Kaboom – Art & Video competition

Unleash your creative super powers

Visit the Kaboom website


Win one of 20 Chromebooks!

This year’s EA art competition offers students in ECE and primary schools the chance to win their own Chromebook plus a Chromebook for their classmates.

PLUS each winner (and a caregiver) will get the chance to visit an artist in their district to get advice on their art and see how an artists works.

Why art?

Creativity sits at the heart of learning. Besides engaging learners, making art boosts learning in literacy, numeracy, critical thinking and problem-solving.

But changes to education in recent years, including the introduction of national standards, narrow the focus of teaching and learning, in the mistaken belief that this will improve student outcomes. In fact, it’s a broad curriculum that will boost student learning. Bring back more art!

A showcase of our fabulous schools and centres

The Kaboom art competition follows the highly successful I Love Learning and School is Cool competitions – see a few of the gorgeous entries in the gallery on this page.
Thousands of students put up their artwork – and shared it with friends, family and other schools and centres.
From June 1, educators and students can upload their artwork and share the inspiration on an interactive website.
Work together to showcase the awesome creativity going on in our schools and centres.


There are 10 categories – one for ECE, one for each for years 1-8, and a video section. Each category winner will win a Chromebook, plus another Chromebook for their school or centre.

Key dates:



          • Website opens shortly




          • Open for entries 1 June 3




          • Closing date for entries 30 August




          • Finalists announced September 2




            • Winners announced World Teachers Day
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Art competition for 2016


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  • Student
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  • IloveLearning
  • eva
  • dscn1765
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  • dscf0977
  • danica1
  • alice_i_love_learning_picture
  • aleksia_drain_mps
  • 943-1
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  • Abby
  • Abby-A
  • Abbydipton
  • Ajay
  • Angela
  • ani
  • AnirudhMtR
  • Ashlea
  • Ayla
  • Caleb
  • cody
  • DAWN
  • hohepa
  • Kahpree
  • Nikita
  • samantha
  • Student_0
  • Student_1

Judge Bob Kerr explains what he’ll be looking for

Kaboom – unleash your creative superpowers! But what sort of Kaboom? And where will you find your creative superpowers? It’s quite a wide brief, so let’s narrow it down a bit.

The important word here is “your”. You won’t find your creativity by making things that look like other people’s art. You’ll find if by showing your street, your house, your school, your friends, or the view out of your window.

Imagination can sometimes lead you astray. It can often slide into fantasy that looks like an X-Box game or something made by DreamWorks and that’s not what I will be looking for. I will be looking for a doorway to your world.

Art is about looking as much as it is about making, so look closely then tell us what you see, and remember that you will be submitting your art online. Bold bright colours look good on a screen while soft pencil drawings are hard to scan or photograph so keep that in mind.

And one other tip. I find it is best to go fast. Do lots of drawings. If a drawing isn’t working start again on another bit of paper. Then spread your drawings out and choose the best bits from each one. And most important – Have fun!

Bob Kerr is an author and illustrator of children’s books, including Terry and the Gunrunners and Changing Times. He is also an artist.

Judge Gretchen Buwalda offers advice on the video section

Let those creative juices flow! Pick a topic. One you know well. Something that lights you up. Explore it. Don’t hold back. Steal ideas and make them your own. Why stop at one video. Make several. Play them for your friends. What reaction do you get? Add, subtract, twist, go crazy …

Now ask yourself: What’s my message? Can others clearly understand my interpretation when they view my video? Is my work original? Have I presented it to a high standard? Do I feel proud of my work? Is it less than 2 minutes? Good.

I will be looking for a video that I want to show others because it has a special quality.

Gretch Buwalda is an art teacher, blogger and artist.