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Junior Painter Awards

Open to primary school children across Ireland, Sightsavers’ Junior Painter Awards aim to inspire children to express their artistic talent and develop an appreciation of the importance and value of sight. The contest provides a great opportunity to learn about people living with blindness and sight problems in developing countries.

Every year Sightsavers asks children to create a painting under a sight-related theme. Last year’s theme was “I would love to see…”

We received a massive 5000 entries in 2013 – well done to every student who entered! Certificates of participation have been sent to all schools that entered. We’d also like to say thanks to the teachers and parents who encouraged their children to engage with the competition, and to our judges Tomm Moore and Padraig Naughton who had some very tough decisions to make!

Prizes for the Junior Painter Competition
Past winners (Flickr gallery)
How to enter

Teaching resources

With the help of teachers, we’ve developed lesson plans and activities that tie in with the Irish primary school curriculum for English, Geography, Science, SPHE and, of course, Art! These resources can be used when entering the competition or at any time in the school year.

Activities and Lesson Plan for all classes (pdf)
Amina’s treasure: senses story for junior and senior infants (PDF)
Amina’s treasure: senses story for junior and senior infants (Word)

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