Recycled Art Contest Gallery

Welcome to the Art Gallery for the Recycled Art Contest Sponsored by Keep Allen Beautiful!

The art can be viewed under each link (by grade) below.

Friends and family may vote for their favorite artists for "Most Popular" in the combined categories of Grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. The link for voting is at the bottom of this page.  View and figure out your favorite in each of the three combined categories first, and then vote.

City Staff, City Board Members, and City Council may vote for the overall winners of each grade under the City Staff link at the bottom of this page and also for the "Most Popular" winners under the Friends and Family link.   View each grade first and write down the number of your top two or three favorites, and then vote.

Winners will be announced at a Virtual Awards Ceremony at 1 pm on Saturday, November 7.  Winners will be sent a link to the virtual ceremony.  Prizes and certificates will be emailed or mailed.

Kindergarten-4th Grade Contest Entries

Assignment and judging criteria

Students in Grades K - 4 will create/draw a picture on an 9 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper with the theme in mind of "My Clean & Green Community."  They should also use as inspiration items that can be found in the City's Recycling Program.  They should review the left side of Page 9 in the City's Trash & Recycling Guidelines.  They should think about the litter they see on the ground or in the waterways and be aware that litter may consist of not just trash, but also items that could have been recycled.  They may not glue anything to the page, but instead must draw pictures and words.  They may use crayons, markers, or colored pencils.  

Judging criteria will include:

  • 25% Creative Use of Color
  • 25% Neatnesss
  • 25% Reflecting the Theme of "My Clean and Green Community" and including items found in the City's Recycling Program
  • 25% Overall Presentation and Aesthetics

5th - 8th Grade Contest Entries

Assignment and judging criteria

Students in Grades 5 - 8 should create a sculpture utilizing materials found as litter in and around Allen that should have been recycled in the City's Recycling Program instead of thrown on the ground or in the waterways.  Do not use trash, only recycling.  They should review the left side of Page 9 in the City's Trash & Recycling Guidelines.  They may also use materials from their home recycling carts.  Please do not purchase "new" material at the store unless it is a poster board or foam board to use as a base for the sculpture.  Sculpture should be no larger than 15" x 15" x 25", approximately the size of a small recycle bin.  Students may use glue, wire, tape, twine or string, or any other adhesive method to create their sculpture.  If using paper mache, it is difficult to determine what recycled materials are used in the construction of the structure.  For paper mache only, students must list all of the recycled materials used on the Entry Form. 

Remember that 25% of the judging is based on the creative use of recycled materials, so the more you incorporate the better.

Judging criteria will include:

  • 25% Creative Use of Recycled Materials
  • 25% Reflecting the Theme of "My Clean & Green Community"
  • 25% Craftsmanship
  • 25% Overall Presentation and Aesthetics

9th - 10th Grade Contest Entries

Students in Grades 9 - 12 may submit work as individuals and/or in groups.  Be sure to list all names on the entry form.

Assignment and judging criteria

Option 1:  Students may create a sculpture of materials found as litter in and around Allen that should have been recycled in the City's Recycling Program instead of thrown on the ground or in the waterways.  Do not use trash, only recycling.  They should review the left side of Page 9 in the City's Trash & Recycling Guidelines.  They may also use materials from their home recycling carts.  Please do not purchase "new" material at the store unless it is a poster board or foam board to use as a base for the sculpture.  Sculpture should be no larger than 15" x 15" x 25", approximately the size of a small recycle bin.  Students may use glue, wire, tape, twine or string, or any other adhesive method to create their sculpture.

Option 2:  Students may create a drawing OR composite visual art of litter, with emphasis on litter that should have been recycled in the City's Recycling Program, smaller than 8 1/2" x 11" and no larger than 18" x 24".  Students may use colored pencils, charcoal, crayons, paint or markers for the poster.  If composite visual art, at least 60^ must be original, hand-drawn/painted art and up to 40% may be from composite materials such as recyclables (including cartons). Students may use glue, wire, tape, twine or string, or any other adhesive method to create their artworkj.

Judging criteria will include:

  • 25% Creative Use or Representation of Recycled Materials
  • 25% Reflecting the Theme of "My Clean & Green Community!"
  • 25% Craftsmanship for Sculpture OR Creative Use of Color for Drawings
  • 25% Overall Presentation and Aesthetics

Voting Forms

Voting ends 11/4/20 at 11:55 p.m.