Art contest: My Ideal World

An exhibition called Using Paint to Find an Ideal World of the works of the legendary Estonian painter Olev Subbi opened this spring in the Adamson-Eric Museum.

Olev Subbi loved to use cheerful and bright colours in his paintings. He painted landscapes full of emotion entwined with memories, dreams and ideals. Thus he created an ideal world which was pleasing to his own eye and also that of the viewer.

In my pictures, I use fragments of an ideal world. Combining these pieces, we can make a beautiful world /…/

Olev Subbi

Adamson-Eric Museum invites you to create your ideal world as well!
The aim of the art contest is to inspire children and young people to be playful and journey through their colourful fantasy world and their cherished memories. Who knows what will be discovered through these travels? Now, when we are mostly stuck at home, it’s nice to take a look inside and make our days brighter and more colourful by dreaming and reminiscing.

Use your imagination and create a painting where two great things meet: your warm childhood memories and pleasant dreams. For instance, these can be dreams of a place where everything is as you wish, or dreams of a place or country where you really would like to go.

Put your dreams and wishes together in a painting and create your own ideal world

 About the contest

  • The contest is divided into three age categories: 6‒9 years old; 10‒14 years old and 15‒18 years old.
  • Contest entries can be submitted until 15 June 2020.
  • The winners will be announced on 20 June on the website of the Adamson-Eric Museum and on the museum’s Facebook page.
  • Prizes from the Art Museum of Estonia will be awarded for first, second and third place in each age category. Prizes for the winners include museum art supplies, publications, souvenirs and games. In addition, there will be a special prize for two people: a chance to celebrate your birthday at the museum (with a tour, workshop and fun games).
  • After the contest a selection of entries will be exhibited in the art cellar of the Adamson-Eric Museum, as well as in a virtual exhibition.

In order to participate

  • Create your painting using a chosen material (e.g. paper or canvas) of size A3 or A4. Use paint supplies for your work. You can use gouache, water, acrylic or oil paints or oil pastels.
Take a photo of your painting and submit it through a form
  • You can also submit your work via e-mail: kunstikonkurss@ekm.ee. Make sure to add your name, age, the title of the painting and the name of your school.
  • Ideal image resolution: max width 1920 pixels and max height 1080 pixels
  • To improve the quality of the photo, please place your painting on a light surface and use natural light (preferably in the daytime). Make sure that the light doesn’t reflect off the surface.
    If the image file is too big, there are programmes to change it.

For example: https://squoosh.app/

1. Upload your photo by clicking on SELECT AN IMAGE

2. Click on RESIZE. First set the HEIGHT at 1080 pixels. If the WIDTH is now bigger than 1920, set 1920 as the width.

3. Now slide QUALITY to 100%. If the file is now under 2.0 MB, you can click on the download button at the lower right corner and the file is ready. But if it’s bigger than 2.0 MB, slide QUALITY slightly to the left, to get a smaller file.

4. Now it’s ready to be downloaded.

If you need help, ask your parents or an older sibling or write us at

Some recommendations before you start

  • Think about the memories and dreams you want to use in your painting. Think about the colours that best depict them. If your memory were a colour, which one would it be?
  • For inspiration you can get an overview of the oeuvre of Olev Subbi in the digital collection of the Art Museum of Estonia.
  • You can also check out the online lesson of Olev Subbi. It is in Estonian.

NB! To submit an entry a parent must agree to the usage of the child’s personal data.

The museum has the right to

  • Present the works in a virtual exhibition.
  • Present the works on its website, social media channels and as examples of the online lesson of Olev Subbi.
  • Publish the names and data (age, school, title of the painting) of the winners.
  • If a copy has been submitted, to ask that the original painting be sent to the museum for the purpose of an exhibition.


Annika Teras

Curator of Public Programmes