Art Contest/Exhibit

Addiction and Art Contest

Addiction art contest Photo of the art work

Art can be a powerful expression of emotion around the theme of drugs and addiction.  Your activities could include one (or both) of the following:

  1. Have teen artists paint or draw images that represent addiction or living around people who use drugs. Display entries at a school art show; students can vote on their favorites.
  2. Ask teens to use take photos related to the theme of drug use and addiction, and then create a collage with their photos. Display the collages on a page on your school’s Web site.

For ideas and a toolkit on how to hold an Addiction and Art show, visit the website Addiction and Art, created by artists who support NIDA’s mission.

Massive Sculpture Exhibit

Organize a massive sculpture exhibit at your school, or challenge other schools in your town, city, or county to enter a contest for the most creative (or largest) sculpture. The sculptures can be your students’ representation of “What drugs do to the brain." They could use NIDA’s Drug Facts pages for ideas.

Challenge the students to build a sculpture as massive as they can imagine. Use any medium: cardboard, wood, poster board… You're only limited by your imagination!