Types of Art Contests

Connecting your school food program to the classroom increases food literacy among students. Though curriculum change is challenging, many teachers will respond to activities that they can easily incorporate into existing lessons. Art contests are an especially easy way to work with teachers (art teachers in particular, if the district has them). When planning an art contest, we recommend incorporating a theme such as Harvest of the Month.

Connecting your school food program to the classroom increases food literacy among students. Though curriculum change is challenging, many teachers will respond to activities that they can easily incorporate into existing lessons. Art contests are an especially easy way to work with teachers (art teachers in particular, if the district has them). When planning an art contest, we recommend incorporating a theme such as Harvest of the Month.

Types of Art Contests

Poster Art Contest

Add one-of-a-kind artwork to your cafeteria walls by engaging your students in a school food poster contest. Here are some ideas for poster contest themes:

  • Harvest of the Month
  • What it means to be healthy
  • Posters to encourage recycling and/or composting in the lunchroom

Display the winning posters in cafeterias throughout the district.

Calendar Art Contest

Enhance your menu calendar with original student artwork. You can adapt our guidelines to any theme you’d like, but we encourage a Harvest of the Month campaign to instill the values of local, seasonality, and sustainability.

Here are examples from Boulder Valley School District of menu calendars for both primary and secondary schools. You can work with a graphic designer or print shop to develop your own menu calendar template.

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