Art – Getting Started *

Kindergarten through 12th grade students are invited to enter an Art exhibit into the Mastodon Art/Science Regional Fair for a chance to win prizes and scholarships. All grades are divided and judged by grade level.

All entries must abide by Fair Display Guidelines, Exhibit Rules, and the rules regarding entry. Please be aware that these have been updated and it is recommended that you review them for changes that may affect you.

How to choose a subject:

  1. Go with your passions, create what you love.
  2. If you’ve been to the Fair before, think of things you haven’t seen before. Be creative!

If you have a project in mind, or are looking for more information about the Fair, we encourage you to start with our Getting Started page. This will walk you through the necessary steps of creating an exhibit, from: learning more about the Fair, picking a medium, registering for the Fair, and what is needed for presenting your project.

Participation Eligibility: Students in grades K-12 who attend public, private, or home schools in Missouri: Crawford, Franklin, Jefferson, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, and Washington Counties; and in Illinois: Brown, Jackson, Perry, Randolph, and Union Counties are eligible to enter an art project through their teacher or parents/legal guardian.

First, things to consider:

  • Are you interested in drawing, photography, clay, or another medium?
  • Does your artwork fall within the exhibit rules?
  • What is the title of your exhibit?
  • Was this artwork completed within this school year?


  • K-2nd grade are eligible for class projects (up to 30 students on a single project).
  • What medium are you interested in using?
  • You must choose a title for your class project.
  • Create!

K-8th Grade:

  • Do you want to create an individual or a group project?
  • What medium are you interested in using?
  • You must choose a title for your project.
  • Create!

9-12th Grade:

  • You must do an individual project.
  • You must choose a title for your project. (These can not be changed.)
  • What medium are you interested in using?
  • Please check Special Competitions for additional requirements.
  • Create!

Presenting your artwork at the Art Fair:

  • Create an artist’s statement.
  • Remember to affix your exhibit stickers and card as directed.
  • Create your artwork within the rules of the Fair.

Now that you’ve completed your artwork and are ready to present your art exhibit at the Mastodon Fair, our other pages will help walk you through those steps.

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