Do you have a passion for animals and want to visually share it with our community?  

Join us, and the Pickering Public Library for this new and creative contest for teens. Interested teens (13-19 yrs) are asked to share stories of their pets, using one of the following formats:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Painting on Pottery 
  • Writing a Graphic Novel
  • Writing a Comic Strip
  • Any other artistic way to share your love of animals

Applicants may submit more than one form of art, but only need to submit one to be included in the contest.

Each applicant must submit one piece of art accompanied by a short write-up (250-500 words).  Your write up should help the viewer to understand why you chose the media you did. The write up should express why the pet you chose is important to you and what motivated you to join the competition. This write up is your opportunity to share your story with the viewer.

Winners of the contest will have their work (or pictures of their work) displayed in the library.

All applicants will have their pieces published in a collection of contest submissions that can be checked out from any Pickering Library location.

Contest runs from  January 18 - February 28, 2022 (all submissions must be received by February 28th)

Age Categories

  • 13 - 14 years
  • 15 - 17 years
  • 18 - 19 years

Registration officially opens January 18th.  

Register Here!


The Pickering Public Library also offered 2 workshops where teens learned new techniques and skills that could be used to enter this contest.  These workshops were open to all teens regardless of their interest in the contest.

Workshop #1 - Picturing Pickering Pets: Paint your Pet 
February 1, 2022 from 7 to 8 pm
Join our artistic experts at Crock A Doodle Pickering to learn the intricacies of painting your pet (on clay tile!) with their unique animal features.

Workshop #2 - Picturing Pickering Pets: Graphic Novels
February 8, 2022 from 7 to 9 pm
Join our famous graphic novel illustrator, Scott Henderson, to learn skills and techniques for drawing your pet's story. Scott has illustrated over 20 graphic novels, working with many professional authors to have their voices heard.

Workshop #3 - Picturing Pickering Pets: Shelter Tour and make toys for the animals
March 3, 2022 from 7 to 8:30 pm
Registration opening soon