Illustrations of Chinese Cultural Stories Children’s Drawing Contest award ceremony was held on December 28th, 2019 at the Double Tree Hotel in Whittier. 36 students from West California Academy of Art and Design (WCAAD) won multiple awards for all age groups, and WCAAD won the Overseas Chinese Cultural Heritage Contribution Award.
Grand Prize: Qiuya Chen (16+), Ashley Zhou (12-15), Alisa Chang (9-11), Jaylen Lin (6-8), Emma Fung (3-5);
1st Place: Xinyue Rebecca Zhang (16+), Isabella Du (12-15), Melissa (Muhan) Guo (12-15), Eric Chang (9-11), Sariah Chan (9-11), Cody Li (6-8), Qiuyao Chen (6-8), Jacqueline Wu (3-5);
2nd Place: William Wang (12-15), Jenny You (9-11), Jenna Xiao (9-11), Wynnston Ma (6-8), Tianze Chen (3-5);
3rd Place: Celina Lin (12-15), Alexandra Wang (9-11), Scott Wang (6-8), Ashley Tang (3-5);
Most Creative: Phoebe Li (12-15), Elsa Jiang (9-11), Amy Luo (6-8), Shannon Dai (3-5);
Best Technique: Lauren Li (12-15), Aden Li (9-11), Jayden Cao (3-5);
Best Composition: Jenna Vuong (9-11), Sheldon Zhang (6-8), Abigail Bai (3-5);
Best Color: Kristy Peng (12-15), Weixi Liu (9-11), Avril Deng (6-8), Constance Yu (3-5).
This contest is authorized by Professor Gongxin Zhou, the former president of the National Palace Museum of Taiwan, and organized by the Joy Luck Club. The contest objective is to share Chinese cultural heritage and renew cultural appreciation.
According to the contest organizer, Chinese culture will continue to be important in the future. Chinese people are proud of their culture and can work together to share the beautiful history with people around the world. Contestants are required to select any Chinese idiom and illustrate their unique interpretation of the idiom. The award categories are divided by age group: 3-5 years old, 6-8 years old, 9-11 years old, 12-15 years old, 16+ years old,
Aren’t you impressed to see that non-Chinese native children can create great artwork about Chinese culture? This is the very beauty of art education. Through art, children can absorb the perceptions of others. They become interested in other cultures, traditions, and lifestyles. According to art expert, the vividness of art experiences blurs the boundaries between self experience and the experiences of another. When children produce art, they are actually situated in other times and places, embodied in other races, genders, ages, and abilities.