About Our Contest
The 19th Award Winning Works
Mahran Mariam Bahrain, Age 12
Csosz Eliza Hungary, Age 12
Kiss Reka Hungary, Age 10
Chesa Clara Natalia Romania, Age 7
Larissa Fritsche Switzerland, Age 14
Urvi Jain India, Age 14
Tsai Iris Taiwan, Age 10
Cetin Nazlican Turkey, Age 11
|Srey Voeung Chan||Cambodia||13||Work|
|Kwong Hiu Ching||China||10||Work|
|Hidayah Rachfita Ameilisa Aulia||Indonesia||13||Work|
|Hlyan Htet Ye' Man||Myanmar||7||Work|
|Cua Kaitlyn Raine C.||Philippines||14||Work|
|Willigoda Arachchige Pasindu Heshan||Sri Lanka||6||Work|
|Gamage Oshani Hansika||Sri Lanka||14||Work|
|Ranasinghe Arachige Thilinika Devindi||Sri Lanka||15||Work|
|Suriya Rattanamanee Wun||Thailand||14||Work|
|Remorozo Arabelle G.||Australia||12||Work|
|Nnebeife Chidera Emmanuella Ene||Nigeria||14||Work|
|De Villiers Petri||South Africa||6||Work|
|Gechevska Kristina Aleksandrova||Germany||15||Work|
|Kiss Hanga Zengo||Hungary||10||Work|
|Beatriz Miranda dos Santos Figueiredo Guilherme||Portugal||14||Work|
|Leonardo Gomez Espinosa||Cuba||9||Work|
Nakamura Hiroaki Ehime, Age 7
Ito Reo Osaka, Age 12
Hosoya Risa Kanagawa, Age 12
Zaizen Tenta Kanagawa, Age 14
Tomiyasu Mami Shizuoka, Age 12
It is that time of the year again when we judge the entries for the contest. A year passes by very quickly. I always look forward to seeing all the entries. It seems that the skill level has gone up in a year and many drawings featured rich, colorful expressions.
I am a member of an educational program where members of the Japan Art Academy visit schools all over Japan to demonstrate art and offer guidance to children. During the program, I never tell children that their work is “good”. Although praising them may make the children happy, those that didn’t get praised may feel like they are not good enough and be discouraged to draw. If children become caught up in trying to produce a “good drawing”, they may find themselves imitating artworks that they consider good, only to end up with something their talent doesn’t show through.
So, does this mean that all painters worldwide, including the renowned artists in the past, are good at drawing? I do not think so. In my opinion, choosing artwork based on how well it is drawn is a mistake. Instead, it is important to choose artwork based on your preference and your feeling or attraction. If it moves you, it is a good drawing no matter how vague the depiction may be. If you look for one definite answer that everyone can agree on, like 1+1=2, you cannot choose the right one. It is necessary to acknowledge all different ideas. The drawings we have here are all correct. Making the selection intuitively is the most important task for us judges.
The fact that the drawings are full of color proves that there is freedom and peace. The colorful artwork by the children gave me an abundance of energy as if I devoured the colors with my eyes to activate my brain cells. The award-winning works will be shown at exhibits all over Japan, so I hope you too will experience this sensation.
Chairman of the Judging Committee,
Painter / Emeritus Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts
The finals of the 19th JQA International Environmental Chirdren's Drawing Contest was held on June 21, 2018.
Those drawings that best expressed the contest theme, "We All Live on Earth", were awarded by strict and fair screening.