2019: What I see outside my window

drop in and paint ON FEBRUARY 10TH, 2019 (10:00AM - 5:00PM)

First Prize is a $100 gift card!

TO. Canvas Competition Free Painting Competition for children kids youth teen preteen in East York, Toronto by Canadian Contemporary School of Art (CCSA) and Canadian Children’s Art Foundation (CCAF)

Our Aim

The Canadian Contemporary School of Art aspires to create many opportunities for children to gain valuable artistic experience throughout the year. We want to provide the children with a sense of artistic pride and recognition which, in turn, will encourage them in the pursuit of their own creative journey.

This is a fun and exciting opportunity for children to participate in a competition in the warm environment of the Canadian Contemporary School of Art.

The CCSA aims to overcome barriers and encourage every child’s creativity. We believe that we can plant a seed of life-long innovative thinking as they make something they can call their own.


Final Winner:

Amelia Sky Esmaquel

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The Top 15 paintings were 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 were invited to vote for their favourite painting by putting a sticker underneath the painting.

The final winner is taking home $100 gift card to DeSerres!

*All entries must be picked up during the first week of April (April 1st - April 6th, 2019) or it will be recycled. All artwork will be available for purchase following the competition for $10 each. All proceeds go to the non-for-profit foundation Canadian Children’s Art Foundation to support their upcoming events and outreach.


student jury members

These five post-secondary students of Toronto came on February 19th to narrow down all the entries to TOP 15. Learn more about each students by clicking their picture or their name!


Kelcy Timmons - University of toronto

Referred by Professor Joanne Tod

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. 


Madison rudin - ocad university

Referred by Professor Daniel Solomon

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.


esther kim - york university

Referred by Professor David Armstrong

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

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.


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.


This competition is brought to you by:



The CCSA happily welcomes any sponsorship donations that can be made by the public. Any amount will help us reach our goals of providing opportunities to children to participate in a gallery show which will broaden their understanding and appreciation of fine arts as a professional and passionate pursuit.

We have a number of sponsorship levels and we will share recognition of your contributions through advertisements, publications and online. You or your business will reach our broad client base and be recognized as a supporter of art accessibility for children across Canada.