Secondary school students displayed their artistic talents with paint brushes and good use of colours on large fabric at a painting competition. The Painting On Fabrics Competition, in its 13th year, was organised by the Art Club of St Paul's Secondary School. It is an annual event for secondary students to display their artistic capabilities. Angel Lai On-ki of St Paul's Secondary School, one of the organisers, said the competition was organised to encourage students' interest in art. 'By providing a theme and materials, students are given the chance to display their artistic talents. The competition also makes students learn to co-operate with each other and exchange ideas in producing works of art ,' she said. Besides students from St Paul's School, the competition also drew participants from Queen's College, La Salle College, Wah Yan College Kowloon, Diocesan Boys' School and Clementi Secondary School, who vied for the Invitation Team championship. Students were grouped in 10s and were required to draw a picture based on any one of four themes: Different Faces, Reminiscence, New Life and Quest on a 183 cm by 112 cm piece of fabric. There were no restrictions regarding the use of colours. They had to finish their work within two- and-a-half-hours. La Salle students selected Different Faces as the theme of their painting. They used four colours - red, blue, yellow and green - to express people's emotions and their physical state. 'Contrast and variation in colour give people different feelings. So we use it to present people's emotions such as happiness and sadness,' Yeung Kin- ning, the third former of the school said. Sixth former Ste phen Chan Shu-yau said he was proud of students' close co-operation and high team spirit which enabled them to finish their work on time. A group of St Paul's students presented a drawing of an object jumping from a mountain of rubbish. 'Life is materialistic. We want to show what new life is like. We believe an ideal way of living is to live in a clean and comfortable environment. That's the main message we want to give to our audience,' Kwong Wing-yee said. Students works were judged according to creativity, visual effects, cleanliness and co-operation for the championships in junior and senior categories. Cheng Ka-kay, one of the adjudicators, said students had a lot of creativity and produced good works of art.