Drawing Contest | DPIE's Art Calendar
What Makes You Smile?

Update: Calendar Art Contest Winners May 16, 2018

On May 8th the winners of the Dublin Partners in Education “What Makes You Smile?” Calendar Art Contest were announced at the Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) Board Meeting. For details, official winners and pictures from the event, see our news post – Calendar Art Contest Winners Announced.

Update: Online Voting March 21, 2018

You talked and we listened. This is our first time hosting a calendar art contest. We based it on others we had seen sponsored by nonprofits online. However, we have learned some valuable lessons based on feedback from the community. It was never our intention to make a student feel bad about their beautiful submission. As such we've made the following changes in response to your feedback:

  • Removed the vote tallies from view on the website.
  • All of the art will be considered by our panel of judges when selecting the winners with a special acknowledgement to those who received the most votes online.

The intention of the online contest was to show the community the talent of our kids and to help us select artwork for a calendar fundraiser. We don't want to lose sight of the talent of these students. Please continue to vote and give these students as much exposure as we can. They deserve it. Each and every one of them.

Update: Let the Voting Begin! March 17, 2018

Vote for your favorite drawings and then share them! Voting and sharing builds awareness for our programs, public education and local business, that is, our sponsors. The direct links are available with share buttons below each drawing. Visit each school, and vote for your favorite drawing. You may vote multiple times–once per device, per day, and per school (votes are limited per IP address). There are no limits to sharing.

View the original announcement on March 17:
Calendar Art Contest - Let the Voting Begin!

See below for more information on the contest.


  • Open to all DUSD student artists K through 12.
  • One winner per each school site.
  • One Grand Prize Winner selected from all schools.
  • Prizes: $75 Amazon Gift Card to the Grand Prize winner, $50 Amazon
    Gift Card to the school site winners, plus other prizes.
  • Submissions due by February 23, 2018 at 1 pm

Winning drawings will be published in the 2018-2019 DPIE Art Contest Calendar, which will be sold by DPIE beginning in August 2018 and will feature the published 2018-2019 DUSD calendar. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will directly benefit student programs funded by DPIE.

Local Businesses: Advertise your business, cultivate the arts and support public education. Calendar sponsorship & advertising opportunities available for local businesses. Contact Michael Utsumi for details: (925) 587-5612

DPIE's Art Calendar Contest

Draw, color or paint what "makes you smile" for a chance to win prizes and be published in DPIE's Art Contest Calendar. Open to all Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) student artists K through 12.

Overview | Submission Instructions | Guidelines | Artwork Requirements

Judging & Prizes  | Disclaimer & Release

Submissions due by February 23, 2018 at 1 pm

Submission Instructions

  1. Review the Contest Guidelines below.
  2. Drawings must be submitted on a 12” width x 6” height piece of paper and will be scanned in a high resolution digital file. Original drawing will not be returned to student and becomes the property of DPIE.
  3. A completed and signed DPIE Entry & Release Form MUST be included with the student’s drawing.
    Download DPIE Entry & Release Form
  4. Deliver your original drawing and DPIE Entry & Release Form to the DPIE offices at:
    6379 Clark Avenue, Suite 200
    Dublin, CA 94568
    (925) 587-5610

    • Office hours: 9 am to 1 pm Monday thru Friday. Please call ahead to verify a staff member is in the office to receive your submittal.
    • If you are unable to deliver your student’s drawing to our offices, please call Michael Utsumi at (925) 587-5612 to make other arrangements.
Important: This contest is only open to students enrolled within the Dublin Unified School District at the time of entry. Limit one (1) drawing per student. Additionally, please be sure to include all the requested information on the entry forms. Drawings with incomplete entry forms will not be accepted.


The 2018 Dublin Partners in Education (DPIE) Student Drawing Calendar Contest (“Contest”) is open to any student who, at the time of entry, is enrolled in the Dublin Unified School District.

  • For guidelines on voting, please visit our news announcement on March 17:
    Calendar Art Contest - Let the Voting Begin!
  • One entry per student. DPIE is not responsible for entries that are late, damaged, or lost.
  • Artwork should reflect your student’s response to the question: “What makes you smile?”
  • Artwork must be the student’s original work and must not have been entered into any other contest, promotion, or exhibition, or otherwise published or distributed.
  • All entries and forms must be submitted by 1 pm on Friday, February 23, 2018. Entries received after the Entry Period will not be eligible. For the DPIE Entry & Release Form, see Submission Instructions. All drawings MUST have a completed and signed entry form attached.
  • Student’s artwork and signed entry form must be delivered to the DPIE office. For location and details, see Submission Instructions.

Artwork Requirements

  • Artwork must be your student’s original work.
  • Acceptable media is paper-based material with a picture or illustration rendered by hand by your student with crayons, color pencils, markers or paint.
  • Paper size, to ensure it will fit within the ratio and constraints of the published calendar, MUST be 12” width x 6” height (trim to size, if necessary).
  • DO NOT include the student’s full name on the front of the drawing. First and last name should be written lightly (but legibly) in pencil on the back of the drawing, in case it gets separated from the DPIE Entry & Release Form.

Judging & Prizes

  • Winning drawings will be published in the 2018-2019 DPIE Art Contest Calendar, which will be sold by DPIE beginning in August 2018 and will feature the published 2018-2019 Dublin Unified School District (DUSD) calendar (subject to change after publishing). 100% of all proceeds from the sale of the calendar will directly benefit student programs funded by DPIE. The winners’ Parent/Guardian will be notified via phone/email indicating their student’s drawing will be published.
  • On or about March 16, 2018 all eligible entries will be published on the DPIE website by school location and online voting by community members will be available through April 6, 2018. All applicants will be notified when voting is available.
  • If a school site does not have an entry, an additional drawing will be considered from the school site with the most entrants to ensure we have twelve (12) winning drawings (one per month).
  • The top three (3) entries from each school site, based on online voting, will be presented to our panel of judges, who will be selected at DPIE’s discretion. In the event of a tie, all drawings from that school site with an equal number of votes will be presented to the judges.
  • Drawings will be judged based on theme representation, creativity, drawing description (in the student’s own words from the Entry Form), and artistic merit. The entrant with the highest overall score from all finalist will be deemed the Grand Prize winner. The school site winners will be selected from the remaining finalists. DPIE will determine which winners will appear on which months.
    • 1 Grand Prize Winner: Drawing featured on the calendar cover, a month in the calendar, and will receive a $75 Amazon gift card.
    • 11 School Site Winners: Drawing featured on a month in the calendar and will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.
    • Honorable Mentions: Remaining finalists will receive a $10 frozen yogurt gift card.
  • Results will be published on the DPIE website - www.dpie.org - before June 1, 2018.

Disclaimer and Release

By completing, signing and submitting the Entry form the Parent/Guardian grants permission to enter his/her student’s drawing in the DPIE Student Drawing Calendar Contest. The Parent/Guardian gives Dublin Partners in Education (DPIE) permission to use the drawing, the child’s first name and last initial, school site location, and current grade level for DPIE Student Drawing Calendar purposes. The Parent/Guardian further acknowledges and understands that the drawing will become the property of DPIE. They further grant permission to DPIE or its agents to use their student’s first name and last initial and likeness in advertising, publicity and other media. Parent/Guardian will be added to newsletter email distribution list, so they are aware when online voting goes live.