Art Takes a Bus Ride Competition

2018 Art Takes a Bus Ride Competition

If your SamTrans bus was an animal, what would it be? Would it have four legs? Eight tentacles? Wings, antennae, and green fur all over?

This year, the San Mateo County Office of Education is partnering with San Mateo County Transit District for the 2018 Art Takes a Bus Ride art competition for San Mateo County students in grades one through 6. The 2018 theme is "The Wild Side of SamTrans!"

Release Form



Competition Details

PARTICIPATION: Student work will be judged against others in the same grade. (Note: For fairness, artwork must be created by students only.)

SIZE OF ART WORK: Artwork is to be created on 9 inches high x 12 inches wide white paper in a horizontal orientation to fit on the scanner used for making the wrap.  No exceptions – submissions not meeting these requirements will not be considered.

MEDIA: Media can be tempera and/or acrylic paint, crayon, felt pen, colored pencil, pastel, watercolor, collage (paper and/or cloth) and mixed media. The use of bold, rich color is encouraged! To view the artwork of previous winners, visit The student's name, grade, school and teacher must be on the back of the artwork to be considered.

RELEASE FORM: All artwork must be accompanied by the Release Form on the next page. Please have the form signed by parent or guardian for all students participating in the competition (make as many copies as you need). If you have further questions, please call Jolene Romero at 650-802-5414 or e-mail her at

DELIVERY OF ARTWORK: All entries must be delivered FLAT (not rolled or folded) to Jolene Romero at the San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065, up until March 23, 2018. (Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

JUDGING: All entries are judged on creativity, artistic merit and interpretation of the theme. All decisions are final. Winners will be notified by e-mail and from their school. 

RECOGNITION: One winner will be selected from each grade (a total of six winners).The six winners will also be recognized at the June 2018 SamTrans Board of Directors meeting.