We ran our first kids art competition back in 2016, and despite the fact that we got loads of entries, and it was a gansey load of fun, we, eh, haven’t run one since.
Which is unforgiveable, given just how wonderfully artistic and artistically wonderful the kids are around here.
So, thanks to that little ol’ lockdown, we thought right now might be just about the best time to bring back our Splash Of Colour competition.
Back in 2016, we chose the humble fish as the main subject, but, with everyone having to stay indoors more and more, we thought we’d let the kids’ imagination run far and wild.
For each entrant, all that matters is that it’s something that you love dearly about the world just outside your window, whether it’s the trees, the beach, the animals, your mum’s groovy bike, or your dad’s secret stash of biscuits in the garden shed.
Open to kids of all ages, the material and methods used are also wide open – from pastels to Photoshop, from watercolours to wood, it’s whatever rocks your particular little patch of the world, man.
Deadline is April 19th, and thanks to the mighty goldfish.ie, there’s a prize too – a shiny, brand new €50 voucher for the Greystones shop or eaterie of your choice.
Just email your entries into email@example.com, remembering to include your name and contact details, and then, hey, vote for your personal Picasso in the comments below.
Sun Screen by Aydin (10)
Rainbow by Anna Kieran (11)
Chuck by Sophie Harden O’Connor (13)
Our Magic Sugarloaf by Eva Van den Bergh (12)
Everything Will Be OK by Éamon Owens (7)
Rainbow’s End by Clover Lee (6)
Marshmallow Mish-Mash by Dylan Hatton Donegan (9)
A Spray Of Happiness by Callum Lappin Farrell (7)
Time Of Our Lives by Erin FitzGerald (10)
The Mystical Forest by Rachel Murray
The Daffodil Dream by Laoise O’Gorman (10)
Let There Be Rocks by Laci McCabe (7)
Outside My Window by Mae Browner (10)
Get Your Rocks On by Guilia (8)
Windy City by Pietro Malacalza (11)
Night & Day by TJ Porter (8)
The Wavy Sea by Flavia (6)
Dog Walk by Nuala James (11)
Paradise by Elwood Sweeney (8)
Peacock Beneath The Stars by Keela McConnell (11)
Woof! by Alex Urell (12)
The Boss by Jack Gilligan (16)
Into The Trees by Kate Darcy (9)
Escape by James Fortune (9)
Lightning In The Back Garden by Zara Jaworski (10)
The Aliens by Leo Hannon (10)
You can check out the big happy faces of the previous Splash Of Colour winners here, and check out all their entries right over here. Also, Artzone are running twice-weekly art workshops on Tuesdays & Fridays at noon on de ould Facebook, and Hub13 have an all-genres art competition, or you could just make fun of eggs. Finally, you can learn how to Draw With Don over on YouTube too.