These Images Are Wonderful. But They Were Created Using Just Chalk, A Board And Dedication

These Images Are Wonderful. But They Were Created Using Just Chalk, A Board And Dedication

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Normally the art classes in school are not taken seriously by all students. But if there is a national competition on chalk board art then it definitely gathers some attention and dedication. Same thing happened in Japan.

Enter the chalkboard art competitions of Japan. Here, schools from all over the nation design a chalkboard creation that reflects their school, region, and their experiences of high school before entering the larger world. The chalkboards can be designed by anywhere from two to 11 people, and showcase all kinds of colors, themes, and styles.

Highest Award   students-draw-with-chalk-board-0

This chalkboard mural from the Kochi Nishi High School in the Kochi Prefecture celebrates high school athletics. The figures passing the baton symbolize the older students passing on knowledge and traditions to the younger ones.

Outstanding Performance Award   students-draw-with-chalk-board-1

This everyday scene of a classroom.

Winners of the Japan Science Special Award   students-draw-with-chalk-board-2

From the Matsudo High School art department in the Chiba Prefecture comes this beautifully detailed chalkboard design, created by no less than 11 students.
students-draw-with-chalk-board-3 On the other end of the spectrum, though no less nuanced, is this minimalist approach to Mt. Fuji, created by two students from the Miko Sakuranomaki High School in the Ibaraki Prefecture. Using just white chalk, they managed to capture the iconic, snow-covered slopes of Japan’s famous mountain.
students-draw-with-chalk-board-4Nine students from the Sasebo Nishi High School in the Nagasaki Prefecture decided to celebrate their teachers in their design. These portraits of favorite teachers, combined with special messages, are a direct expression of gratitud

Other prizewinners   students-draw-with-chalk-board-5

This vivid design incorporates a number of Japanese cultural icons, such as Hokusai’s famous wave print, traditional dishes, and a phoenix. It’s very bright and colorful, and the judges found it balanced but energetic.

students-draw-with-chalk-board-6Two students from the Aso High School in the Kanagawa Prefecture created this image, with the spread wings symbolizing the students’ “taking flight” from school into their adult lives.

students-draw-with-chalk-board-7Shizuoka Prefecture’s Science and Technology High School created this softly colored entry. It includes messages of encouragement to graduating students who might feel anxious about taking their next steps and “[leaving] the nest.”

students-draw-with-chalk-board-8The Tokyo Metropolitan Comprehensive Technical High School created this colorful piece, which shows the real world reflected against a fantasy one. It represents the bittersweetness of growing up, with students ready to “take the plunge” into the real world while still holding onto memories of the magic of childhood.

students-draw-with-chalk-board-9Finally, this geometric, monochrome entry from the Niiza Technology High School in the Saitama Prefecture shows another interpretation of coming into one’s adulthood. The crowd approaching from the left represents the students, who have been functioning as a collective, as they approach the intersection of graduation that will take them down individual paths.

Honorable Mentions   students-draw-with-chalk-board-10

Saitama Prefectural Omiya Gwangneung High School

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Gakuen High School

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Saitama Prefectural Niiza Technology High School

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Hokkaido Arts High School, Tokyo Ikebukuro

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Fukui Prefectural Takashi High School

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Saitama Prefectural Niiza Technology High School

Isn’t it amazing how school students can create such amazing art with nothing but chalk, board and dedication? More than what they drew, it’s their interpretation of school, graduating, and growing up, and the similarities and differences in their creations that’s impressing me.
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