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  1. Hello,

    My name is Emily, I was referred to your company by a blogger that wrote a Book review about one of your Books. Does your company offer Books to bloggers for review?

  2. I love your site, I just attempted to draw a horse using the instructions, its difficult for me to go outside of my old ways of doing things but it came out ok……….I really like your site easy to navigate too.

  3. Love your new website! It is great. Loved the painting of the lion. I like the lessons you have on the site too. As an adult wanting to learn different ways to draw as well as paint it is great!

  4. Hi,
    I have been looking over your website and I went into your lessons is there way to look at all of them. I can only get into the ones that get highlighted. Please help. You have great information for beginners there. Thanks.

  5. hiya,

    my daughter who is 9 loves art, but its one subject she struggles with. any tips on drawing at all?

    hayley x

    • Hi Hayley,

      I just posted my 18 Tip for Drawing today! Maybe some of those will give you some ideas of how to help her. The other thing I would recommend is to think of drawing like any other skill someone learns, such as playing an instrument, learning a sport, or even reading. We don’t begin with the expectation of being able to do it just right the first time; instead, we start at a very basic level and build on it little by little. Drawing is just like that — we start by drawing simple things, gradually improving and working up to more difficult subjects. And the more someone draws, the more skilled he or she becomes. (I always try to point this out, especially to children, as they often expect their drawings to come out “perfectly” the first time and will give up if they don’t).

      What I would encourage your daughter to do is to draw something every day. And so she doesn’t get discouraged, I would try finding some simpler pictures for her to start drawing from. I like using coloring pages for that reason — they have clear, bold lines that are sometimes easier to “see”. The pictures don’t have to be realistic; cartoon-y ones are fine, too. She can also try drawing objects around the house that wouldn’t involve a lot of detail, such a toothbrush, piece of fruit, cup, etc. Then, as she gets better at it and more confident, have her try drawing things that have a little more detail.

      Hope this helps!

  6. Hi Samantha

    I love your site…. 😉

    I am a 9 year old girl who found passion in art since the age of 3. I am usually sketching and painting flora and fauna as I appreciate their colour and how they stand out.

    I would love to share some of my master pieces in your website
    Please advice where should I send them

    Thank you

  7. Hi Samantha,
    Thanks for the lessons,; Painting the Values, should you check the value
    to the Sqaures that’s painted.
    I still have a hard time controlling the Water. Gave up, now I’m trying again.
    Painting the mountain scenes, in warm and cool. Is where I have problem
    learning to go light to dark, and keep the correct value. How do you dip the brush,
    steps, thank.
    any suggestion would be helpful,
    Anyway you can suggest something,

    • Hi Lois,

      I really need to put together a video to show you. I’ll try to get one up soon. Regarding the values, though, the practice exercise was for you to be able to see how the ratio of water to paint changes the value. For example, the more paint you have, the darker the color will be; the more water you have, the lighter it will be. You don’t have to check them against the ones I painted.

      Regarding controlling the water — each time you dip the brush, let the hairs brush against the edge of your container so the excess water is removed. Don’t worry if some of the paint goes out too — you’ll still have enough paint in your brush. If you feel like the water is still getting away from you, brush the hairs against the edge of the container again to get rid of even more water. You need a little bit of water to paint, but it doesn’t have to be runny. As long as the paint moves easily on the paper, it’s fine.

      To go from light to dark, just add a little more paint. You can even do this directly on the paper if your paper is still wet.

      Some things that might affect how your paint moves on the paper is they type of paper you’re using and the quality of the paints. Less expensive paints don’t do as well as the more costly ones. That can make things frustrating too.

      But don’t give up!!! Sometimes it just takes a little extra practice. 🙂

  8. Good Morning Madam, you are doing an excelent service gathering all Art Competitions and helping us to participate in that my kind request is when SAMANTHASBELL INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITIONS … going to start Madam please you Conduct an International Art Competitions… waiting for that day… Thanking You. Vishal V Shenoy INDIA.

  9. My name is Raju. I am from India. I am working in a Factory. I have made so many arts. Here I would like to exhibit my graphic arts. This arts are my own creation which I have made in my free times.

    • You’ve probably already sent in your entry, and I’m sure whatever you put down will be fine. They will get it figured out. I’m not a sponsor of the contest, but my guess would be that you would leave that part blank for them to fill in later.

    • The only two craft contests I have up right now are both monthly contests. Do you mean one of those? Both are ongoing, which means a new contest starts every month – so you’re never too late! 🙂

    • Thanks for letting me know. I’ve removed the two entries. I also added a note to the contest page about stealing someone else’s work, and I will email the two people who sent in those entries as well. Thank again!

  10. Hello mam I have posted my picture in February contest but can’t see my picture in the entries kindly see to it whether it is reached to u or not

  11. Hello mam I have posted my picture in February contest but can’t see in the entries kindly inform whether it is reached to u or not

    • I occasionally teach classes at Hobby Lobby in Taylors, SC. I probably won’t be teaching again until the summer, though. Some of my classes are adult only, and others are a mixture of kids and adults.

  12. Hi Samantha,
    I met you at the Write2Ignite Conference a few years ago, and really enjoyed your work, as well as your encouragement. Just want you to know that I love your website, and appreciate your art instruction offerings. Am looking forward to seeing you, and hearing you speak at the Write2Ignite Conference next month!
    Diane Bowen

  13. Dear Sir/ Madam

    My son Jay is naturally good at drawing , he likes drawing , he is 10years old in grade 5 . Therefore we would like to participate in some contests or drawing and arts Competetions now now for 2016 . Please kindly advise , as we can see more details on said Toyota children your dream car competetion.

  14. Hi! I’m a twelve-year-old girl and I am a very passionate artist. I am not great at drawing animals or clothes so my best ability is drawing people’s faces. I would really like to learn how to draw faces in side view and mid-side view (I hope you understand that) so please put up some tutorial for that! Please!

  15. Hi,

    I volunteer for a non-profit organization called “Vibha” working for under-privileged kids. We would like to advertise our art competition for kids on your website.

    Is that an option? Please let me know.


  16. Hello
    My daughters are between 3 to 5 years and i am looking for different art contest for them. Can u plz let me know if any

  17. I’d like to subscribe to emails. Got a little lost on your page as to where I can enter my email. Thanks! I am so glad I found your website! My artistic daughter and I are going to enjoy entering contests and what not. So inspiring!

    • Hi Andrea,

      Sorry about that! I’ll have to try to make it clearer. There’s a sign-up form on the left side of the page for the email newsletter, and one on the bottom of the homepage. Thanks for joining me!

  18. Dear Samantha,
    Manifest Your Dreams – Art Projects That Inspire has just been published by Balboa Press. Given your focus on emotional and spiritual well-being, I thought it might be of interest to you.
    Manifest Your Dreams, is filled with art projects that are meant to inspire you to focus on your goals and what you want to manifest into your reality. Each art project has a theme and questions. The answers to the questions will stimulate ideas to be used on your art. The art you created and display will promote your positive vibrations.
    A thought that is often repeated gains power and tends to come true.
    Balboa Press (
    ISBN: 978-1-5043-5163 (soft cover)
    ISBN: 978-1-5043-5164 (e-book)
    Publication date 4/8/2016
    58 pages
    With a Masters in Education, I taught art, arts and crafts and computer graphics in Las Vegas, NV public schools for 20 years. Currently I teach art on cruise ships.
    My website has art examples corresponding to the book
    Please review my page. Maybe we can do a class together on your site and advertise my book.
    Thanks for the look.

  19. Dear Madam,
    I sent you recently a drawing from my 6 years old son. The drawing’s theme is My Hobby (Karate and drawing) I truly hope that you will consider it and list it in the competition assigned from your side. I want to say that this is his first application with his work.
    I wold ask you to contact me and tell me if any additional info on information is needed or about the drawing or about my son.
    Keti B. Risteska

  20. Hello! I just went to your website to look for an art contest and I saw the monthly art contest 2016. It said that the winner’s artwork will be chosen randomly.Does that mean the artwork is not even evaluated through the person’s ability but it’s just selected randomly on a website?Its kind of confused for me. Thank you 🙂

    • Yes, that’s right. It would be too hard to judge since the entries are done by people of all ages. It’s more of an exercise for following a theme, creating a piece, and meeting a deadline.

  21. I am an artist studying in Class VIII of Navyug School, Mandir Marg Delhi. My ideas innovative, creative and good in shading with oil pastels. I am good in craft work. I had knowledge related to Madhubani and Folk art and also Warli art. I am always ready to help others and learn something new in art and craft. I made one project related to Indian artist. In this topic selected Raja Ravi Verma. I got first prize in competition related to ‘Swach Bharat’ organized by NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Committee). I am also a BILT (a respectable Indian Company) Junior student Ten on Ten award winner.

    Waiting the positive reply regarding Competition on Art/Drawing Work.



  22. Hi! I really love your drawings! I would like to request a step-by-step illustration, if it is possible!


  23. Hi.. Samantha,
    I am a designer for ceramics and an artist. Currently, I am engaged in to promote child art activities ( age group 6 years – 18 years and disabled children ) in Matale city of Sri Lanka . We are having child art exhibitions & contests since 2010 to encourage the children on paintings. I would like to invite you if you have a plan to visit Sri Lanka in future. Please, send me the details of child art international competitions in future. Tanking you.

    • Hi Kumarasiri,

      What a wonderful program! I would love to come visit someday!

      I send out updates for the competitions in the newsletter — do you receive it? You can sign up for it on the website. The sign-up form is on the right-hand side near the top.

      So excited to hear about what you are doing! 🙂

  24. Hi,

    I’m Jobie from Kik, and we are running a drawing contest that your fans might be interested in. It’s free to enter, and open for everyone to
    submit drawings or sketches of the latest sticker that will go into our messenger.
    The contest is geared more towards teens between the ages of 13-18. The winner will receive $500 cash and a new MacBook.
    To participate, and for more information, check out our contest submission page.

    Let me know if you are interested in sharing this contest, and I can send you some custom copy to run along side your post.


  25. Hi Samantha,
    Could you please send me notification when my account is active …. The payment has come out of my wife’s account …. so I would be greatful if you could let me know when can start using the lessons.

    Geoff Panting

  26. Samantha,

    I am interested in scheduling a possible author visit for my school in the fall of 2017. I am the school librarian at East McDowell Middle School in Marion NC. We are located about 35 minutes east of Asheville. Please let me know if you are interested and what fees would be associated with the visit. I would love for my students to meet a non-fiction writer. Please contact me.

    Vickie Blankenship

      • You may not have had time to contact me yet – I understand the new year has been busy.
        Or maybe you have tried and your email has been blocked by school filter – I have not received it yet.
        I am providing a personal address.

  27. I emailed some pictures for y kids, if approved they will be published in gallery 4, I would like to know how long does it take to be approved and will I be notified.
    Thank you

    • When pictures are sent in using the form, I get them posted quickly. Otherwise it takes me a little longer to catch up on my emails. Then I go back and put them in the gallery — they should all be there now. I’m very sorry for the delay!

      To search for a certain picture, you can also put the artist’s first name in the search box, and it should come up.

  28. Hi, sorry to bother you, but do you know how to get to the current info on the ESA Art contest? The link brings me to old info, and I can’t figure out how to get to the new contest. Thanks!

  29. Hello,

    I am asking if there is any art/drawing/painting contest that my daughter can attend. She is 9 years old. We live in Los Angeles, California. Also, should I find a good teacher for her to learn good painting skills? Thanks.

  30. Would like to enter my grandaughters painting in the celebrating art contest. The deadline is August 24, what do I need to do? The one I am interested in, is the Samantha Bell contest. Pls. tell what is necessary to enter? Thank you.

  31. Hello
    I’m wanting to send in some of my Granddaughters drawings who at the age of 9 is quite talented in mine and a lot of other peoples opinion, I thought maybe the best place to start would be to enter them in competitions. Please advise.
    P.S. Her name is Poppy Ellis and gets quite excited at the thought that her drawings could be shown in competitions.

  32. Ms Samantha Bell
    I have an amazing, very talented 8 years old boy, who does amazing drawings, I tried looking for contest for him, and I haven’t been successful. He loves drawing, very derails; characters for his comic books. he even borrowed books from the library, to learn, to draw superheroes-people.
    If you can guide me or point me to the right direction, I will really appreciate it.
    He is in the advance school program at school, for kids with advance knowledge in math and language.
    But I would love to help him reach his dream, on becoming an artist.
    Thank you in advance
    Diana sung
    P.S he is 8 yrs old and his name is Topher.

  33. I’m an art teacher in Virginia. This year our theme is contests to help teach the kids about professionalism and submissions. But I have to plan far in advance for my syllabus. I’m looking for a contest in late January. Any chance I could get a broad topic so I can have the class do it and learn to submit them?
    Thanks for considering it.

    • Do you mean for the weekly challenges, or are you looking for a regular contest. I think there are some with deadlines in Jan. I could hunt up for you.

  34. Hello ,I have a question about the Pentel 47th art exhibition,is it international or US only?On the title is written international but when you read who is eligible it is clearly stated that only US residents are eligible to enter…

  35. Dear Samantha Bell,
    I have recently checked your web site and really been attracted. First of all, please let me take the opportunity to thank you for such a useful and lovely website.
    I have a daughter (Name: Lal Buyukkalfa). The authorities say that, she is a gifted child. She had solo shows as well as group exhibitions (please see her facebook and instagram pages).
    She never took regular art courses, as she doesn’t like interference on her works. On the other hand, art is everything to her –same as breathing-. She wants to be an industrial designer since she was on the 3rd grade.
    Our primary aim is for sure her happiness. Secondly, we want her to have a good education. We are a Turkish family and we want her to have her education abroad, where she may have a better art education.
    I would highly appreciate your comments and advises, as we really need them. It is very difficult for parents to enlighten a kid’s way without having a real idea on what she/he is doing.
    Thank you very much in advance.
    My sincere regards,
    Seha Buyukkalfa (mom of LAL)

    Lal Buyukkalfa Facebook:
    Lal Buyukkalfa Instagram:

    • Her artwork is amazing! I understand about not wanting interference on her work — I was the same way when I was a teenager. However, looking back, I really wish I had taken art courses back then. It would have helped me a lot now. Today, I feel like I am always behind a bit. I would definitely encourage her to take some classes if she would. They don’t have to influence her art, but they would give her a strong foundation. She can learn a lot of basics like composition, color, and light that takes longer to learn on your own.

      I’ll be thinking about what else she can do. There are lots of resources online that would help her learn on her own. More soon!

      • Thank you very much!
        Do you think international competitions would help? If yes, do you have any suggestions?
        Curious to hear more from you 🙂

  36. Hello, I am Evelyn Yu’s teacher. We submitted one of her pictures last week to the challenge and I notice that Evelyn, age 11 from Canada is last week’s winner. Is this my Evelyn? I would like to let her parents know if she is the winner. Does this mean that she also wins a gift card to Amazon?

    Thanks you,

  37. Hello Sam!
    My name is Evelyn, I have a 12 year old that loves yo draw, he has been drawing since he was 3. He. Currently draws anime and cartoons and his drawings are amaizing. Is there anyway I can publish some of his work on your website? Or can you guide me where can i publish them. He is very talented.
    Thank you!

  38. Hi my little boy is 6 and he loves to draw. He would love to enter some competitions. I wondered if you could let me know of some which are suitable for him to enter. This will really boost his confidence.

  39. Hello. With the Karuta art contest. Can you send a print of a drawing, or does it have to be the original? Also, they want it by November 30th, is that postmarked by that date, or in their hands. We live in Colorado, don’t think it’s getting there by the 30th.

    • After reading through the rules again, I think it has to be the original. And you’re right, it has to be there by the 30th. But it says on the website that if it doesn’t arrive in time, they will save it for next year’s contest, so it’s probably worth a try. 🙂

  40. Greetings Samantha!

    I’m a homeschooling parent and I just stumbled across your wonderful website. I’d love to sign up for your newsletter but I’ve scoured the site and cannot find the prompt to do so. I see the widget in the top right that says “Don’t Miss Out” – subscribe to my free email…etc but there are no prompts or areas to click or enter my information. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks ever so much!

    • Hi Meredith! So glad to get to know another homeschooling family!

      That’s really strange about the sign up form. Under the “Don’t Miss Out”, you should be able to see it. Maybe refresh the browser? If it still doesn’t work, I think I can put your email address in from my end.

  41. Hi Samantha,

    I tried submitting my daughters art into the weekly challenge three times last week but never saw it show up on the entry page. Is there something I’m doing wrong? I am using the submission page.

    Thank you,


  42. Hi,
    I would like to know the results of last week weekly challenge contest -favourite toys.Please let me know where can I find the results in site.

  43. Hello Sam,
    Your “Something Blue” weekly challenge page will not allow for new submissions. The deadline is tomorrow, 16 Dec and the join the challenge link brings me back to an artwork submitted by an artist.
    The submission form is unavailable via the link posted.
    Please advise how I may post my child’s artwork for this week. Thank you!

  44. Hello
    I have a 6 year son who is very talented, he lives for arts. Where are your classes based please
    Kind regards