Nationwide Homeschool Art Contest (2014)

Homeschool Art Contest!!! (2014)

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m hosting my first nation-wide Homeschool Art Contest!  Here’s the details:

For Who:  Any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the U.S. in grades K through 8.

How to Enter:  

1) Read and abide by the Contest Rules.  Please click here to obtain the rules: Art Contest Rules (doc) OR Art Contest Rules (pdf)

2.) Create a work of art according to this theme: “Reading and Imagination”.  Your art work should also meet these requirements:

  • Art work should reflect the theme “Reading and Imagination”.
  • Any homeschooled student in grades K – 8 can participate.
  • Must be on 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper
  • Art work can be done in any medium (pencil, marker, crayons, colored pencil, paint, markers, etc.)
  • Art work must be created from the student’s imagination or through direct observation.  (No copying!  See contest rules for details.)

3.) Fill out and mail in your entry form and art work.  Please click here to obtain the entry form: Entry Form ART Contest (doc) OR Entry Form ART Contest (pdf)

Deadline:  All entries must be post-marked by Saturday, April 12th, 2014.

Where to Send Art Work:  Please see “Art Contest Rules (doc) or Art Contest Rules (pdf)” for details.

Categories:   Entries will be separated into 3 categories:

  • Grades K – 2
  • Grades 3 – 5
  • Grades 6 – 8

Prizes:  1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes will be given for each category.

1) 1st prize:

  • Art work Published on Philadelphia Homeschool Blog
  • Artistic Pursuits Art Curriculum (Book 1)
  • Art Supplies courtesy of Miller Pads & Paper
  • Christian CD courtesy of K Love Radio Station
  • Christian Readers (some prizes may be on CD) courtesy of Finding Christ in Books publishers
  • Trailblazers novels on CD courtesy of Dave & Neta Jackson from

2.) 2nd prize:

  • Art work Published on Philadelphia Homeschool Blog
  • Artistic Pursuits Art Curriculum (Book 1)
  • Christian CD courtesy of K Love Radio Station
  • Christian reader courtesy of Finding Christ in Books publishers            (grades 3 – 5 & grades 6 – 8 only)
  • K Love Pens & Key chains (grades K – 2 only)

3.) 3rd prize:

  • Art work Published on Philadelphia Homeschool Blog
  • Artistic Pursuits Art Curriculum (Book 1)
  • Christian CD courtesy of K Love Radio Station

All entrants: will receive a certificate for participating in the contest.

Winner Notification:  Winners will be notified by email and announced on the Philadelphia Homeschool blog by the middle of May, 2014

Judging:  See panel of judges listed below (following the sponsors).

Special Thanks to the Sponsors who helped make this contest possible!

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Artistic Pursuits: logo_v20 00

At Artistic Pursuits Inc., we believe every child can understand the concepts of art and enjoy the process of putting ideas and visual images on paper. We’re committed to the goal of helping children become visually aware of the wonderful world we live in, and be able to work in creative ways within this world. We offer parents and teachers a simple way to give children a quality art education that will prepare them to meet creative challenges in their future endeavors.  Children learn and love the freedom they have to select their subject, working from direct observation using quality art materials.

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Miller Pads & Paper: Pads and Paper

We are a family based business, started by Randy and Renee Miller, located in southwest Wisconsin and have been in business for more than 26 years! We strive to supply quality products at great prices for all your art and educational needs. We specialize in art but also have a wide variety of educational supplies and games for the family. Feel free to visit our website at or call us with any questions at 608-375-2181.

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K Love:

K-LOVE is a pioneer in the non-commercial, listener supported Christian music format. With over 446 signals across the United States, K-LOVE reaches millions of listeners each week and strives to deepen their relationships with Christ. K-LOVE features positive and encouraging music 24/7. Through the support of listeners, K-LOVE is committed to improving local communities by building strong partnerships with churches and other organizations. You can listen to K-LOVE in Philadelphia at 106.9, on our free app, or online at

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Finding Christ in Books:

Tom and Carol Robb started Finding Christ Through Fiction in 2009.  It is a retail on-line store filled with many resources for growing in Christ, homeschooling, Christian fiction and Christian biographies.  Three years ago, they started Finding Christ Books, a publishing company focused on providing solid Biblically based fiction for all ages.  Stories reach into people’s hearts, and they hope that many people will grow in their walk with the Lord as they read Finding Christ Books’ godly fiction that points to Christ.

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Our family has loved the Trailblazer books!  They make a great supplement to your history curriculum!
The award-winning TRAILBLAZERS by Dave & Neta Jackson are action-packed historical fiction novels introducing great Christian heroes. Each page- turning book portrays a significant period in a hero or heroine’s life and ministry as seen through the eyes of a young protagonist. A page in the front of each book explains exactly what is fiction and which events and characters are historical, and a “More About” chapter at the end provides a brief biographical overview of the hero’s life. They help kids learn about pioneer missionaries and other important Christians . . . while having fun doing it.

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Special Thanks also to the panel of judges who are helping to make this contest possible:
Georgia Franchetti:
Georgia Franchetti is a homeschooling mother of five.  She and her husband, Matt, met as children in a homeschool group and have been involved in the homeschooling community for most of their lives.  Georgia studied art at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and studied costume design at Temple University and Penn State.  She has worked as a summer camp art instructor, mural painter, and seamstress.  Always eager to try new things, Georgia has made jewelry, dolls, prom dresses, quilts, and has recently been learning to crochet.  She currently teaches homeschool art classes from her home.
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Sara Klein: CAM00383 (768x1024)
Sara is a wife and homeschooling mother of three.  Sara received her BFA degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University where she studied Jewelry, Metals and CAD-CAM.   Her professional life included stints as a CAD-CAM modeler, designer and prototype creator.   However, none of these things could adequately prepare her for the challenge of motherhood…or homeschooling!  Sara currently runs a Classical Homeschooling community, tutors SAT students, teaches Sunday school, sings on her worship team and tries to find time to take a shower.  She still finds art in the beauty of the everyday.
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Anne Macha:Anne Macha
Anne Macha, BFA (Illustration, Arcadia University) is married with two children and lives in Philadelphia. Anne teaches art at a local school and has developed her illustration style through exploring art and design in diverse cultures.
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Julia is an artist, wife, mother, homemaker, and Jesus-lover who has lived in Philadelphia for eleven years. She graduated from Tyler School of Art in 2006 and thrives on creativity in daily life. Her hobbies include writing, photography, handlettering, and spending time with her daughters. She and her husband blog very occasionally at

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Audrey Reid:Audrey

Audrey Reid is an art lover, book lover, and JESUS follower living in Philadelphia, PA. In 2005 she earned a BFA in fine art and art education from Moore College of Art & Design. In the past she has judged the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) annual fine arts competition. Audrey works for the Free Library of Philadelphia where she serves the neighborhood of Roxborough by providing homework help and after school programs for children and families. She, her husband, and precious son Samuel worship at Epic Church and can often be found hiking the Wissahickon trails.

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Delmalyn Vaughn:delmalyn
Delmalyn LaBrake Vaughn has a BFA from Kutztown University with a concentration in Communication Design.  She has completed numerous art courses at Main Line Art Center and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  Delmalyn has exhibited work in community art shows in Phoenixville PA, Haverford PA and a juried show in Gwynedd Valley PA.  She also has participated in and contributed paintings to various volunteer community art projects for non-profit organizations in Philadelphia PA.   Oil, water color and acrylic are mediums of choice and she is always ready for any opportunity to spend time working in a studio with other painters !
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I am not a judge on this panel but will be working as facilitator and contest coordinator. Here’s a quick bio of me:
Gwen lives with her husband and 4 beautiful children in Philadelphia, PA, and has been homeschooling for over 10 years.   In addition to writing weekly in her blogs, Philadelphia Homeschool and U READ Thru History (a free online homeschool history curriculum), Gwen has written three homeschool science curricula and has been busy at work on her first children’s novel.   A committed Christian, Gwen seeks to exalt Christ in all of her work.
Homeschool Writing Contest Posted by Gwen Fredette on March 20th, 2014

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