Teachers can obtain free classroom art kids from Toyota Financial Services (TFS) to help their students design entries for the 2016 worldwide Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, designed to inspire creativity in youth and encourage an interest in the automotive industry.
Contest Deadline: Feb. 1.
Judging is based on three criteria: execution of concept; uniqueness; and artistry. Youth, ages 4-15, can submit hand-drawn artworks featuring unique concepts of their “Dream Car.” Applicants are sorted into three age categories (4-7 years; 8-11 years; 12-15 years). The kits are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
In the spring of 2016, nine U.S. winners will be selected. Once accepted and awarded, their artwork will be submitted, along with entries from over 80 countries, for consideration in the World Contest. Thirty World Winners plus their parents or guardians receive a trip to Japan to participate in an awards ceremony in August 2016 during which four additional awards are announced per age category: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Best Finalist. This year, 11-year-old Michael Zhou of Ann Arbor (MI) whose artwork “Handicap-Friendly Cleaning Car” won the U.S. Gold Award, was selected as one of 30 World Winners to go to Japan. He ultimately placed as “Best Finalist” in his age category.