An Invitation to participate in the 6th Arts Olympiad
the world's largest arts program for your students
creative and empathetic development.

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6th Arts Olympiad Invitation

The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) is pleased to invite you and your school to participate in the Arts Olympiad.  Your participation fee is waived, so the program is free for your school.  Any student can participate in and benefit from the Arts Olympiad, but your School Art Entry must be from students aged 8 to 12.

A classroom is often comprised of young artists and young athletes. The artists, when physically inactive, may face the obesity risk, an epidemic now. Those not artistically inclined, including some athletes, may face the
“4th-grade slump” in creativity. Once this slump gains a foothold, it can last beyond school years into adulthood.

The Arts Olympiad Lesson Plan addresses the rising obesity and decreasing creativity risks by inspiring students to embrace the Artist-Athlete Ideal of the creative mind and healthy body.
This paradigm liberates the natural tendency toward creativity and good health by linking imagination with embodiment. Students revised self-image solidifies when they depict themselves as “artist-athletes” in their artwork on the theme, My Favorite Sport.

Students come to understand that anyone be an artist or an athlete, and that everyone can be creative and athletic. Students end up breaking old stereotypes, embracing the Artist-Athlete Ideal and developing empathy for each other. Your school community is now stronger, more creative and healthy.

Arts Olympiad Lesson Plan

Deadline and Submissions

The Arts Olympiad Lesson Plan may take 3 or 4 class sessions to complete. The School Art Entry submission deadline is May 15, 2018.  You can submit one best painting or drawing and one best digital art as winners of your school's Arts Olympiad. Selection of the school entry must be based on originality, and not technical merit alone. Inclusion of a few students as judges is encouraged.

Submissions must include: (a) a brief essay by the student about his/her artwork; and (b) a fully completed

School Entry Form (download the pdf and complete it). Please tape (a) and (b) to the back of the artwork.

In the case of digital art, you can email the art and (a) and (b) to

Schools in the United States and Canada should send their School Art Entry to:

ICAF, P O Box 58133, Washington, DC 20037, USA

Schools around the world should send their art to the ICAF’s partner organization in their respective country.

Click here for a list of ICAF national partners. Click here if you have any questions.

Part 1: Instructional Group Activities

The three activities below allow students to develop connections between art and sport.

Activity A.  The Olympics Art Competitions

Reading Material: Smithsonian Magazine
Students answer these questions:

                           1) Should the Olympic Art Competitions be reinstated? Why? For what age group of artists?
                  2) What is your favorite sport? Why?
3) In which cities will the Summer Olympics take place in 2020, 2024 and 2028?  Winter Olympics?

Activity B.  Thinking Outside the Box

Reading Material: ChildArt quarterly 
Students are asked to separate themselves into two groups: “Artists” and “Athletes.”
                                                                           “Artists” answer these questions:

                           1) Why is sport important?                              2) How can physical activity benefit you?

Artists are asked to draw or paint a sports gear or equipment such as a ball, a baseball glove or a goal post.

                                                                           “Athletes” answer these question:

                  1) Why is art important?                                  2) How can drawing or painting benefit you?

Athletes are asked to draw or paint any art tool or equipment such as an easel, an art smock or a brush.


Activity C.  Building Peace through Art & Sport

 “Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else can.     Sport speak to people in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where there was once only despair.
   It is an instrument of peace, even more powerful than governments.”   -  
Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela


Questions to ask students:
If “sport” is replaced by “art” in the above quote, would it still ring true? Why or why not?
How about adding art to sport? Does the quotation become stronger?


Part 2:  Original Art Creation


Students are asked to create art on the theme, My Favorite Sport. They can depict themselves as “artist-athlete” in an Olympic sport, a traditional game or an imaginary activity and produce paintings, drawings or digital art.


Painting or drawing can be on paper, canvas or silk that is 45x60 cm or 18x24 inches in size.

Each student writes a short essay about his/her work. The essay is clipped to the artwork along with a completed School Entry Form.

Please use ↑↓ keys or the icons on the right to navigate and see a sample of Arts Olympiad works.

"I like soccer. For me, soccer is not just a hobby, it is a passion. In my artwork, I chose to draw a soccer player shooting at a net, because it represents a usual scene in a soccer player’s life. My only passion is not soccer, but art too. Art and soccer are both part of me. I love art because I get to express all my feelings. I like soccer because in a sport, you get to run free and have fun by doing exercise, staying healthy, and having fun with your friends."  - Omar Salmeron (age 11) Texas, USA

Arja Raghu (age 12) "Michael Phelps Magic"  Illinois, USA

Vishu Rajan (age 11)  "Kabaddi" India

Kristina Aleksabdriva Gecgevska (age 12) Bulgaria

Tobithe Jason William (age 10)  Cameron

   Deniz Tamerk (age 11) Turkey

Teruhito Sekine (age 12)  "Run!" Japan

Denys  Kovalchuk (age 12)  Ukraine

Irina Tjahjana (age 12)  Indonesia

Chung Kei Ting (age 10)  Hong Kong

Irina Fibih (age 12)  "Sochi" Russia

Diana Nabulsi (age 11)  "Team USA" Texas, USA

                            2019 World Children's Festival                                                     



The Arts Olympiad winners from over one hundred U.S. cities and nearly one hundred other countries will convene in Washington, D.C.  in June 2019 for the 6th World Children's Festival (WCF) as Official Delegates.

On their first day, they will meet each other, learn about the WCF, and participate in some activities.  For the next three days they will be on The National Mall attending workshops, participating in activities or watching incredible performances.  On the fifth and final day, they will be honored at the WCF Awards Banquet.
See ChildArt quarterly and watch this music clip on the festival.

WCF Registration and Expenses: 
Registration is free for the Delegates and their teachers and parents. Each delegation must arrange its own travel, meals, local transport and accommodation. For the most deserving cases, host families can be provided. The WCF Award Banquet is free for the Delegates while their companions pay a discounted price of only US$50 per head.

The WCF is a transformative experience for the Delegates who acquire leadership skills and global connections.  It is also a most memorable experience.  Plans for the 2019 WCF include Delegates co-imagining and collaboratively producing the "Children's Earth Flag" for the first human mission to Mars.

Please use ↑↓ keys or the icons on the right to navigate and see a sample of WCF photos.

 - Held every four years as the Olympics of children's imagination, the WCF celebrates creativity, diversity, and unity.

- A unique international celebration, the WCF is staged and emceed by the children, who also host their own workshops.

- US government agencies and 100 prominent international educators conduct workshops and hands-on activities.

- US military families in the Greater Washington Area host some of the WCF delegates at their home for the festival week.

- The 2019 World Children’s Award will be designed by Sergey Eylanbekov, sculptor for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial.

- The US government, the US Olympic Committee, and Koch Industries will be co-insured parties for the WCF.

- See ChildArt quarterly on the 2015 WCF and watch a music video clip.


Since 1997, the ICAF has served American children as their national arts organization and the world's children as their international arts organization.  We employ the power of the arts to foster creativity and develop empathy.  Research shows that creativity and empathy are key attributes now of successful learners and leaders.

The ICAF is an apolitical and non-religious organization. We believe that every child is a creator and that child art is the most honest and purest form of human creative expression. We organize exhibitions to introduce professions to children's imagination and awaken their "inner child."

The United States Olympic Committee has granted the ICAF an exclusive license to use the 'Arts Olympiad' mark. The ICAF is independently ranked among the 25 Top children's charities in the United States.

An independent, apolitical organization, the ICAF does not receive funding from any government or governmental institutions.  The ICAF's work is supported by individual donors and WCF sponsors. Many schools in the U.S. and several other countries host fundraising events to support the Arts Olympiad and the WCF.

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