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Judges’ Comments

It was exciting to see such a diverse and creative range of entries in the 2015 Art Speaks: Japanese Comes Alive competition.
We would again like to emphasise the competition criteria and note that the most successful entries used these criteria very effectively;
1) use inspiration from an artwork illustrated in the Art Speaks: Japanese Japanese language education kit and that
2) use Japanese language elements.

Some of the most thoughtful entries used elements from the artworks in the education kit, but included their own individual approach. Jeesoo Song won the Senior Division with her work Onnagata taking inspiration from ‘Karaori’ Noh Robe. Jeesoo has explored colour and delicate line work in an intriguing composition.

It was good to see students use a range of Japanese script. To make it effective, care is needed in checking that the script used is accurate, particularly in the case of kanji characters.

It was also great to see students exploring three-dimensional forms in their art making. George Leov’s What’s your zodiac? was an inspired sculpture, as was Florence McCulloch’s A Woman’s Heart.

The Group entries and class displays were also very well thought out and achieved. Year 3 and 4 from Dalmain Primary School, WA presented Kimono, which demonstrated an effective combination of block printing, origami and Japanese language elements.

The artworks in the Art Speaks: Japanese education kit demonstrate a wide range of materials and styles as well as ideas and emotions. It would be great to see that diversity in the artworks presented for 2016. As well as exploring the images in the kit, take note of the questions and text included to inspire your ideas.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone’s contributions next year.

The judges were Louise Halpin, Education Coordinator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales; Cathy Jonak, Senior Language Consultant and Ben Trumbull, Program Coordinator Japanese Language Department The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

2015 Virtual Gallery

Winners’ artworks at NSW ART GALLERY website
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2015 Winners

Prize Name Grade School Name of Work
Primary Years division (Years 3-6)
First prize Shiori Ishikawa Year 4 Farrer Primary School, ACT Beauty in Water, 水に美
Second prize Emma Avakian Year 4 Farrer Primary School, ACT Enlightened Moonlight, 啓発月光
Third prize Jasper Abel Year 6 Lords, QLD 4×4 Track in Australia,
Display Award Dalmain Primary School Years 3 & 4 Years 3 & 4 Dalmain Primary School , WA Kimono, きもの
Special Mention Eleanor Cranswick Year 3 Farrer Primary School, ACT Wedding Cake Kimono, ウエディングケーキきもの
Special Mention Zoe Clark Year 6 Lords, QLD Pure Imagination, そうそうりょく
Middle Years division (Years 7-10)
First prize George Leov Year 8 Billabong High School, NSW What’s your zodiac? 何どしですか。
Second prize Angela Truong Year 9 St Agnes Catholic High School, NSW My Tears, わたしのナミダ
Third prize Florence McCulloch Year 10 Mackay North State High School, QLD A Woman‘s Heart, 女のこころ
Class Award Year 9 Japanese Year 9 North Sydney Girls, NSW My Japanese Holiday, 私の日本の旅行
Display Award MHS Year7, 2015 Year 7 Maitland High School, NSW Fun, Tanoshii
Display Award Bunka Kurabu Year 10 Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Berkeley Vale Campus, NSW Culture Club, Bunka Kurabu
Special Mention Morgan Woodford Year 10 University of Canberra High School Kaleen, ACT I Love You, Aishiteru
Special Mention Victoria Kantarelis Year 10 East Hills Girls Technology High School, NSW Fireworks Festival, 花火祭り
Special Mention Emily Kim and Helen Sun Year 10 North Sydney Girls High School, NSW Changing the Face of Tradition,
でんとうできな あたらしい
Special Mention Eliza Ross-Smith, Caroline Andersson Year 10 Scotch College, SA Walk of the Geisha, 芸者の散歩
Senior Years division (Years 11-12)
First prize Jeesoo Song Year 12 Dulwich High School Visual Art and Design, NSW Onnagata, 傾成
Second prize Mary Verzosa Year 12 Dickson College, ACT Ghost Umbrella, 傘おばけ
Third prize Hiroki Hunter Year 12 Dickson College, ACT A Symbol of Friendship, 友情の証
Special Mention Morgan Devey Year 11 Wellington Point State High School, QLD Koi in Water, 水の中のコイ
Special Mention Rebecca Hannam Year 11 Wellington Point State High School, QLD Now and Then – Japan, 今も昔も日本
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