If you are having an art contest at your school, you likely want as many people as possible to participate. This can be difficult because students might not have the time to complete art at home due to a lot of extra-curricular activities and homework. They also might not have the materials to create a piece of artwork. This can depress the number of kids that actually participate in your art contest. Here are some tips for increasing the number of children that are interested and participate in your school-wide art contest.
1. Have Teachers Dedicate Time to It
If the students at your school regularly go to art class once a week, consider asking the art teacher if he or she would be willing to set aside a class to allow the children to at least start a piece of artwork that they can enter into the competition. The art teacher might already have a plan for that day. If this is the case, consider asking the art teacher if he or she would be willing to at least mention the possibility of entering what the children are making that day in the art contest.
If you do not have a regular art class, consider asking all of the teachers if they have time in their curriculum to give children a half hour or an hour to work on something that they can enter into the art competition. This will give busy kids that have a lot of homework and extra-curricular activities time to actually make something to enter.
2. Hold After School Sessions
Next, you are going to need to hold after school sessions where children will have access to art materials. This will allow the children who do not have the materials at home to still participate in the contest and make something that they can be proud of. Make sure that you advertise these sessions multiple times ahead of time and throughout the contest so that both children and parents know that they are available and so that parents will be able to make time in their schedules to allow their children to use them. This will allow you to avoid excluding children whose parents cannot afford to buy art supplies.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in art contests in schools. They will likely have advertising materials that you can use to make getting the word out about the competition easier.