Celebrating Creativity and Balance: The CDS IB Learner Profile Visual Arts Contest
CDS IB Art Contest

CDS is thrilled to share the exciting highlights from this year's IB Learner Profile Visual Arts Contest, where our talented students showcased their creativity and interpretation of the theme "balance."

This year's theme of balance perfectly aligned with our school-wide focus, and we were blown away by the incredible response from our students. With entries from 80 upper school students, 40 middle school students, and 40 elementary students, the contest truly captured the imagination and artistic flair of our entire CDS community.

From thought-provoking paintings to stunning sculptures and everything in between, each entry offered a unique perspective on the concept of balance. Whether exploring the delicate equilibrium of nature, the harmony between contrasting elements, or the balance of emotions within oneself, our students demonstrated a deep understanding of the theme through their art.

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our dedicated art teachers from every division – Susan Most, Ashley Veselis, Seth Firestone, and Catherine McKinney – for their unwavering support and guidance in nurturing our CDS artists. Their passion for the arts and commitment to fostering creativity have been instrumental in empowering our students to explore, experiment, and express themselves through their artwork.

As we celebrate the talent and ingenuity of our students, we also recognize the profound impact of the IB Learner Profile in shaping well-rounded individuals who embody the values of inquiry, reflection, and balance. Through initiatives like the Visual Arts Contest, we continue to uphold our commitment to providing a holistic education that nurtures creativity, critical thinking, and global-mindedness.

Congratulations to our winners from each division:


  • Kindergarten: Charlotte W.
  • 1st Grade: Sofia D.
  • 2nd Grade: Avi V.
  • 3rd Grade: Konstantin G.
  • 4th Grade: Reese N.
  • 5th Grade: Penelope H.


  • 1st Place: Aria V.
  • 2nd Place: Aliyah N.
  • 3rd Place tie: Brandon E. & Jumanah A.
  • Honorable Mention: Sufian S., Violet H., Emily G., Mackenzie Z., Prisha P., Sonia M.B.


  • 1st Place: Caroline C.
  • 2nd Place: Morgan E.
  • 3rd Place: Paula S.S.
  • Honorable Mention: Beatrice R., Jada C., Naomi M., Reese E., Jersey Z., Sahana A., Emerson B., Shania B., Prisha P., Katie P., Cash C.

We were also able to showcase several students' artwork at the Patriot Gala (Morgan E., Naomi M., Beatrice R., and Jada C.)

Congratulations to all our participants for their outstanding contributions to this year's contest! Your creativity and dedication inspire us all and remind us of the boundless potential within each of our CDS students.

Stay tuned for more updates and highlights from our vibrant arts community, and let's continue to celebrate the power of creativity and balance in shaping the future leaders of tomorrow.

Keep creating, Patriots! 🎨✨