Unusual use of umbrellas

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 February, 2007, 12:00am

While most painters put their work on paper, canvas and school walls, young artists from St Paul's Secondary School used an unusual medium to show their artistic talent - umbrellas.

Together with students from St Joseph's College, Queen's College and Diocesan Boys' School, students from the Wan Chai school participated in an art competition designed to raise students' awareness of recycling and environmental conservation.

Each participating class was given 10 umbrellas. They had to create designs based on one of four themes: four seasons; signs and diagrams; treasuring our roots; and a colourful life.

Class 6A was crowned champion for their design of a chequered umbrella dotted with triangular holes.

Arts teacher Erik Cheung Shui-lun was impressed by the creativity of the science students.

'Students from 6A were the only ones to come up with [the idea of] cutting out parts of the umbrella to creative a unique pattern.

'Most of the other students drew pictures and diagrams on the umbrellas.

'Their imagination and creativity made them stand out,' said Mr Cheung.

While students enjoyed the creative process, they were also reminded of the environmental importance of the competition.

'Instead of throwing away unusable items recklessly, we encourage students to recycle them and put them to good use.

'With creativity and imagination, used umbrellas can also be turned into works of art,' said Mr Cheung.