Shania Coloma drew out the 2016 Harmony Day theme ‘Stop, think and consider others’ beautifully with an interpretation judges of the event’s primary school poster competition gave the green light to win.
The Year 6 student at Holy Family Catholic Primary Menai used traffic lights in her poster design to represent each of the actions the theme calls people to. It is the second year the skilled artist has entered the competition. She was a Sydney regional finalist in 2015 and then-theme Harmony Day, every day was still front of mind when designing her current entry.
“We see traffic lights every day and we need to see harmony every day, so a traffic light can be a new way to represent harmony,” she said.
“In the red light I chose to draw a person pointing and laughing at a person on the ground or sad because it tells us to stop bullying because it’s wrong.
“In the yellow light I chose someone thinking with a light bulb next to them, and they came up with the idea to slow down and think of our words and actions and also to appreciate and help those who are in need.
“In the green light I chose to draw two people loving each other and appreciating each other, because the theme included to consider others.”
Shania, who is part of her school’s art enrichment group which offers extension opportunities for students who are talented at Visual Arts, named realistic art as her favourite. She said she was excited with the competition results.
“Every Tuesday we have a session with our art teacher and we also enter competitions such as the Christmas Art, Harmony Day, Young Archie, and Stop Bullying posters,” Shania said. “It’s fun and helps us improve out art skills. This is the first time I’ve won one.
“I just used coloured pencils. It takes me a while to come up with an idea but in the end I like artwork, because pictures tell us 1,000 words and it gives us an explanation of what the topic is.”