Imagine Arts Program

Entries Due: Monday, March 20th during morning carpool
Awards Assembly: Friday, March 25th at 8:30 am

Each year, scholars have the opportunity to create original works of art around a theme that is chosen by the scholar council. The theme for 2016-2017 is "Things That Make Me Happy." Projects are judged based on creativity and how well the scholar interpreted the theme. Participation is optional. There will be a root beer float party for all scholars who submit an entry, and the winning projects will be announced at an awards assembly held at the school.

Scholars are encouraged to explore the theme through Visual Art, 3-Dimensional Art, Multimedia (Digital Art/Photography), and Literature/Poetry. Each entry must follow all of the general rules as well as the specific category rules. All of those details, along with the entry form, can be found below.

We need help when the scholars bring their projects to the school for judging, help getting the entries ready for the judges, and help scooping ice cream at the root beer float party. Email Brandy Barnett at to volunteer.

2016-2017 Entry Form

Use one form per entry. Make sure each form is signed by both the scholar and parent. Click below to download as a PDF.

Imagine Arts Entry Form (Click Here to Download)

Visual Arts Rules


An original print, drawing, painting, collage, or other piece of 2-dimensional artwork.


  • No more than 1/4-inch thick, including all materials such as bead, string, fabric, etc... (artwork that exceed this width can be entered in the 3D Art category).
  • Entries may be submitted on paper, canvas, cardboard, or canvas board, but may not exceed 1/4-inch thickness.
  • Mountain paper or canvas entries on sturdy cardboard mats is preferred, but framed entries are not accepted. 
  • Protecting the artwork with shrink-wrap or other transparent cover is encouraged, but not required. Lamination is discouraged because it can permanently damage the surface of the art. 

3-Dimensional Art Rules


3D Art is any art form having length, breadth, and depth. This includes visual arts that exceed the 1/4-inch thickness rule.


  • Art is not limited in size, but must be able to be moved for display purposes. 
  • Can be a combination of mediums.
  • No loose pieces that can become separated.
  • No kits or precast models are acceptable - only original artwork.
  • Scholars are encouraged to create a project from raw materials rather than from Legos and other toys or kits. 

Multimedia Art Rules

Digital Art Description

Any original art created by digital means. Scholars may create digital images using computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop, DAZ Studio, or other 3D or art program. Any type of computer-aided image manipulation, including collage, is permitted

Digital Art Presentation
  • Scholars are encouraged to submit entries on paper, but images on CD are acceptable (jpg format).
  • PowerPoint presentations are not acceptable.
  • Mount all paper entries on sturdy poster board or similar material. Shrink-wrapping is suggested for protection. No frames of any kids are acceptable. 

Photography Description

Any original black & white or color image, or group of images, produced by a photographic process may be entered. The scholar may incorporate photographic techniques such as montage, multiple exposure, negative sandwiches, and photograms. Images may be manipulated conventionally or digitally and may be created using various lenses, filters, and light sources. Photographs with added graphics over the image, including lettering, are not acceptable.

Photographs may include public places, trademarks, or other well-known copyrighted material as long as that material is incidental to the photograph. A connection between the scholar and the copyrighted material should not be present.

Photography Presentation

  • Each entry may not exceed 11 inches by 14 inches, including a mat.
  • Print the images on paper or other 2-dimensional material and mount all prints on a cardboard mat or similar sturdy material. 
  • It is recommended to protect the entry with shrink-wrap or another transparent plastic cover. 
  • Framed entries, negatives, and multidimensional pieces are not acceptable. 

Literature/Poetry Rules


Literature entries may be an original work of fiction or nonfiction and may include poetry, stories, and drama. This list is not exhaustive.


  • Entries should be submitted on 8.5 x 11 inch paper, with text on one side of each page. 
  • Entries must no exceed 2,000 words. 
  • Submit three copies of the work, including one original. Number each page and write the scholar's name on the back of each page in case the pages become separated. 
  • Entries may be handwritten or typed. 
  • Entries should reflect grade-appropriate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. 
  • Illustrated works are acceptable, however, only the literary content will be judged. 
  • Collections of poems or stories are not acceptable.

Dictation and Typing

  • Typed entries are not required.
  • Scholars may have their entries typed by another person as long as the original work or a copy of the original work is attached.
  • Scholars who are in kindergarten, 1st grade, or are physically disabled may dictate their work to another person who can type or write down the original work. Transcribers should retain the exact working and language of the scholar.