Calling all high school Art and CTE teachers: it’s contest time

February 9, 2023

Enter your Students’ Work into the Wacom Character Design Contest!

If you’re a high school teacher who wants to provide an opportunity for your students to showcase their creativity and skills, as well as possibly win exciting prizes, here’s a great opportunity to do just that. Consider submitting your student’s original character designs to this brand new art challenge!

Character design is an integral part of the creative process and plays a crucial role across various fields including animation, video games, comic books, and more. Not only does it allow artists to bring their ideas to life, but it also helps to tell a story and convey emotions and personalities.

This is a great opportunity for young artists to showcase their talent and have their work recognized by a leading technology company in the digital art industry. So share this opportunity with your students, grab your Wacom pen, and start designing today!


About the contest

By participating in this contest, students will not only have the chance to win exciting prizes but also develop valuable skills in character design, including concept creation, storytelling, and visual storytelling. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to be recognized by Wacom, a leading company in the digital art industry.


This contest is open to any student, over the age of 13, enrolled in a high school art or Career and Technical Education (CTE) course in the United States. In order to protect student data and information, however, classroom teachers will be submitting student work anonymously via a link on a secure form, provided by Wacom. The participating teacher will also fill out a registration form and be the main point of contact with Wacom throughout the contest.


Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.


A panel of industry leaders will be judging the entries. Head over to the registration page for more information about judges, and stay tuned to this blog for a detailed judging breakdown, coming soon!

Contest Dates

The contest will begin the week of February 6th, 2023, and entries will be accepted through April 15th, 2023. The winners will be announced before Memorial Day weekend 2023.


How to Enter:

To enter the contest, a participating high school teacher will need to go to the registration page, which has the submission packet, terms and conditions, as well as teacher resources for character design lessons.

After submitting students’ characters, we’d love for teachers to share some of their students’ work on social media. If you do, tag @wacomedu — but make sure to keep all artwork anonymous until the challenge is over! We love seeing what is being done in the classroom and great new characters.

Bookmark the registration page, as well as this blog, as both will be updated with more information about our judges and the prizes, as well as other tips and resources for students.

Want more information about the contest, the rules, the judges, the requirements, or to access additional materials? Or, ready to enter your classroom? The Character Design Art Contest page registration page has everything you need!

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