From a Simple Thought to An Illustration: An Opportunity to Let the World See Your Art and Deeper Thinking

by Grace A., Concordia Middle School Student

The New York Times fourth annual Student Editorial Cartoon Contest is now officially closed and Concordia’s 8th grade students will be refreshing their web-browser frequently to see if they are a winner. The contest creates a chance for teenage illustrators to allow their work to be printed online and our community wasn’t going to miss it.


Concordia International School Shanghai’s humanities classes used their deeper thinking and analytical skills, unleashing their creative intellect to transform their visual art into a message. The eighth grade humanities teachers considered this as a prodigious opportunity for the students to represent their feelings and thoughts about political events.


Brushing, sketching, smudging, the colors onto the paper, the submitted drawings made by the eighth-grade students showed their ability to think in a complex mode.


Adding captions, labels, and symbolism, the deep voice inside the art pieces were clear like the diamond.


The colors and meanings danced across the blank A4 paper, and the humanities teachers were in awe to see the hidden talents of so many of their students.


Drawing is not what one sees but what one can make others see
— Edgar Degas

“Honestly, it’d be really cool if I could see my drawing on the magazine! I surely tried gave my very best effort on that piece,” said Yoyo Z., a sanguine student who hopes to become the artist chosen for the print section. Her drawing (image above) displays how schools are not paying enough attention to drugs, bullying, or depression, instead working on dress code violations.


*To learn more about the contest and see the official results in January, click HERE.

Grace A. is a middle school school student at Concordia. She prepared this report as part of a journalism unit.

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