UTOPIA is a place filled with love and happiness, says a group of cheery painters from St Paul's Secondary School. The nine Form 4B Arts class students were in an utopian state of happiness themselves, having won the overall championship at the school's 11th 'Painting on Fabrics Inter-Form Competition'. Team leader Joanne Li Sung-wei said the group wanted to produce a painting that looked like one 'done by children'. 'Because we think the world through children's eyes is the most beautiful,' said the 15-year-old. The team of nine started discussing the project a week before the contest. The artists settled on images of the sun, wind-ruffled trees and fields of grain dotted with a few buildings to present their vision of utopia or a perfect world. 'The sun and breeze means perpetual fine weather, the wheat means a good harvest and plenty of food, and the buildings mean that people have a place to live,' Joanne said. Their winning painting was vibrant with hues of red and pink. 'Pink for love and red for happiness,' the team leader said. The victorious artists attributed their success to good team-work and a highly colourful entry. Renee Si Fung-ying, president of the school's Art Club which organises the annual event, said the competition aimed to stir an interest in art and instil a spirit of co-operation among the students. In fact, 10 points went to 'team spirit' in the contest-marking scheme. The paintings were also judged on idea (35 per cent), visual impact (30 per cent), use of media (15 per cent) and cleanliness (10 per cent). Students were divided according to their classes into teams of nine or 10. This year the painting themes were 'Utopia', 'The Four Kings/Queens in Politics' and 'Family, School and Society'. Joining in the fun were five invitation teams from Diocesan Boys' School, Lion Morning Hill School, Ying Wa Girls' School, King's College and Queen's College. The Diocesan boys won the invitation team championship.