Interview with Javier from the art department on the Christmas Card Competition
1. What factors did you consider when judging the competition?
We want the students to be original – that the students make everything by themsleves. Since we only look at the pictures, we wanted to see a neutral message related to peace, family, and other good values.
2. What would be your ideal Christmas card?
Something emotional and exciting, yet crafted with patience. It should demonstrate how hard they worked.
3. What card won the competition?
The card was made by Ana Palomo Palma from 1º ESO.
4. Can you describe the winning card for our readers?
The picture is formed by six hands that make doves. They also look like Thanksgiving turkies. There also some snowflakes. It is also good because it occupies most of the space on the card and doesn't leave much white space. Finally, the drawing was made with highlighers.
5. Was it difficult picking only one winning card?
Yes – so difficult! Because there are many nice pictures with lots of various techniques like colage, drawings, etc, the selection was extremely difficult. In fact, this year had the most variety out of all the years.
6. What are your overall thoughts about this year's competion?
This year was great. My objective is not only the competition, but using the competition to motivate students to do their best work and want to do as well as they can.
7. Is this year the first year of the competition?
No, and it's the second year that the art department collaborated with the Spanish and French departments. They also had to write a meaningful message for the card competition.
8. Do you think this year's winner will win again next year?
It is possible...
9. Any last thoughts or reflections?
This year has been the best year so far. There was so much creativity in all the cards. The students really paid attention to technique too. Also, it's interesting that every year it seems like the younger students win. Maybe because they have more time to work on the card, or maybe because they have bigger imaginations.
Finally, I want to let all the students know that they should keep on trying because they all did great! And I would like to congratulate and thank the English and French departments for their collaboration!