Well done to all the pupils and students who entered the annual Christmas Card Competition; you gave our judge a really tough job!
But after much deliberation a Louise Pasquill, an Art Educator and Illustrator who is independent from the Trust, has chosen the winners and runners up for this year’s OHC&AT Christmas card competition.
In joint first place were
Abhijot (aged 11) at Arbour Vale School in Slough and Imaan (aged 13) from The Skills Hub in Hillingdon.
Lousie said of Abhijot’s entry “This subtle, soft, fun painting has many endearing qualities. Mr and Mrs Snowman light up the picture with their cheerful red Mr and Mrs scarves and their expressions. Sharing a walk under lamplight, they bring a nostalgic memory of Christmas. Together, they look as though they’re emerging from a chilly country walk in times gone by when men wore top hats, like in Charles Dickens Christmas story A Christmas Carol. The smiles of the snowy couple warm my heart and bring a message of companionship and love at Christmas. Well done”
She described Imaan’s entry; “This bold, cheeky Christmas portrait of a young lady giving the viewer a festive wink in her Christmas outfit of a scalloped matching twinset with pompoms, is striking. The designer has considered the diagonal foreshortened composition for maximum impact and the limited palette works brilliantly and sends a warm message of Christmas cheer, the blue eye standing out. The graphic style with foreground and lettering fills the space and has been finished to an exceptional standard. Congratulations.”
Abhijot and Imaan will both receive an Amazon voucher, a framed certificate and a set of Christmas cards printed with their festive design.
Louise also awarded runners up prizes and several highly commended certificates because she was so impressed with the entries. You can see some of these in the gallery below or by following us on Twitter where we are publishing a selection in our December Advent Calendar.
A huge thank you to pupils and students who took part in our competition, it brings so much joy to the staff at Quadrant House who enjoy looking at the artwork in their reception area.