The 2024 Spring Art Contest Begins!

Winter is shifting into Spring which means it’s time for our 4-Hers to get extra expressive!

The Annual 4-H Spring Art contest starts Friday, March 15 and ends Monday, April 29 so there is plenty of time to work on unique and imaginative canvases! See the information below for more details or contact the Extension 4-H Office at 715-682-7017!

This Spring’s Art Contest Theme is… Found Art!

Definition: Objects that are not originally designed for artistic purposes but can be used in artistic ways.

Click here for ideas and links with art examples to help get you started!

  • Paint with home-made stamps from sponges, old cups, old cookie-cutters, paper towel rolls, potatoes, rags, etc.
  • Mix materials to make different parts of your picture, like using an old hair comb to paint grass to create a landscape.
  • Search “Found Art” online to learn more from videos like this:
This artist dipped a cup in paint to create circles!
Many every day objects were used to create this art!
This artist carved a potato to create a stamp!

Contest Process & Guidelines:

The Spring Art Contest officially opens on Friday, March 15th, 2024.
Canvases are ready to be picked up at the Ashland County Extension 4-H office. Some paint is available from the office for artist use, but supplies are limited. Artists are welcome to use their own materials or ask the office for assistance.  

The Contest closes on Monday, April 29th for local panel of judges to review entries.
Artwork entries are due by 4:00 pm to the Extension Office on the closing date. Remember to attach your entry form to the artwork (available at the office)! Artwork is reviewed based on 3 things: Creativity, Craftsmanship, & Comprehension.  

After review, awards are announced at the 4-H Spring Art Celebration in early May! The event is held during the first weekend of May – event updates shared in April. Optional art activities are offered before awards are announced. All artwork entries are presented, and all participants receive a certificate. All winners in each age group receive monetary awards.

Important Notes to Keep in Mind!
– Only one entry per artist is accepted and each artwork must be the individual artist’s original creation.
– After awards, artwork entries are publicly displayed on the First Floor of the Ashland County Courthouse.
– Artists may collect their artwork and submit it to the Ashland County Junior Fair Exhibit held in August.

Age Groups

  • 5-6 years old
  • 7-8 years old
  • 9-10 years old
  • 11-12 years old
  • 13-14 years old
  • 15-16 years old
  • 17-19 years old

Art Entry forms and canvases are both available at the office now!

Contact Kate

Kate Wallner serves Ashland County as the 4-H Youth Development Educator. To learn more about 4-H and Youth Development Programming and the role of Extension in Ashland County, contact Kate on her work phone at 715-208-0664, send an email to or call the Ashland County office at 715-682-7017.

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