Student Art Exhibition

On May 30, 2024 the DDSB will hold its third annual Student Art Gallery - a district-wide art collection housed in the Education Centre, displaying artworks created and curated by students with staff support.

The Opportunity

The theme of the 2024 Gallery is My Journey, My Joy, My Genius. Students in Grades 7 - 12 are encouraged to use their creativity to showcase their own unique perspectives about connection and community.  


  • Digital representations of completed (or nearly completed) artworks should be submitted through this form. The deadline for submission is April 26, 2024.
  • Selections will be made by the committee in May.
  • Successful artists will be contacted in May, and arrangements will be made for completed artwork drop-off at the Education Centre (400 Taunton Road East Whitby).
  • The Gallery opening will take place May 30, 2024.
  • A digital gallery hosted on the DDSB website will allow equitable access to these artworks. These artworks will be available after the exhibition opens.  
    Artworks will be on display for approximately 11 months, with an opportunity for the artist to retrieve their artwork following the display period. Artwork unclaimed by the artist will be displayed and/or stored elsewhere within the DDSB system for a period of two (2) years. 

Selection Committee 

The Selection Committee will receive digital copies of artwork and any accompanying stories that the artist would like to submit for consideration and will deliberate to select the artworks to be displayed.

The Committee will be composed of DDSB students and staff and will include people representing each of DDSB’s geographic zones (north Durham - Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa).

Creative Brief 

Theme: My Journey, My Joy, My Genius 

Artworks should incorporate the theme of My Journey, My Joy, My Genius, focusing on the student’s personal journey, sources of joy, and expressions of genius. This theme invites students to delve into the rich tapestry of their experiences, exploring the diverse facets that have shaped them into the individuals they are today.

Artists should consider the following questions:

  1. What milestones in your journey have shaped who you are today?
  2. How can you visually represent the sources of joy in your life?
  3. How does your unique genius manifest itself?
  4. What techniques can convey your journey, joy, and genius?
  5. How can your artwork inspire others to reflect on their journey, joy, and genius?


  • Artworks need to be designed for display on a hanging track - maximum weight of 4 kg. 
  • Artworks will have eye hooks and hanger wire pre-installed by the artist. 
  • Medium for artworks is at the artist’s discretion (pastel, charcoal, pencil, pen and ink, watercolour, acrylic, oil, photograph, mixed media, digital design, 3D art, printmaking, other) 
  • Artworks composed of dry media (i.e. charcoal, chalk pastel, pencil) will be framed behind glass or sprayed with a fixative.  
  • Maximum size of the framed artwork 18” by 24”. 
  • Artwork may be presented in landscape or portrait orientation.

How to Submit: Only pieces submitted through this form will be considered. Please follow the link and submit your work on the form. If you have any questions, please contact 

Disclaimer: when submitting artwork for consideration to the Selection Committee, the artist acknowledges that the works may be represented, in whole or in part, in future DDSB promotions and/or curriculum activities at the discretion of the DDSB, credited to the artist.  

Artwork Created Using Digital Tools

General Guidelines for Digital Art

  • Students may submit art that has been created with a DDSB-Approved digital tool, as long as a significant portion of the artwork has been actively created by the student.
  • Colour / Brightness / Saturation / Contrast correction of digital photographs is acceptable and does not require specific citation.

Students using digital tools must include:

  • The name of the tool(s)
  • How it/they were used
  • The elements of the piece that were not created by the student (e.g., clip art) or artificially generated 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Guidelines for Student Art Gallery

  • The name of the tool used to generate the AI content must be indicated, and the tool must be approved for use in the DDSB
  • Students submitting work that has been generated by AI must meet the age requirements according to its terms of use
  • All prompts used to generate and refine visual elements must be submitted with the artwork

Disclaimer: when submitting artwork for consideration to the Selection Committee, the artist acknowledges that the works may be represented, in whole or in part, in future DDSB promotions and/or curriculum activities at the discretion of the DDSB, credited to the artist.

Process for Selection 

The Selection Committee will collectively review each work submitted.  

Based on criteria including overall impression of the art, interpretation and clarity of the theme to the viewer, creativity and originality of the depicted theme, and quality of artistic composition and overall design based on the theme, each selection committee member will select a minimum of 20 works they nominate for display, with the final selection deliberated as a group.  

A minimum of one work from each DDSB geographic zone will be displayed: Ajax, Whitby, Pickering, Oshawa, and the North. 

The selection process may be subject to change based on the number of submissions received.

If you have any questions, please contact