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Kids Drawing Prize 2017

Proudly sponsored by Faber-Castell, the seventh annual Art Gallery Society Kids Drawing Prize was held again this year for members’ children.

If you take a stroll through the Gallery you’ll begin to see animals everywhere – horses, cats and dogs in the Grand Courts, birds, deer, monkeys and leopards in the Asian galleries, bats, pythons and kangaroos in the Yiribana Gallery, and cows, swans and emus in the Australian galleries.

For the 2017 Kids Drawing Prize, entrants were asked to draw an animal that’s important to you – perhaps your family pet, or someone else’s, maybe an animal you’ve seen in nature, or at a farm or the zoo.

There were four age categories: 5-6 years, 7-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13-16 years.

One winner was selected from each age category by our three judges: Brian Ladd, Peter Raissis and Hallan Moulin. 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

	WinnerSunoo Parkage 6Bundy jumping in the suncrayon, marker

	He is happy. Bundy is our dog.
  • 	WinnerSunoo Parkage 6Bundy jumping in the suncrayon, marker

	He is happy. Bundy is our dog.
  • 	FinalistAlec Baileyage 5Dragonflyoil pastel, pencil, watercolour

	The dragonfly swimming in a lake.
  • 	FinalistCoco Flanneryage 5 A world of animalspencil, pen

	I love all the animals and all their countries in the world and all their colours and stripes and ears and eyeballs.
  • 	FinalistSebastian Lambage 5Kangaroo bouncyoil pastel, pencil, watercolour

	A kangaroo bounces across the outback.
  • 	FinalistMikhail Wijesuriyaage 6Snakesmarker

	I chose to draw a snake because I want a snake as a pet. I started making only one snake but then added two more. I made them colourful so they stand out. One of them is a red-belly snake.

Ages 7-8 years

	WinnerPia Vandeleurage 7Hello!pencil

	A peeking chameleon – it’s hard to hide on white paper.
  • 	WinnerPia Vandeleurage 7Hello!pencil

	A peeking chameleon – it’s hard to hide on white paper.
  • 	FinalistAnnabelle Curreyage 8The cat on the matpastel, pencil, gel pen

	This is a picture of my cat Winnie, I love him.
  • 	FinalistJessie Gattage 8Me and my little tigerpencil

	I love my little tiger and I cuddle my tiger every night. This is me cuddling my tiger.
  • 	FinalistJoyce-Jeein Leeage 8Sleepy red pandaswatercolour

	When I went to Taronga Zoo during this Term 3 holiday, I saw a red panda. It was my first time seeing them and they were very cute. So I tried to draw the red pandas to not forget them.
  • 	FinalistRay Linage 7Shining Raywatercolour

	My name is Ray which is shining sun. I love fish ray who has same name as me, and swim like fly. This is the moment of Ray under the sun.

Ages 9-12 years

	WinnerFu Liuage 11Owlpencil, pen

	This is a picture of an owl that is intimidating you. I tried to make him look powerful, letting him spread his wings and staring in front of the picture. I used lots of lines to make shadows of the owl.
  • 	WinnerFu Liuage 11Owlpencil, pen

	This is a picture of an owl that is intimidating you. I tried to make him look powerful, letting him spread his wings and staring in front of the picture. I used lots of lines to make shadows of the owl.
  • 	FinalistLulu Flanneryage 9Cookie the kookaburrapastel, pencil

	I have drawn a kookaburra named ‘Cookie’ who is sitting on a pot in my grandma’s backyard.
  • 	FinalistKatie McKeonage 12Mischievous meerkatpencil

	My artwork of a meerkat brings back many fond memories for me. When I was little, my dad and I used to always watch a program about meerkats in the wild every night. The meerkat is also one of the first animals I want to visit when I go to the zoo. I also feel that meerkats always have a mischievous look on their faces.
  • 	FinalistJessica van Gentage 11Resting in the sunlightpastel

	I tried to represent a calm feeling a cat would feel and I used oil pastels to make a quite rough look. This was all inspired by the love of cats.
  • 	FinalistMolly Weirage 11Snow wolfpastel pencil, charcoal pencil, oil pastel

	I decided to create this image of a wolf as I love wolves, they are awesome! The portrait I created shows how mysterious and beautiful these animals are. I exaggerated the eyes to reflect how close to mythical they are.

Ages 13-16 years

	WinnerYulong Qiuage 16Ginger dogpencil, watercolour

	This is the angel in my heart, his eyes are the brightest eyes I’ve ever seen. After I met him, I decided to draw him from my memory.
  • 	WinnerYulong Qiuage 16Ginger dogpencil, watercolour

	This is the angel in my heart, his eyes are the brightest eyes I’ve ever seen. After I met him, I decided to draw him from my memory.
  • 	FinalistYan Ohannessianage 13My friendcharcoal, chalk

	Sadly I do not have a pet but if I were to have one this dog would be it. Beautiful, bold, strong, loyal and protective. This drawing is a repetition of the perfect pet I would have.
  • 	FinalistAlice Santowage 14Daisy and mepencil, watercolour

	I have had Daisy since Christmas eight years ago. She has lived among cats, and is a bit intimidated by the two we have at home. In short she is a wuss, but is so lovely and loyal and not a bit shy around us. Her way of getting to know other dogs is stalking them while dragging her stomach across the grass like a big furry lizard, it shows she comes in peace. She is very funny.
  • 	FinalistHellen Wangage 14Daisypencil, charcoal

	It portrays Daisy, a baby calf I met while on a farm. Her cheerful personality and hilarious gestures give people hope when they meet her.
  • 	FinalistEric Yanage 14Das Pferd (The horse in Germany)pencil

	This sketch of mine (the horse) is completely drawn with pencil. I drew this because I saw a lot of wonderful artworks that contain horses. I was inspired by those artworks and decided to draw a horse of my own.
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Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the young artists who entered this year’s prize and made it a great success. The winning works are on display in the members lounge.

Winners and finalists

Ages 5-6

Sunoo Park
age 6
Winner

Alec Bailey
age 5

Coco Flannery
age 5

Sebastian Lamb
age 5

Mikhail Wijesuriya
age 6

Ages 7-8

Pia Vandeleur
age 7
Winner

Annabelle Currey
age 8

Jessie Gatt
age 8

Joyce-Jeein Lee
age 8

Ray Lin
age 7

Ages 9-12

Fu Liu
age 11
Winner

Lulu Flannery
age 9

Katie McKeon
age 12

Jessica van Gent
age 11

Molly Weir
age 11

Ages 13-16

Yulong Qiu
age 16
Winner

Yan Ohannessian
age 13

Alice Santow
age 14

Hellen Wang
age 14

Eric Yan
age 14