Paint the Future 2019

Water Recycling in the Future

Contest Winners


We wish a warm congratulations to all our contestants for their wonderful submissions. All submissions can be viewed in the slideshow to the left.

The finalists for the 2019 Paint the Future Contest are as follows:

Albert Tang

Ruijie Yang

Chloe Tang

Simon Su

Ashley Tang

Amy Luo

Clarissa Cheng

Symone Nicole Teng

Jacob Yang

Kaylie Lin

Angela Yu

Emma Fung

Ethan Gao

Sheldon Shi

Aileen Yue Feng

Roy Liang

Lucas Zhao

Eason Feng

Jacob Yang

Eliana Chung

Megan Cheng

Wynnston Ma

Eason Liang

Ethan Chen

Jessica Sun

Rene Xu

Angie Li

Stella Fang

Eric Chang

Zoe Ng

Wenxi Hong

Alexandra Wong

Alisa Chang

William Wang

Zihan Yu

Contest Details

About Paint the Future

We believe the seed for future innovation starts from childhood. Exciting new ideas begin from childhood and are limited only by our imagination. Creativity helps children perform in school and it is a life skill that can be cultivated and exercised from an early age.

Paint the Future is an annual art contest for students to imagine what the future will look like. Students are asked to use what they have learned in school and their daily life about science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) and address real problems that we must solve in the future.

Their solutions are examined by real engineers and subject-matter experts, who comment on the creativity, feasibility, and potential problems of the idea.

2019 Theme: How Would You Recycle Water?

This year, we ask students to think about new ways they can use to collect, clean, and re-use water. The importance and destructive power of water has become an important issue for many people in the world. New ideas are needed if we want to live comfortably in the future.

How would humans living in a world with too much water, with too little water, or the combination of the two?

Submission Guidelines

All children aged 5 to 11 and/or grades K-5 are invited to submit their paintings and a one page description written in English.

All submissions have to meet the theme of "Recycle Water".

All drawings must be hand-drawn. Mediums like paint, crayon, pencil, and charcoal are all acceptable.

All materials received may be used in publications or on the Web for publicity and promotional purposes.

A parent or your legal guardian must approve your submission.

The last day to submit a picture is August 31, 2019.

Register by emailing:

Judging Criteria

Creativity & Feasibility (Your Thinking). 4 Points

Does your art demonstrate your idea (Art). 2 Points

Does your art grab our attention (Art). 2 Points

Can you explain your idea (Your Writing). 2 Points

Participants will be separated into three age groups, with awards given to the top three in each age group:

  • Kindergarteners and 1st grade (ages 5 to 6).
  • 2nd to 3rd grade (ages 7 to 9).
  • 4th to 5th grade (ages 10 to 11).


CIE-SoCal 2019

Paint the Future Trophy

Recognition Certificate

and published synopsis

Two Free Tickets to the

CIE-SoCal Annual VIP Gala

Award Celebration at the

CIE-Socal Show Case

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