CreArt Canadian Painting & Design Competition for Children and Youth

CreArt Canadian Painting & Design Competition for Children and Youth is organized by two non-profit-organizations NPC Arts Foundation and North American Youth Arts and Culture Foundation since 2016. The purpose for the competition event is to create a professional arts platform for children and youth to show their talent and creativity on arts. It is the first and only international painting and design contest for children and youth aged 5 to 22 to attend in Canada.


The judging panel is composed by professional designers, senior level artists, directors from art council or art department of the municipal, and professors from top-rated Art Universities.Judging is by age groups and category.

All award winners will be invited to attend grand award ceremony and receive certificates, themed souvenir, exhibition opportunity, and the Gold,Silver and Bronze winners will receive cash prizes provided by NPC Arts Foundation, which helps talented young artists turn their dream project into reality with financial supports.


CreArt Canadian Painting & Design Competition for Children and Youth was first launched in Greater Vancouver Canada in 2016. It lasts over 6 months from the preparation stage to the closing ceremony and exhibition with a total submitted artworks over 800 from 12 different cities and regions all over the world.

New Primary Color Arts Foundation(NPC Arts foundation) is a not-for-profit organization established in Richmond Canada in 2016 by the founder of New Primary Color School of Arts and Design. NPC Arts Foundation serves a significant role in art and academic communities through organizing painting and design competition, art exhibition, workshops, and art camps and cross-culture art tour for children and youth with the aim of developing talent, creating societal awareness, and providing a platform to express creativity. 


At the beginning of its establishment, the foundation mainly functioned to foster the development and enhancement of youth art students in our school with their talent and hard work by providing scholarships and grants to award outstanding students and support talent, hardworking students who need financial support to continue their study.

Meanwhile,the foundation will regularly hold painting and design contest among young art students in the community, provide exhibition opportunities to art students, organize public-spirited activities to improve students’ art cultivation and integral level.

As the foundation grows, more art programs such as themed international art painting and design Summer Camp, exhibitions for outstanding artworks in art galleries, cross-cultural arts events and tour all over the world, and top art and design university in North America tour,etc will be available for students with art dreams to join.

Launched in 2016, the 1st CreART Canadian Painting & Design Competition for Children and Youth is the first and largest international arts competition with painting and design category for children and youth to participate in Canada. It lasts over 6 months from the preparation stage to the closing ceremony and exhibition with a total submitted artworks over 800 from 12 different cities and regions all over the world. Award winners of the competition received cash prizes offered by the foundation in total over CAD$11800, as well as the award certificates, event theme T-Shirts, event album,etc.

Megan Chin
SVA Admission Counselor

Megan Chin is an Admissions Counselor at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and Artist based in New York City. Pulling from her own artistic background, she primarily works with applicants applying to SVA’s BFA Illustration and BFA Cartooning programs. Megan assists prospective students in figuring out if SVA meets their educational and artistic goals through portfolio reviews and guiding applicants through the application process.

The North American Youth Arts and Culture Foundation is a non-profit organization  incorporated in Canada to promote the development of cultural and artistic undertakings in North America and to promote international cultural exchange. Since its inception, the Foundation has successfully hosted a number of influential arts and cultural activities, including “ Canadian Painting & Design Competition for Children and Youth”, “The International Junior Elite”, “North American International Music Competition and Festival”, “Love Mom and Dad Concert”, etc.

2017 Juries

Patrick Meyer
Executive Director of the Federation of Canadian Artists

Patrick Meyer is the Executive Director of the Federation of Canadian Artists. Mr. Meyer’s formal education is in business and philosophy and his informal education in visual art started in 1999 through his grass-roots involvement in the arts community. Years of artistic and business growth have lead him to the position of head of the Federation where he has lead the organization through a revitalization of their membership and education programs, a tripling of the sales from their gallery, and a more prominent place within national artistic community.

Pennylane Shen
UAL Representative

Pennylane Shen is the Western Canadian representative for the University of the Arts London.Pennylane holds a Master’s Degree in Visual Culture Theory from New York University and has lectured at various forums including New York, London, Toronto, Chicago and Seoul. At Langara College, Pennylane is the instructor of art theory and business marketing in the Photography department. An avid supporter of art and wellness, she sits on the art collections board for the Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Foundation. In the high end commercial art sector, Pennylane has been an associate curator for the Bau-Xi Gallery, the longest standing commercial gallery in Canada. She is also the owner and founder of Dazed and Confucius, a business that has offered one-on-one artist consultations, group seminars, writing and development; advising emerging and mid-career artists on navigating the fine art industry since 2008.

Yi Liu

director, and one of the Founders of Vancouver R Space

Yi Liu is an Print Painting Artist, Curator, as well as the director and founder of Vancouver R SPACE- an independence Art space formed by professional designers and artists in Vancouver. Yi Liu used to teach print painting in one of the top arts universities of China Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts. Yi Liu started his own Design Studio in 2001, and over the next 10 years he and his team has accomplished several large-scale construction projects’ architecture design work, such as the famous Olympic Garden in Beijing, the Summer Palace in Shenyang, the Southwest Sun and Moon City in Chendu,which have been widely recognized by the industry. In 2010, Yi Liu immigrated to Vancouver as an independent artist and curator, and is devoted himself on arts development and cross culture activities between China and Canada.

Liesl Jauk
Manager of Arts Services for the City of Richmond

Liesl Jauk is the Manager of Arts Services for the City of Richmond. Prior to joining the City in 2008, she co-founded Rebus Creative where she co-produced The Word On The Street festival and BC Book Prizes and did marketing and graphic design for a range of arts clients. Liesl has an extensive educational background in fine arts including an Associate Degree in Fine Arts (Kwantlen College), Bachelor of Arts in Art History (U.B.C.) and Masters Degree in the Social History of Art (Univ. of Leeds) . She is a past board member of the Public Dreams Society, DOXA Documentary Film Festival and the Holy Body Tattoo and is currently on the board of the Mortal Coil Performance Society, the Society to Bridge Arts and Community and Dance House.

An Jian Jun
NPC Founder

JianJun An is an avant-garde artist, senior designer and the founder of NPC Arts Foundation, a Richmond-based non-profit organization.

He graduated with arts degree from ShanDong University of Art & Design in China. After graduating, he has been engaged in painting and design for over twenty  years. His works often depict life and society based on expressionism and realism. Immigrated to Canada in 2005, Jianjun established New Primary Color School of Art+Design a year after, and he’s devoted himself teaching and creating his own works.From the year of 2008 till now, Jianjun An has been a member of White Rock Art Council, Delta Art Council, Vancouver Chinese Art Council, and a member of Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), and was invited to attend organized exhibitions for many times by art organizations in Canada, Agora Gallery in New York USA, the OpenCode Exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris France and OpenCode Exhibition in Venice Italy. He’s also successfully held his solo exhibition at Richmond Culture Center, and art galleries in Vancouver.

Jie Qiu
Professor and Vice President of Wuhan Textile University College of Art and Design

Jie Qiu graduated from ShanDong University of Art & Design in China and Hubei Institute of Fine Arts with Bachelor and Master’s Degree of Design. Jie Qiu is a member of The Architectural Society of China Interior Design Branch, currently is working at Wuhan Textile University College of Art and Design in China as an associate professor and vice president.

Sionnan Hillier 
Art Center College of Design
Assistant Director of Admission

Sionnan Hillier is a working artist in the Los Angeles area. She holds honors degrees from Mills College in Oakland, California and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and has experience exhibiting, and curating work throughout the United States, and internationally. In her current position as Assistant Director of Admissions at Art Center College of Design, one of the nation’s foremost design colleges, she enjoys traveling across the country for National Portfolio Days, and speaking to students about their art and design work. 

2016 Competition Judging

CreArt 2016 Canadian Painting & Design Competition for Children and Youth judging was held at David Lam Hall of Chinese Cultural Center of Greater Vancouver on Nov. 18, 2016. Almost 800 painting and design works were displayed as their category and groups on the floor of the grand hall, and it took almost the whole day for our jury panel to review, discuss and make their final decisions on the awards: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Best Pattern, Best Creative, Best Craftsmanship, Best Color, and Outstanding Awards for each group and category. “It was a hard work, but a fun experience to review fantastic young artists’ works. “said by one of our judges.