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The Young Artists Water Education Poster Contest allows teachers to combine water/science education, individual creativity and artistic skills for a learning activity that meets many learning objectives.
Students from the fourth grade are encouraged to share their artistic talents in creating posters that tell a story about water  in Utah (each year a new theme is given). With the use of crayon, chalk, charcoal, pencil, watercolor paints and ink, students can let their imaginations take over to create fine masterpieces. Teachers and parents can have input in the development of theme and principles upon which the artwork is based, but the rendition of the poster must be accomplished solely by the student.

Judging of the posters starts in the classroom. Each teacher chooses a winner from their class.  The school then determines one winner for the school (teachers and PTA members judging). Each winning poster from participating schools is then sent to the Utah Division of Water Resources where a state winner is chosen for each of the eleven river basins. Winners are awarded individual trophies, a school traveling plaque and they will be honored at the Water Education Awards Banquet.

For more information on the Young Artists Water Education Poster Contest, contact the Water Education Coordinator for the Division of Water Resources at 801-538-7299

The 2019 contest will run from November 26, 2018 through March 2, 2019. The poster needs to be post marked by March 2, 2019, at 5 pm.
The Water Education Awards Banquet will be held on May 4, 2019

Download offical rules and entry form:
Official Entry Form

Theme: "The Water We Drink"

Entries must relate to the 2019 theme, “The Water We Drink”

Poster size is to be from 11” x 17” to 22” x 28”  Entries smaller than 11” x 17” are NOT eligible!  We encourage 22” x 28” for printing purposes.

Entries will be judged on basis of concept first and creative thought, sound principles, and artistic rendition second. Teacher and parental input is acceptable in development of the theme and principles upon which the artwork is based.  Artistic rendition should be done solely by student. Combined entries by two or more students are not eligible.

An entry form must be completed for each state level entry, include student, teacher or parent signatures, and  be taped on the back of the entry.

Entries become the property of the Utah Division of Water Resources. They may be used by the Division for educational purposes.

Entries accompanied by $4 for postage and handling fee will be returned to students.  Each Utah elementary school may submit one entry for state judging. Schools submitting more than one entry will be disqualified.

Each participant will receive a certificate if requested

Teachers are responsible for judging at the classroom level. They may request assistance from PTA volunteers, community artists, and/or local water experts.

State-level judging is under the direction of the Utah Division of Water Resources. Judging will be completed  without referencing names or schools. One winner per river basin will be chosen

All state entries must be postmarked by March 2, 2019 to qualify for state judging.

Crayon, chalk, charcoal, pencil, ink, or any other medium may be used for drawing or sketching.
Any appropriate paint such as tempera, oil, and watercolor may be used.
Materials deemed suitable by art teachers.
Collage composition should be secure enough to travel. Because of rough handling in the mail and effects of climactic changes, collages are strongly discouraged!
Collages are strongly discouraged!

Please be aware of any copyrighted images copied from the internet. These pictures can be used for educational purposes except where a prize is concerned.

Printmaking: All graphic processes including linoleum cuts, and serigraphs may be used .

River Basin Winners will be honored at the Water Education Awards Banquet on May 4, 2019  Each basin winner will receive $100.The winning school will receive $125.  Transportation and housing will be at winner’s expense. Individual trophies and school plaques will be awarded. Contact our Water Education Specialist at 801-538-7299 for more information.

Map of the river basins. (see where your school is)
List of Basins and the schools inside each basin