Guidelines for Student Art Projects/Contests
Using Student Artwork to Promote Worthy Causes
Policies of the BCATA & the CSEA
Canadian Society For Education Through Art
Elementary age students should be encouraged to share their art work freely and voluntarily through exhibitions. In this way, active learning in visual arts environment may be strengthened through cooperation, dialogue, insight, and reflection. Art competitions usually conceived by an outside agency are not concerned with these aspects of pedagogy. They are not designed for educational purposes but rather as promotional or public relations activities within a commercial milieu. Juried exhibitions would ideally be organized in conjunction with at least one educational agency and would have pre-set established criteria for the jury to follow. In this way, the student is assured of an educational opportunity, one in which the juror’s response is shared with the participant, and this offers the student food for thought.
The CSEA opposes the use of commercially prepared devices which interfere with the artistic development of the individual. Commercially prepared materials are often presented as art education resources, when in fact, their pedagogical value should be questioned. Perhaps the single greatest concern is with colouring style images that are photocopied and distributed for the purpose of colouring. This activity has insignificant if any pedagogical value and should not be used within an educational setting. Other examples may include paint-by-number sets, moulds, stamps, workbooks, etc. Teachers need to critically examine commercially prepared materials for their art education content and concern for skill development and attitude enhancement.
British Columbia Art Teachers’ Association
The BCATA strongly opposes art contests and competitions for children up to the end of the Intermediate program (grade 9).
In the case of Graduation level students (grades 10-12), the BCATA supports design competitions under the following conditions:
- the competition is presented as a specific design problem
- the criteria for judging is clearly outlined at the outset
- the judges are identified from the outset
- all entries are acknowledged
- work is returned if requested
Information for Outside Agencies
Tips for Teachers