Artists reflect on Christmas story

Years 5 and 6 students from Catholic schools across NSW have breathed colour and light into the story of Jesus’ birth for the 2016 Christmas Story Art Exhibition and Competition.

Judges of the eleventh annual competition chose 84 works which meld artistic expression and spiritual reflection to be displayed at St Mary’s Cathedral Crypt from about 900 entries received from Sydney, Wollongong and country NSW schools.

The judges awarded students that featured authentic imagery from Jesus’ time including plants, architecture and clothes and displayed artistic skill, consistency of style and understanding of the scripture they chose to illustrate.

This prayerful contemplation allows our students to … see beyond the surface of the stories.

– John Charadia

Among the finalists were students from Sydney schools including All Hallows Catholic Primary Five Dock, Our Lady of Mt Carmel Catholic Primary Mt Pritchard, St Aloysius Catholic Primary Cronulla, Regina Coeli Catholic Primary Beverly Hills, St Brendan’s Catholic Primary Bankstown Central, and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary Earlwood.

Competition organiser John Charadia said the artworks expressed students’ personal artistic and religious understanding of the light-filled story of Christmas.

“The students have reflected on the sacred scriptures of Advent and Christmas through the eyes of Angel Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, Herod, the shepherds and other characters of the Gospel narratives,” he said. “This prayerful contemplation allows our students to learn authentically and to see beyond the surface to the multiple dimensions of the stories.”

St Mark’s Catholic Primary Drummoyne Year 6 student Lara Nero’s work The Annunciation received the Archbishop’s Choice Award, while Rian Mangubat from St Michael’s Catholic Primary Meadowbank received first prize in the Year 5 category of the awards.

The Christmas Story is at St Mary’s Cathedral Crypt, Sydney until Monday, January 2.

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