Date
25 September 2017
Wu's entries beat more than 25,000 submissions in the drawing contests held in the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Lithuania. Photo: International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice
Wu's entries beat more than 25,000 submissions in the drawing contests held in the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Lithuania. Photo: International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice

Hong Kong girl, 5, shines in international drawing contests

A Hong Kong kindergarten student won the gold medal in three international drawing competitions with her painting on caring for nature.

The five-year-old girl, surnamed Wu, became the youngest winner of the contests held in the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Lithuania, news website hk01.com reports.

Wu’s work, including one showing her traveling to different countries on a scooter, beat more than 25,000 submissions from 83 countries to claim the top honor in the 45th International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts in Lidice in the Czech Republic.

Her two other submissions were Kissing A Penguin and A Casuarius.

Lau Ho-cheung, who tutors Wu, said children need to be given a creative license as much as they need guidance on drawing.

Lau said children learning to draw should not be asked to copy. “I would just show them some pictures of how an object moves and let them use their imagination.”

Parents should not pursue perfection during the early stage of a child’s learning process, Lau said. Many children are just like Wu who happen to like drawing.

Instead, parents should learn to appreciate what their children have come up with. The worst thing is to help them finish a piece, which would not help in boosting their confidence, Lau said.

Wu, who enters primary one in September, has attended drawing classes once or twice a week since the age of three. She would sometimes continue with her drawing assignments from home.

Wu’s mother told hk01.com that she only wanted her daughter to develop a hobby and have a way to unwind during her free time. She has never thought about winning prizes.

According to the mother, Wu would carry a small note pad with her when she goes out, and would make notes of interesting observations and start drawing when she returns home.

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