With entry numbers increasing each year, a Perth high school teacher is hailing the positive impact the Shaun Tan Award is having on young students and their creative confidence.
Jane Roche, junior school arts teacher at Scotch College in Swanbourne, said the award had become a staple in her art classroom with much success – in 2018 three Scotch students were announced as finalists with another five student artworks selected for the award exhibition.
“Students who have had their work exhibited have grown significantly in confidence since the award,” Ms Roche said.
“The opportunity to have their work selected from so many others, and displayed amongst other students’ work has had a huge impact.
“Many have begun to practice their drawing at home using the art supplies prize packs won from the award,” she said.
Each year the Shaun Tan Award judges look for excellence in originality, concept, technique and the choice of materials used. The judges select fifty artworks to be professionally framed for display in the award exhibition.
Ms Roche said she looked forward to submitting artwork on behalf of her students and at times found it hard to select just one per student.
“I encourage my students to create work with feeling and expression, using different mediums, colours and a range of subject matters,” she said.
“I love seeing the work framed and have been fortunate enough to meet Shaun Tan on a number of occasions which has been truly inspirational. Thank you Subiaco Library, it is always a highlight in the Scotch College creative calendar!”
Entries in the Shaun Tan Award for Young Artists are closing on Monday 20 May. Enter online now.
Pictured: Scotch College student Ben Marris, Finalist 2018
Pictured: Scotch College student Jack Mayo, Finalist 2018