Student Art Show

Living Patterns: The 2020 Student Art Show

Entries due: February 14, 2020

Opening Reception: February 21, 2020, 5-7pm

What are living patterns? If you look closely enough, patterns are everywhere in nature. From the symmetry on a butterfly’s wings, to the striped coloration on a smallmouth bass, nature is made up of patterns. For the 2020 Student Art Show, we are asking students to find a pattern in nature that inspires them to create a work of art. The following are some descriptions of patterns in nature, and some ideas for art projects that could be entries.

Spots & Stripes

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Pointillism painting delves into how dots can create images.
Use photography to find spots or stripes in nature.


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Create your own Rorschach Tests (an example of abstract painting)
Try creating poetry. Rhyme is about symmetrical balance of words.


Unfurling Spiral Fiddlehead Fern Frond

Sculpture can use the spiral technique and Fibonacci sequence.
Drawing can use Fibonacci sequence, map out things that curve.


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Digital art commonly uses fractals.
Interactive art can also use fractals, like DIY kaleidoscopes. 


The Ward Museum invites students from Delmarva to submit their artwork to the annual Student Art Show.  The Student Art Show is a non-competitive display of students’ works from around the entire Delmarva peninsula.  It is open to all students grades K–12 in public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students.  The submitted works will go on exhibit in the museum for public display.

The theme for 2020 is “Living Patterns,” collecting student works of all media exploring the connections between people and the natural world. Drawing, painting, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, sculpture, photography, video, and more are all welcome. Below is a guide to living patterns, which are the sequences that exist in nature. By studying these sequences we can better understand art and science, and how they are interconnected. Links and examples are included in this guide, but do not feel restricted by the listed examples –  allow students to come up with their own concepts of interpretation.

SAS 2020 Living Patterns Guide

To make a submission, print the Entry Form and bring entries to The Ward Museum, Salisbury University. Please note that each piece of artwork needs an entry form attached to it and the student’s name should also be present on the artwork.

2020 Entry Forms

Call: 410-742-4988 EXT. 101

Submission Requirements:

  • Students may use a variety of flat or 3D media including, but not limited to, paints, sketching pencils, colored pencils or Prismacolors, pastels, crayons, photography and sculpture
  • All flat art must be matted with a minimum one inch black or white border. Hooks for hanging are not required.
  • Please attach a label with the student’s name, age/grade and school name on the back of each student’s submission.
  • All artwork must be no larger than 18” x 24” (including matting)
  • 3D standing art must have a footprint of 14” x 14” or less.

Dates to Remember:

  • Exhibit opening: Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Submissions Due: Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Reception: Friday, February 21, 2019 (5—7 p.m.)
  • Exhibit final day: TBA
  • Artwork Pick-up: TBA