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Waymakers District Art Contest

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Newport-Mesa Unified School District, in conjunction with the local non-profit, Waymakers, would like to invite you to participate in an art contest for students within the district!

Theme: What Sparks Joy?

Students are encouraged to think about what makes them happy and helps relieve their stress in a healthy way and then use those ideas to create an original art piece. We encourage students to reflect on these stressful times and think about what activity may have helped them the most. Some potential activities include: reading books, exercising, finding new hobbies like taking up art, but the possibilities are endless!

For any questions, please contact Brittany Bonilla at 562-685-6274 or

To request a complimentary art supply kit, please contact Gloria Rios at 714-424-5016 or


Any student within the Newport-Mesa Unified School District who attends a public school and is in TK-12th grades.

Rules of Submission:

  1. All submissions must be 8 inches by 11 inches and must be created to be scannable so that the images can be uploaded for judging. The submissions can be created in either landscape or portrait but needs to fit the 8 by 11 inches and be scannable. This means that there may not be use of extra materials such as clay, gems, or other materials that may not scan properly.
  2. All artwork must be created by the student. The entry must be conceptualized, developed, and completed by the student.
  3. All submissions must be submitted by the deadline of Friday April 30, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.. Items can be submitted online or in-person. For more information, please see the "How to Submit" section below.
  4. All artwork submitted must be free from profanity, inappropriate language or references, or drug use.

Judging Criteria:

Students' artwork will be judged based on the following criteria, and each criterion is weighted equally on a scale of 1 to 5:

  1. Creativity and Originality
  2. Clarity of Message/ Interpretation of Theme
  3. Quality of Art/ Use of Medium
  4. Overall Impression

Student artwork will be banded into 4 different divisions to ensure all artwork is judged fairly. The divisions are:

  • Division I:     TK-2 Grades
  • Division II:    3rd - 6th Grades
  • Division III:   7th - 8th Grades
  • Division IV:   9th -12th Grades

How to Submit:

There will be two options for art submissions.

Option 1:  In-Person

Students can submit their artwork in person at the main office of their school. Students will fill out a submission form that includes contact information if their artwork is chosen as a winner.

Options 2: Online 

In order to submit online, students with their parents' help, must scan their artwork and upload it to their computer in order to submit it through the Google Form. The Google Form must be filled out in its entirety including the scanned art piece.

To upload your submissions online, use the Google Form.

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, April 23rd at 3:00 p.m.

 There will be a First, Second, and Third place prizes for each of the age band listed above. 

 Prizes - Secondary:

  • 1st Place: Art Supplies, Art Work will be turned into stickers/buttons to be given out
  • 2nd Place: At Home Activity Kit - board games, baking, puzzles
  • 3rd Place: Self Care Kit

Prizes - Elementary:

  • 1st Place: Art Supplies, Art work will be turned into stickers/buttons to be given out
  • 2nd Place: At Home Activity Kit - board games, baking/cooking, puzzles
  • 3rd Place: Self Care Kit or another At Home Activity Kit