TO. Canvas Competition

Free painting competition for children aged from 4 to 12 on Sunday, February 10th, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m for the winning prize of $100 DeSerres gift card.

We had the pleasure of working with five brilliant post secondary students of Toronto from University of Toronto, OCAD University, York University, Seneca College, and Centennial College (Read more about them below). Those talented students gathered together on Tuesday February 19th picked out the Top 15 entries from all the paintings that were done on the day of competition.

FINAL WINNER: Amelia Sky Esmaquel

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TOP 15


The Top 15 paintings will be exhibited in the exhibition space at the Canadian Contemporary School of Art from Friday, February 22nd to Friday March 15th, 2019. Throughout the exhibition, all the local children are invited to vote for their favourite painting by putting a sticker underneath the painting.

The final winner will be announced on Friday, March 15th, 2019

All entries are available for purchase following the competition for $10 each. All proceeds are going to our nonprofit foundation to support the upcoming events and outreach. Those who wish to pick up their artwork are to do so at the site of the Canadian Contemporary School of Art on the first week of April (April 1st - April 6th, 2019) or it will be recycled.


Student jury members

Learn more about the five brilliant students of Toronto who participated as the jury.


Kelcy timmons - University of toronto

Referred by Professor Joanne Tod

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Kelcy is a 4th year Visual Studies Specialist at the University of Toronto. She specializes in graphic design, but also enjoys illustration and painting. When she is not busy with school, Kelcy enjoys cooking and playing basketball in her spare time.

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Madison rudin - ocad university

Referred by Professor Daniel Solomon

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Madison is a 3rd year student in the Drawing and Painting program at the Ontario College for Art and Design (OCADU). In her free time she works as an art teacher for elementary kids. Her hope after school is to become an art teacher for kids with special needs.

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esther kim - york university

Referred by Professor David Armstrong

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Esther Kim is a Canadian born Korean artist, currently in her fourth year at York University, majoring in Visual Arts (Studio). Her current artistic practice involves her exploration in sculpture, through thoughtful investigations of the philosophies of the mind and its relation to the body. 

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rebekah huber - Seneca college

Referred by Professor William Suddick

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Rebekah Huber is an Art Fundamentals Student at Seneca College with experience in graphic design. She is a painter in her free time and hopes to get into an illustration program.

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Mehtap Mertdogan - Centennial college

Referred by Professor David McClyment


Mrs. Mertdogan has worked in the finance sector for 30 years in Turkey, and started playing with mosaics 15 years ago as a hobby. Mehtap will graduate from Fine Arts at Centennial College in 2019. She enjoys working and helping children understand texture, shapes and colors and develop their artistic skills by mosaic.

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Thank you to our partner who hosted this event at the site of their school