Youngsters exchange art skills
By MARGARET CHAN
DRAWING can relax one's body and mind. Artists also develop analytical thinking as they organise their paintings.
In a recent drawing contest for children, participants not only had a taste of these benefits but also exchanged drawing skills with each other.
The ''Drawing Contest for Central and Western Children'', aimed at promoting art and developing a sense of belonging among children in the two neighbourhoods, was jointly organised by the District Office, District Board, District's Association for Culture and Arts, Mid-levels East Area Committee and YMCA.
The annual competition, held recently at the Garden Plaza of Hong Kong Park, attracted more than 300 children living or studying in the Central and Western district.
The contest was divided into three sections: junior section, open to children aged between four and nine; senior section, for those aged between 10 and 15, and group section, for teams of two to six.
The theme for the junior section was ''Natural Landscapes'' while the senior section centred on the present or future outlook of the Central and Western district.
The group section, established this year, aimed to encourage youngsters to work together to display their drawing skills.
Adjudicators included Mr Bert Cheung Wai-yee, District Education Officer of Central and Western District, Mr Yuen Bun-keung, elected member of Central and Western District Board, and Dr Owen Wong Hong-hin, Senior Lecturer of Oriental Studies and Journalism of the School of Professional and Continuing Education.
Mak Hiu-fan, 10-and-a-half, the winner of the senior section, told Young Post he took part in the competition because he was encouraged by his art teacher.
Cheng Chung-ming, winner of the junior section, was surprised and happy. Chung-ming is a six-year-old Primary one student of St Louis School (primary section).
Winners of the group section - Choi Toi-ling, Chu Pui-hang and Jak Hung-fung - were very happy.
''We used our imagination and tried to figure out how the district would look in the future,'' Toi-ling said.