As part of AFHE’s 35th Anniversary celebration in 2018, AFHE is hosting an Art Contest for Arizona homeschooled students and homeschool graduates ages 8-22. Students are invited to create a drawing, painting, or photograph based on the theme The Joy of Discovery. Our theme throughout 2018 is a celebration of the blessing of homeschooling and the benefits of this remarkable model of education, which allows students to learn and grow at their own pace, develop their skills and abilities, pursue their interests, and thrive in life. The contest theme The Joy of Discovery provides a broad scope within which the artist may create. Finalists will have their artwork displayed at the 35th Annual AFHE Homeschool Convention July 13-14, 2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center

ENTRY DEADLINE: May 15, 2018


Read the contest details, eligibility, entry fee, and other information in the tabs below.


Students who are currently being taught at home by their parents in accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes §15-802* are invited to participate in the AFHE Art Contest. Students must be a minimum age of 8 by May 15, 2018. Homeschool graduates who are age 22 or younger as of May 15, 2018 and were homeschooled all four years of high school are also invited to enter the contest. Entrants must be residents of Arizona (or belong to a local homeschool support group on the border that serves Arizona homeschooled students such as CHEBA, Christian Home Educators of the Blythe Area). Please contact us for clarification if needed. *ARS §15-802 defines a homeschool as “a nonpublic school conducted primarily by the parent, guardian, or other person who has custody of the child or nonpublic instruction provided in the child’s home.” For purposes of this contest, students enrolled in a public school, private school, charter school,  virtual charter school, hybrid private school, or who have an ESA contract are ineligible to participate.



  • Current AFHE Members: Free
  • Non-Members: $5 per entry


  • 1st and 2nd place in each art category and age group will receive a cash prize (amounts to be announced)
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age group and art category will receive a ribbon and art-related gift
  • All entrants will receive a certificate of participation
  • Additional prizes may be added
  • 8-10 year olds
  • 11-14 year olds
  • 15-18 year olds
  • 19-22 year olds


Original drawings in pencil (graphite or colored), charcoal, ink, or any combination of the same


Original artwork created with watercolor, tempera, acrylic, oil* paints, or pastels* [Caution advised in regard to using oil paints or pastels due to the length of time required for oils to dry and the risk of smudging soft pastels. Protecting the integrity of the artwork is the responsibility of the contestant.]


Original film or digital photographs in black and white or color

  • Artwork must be an original design created completely by  the student. No tracing or computer-generated artwork permitted.
  • You may look at photographs or other art for inspiration, but do not copy them. We want to see your unique creativity.
  • Artwork should be flat and two-dimensional created in standard frame size (in inches) of 5×7, 8×10, 11×14, or 16×20, and no more than 1/4″ thick (not including mat). This means no sculpture or protruding 3D components.
  • Submissions should be appropriate for viewing by people of all ages, illustrating winsome subject matter.
  • Format of photos may be 8×10, 11×14, or 16×20 – no larger or smaller – portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Original photographs only. No digital manipulation or touch-up is allowed with the exception of cropping and minor adjustments to contrast, hue, saturation, tone, and sharpness. These techniques must be applied to the image as a whole, not only to specific areas. Traditional techniques during film development and printing are allowed. In other words, we are more interested in the photographer’s skill than his or her ability to manipulate an image in the darkroom, digital, or otherwise.

Pieces will be judged on:

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Skill / ability
  • Expression of the theme

A panel of qualified judges selected by AFHE and overseen by the Art Contest Coordinator will judge both the preliminary and final rounds. The decisions of the judges are final.



Submit an online entry form with a digital photo of your work by May 15, 2018 Once your artwork is completed, you will take a good digital picture of it to submit by email at the time you submit your online entry form. Your entry will be judged by the photo you submit, so you’ll want a well-lit, clear picture of your artwork. This helpful link has tips to photograph your artwork in a way that presents it well for the initial judging. NOTE: Minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable as long as they are only used to keep the image true to your artwork’s appearance in real life. Do not enhance or alter the photo of your artwork with Photoshop or other photo editing programs. Do not send your original artwork for the preliminary judging round. A team of judges will review all entries and select finalists in each age category and each artwork category. Finalists will be contacted June 1, 2018.


Please upload the photo of your artwork with the entry form. Acceptable file types include pdf or jpg format. FILE NAME PROTOCOL: If at all possible, please make sure that the image file name is the student’s last name, first name, and the word art in the following file name format: lastname-firstname-art.jpg – or – lastname-firstname-art.pdf


If your artwork is selected as a finalist, you will be contacted the at the beginning of June and invited to deliver to us (drop off in person or send by mail) your original artwork for the final judging round.  The address will be provided when finalists are notified. The expense of getting the original artwork to the judging location is the responsibility of the finalists.


All finalists’ original artwork pieces will be on loan to AFHE through July 14 and will be displayed at the AFHE Convention July 13-14. Artists (or a designated representative attending the convention) may pick up their pieces after 2:30 pm Saturday from the Ballroom. Please be mindful that workshops are taking places in the Ballroom throughout the afternoon Saturday and artwork should be picked up during one of the 30-minute breaks between sessions. (2:30-3:00 pm, 4:00-4:30 pm, or after the closing keynote).


All work must be matted with a simple and lightweight matte and have wire or other hanging hardware attached to the back, ready for hanging. This does not need to be expensive or elaborate. The Art Contest Coordinator will provide direction and suggestions for matting to all finalists. AFHE cannot be held responsible for artwork damaged during shipment or delivery. The student’s name must be on the back of artwork/matte board. NOTE: The artwork of the finalists’ and contest winners will be displayed on tack boards at the Convention Center using T-pins, and for this reason we will only accept matted artwork for judging and display. Please do not frame.


Complete the entry form and upload a well-lit, clear photo of your artwork. MEMBERS: Log into your member profile before completing the entry form to get the discount member entry fee.


Each student or graduate may enter up to TWO artwork or photography submissions for the Art Contest. If submitting two entries, please complete and submit two separate entry forms, one for each piece.

ENTRY DEADLINE: May 15, 2018


Partner with us as a sponsor for the 2018 AFHE Art Contest as we encourage arts education and celebrate the talent and skill of Arizona homeschool students. Your company will receive outstanding brand exposure before, during, and after the contest.  Details in the SPONSORSHIP PACKET


Judging Committee

We are looking for a team of 4-5 judges who are experienced artists or have a solid understanding of art, art techniques, good design, and composition. One head judge or an Art Contest Coordinator is needed to oversee the judging process. In addition to the preliminary judging (online) and final judging (in person), a small team of 2-3 people is needed to take responsibility for setting up the art display at the AFHE Convention Thursday, July 12 between 12:00 and 6:00 PM. CONTACT for additional information if interested in serving as a judge.


Preliminary judging will take place online May 16-30, 2018 Students will submit an online entry form with a digital photo of their work by May 15, 2018. A team of judges will review all entries between May 16 and May 30, and will select finalists in each age category and each artwork category. Finalists will be contacted June 1, 2018.


Finalist judging will take place in person during the week of June 23-30, 2018 Finalists will be contacted the at the beginning of June and invited to deliver to us (drop off in person or send by mail) their original artwork for the final judging round. The expense of getting the original artwork to the judging location is the responsibility of the finalists.