Kids Drawing Prize 2018
Sponsored by Faber Castell
The French artists Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard, whose paintings are included in Masters of modern art from the Hermitage, loved to paint and draw people in their living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms, transforming scenes that might seem ordinary into wonderful celebrations of home life.
For this year’s Kids Drawing Prize, the brief was to draw an interior from their home – it could be a drawing of them reading in their bedroom, their family cooking together in the kitchen, or their pet sleeping on a rug in the middle of the family room.
The children rose to the challenge, and transformed these domestic scenes into some wonderful works of art.
There were four age categories: 5-6 years, 7-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13-16 years.
Hannah Hutchison, Assistant Curator Australian Art, Ron Ramsey, Executive Director and Michael Karakatsanis, Faber-Castell CEO were our three judges, selecting one winner in each age category based on merit.
Each winner receives a Faber-Castell prize pack. All participants in the competition receive a certificate of merit.
Winners and finalists
To view a slideshow of winners and finalists (in alphabetical order), click on one of the small images first.
Ages 5-6 years
Ages 7-8 years
Art Gallery of Bunnies
pencil, crayon, chalk, texture, black marker
This is a room under my bed and it is full of bunnies. I wake up and I draw bunnies or flowers or unicorns every day, and I put them in my special room. It’s like an Art Gallery of Bunnies. I cuddle my rabbits in bed. Cucumber has pointy ears and Zucchini has small ears that are all floppy. If they fall out of bed at night, I know where to find them.
Ice cream with Mummy at my house
One of my happiests times – enjoying ice cream with mummy
Doing bath with my little sister
Jing Yuan Liu
Thathi and I inside
pencil, pastel, crayon
My father and I are sitting and talking in an armchair inside my grandparents’ house in Sri Lanka. I played outside and I feel tired because it is hot outside
Ages 9-12 years
Ages 13-16 years
The most colourful room in the house
This is a picture of Olive, my sister, and me in our bedroom, In our bedroom there are lots of toys and books and artworks. I chose our bedroom because it’s very colourful to draw. I’m reading a book in bed and so is my sister. We like to do that.
Help! There’s a werewolf in the attic!
Sometimes I can hear noises in the middle of the night and it sounds like a werewolf might be up in the attic, above my room! I like to keep the light on, as they don’t like the light. Mum says it’s just a possum.
Upside down boy
crayon, oil pastel, coloured pens and pencils
It’s about my dog in my room
Me playing viola
I am playing a tune on my viola in the loungeroom. I normally practice everyday
My house on the farm
My picture is about my house on the avocado farm in Yarrhapinni with my dogs, Trump, Ruby and my cat Princess Leia
Me playing “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix on my electric guitar in the playroom. Inspired by John Russell
Wakeup and go
colour pencil, gel pen and chalk
As soon as I wake up in the morning, I run out of my bed. My room is a happy place and I sleep in the top bunk. My sister used to sleep below me but she moved out. It’s much tidier these days.
Relaxing in the bath
pencils, felt tip, gel pen, markers
This is a picture of me relaxing in the bath after a hard day of being a kid.
pencil, charcoal, white pencil
It’s a dark and gloomy forgotten bedroom that has gathered in a thick layer of dust on the floor.
We’ve only got one bathroom in our house, so it’s really important. Most other bathrooms are white, but ours has yellow and green. I prefer the coloured patterns in our bathroom. I’ve drawn myself in the mirror even though I’m not there. I normally see myself in the mirror in our bathroom brushing my teeth while my sisters are causing trouble.
The blue colour reading place
pencil water colour
Every Saturday, I will sit on the chair writing my homework and read the book on the shelf, when I sit on the chair I am really creative.
fineliner pen and watercolour
This is what my home looks like, mum and dad are at work, and my sister and I are doing after school activities. My sisters piano solemly stands in the barren and almost deserted room, my big bold paintings hang from the blank walls. This is what I call home.
My desk of happiness
watercolour pencil, gel pens, ballpoint pens, markers
My desk is the place where I create work, write and draw. I look out to the paradise of a protected blackbutt forest. It is where I feel relaxed and calm.
My work depicts my younger sisiter getting ready for her daily ballet class. The elegance of her in her ballet tutu romanticises the hallway mirror, and her determination to achieve her goals can be seen.
Mum and Daisy resting
In the evening, whenever Mum is home, Daisy will clamber onto her. Daisy has an affinity for me and Mum