50
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Worldwide Kids Drawing


I hope your students will decide to enter some of these contests. I’d love to hear about it if you do. If you know of any other art contests, please let me know and I’ll add them to this list! You can comment here or email me at

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