Visual & Performing Arts

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The Curriculum and Instruction Services Program at the San Mateo County Office of Education works with arts and education partners to create equity and access to high quality arts and art-integrated education for students, preschool through high school, in the areas of dance, music, theater, visual, and media arts. 



2019 Art Takes a Bus Ride Competition

This year, the San Mateo County Office of Education is partnering with San Mateo County Transit District for the 2019 Art Takes a Bus Ride art competition for San Mateo County students in grades one through 12. The 2019 theme is "The Power of SamTrans!”

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 a release form (English and Spanish). 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 need a copy of the release form or have further questions, please call Sheléne Peterson at 650-802-5414 or e-mail her at

DELIVERY OF ARTWORK: All entries must be delivered FLAT (not rolled or folded) to Sheléne Peterson at the San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065, up until April 5, 2019. (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 2019 SamTrans Board of Directors meeting. 

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