Visual Arts Contest to celebrate Earth Day

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, April 23, 2021 - 9:00am
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The Ontario Art Education Association is holding a Visual Arts Contest to celebrate Earth Day!


Earth Day is an annual event that happens every April 22nd. On Earth Day, we celebrate and appreciate all that the earth has provided for us. It is also a day to bring awareness to climate change and global warming and gives us the opportunity to ask ourselves what we can do to be kinder to the earth.

Students in grades 1 to 3 are asked to create an image of their favourite place in nature. They should use colours to achieve different effects. The image should express their feelings and emotions about the natural world. Their artist statement should be why their selected setting is their favourite place, along with some ways we can reduce the negative impact of that land use to be kinder to the earth. (e.g., don’t litter).

Students in grades 4 to 6 are asked to create an image to demonstrate the effects of climate change. Consider a depiction of how climate change has affected the earth, and a depiction of what the earth would look like if climate change didn’t exist (e.g., splitting the image in half, mixing two scenes together, etc). Students should implement their understanding of proportions (e.g., a mountain is taller than a tree). In their artist statement there should be suggestions on how people can minimize their ecological footprint.

Students in grades 7 and 8 are asked to create  an advertisement on how climate change is affecting the earth and what we can do to stop it. They should use the elements of art and the rule of thirds to convey their message. In their artist statement should be ways people contribute to climate change, along with ways they can personally minimize their ecological footprint..